Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 17

The Forsaken

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 23, 1993 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 46925.1 Lwaxana Troi pays a visit to Deep Space Nine, and soon falls for Odo. Next, the station's computer starts behaving like an attention-hungry child.

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  • An Elevator Episode

    Still needing to save money after the expensive pilot, the first season gives us this character driven elevator episode with Lwaxana and Odo. (An elevator episode is slang for "bottle episode", since in the old days of television whenever they needed to save money, they'd have a couple characters get stuck in an elevator and let their dialogue carry the show. I use the term here, because well Lwaxana and Odo get stuck in an Rene Auberjonois and Majel Barret are great together, and the writing is sharp. Meanwhile, Chief O'Brien tries to get them out in a B story that doesn't really go anywhere, and Bashir hosts three ambassadors in a barely there C story that would be more interesting if it was given some time to develop. (In fact, in the sixth season episode "Statistical Probabilities", the same basic idea Bashir dealing with some wacky characters - is used but given centermoreless
  • Lwaxana Troi, as annoying as usual.

    Of all the TNG characters to bring to DS9 in order to lure fans of the older show, Troi's played-for-laughs-but-deeply-unfunny mom should have been the last on the list. For the first 2/3 of the episode, Majel Barrett plays Lwaxana as annoying as possible. Unlike the Lwaxana episodes in TNG, which around this time at least explored the character's more normal side, she's nearly unbearable here. Odo himself admits as much when he wonders whether suicide would be better than spending another minute with her on the broken elevator. It's only in the last few minutes that we get a more genuine performance from Barrett - and even then the writing is somewhat cliched.

    The rest of the story is typical filler Trek. Though not the worst episode of the series run, it is the low point of the 1st season.moreless
  • A good Lwaxana episode? Who'd have thought?

    I never thought it was possible to say "I liked this episode" and "Lwaxana Troi" in the same sentence. I have to do it here though. I liked this episode with Lwaxana Troi in it. If I had been a creative force behind this episode, I think I would have dumped the Bashir plot with the Federation ambassadors in exchange for more Odo and Troi scenes. They quickly forged a strong connection that was touching to witness. So many times in TNG we saw Lwaxana roam the Enterprise bursting with self-indulgence. I liked her a lot more when she let her guard down and did whatever she could to help Odo feel comfortable during the regeneration cycle he prefers to keep private.moreless
  • A tale of 3 parts

    The Forsaken is a bit of a mixed bag. There are 3 different storylines meshed together, each with varying degrees of success.

    The main storyline, featuring Lwaxana and Odo, works surprisingly well, thanks in no small part to some good writing, which proves very effective and insightful in terms of characterisation. Although the 'trapped in an elevator' device is cliched beyond belief, it allows for some amusing and ultimately quite touching interplay.

    On other fronts, the O'Brien/computer plot is underwhelming, lacking in originality and bogged down by technobabble. And the Bashir sub-plot, in which the good doctor must look after the ambassadors was reasonably amusing, although the climax in which they are caught thrust into jeopardy seems quite forced.moreless
  • Topic: Compassion - Lwaxana Troi expresses interest in Odo while an alien probe wreaks havoc with the DS9 computer system. Warning Label: minor peril. Family Rating PG

    Emotional response was happy at Lwaxana Troi's experience with Odo. Series Impact: Odo's acceptance of his vulnerability.

    # of Nine: Action 4, Suspense 4, Drama 3, Comedy 2

    Acting - good

    Scenery - Quark's, OPs, Security HQ, Commander's Office, Turbo Lift, Promenade, Corridor H12 Guest Quarters

    Sound - good

    Lighting - good

    Effects - good

    Costumes - typical

    Props - Betazoid platinum hair broach
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Lwaxana Troi

Guest Star

Constance Towers

Constance Towers

Ambassador Taxco

Guest Star

Michael Ensign

Michael Ensign

Ambassador Lojal

Guest Star

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Judi M. Durand

Judi M. Durand

Cardassian Computer Voice (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Lwaxana mentions being previously abducted by the Ferengi. This occurred in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Menage A Troi".

    • Odo's regenerative cycle has been redefined as necessary every 16 hours, instead of the 18 hours as stated in "A Man Alone".

    • Majel Barrett, aside from her recurring roles as the computer voice and Lwaxanna Troi, previously played Dr. Christine Chapel in The Original Series episodes and movies.

    • Nitpick: When Odo and Lwaxanna are trapped on the turbo lift, Ops attempts to beam them out. When they find that the station transporters are down, it is unclear why they don't attempt to beam them out with one of the runabouts.

    • Nitpick: When Odo and Troi are first trapped in the turbolift, Kira announces that there is a power failure in turbolift 7. Later, in a log entry, Sisko says that "Odo remains trapped in turbolift 4."

    • Nitpick: When Bashir and the ambassadors are trapped in the corridor, Bashir attempts to manually operate one of the doors, but cannot move the lever. Given the superior strength of Vulcans, it would have been reasonable for the Vulcan ambassador to at least give it a try.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Odo: You are not at all what I expected.
      Lwaxana: No one's ever paid me a greater compliment.

    • Odo: I guess you could say I was the life of the party.
      Lwaxana: I don't think I understand.
      Odo: My way of trying to fit in. I found I could be entertaining. 'Odo, be a chair.' I'm a chair. 'Odo, be a razorcat.' I'm a razorcat. Life of the party... I hate parties.
      Lwaxana: Maybe you've just been to the wrong ones. Come to one of mine, I'll make sure that all the guests are there to entertain you.

    • Lwaxana (to Odo): You are the thin, beige line between order and chaos.

    • Lwaxana: All of life is searching for that peace you had safe inside your mothers womb.

    • Lwaxana: All the men I've known have needed to be shaped or molded or manipulated. Finally I've met a man who knows how to do it himself.

    • Sisko: Relax, Chief, it's just a computer.
      O'Brien: This is no computer! This is my archenemy!

    • Lwaxana Troi: (after discovering her brooch has disappeared) Now, I want this room sealed and I want everybody in it strip-searched until you find my brooch.

    • Odo: Procreation does not require changing how you smell or writing bad poetry, or sacrificing various plants to serve as tokens of affection.

    • Bashir: (talking about the three Federation Ambassadors) Nothing makes them happy! They are dedicated to being unhappy, and to spreading that unhappiness to others! They are the Ambassadors of Unhappy!

    • Odo: I am not like you! Every sixteen hours I turn into a liquid!
      : I could swim.

    • Lwaxana: When it come to picnics, the only thing that really matters is the company.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Lwaxana: (speaking to Odo) We've learned that on this station you are the thin beige line between order and chaos.
      The Thin Blue Line is a documentary on the murder of a Texas police officer in 1976 while making a traffic stop. The prosecutor in the eventual trial referred to the police as "the thin blue line" separating society from anarchy.

    • Laser Induced Fusion
      Laser induced fusion is currently only theoretical, but it's main advantage is that it is (theoretically) much more efficient than current fission induced fusion. O'Brien's comment that it is "bloody inefficient" is another of Star Trek's pokes at 'old' technology that is cutting edge now.

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
      The scene when the crew are attempting to shutdown the computer in ops is a homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, where Bowman dismantles Hal in the same fashion.