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Star Trek DS9 - Season 4 - Episode 06

Star Trek DS9 - 4x06 - Rejoined

Originally Aired: 1995-10-30

Synopsis:
Jadzia Dax must choose between her feelings and the rules of Trill society when she is reunited with the wife of one of Dax's previous hosts. [DVD]

My Rating - 2

Fan Rating Average - 4.64

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Filler Quotient: 3, bad filler, totally skippable.
- Reassociation is relevant again later, but you don't need to watch this painful episode to understand the later stories.

Problems
- Jadzia says she never let her past lives interfere with her job and that she's not going to start now. Don't the events of DS9: Blood Oath constitute one of her past lives interfering with her job? Oh wait. I get it. If it has to do with Klingons then it's okay...

Factoids
None

Remarkable Scenes
- Jadzia's magic trick.
- Quark trying to figure out the specifics pertaining to Dax' relationship with Dr. Lenara Kahn.
- Kira: "What do Klingons dream about?" Worf: "Things that will send cold chills down your spine and wake you in the middle of the night. It is better that you do not know. Excuse me." Kira: "I can never tell when he's joking."
- Bashir getting called away on a medical emergency at the dinner. Saved by the bell!
- Jadzia walking on top of a forcefield!

My Review
An episode exploring lesbianism... sort of. The cause is a bit different, the effect is the same. Personally, I don't like this one. Trill society's taboo on previous relationships is frankly absurd. And the episode never tackles it directly. Consider this: isn't the whole point of being a joined Trill to build off the experiences of the previous hosts? The exploration of Jadzia's past relationship is far less interesting than the B plot anyway which is the endeavor to create an artificial wormhole. Unfortunately, it gets very little screen time despite what seemed to me to be remarkable progress, and despite Worf's lack of enthusiasm for the project. ;) A misguided effort of an episode, despite some nice performances.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From rpeh on 2010-07-30 at 2:12pm:
    The overreaction to this episode speaks volumes about Trek fandom. It's okay for Kirk, Riker et al to snog their way around the galaxy, but show one brief kiss between two women - who *first* became attracted when they were different genders - and the whole world collapses.

    It's true that the episode isn't particularly interesting, but judge it on its own merits, not on prejudice.
  • From Jeff Browning on 2011-11-01 at 9:06pm:
    The other joined trill in the romantic relationship with Jadsia was Dr. Lenara Kahn. This character was played by Susanna Thompson who played the Borg Queen in four Voyager episodes: Voy: Unimatrix Zero Parts 1 and 2, and Voy: Dark Frontier Parts 1 and 2. Interestingly, she did not play the Borg Queen in ST: First Contact, the only other Star Trek title that includes the Borg Queen. In First Contact, the Borg Queen was played by Alice Krige. Personally, I thought that Susanna Thompson did a better job.

    I agree with the comment that this episode does not deserve to be rated as low as a 2. There was some pretty good stuff here. Certainly, Jadsia's heroics were entertaining. There was some decent acting. The onscreen kiss was provocative and actually kind of hot.

    But our reviewer is correct that this is not up to the best that DS9 can offer. The main issue was that is was rather slow. I got tired of seeing the two joined trills incessantly doing their thing. They were so boring! I actually related to Bashir in Quarks when he got so bored.

    Certainly, it is nowhere near other episodes in season 4 such as DS9: The Visitor (which I would say is the best single Star Trek episode ever). Or even DS9: Hippocratic Oath which was also completely terrific.

    I gave it a 4 personally.
  • From Psycroptic on 2012-03-28 at 3:48pm:
    The kiss? Disturbing? Definitely not the word I'd use for it.

    All in all a pretty dull episode though.
  • From hugo on 2012-04-05 at 3:38am:
    I found this a decent episode. Good acting from dr Khan and good chemistry with her and Jadzia.

    But - why couldn't they just beam her out from engineering... ?

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