Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 25

Broken Link (17 Jun. 1996)

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Odo is suddenly struck by illness. He is barely able to hold shape. Bashir and Odo see no other alternative then going to the Founders. Garak wants to come along.



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Episode cast overview:
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Leslie Bevis ...


After Garak tries to set up a date for Chalan Aroya, the owner of the Celestial Café, with Odo, the constable is suddenly in severe pain. He has great trouble to hold his shape. Bashir notices his mass and density are in a state of fluctuation. When the fluctuation increases, he gets an attack. While Bashir is optimistic at first, Odo's condition deteriorates. His molecular structure is destabilizing at an alarming rate and the doctor thinks he only has two weeks before he loses his ability to stay solid. Odo and Bashir both know there's only option: going to the Founders. When Garak hears of the planned trip, he requests to come along. He wants to meet with the Founders to inquire about possible survivors of the failed attack on the Founders' home world by the Tal'Shiar and the Obsidian Order. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This takes place in 2372. See more »


As Worf and Garak are fighting in the Jeffries tubes, a door to a Jeffries tube is knocked open and an unused area of the set can be seen behind it. See more »


Lt. Commander Worf: You fight well - for a tailor.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Apocalypse Rising (1996) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Odo goes home for trial
17 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As season four of Deep Space Nine draws to a close it looks like this may be a fairly standard episode. It opens with Garak trying to introduce Odo to the attractive proprietress of the new Bajoran Restaurant. He isn't pleased with Garask's interference in his private life but before he can leave his shop Odo collapses, unable to maintain his form properly. Dr. Bashir tries to help but can think of no way to save Odo, this leaves just one chance: go to the Gamma Quadrant and take Odo to the Founders to see if they can heal him. Not long after passing through the wormhole they are intercepted by several Jem'Hadar ships and boarded by several Jem'Hadar and a Founder. The Founder explains to Odo that he has been deliberately infected to force him to return home to face judgement for killing another changeling. After a while in the Great Link Odo emerges and he has changed, he is no longer a changeling. Normally one would expect this to be the end of the episode but the story continues when they get back to DS9 and see a recording of the Klingon Chancellor Gowron threatening war with the Federation. As he watches Odo recalls something he saw in the Link: Gowron is a Changeling!

This was a great conclusion to the season providing and interesting story with moments of both danger and humour. Rene Auberjonois does a great job portraying Odo's suffering both from the illness and coming to terms with the fact that he will have to live as a solid from now on. Andrew Robinson also puts in a good performance, his tales of plotting and intrigue designed to keep Odo's mind of his illness were entertaining and his attempt to destroy the Founder's home world were as surprising as they were exciting. The cliff hanger ending left me looking forward to the next episode.

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