Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 2

The Search (2)

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 03, 1994 on Syndicado
9.0
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Stardate: 48213.1

Commander Sisko must deal with an impending alliance between the Federation and the Dominion, while Odo makes a starling discovery about his own people.

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  • Jadzia Dax will fuck you up.

    10
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  • You can't handle the truth! (And I won't spoil it)

    8.0
    Weaving together fantasy and reality within the fictional confines of the Star Trek universe, this episode of self discovery is reminiscent of the 1980s Twilight Zone series. (It includes arguably the most creative use of the A/B story format in Star Trek history and is well handled by Jonathan Frakes in his DS9 directorial debut).



    It is foremost an Odo episode and a special one at that, giving Rene Auberjonois the opportunity to move his character forward and add layers of depth to Odo's personality. Auberjonois and guest star Salome Jens (as the female changeling) are extraordinary together, and their performances reverberate throughout the remainder the series, serving as a foundation for many future Odo episodes.



    The station story (centered on Sisko) is equally compelling, with events continually spiraling out of control until the viewer exclaims, "How are they going to get out of this one?" The unpredictable answer disappointed some viewers when the episode first aired, with the conclusion coming across as deus ex machine; but upon subsequent viewings (which are nearly as fun) and with time to process the subtext, most fans have gained a greater appreciation for it. (The remainder of the series, as well, proves the writers know what they're doing. And the answer to "What's on the other side of the hatch?" is even more delicious than what "Lost" ended up coming up with!)

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Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Martha Hackett

Martha Hackett

Subcommander T'Rul

Guest Star

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Borath

Guest Star

William Frankfather

William Frankfather

Male shapeshifter

Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Ken Marshall

Ken Marshall

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington

Recurring Role

Salome Jens

Salome Jens

Female Shapeshifter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Female Shapeshifter: We will miss you, Odo. But you will miss us even more.

    • Borath: Commander, you risked your life to bring us a message of peace and friendship. We chose to accept your offer. Would you have rather we refused?
      Sisko: (after a long pause) No.

    • Garak: (regarding an incapacitated officer) Doctor, if you would be so kind as to take his legs?
      Bashir: If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were enjoying yourself, Garak.
      Garak: Oh, not at all, Doctor, but after years of hemming women's dresses, a little action is a welcome change of pace!

    • Female Shapeshifter: The Great Link tells us that many years ago, our people roamed the stars, searching out other races so that we could add to our knowledge of the Galaxy. We went in peace, but too ofen we were met with suspicion, hatred and violence. The solids feared our metamorphic abilities, so we were beaten, hunted and killed. Finally, we arrived here, and here, safe in our isolation we made our home.

    • Sisko: I want to know what the hell is going on!!
      Nechayev: Commander, I don't appreciate you barging in here.
      Sisko: I want to know why my Science officer is being transferred without my consent. I want to know why my Chief of Operations is lying in the Infirmary while the Jem'Hadar who beat him is free to walk the station. And I want to know why the Federation is ready to risk a war with the Romulans to form an alliance with a group of people we hardly know and barely trust!

    • Odo: I've devoted my life to the pursuit of justice, but justice means nothing to you, does it?
      Female Shapeshifter: It is not justice you desire, Odo, but order, the same as we do. And we can help you satisfy that desire in ways the solids never could. This will all become clear to you once you've taken your place in the Great Link.
      Odo: No. I admit this link of yours is appealing, but you see, I already have a link... with these people.

    • Kira: Is that what you call it, imposing order?! I call it murder.
      Female Shapeshifter: What you call it is no concern of ours.
      Odo: How do you justify the deaths of so many people?
      Female Shapeshifter: The solids have always been a threat to us. That's the only justification we need.

    • Female Shapeshifter: No changeling has ever harmed another.
      Odo: Whatever you do to them, you're going to have to do to me.

    • Kira: You belong to the Dominion, don't you?
      Female Shapeshifter: Belong to it? Major, the changelings are the Dominion.
      Odo: You're the Founders?
      Female Shapeshifter: Ironic, isn't it? The hunted now control the destinies of hundreds of other races.
      Odo: But... why control anyone?
      Female Shapeshifter: Because what you can control can't hurt you. And so many years ago we set ourselves the task of imposing order on a chaotic universe.

    • Female Shapeshifter: Your link to the solids won't last. You will always be an outsider.
      Odo: Being an outsider isn't so bad. It gives one a unique perspective. It's a pity you've forgotten that.

    • Female Shapeshifter: Then perhaps one day I'll come and visit you. The Alpha Quadrant seems racked with chaos. It could use some order.
      Odo: Imposing your type of order on the Alpha Quadrant may prove more difficult than you imagine.

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