After searching out and finding Odo, another changeling asks him to leave DS9 with him, even though the rest of the crew aren't convinced the new changeling is not part of the Founders.


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Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Laas (as Garman Hertzler)

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After searching out and finding Odo, another changeling asks him to leave DS9 with him, even though the rest of the crew aren't convinced the new changeling is not part of the Founders.

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17 February 1999 (USA)  »

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The title of the episode is a reference from Greek mythology. The Chimera was the daughter of Typhon and Echidna, and sister to Cerberus and the Hydra. Legend says that she had three heads; the head of a lion, the head of a dragon, and the head of a goat (which could breathe fire). Obviously, the relevance for the episode is to be found in Laas's ability to be anything; similarly, Chimera was no one thing. Interestingly, Chimera was ultimately slain by Bellerophon, riding on the winged horse Pegasus. The very next episode that went into production after "Chimera", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", features the USS Bellerophon. See more »


The changeling Laas most likely died of the degenerative disease that was killing the founders. Odo linked with him as he did with the female founder and transmitted the disease. He found out later from Dr.Bashir that it was deliberately done to him by section 31. See more »


Odo: Look at me, Nerys. What do you see?
Colonel Kira: I see you.
Odo: No! No, this is... just a form I borrowed. I could just as easily be someone or some*thing* else.
Colonel Kira: I know that. But... this... is what you have always chosen to be: a man - a good and honest man. A man I fell in love with. Are you trying to tell me that he never really existed?
Odo: I don't know. - I care for you, more than anyone I've ever known. These last few months have been the happiest of my life. But even so, part of me wishes that Laas and I were...
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Featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Odo's new friend is a bit of a wiener!
27 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, O'Brien and Odo encounter a changeling--one who, like Odo, is not part of the collective and which has been wandering, alone, for some time. Odo takes his new friend back to DS9 where some very troubling things about Laas begin to show themselves. Laas is extremely xenophobic and thinks that humanoids are horrible--and that changelings are a far superior life form. He also tries hard to introduce Odo to the notion of leaving the station and going off with him to find more changelings. After all, it MUST suck living among all these humans! Obviously things cannot remain as they are--and the two new friends' time together is destined to be limited.

This is a decent episode and it helps illustrate the true character of the changelings--and how Odo is different as well as much like them. Interesting and worth seeing.

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