Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 2

The Search (2)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 03, 1994 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Jadzia Dax will fuck you up.

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

    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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