Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 12

The Begotten

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 27, 1997 on Syndicado



  • Trivia

    • Odo recovers his shifting powers as a gift from the infant changeling.

    • This episode marks the birth of Kirayoshi O'Brien.

    • This episode marks the final appearances of First Minister Shakaar (Duncan Regehr) and Dr. Mora (James Sloyan) on the series.

    • Nitpick: When baby Kirayoshi is first shown, his belly button was almost fully formed. This indicates that Bajorans also have umbilical cords, although it should still be attached in the shot.

    • Nitpick: No mention is made of the fact that the O'Briens' quarters were destroyed by the explosion of Silaran Prin's hunter probe in "The Darkness And The Light", the episode immediately preceding this one.

  • Quotes

    • Sisko: (to Odo) Besides, it's nice having someone around to help change the diapers.

    • Mora: (after Odo's changeling responds to stimulus) I smiled the first time you did that. Little did I know you'd hate me for it.

    • Quark: What are you up to?
      Odo: I'm happy, Quark. Can't you just accept that?
      Quark: No. It doesn't fit. If you're happy, something's very wrong in the world...

    • Mora: Once I realised you were sentient, the Cardassians wanted to know everything about you. I was under enormous pressure to get results. And I did. My techniques worked. The fact that you're standing here, whining about them, is proof.
      Odo: You enjoyed watching me suffer.
      Mora: Do you really believe that? How pathetic. If it weren't for me, you'd still be sitting on a shelf somewhere, in a beaker labeled 'unknown sample'!

    • (talking about Odo's back problem)
      Quark: I've got a holosuite program that'll take care of him. Three Orion slave girls strap you into a...
      Odo: Quark!
      Quark: Go ahead. Suffer!

    • Worf: Constable, why are you talking to your beverage?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Quark: "...the center cannot hold."

      This is a reference to the poem by W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming, which goes: "Turning and turning in the widening gyre/The falcon cannot hear the falconer;/Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

      This poem is also the underlying theme of Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart. In the book, an African tribe's way of life is destroyed with the coming of European settlers.

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