Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 21

The Muse

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 29, 1996 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 49702.2 A pregnant Lwaxana Troi arrives on Deep Space Nine, distressed over the prospect of having her child taken away by its Tavnian father. In order to assist her in keeping her child in accordance with Tavnian law, Odo offers to marry her. Meanwhile, Jake finds inspiration in Onaya, an alien woman with sinister motives.


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  • What the dickens were they thinking?

    The famous lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," perfectly describe the Jake Sisko episodes from the fourth season of DS9. "The Visitor" is, perhaps, the best of the series. "The Muse" might be the worst. Built on an idea that only a writer would think TV worthy (a sexy woman gets turned on by watching someone else write) the A story never gets off the ground and begins meandering before the second act. If the cast and crew set out to create an episode with the same vibe as TNG's second season finale, they could hardly have been more successful, with "The Muse" somehow duplicating the depression and tedium of "Shades of Gray".

    The B story, with Odo, and Lwaxana Troi (in her last appearance on Star Trek) is built around an interesting cultural choice: the Tavnians hide the concept of gender from their children by segregating them at birth and having someone of the same sex raise them until the secret is revealed when the young turn sixteen. (Just imagine the horror the teenage girls go through when they discover there's a male species. "They want to do WHAT to me?" ) Lwaxana (or Laxwana, as guest star Michael Ansara first pronounces her name) is pregnant with a half-Tavnian boy and the father wants to take the baby away when it's born, so you can guess why she wants Odo's help. Unfortunately, instead of dealing with the problem, the episode makes a (morally questionable) end run around it. The result is an episode that feels like it has two C stories, and where the viewer waits in vain for something interesting to happen, only to be disappointed when nothing does.

    Let's just say that writer Rene Echevarria will probably never cite this one as ""a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever

  • This episode is awful. Really.

    Awful isn't really adequate a word. Don't know why I gave it a three. Not sure what is plot and what is sub-plot, but it is just plain painful. Between them the entire cast seem to lose all form of acting ability, not helped by a story line which is poor beyond all imagining. Majel Barrett has been a grat servant to the series, and Mrs Troi can be amusing, but she is totally culpable for this one, given that she helped write it.

    One can't help feeling that if the plot ideas came from anywhere else it would never have made it to the screen.moreless
  • If you cringe inwardly at Lwaxana Troi episodes...

    I don't really understand why writers kept bringing the Lwaxana Troi character back to Star Trek. Nearly every episode that featured her was lightweight and unfunny.

    In this episode, she and Odo get married in order to give Lwaxana rights over her baby. (Apparently her former husband's culture gives men the right to male children.) It's even more inane than it sounds. The only redeeming feature of this subplot is the bit where Odo comes up and asks "Would you like to talk a walk?", only to have Worf respond "Gladly."

    The other plot is more interesting, though not by much. Jake meets an alien woman who gives him inspiration but slowly kills him by feeding off his psychic energy. (Or something like that.) It's very much a second- (or third-)tier Next Generation plot. Interestingly, despite the strong erotic overtones of the relationship, nothing sexual happens. I also think it's interesting that the writers chose to make the alien an older woman.

    Probably the weakest episode of the 4th season.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The title of Jake's book is shown to be Anslem. This is the title that he was famous for writing in the DS9 episode "The Visitor", in which his future was shown. This fulfills a portion of that possible future.

    • Goof: Time Index 23:52. When Odo is talking with Lwaxana's husband, he calls her Laxwana instead.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sisko (about Jake's novel): The dialogue is sharp, the story's involving, the characters are real... the spelling is terrible!

    • Lwaxana: All of life is the search for that peace you felt when you were safe inside your mother's womb.
      Odo: I never had a mother.
      Lwaxana: It doesn't matter, you'll find your peace.

    • O'Brien: (referring to Jeyal, at Odo and Lwaxana's wedding) Who's he?
      Kira: I think that's Lwaxana's husband.
      O'Brien: Good of him to come.

    • Lwaxana: (trying to explain why his plan won't work) In a Tavnian wedding, the groom must stand before the bride and tell her why he wants to marry her. And then, in front of his family and friends, he must proclaim his love for her, and convince her to accept him as her husband.
      Odo: Well, I trust I can count on you to accept me even if I just stand there and read last week's criminal activity report!

    • Odo: (approaching Lwaxana seated at a table with Worf) I have some free time and I was wondering if you would like to take a walk?
      Worf: I would.
      Odo: I was talking to Lwaxana.

    • Lwaxana: (while discussing relationships) Well, just don't do what I did - look for someone to fix your broken heart, then end up pregnant and on the run.
      Odo: I don't think there is much danger of that happening.

    • Odo: Before I met her, my world was... a much smaller place. I kept to myself, I didn't need anyone else, and I took pride in that. The truth is, I was ashamed of what I was; I was afraid that if anyone saw how truly different I was, they would recoil in fear. Lwaxana saw how different I was, and she didn't recoil. She wanted to see more. For the first time in my life, someone wanted me for what I truly was, and that changed me, forever. The day I met her is the day I stopped being alone. And I want her to be a part of my life from now on. Marry me, Lwaxana, let me into your light... Lwaxana?
      Lwaxana: I give myself to you, for ever and always.
      Odo: Let it be known to all that this woman is mine. If anyone challenges my claim to her, let them do so now... I present to you, my beloved wife.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The Muse to many: During her existence, Onaya inspired many famous people:
      Keats: One of the greatest poets of ninteenth century earth.
      Catullus: Roman poet of 1st century BC.
      Phineas Tarbolde: Author from Canopus Planet, who wrote the sonnet Nightingale Woman in 1996. A reference to the TOS episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before".