Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 12

The Alternate (9 Jan. 1994)

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Odo and Dr. Mora Pol, Odo's 'father', discover a life form similar to Odo on a Gamma Quadrant planet.

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Odo gets a visit from Dr. Mora Pol, the scientist who researched him in a laboratory on Bajor. Mora still seems to be unhappy with Odo's decision to leave for Deep Space Nine and Odo is still not happy with the way the scientist treated him. Mora gets him interested to resume work on finding his origins when he tells him a Bajoran science probe recently scanned a planet in the Gamma Quadrant and found DNA patterns looking just like Odo's. Sisko agrees to let Odo, Mora, Dax and the Bajoran doctor Weld take a runabout. On the planet they find a mysterious pillar and Dr. Weld finds the life-form the team is looking for. They decide to beam the pillar and the life-form on board and take them to DS9. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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While trying to console Odo when the the researcher who first was assigned to work with Odo falls ill, Sisko speaks about how difficult it was to see his own father get sick and grow frail, and how helpless he felt. Sisko concludes, "But, in the end, I knew there was nothing I could do," suggesting that his father died. However, as we learn later, Sisko's father is very much alive. See more »

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Who's your daddy?
18 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with Dr. Mora Pol arriving on the station. It turns out that he was in charge of working with Odo after he was first discovered*. The Doctor seems a bit of a know it all and insists that Odo shouldn't have gone off on his own--though through the course of the show it clearly appears Odo was right after all. Regardless, the guy is on the station because Bajoran scientists think they've discovered something just like Odo in the Gamma Quadrant and he plans on leading an expedition to retrieve and study this goo. Throughout all this, folks keep referring to Dr. Pol as Odo's 'Dad' though this really makes no sense and Odo clearly resents it. Can Odo and the Doctor somehow work together and forge a more mature relationship while they investigate this seemingly intelligent goo?

This is an okay episode but not especially exciting or outstanding. Mildly interesting but nothing memorable.


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