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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  • 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.