Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 21

The Muse

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 29, 1996 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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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.
  • 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.