Odo tries to change the nature of a rapidly maturing Jem'Hadar infant, Quark finds, whilst Sisko tries to break his son's relationship with a 20 year old Dabo girl.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jem'Hadar Teenager
Leslie Bevis ...
Alien High Roller
Hassan Nicholas ...
Jem'Hadar Boy


For 3 bars of latinum, Quark buys the rights to salvage a stranded ship from the Gamma Quadrant. Apart from a crying baby, he doesn't find anything of value. Bashir notices the boy has a very fast metabolic rate, and is growing at an accelerated rate. Before the crew knows it, he's a teen, who starts fighting on the promenade. Only Odo's able to calm him down, and Jadzia realises he's Jem'Hadar. When Odo hears the boy's to be examined in a Federation laboratory, he convinces Sisko he should take charge of the young man. Odo wants to try to change his nature, so he could live on Deep Space Nine as a normal humanoid. Meanwhile, Sisko invites Jake's girlfriend, Mardah for dinner. She's 4 years older than Jake, and a Dabo girl at Quark's. Sisko's very opposed to their relationship. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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31 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Director/star Avery Brooks saw this episode as something of a metaphorical study of racial tension and gang culture. According to Brooks "for me, it was very much a story about young brown men, and, to some extent, a story about a society that is responsible for the creation of a generation of young men who are feared, who are addicted, who are potential killers." See more »


It appears that as Quark is inspecting his purchase in the cargo bay at around 3:35 that the battery dies in the light he is using. See more »


Mardah: Jake seemed like just another teenage boy at first. But there's more to him than that.
Commander Sisko: I'm beginning to realize that myself...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Hippocratic Oath (1995) See more »


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Wow...the Jem'Hadar really are warlike jerks down deep!
20 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jake is dating a 20 year-old Dabo girl with extremely large...well, you can guess. Naturally, his father is not thrilled by this but instead of telling Jake no, he invites the lady for dinner.

The main plot, however, is a lot less mundane and creepy. A baby is discovered among the wreckage of a ship that Quark has bought. The child grows VERY quickly...and soon he grows into a Jem'Hadar killing machine. Not surprisingly, the crew isn't thrilled but Odo decides to take the young killing machine under his wing. But try as he might to learn about the deeper person buried within, this Jem'Hadar seems even more one dimensional than Nancy Grace. With this unnamed Jem'Hadar, it's kill, kill, kill. In fact, he makes the Klingons seem like deep thinkers and pacifists! What's next?

While the episode is mildly interesting, there's really not much more to it than this.

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