Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 17

Playing God (27 Feb. 1994)

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A Trill named Arjin comes to DS9 to learn what it is to be a Trill with a symbiont but finds his teacher, Dax, to be less than he expected.



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Arjin, a Trill candidate to undergo the joining, comes to Deep Space Nine to be Dax's initiate. She has to mentor him and make recommendations if he's worthy to be joined. Arjin seems not happy to be assigned to Dax, knowing what mentor Curzon did to Jadzia. He's trying to do everything according to the normal expectations to please her, but is disappointed to find out she's not an ordinary Trill. On their first away mission in the Gamma Quadrant they accidentally hit a subspace pocket. A strange protoplasmic substance attaches itself to the nacelle. After investigating it on Deep Space Nine, Dax finds out it is a proto-universe. It's expanding and slowly, but surely replacing the present universe. Meanwhile O'Brien and Kira try to battle an infestation of Cardassian Voles. They bite through everything and become more and more a serious threat to the station. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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A confusing view of Jadzia Dax...
19 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Arjin is Trill who is a candidate for implantation. As a part of this process, he needs to be mentored and Jadzia Dax is providing this. However, Arjin is apprehensive, as Curzon Dax was a real nasty piece of work for prospective implantees--and he assumes Jadzia Dax would be no different. However, who Jadzia Dax is turns out to be a huge surprise for Arjin--she's so very, very different. But it also turns out that she's NOT completely unlike Curzon Dax and Arjin looks like he's going to be a washout with Jadzia Dax. What's next?

This is a confusing episode because Jadzia Dax goes from fun-loving and cool to harsh and butt-headed very quickly and inexplicably. I never really felt this was written very well because of this, though the episode is enjoyable enough despite this strange juxtaposition.

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