Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 16

The Forsaken (23 May 1993)

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Lwaxana Troi comes for a political visit and instead hounds Odo for romantic attention. Meanwhile, an alien probe wrecks havoc with the station's computer, leaving Odo and Lwaxana trapped together.

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Dr. Bashir has to take care of a delegation of ambassadors visiting Deep Space Nine to take a look at the wormhole. In Quark's bar, an ambassador from Betazed, Lwaxana Troi, gets robbed of her brooch. Odo is able to find the culprit and suddenly Troi is very interested in him, romantically. He doesn't like it. Meanwhile, O'Brien is totally frustrated with the Cardassian computer. It doesn't do the job right and gives opinions on every one of his commands. He suggests installing a new one from scratch. Then an unidentified object appears from the gamma quadrant through the wormhole. It looks like a probe, but has a very sophisticated computer. After downloading information from it, O'Brien notices the station's computer seems to be working better. Then several malfunctions appear, leaving Odo and Lwaxana Troi trapped in a turbolift. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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When the station's computer is infected by downloading files from a probe, O'Brien creates a sub-program called "pup" - referring to a stray puppy that wants attention all the time - to isolate the infection. In more recent real-life computer history, ironically, a PUP is a "Potentially Unwanted Program". See more »

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Odo reports to Ops that he and Lwaxana Troi are trapped in turbolift 7. Later on, Sisko reports in the station log that they are trapped in turbolift 4. See more »

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Major Kira: Great. Everything's in working order, except nothing's working.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ménage à Troi (1990) See more »

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Even computers want attention
24 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While not one of the best episodes of Deep Space Nine this was still entertaining enough and featured a good turn from guest star Majel Barrett as Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi who is attracted to Odo after he recovers an item of stolen jewellery.

Several Star Fleet ambassadors are on board the station when an unmanned probe comes through the worm hole from the Gamma Quadrant. It appears to contain a computer program which Chief O'Brien transfers to DS9. At this point things start to go wrong; while the computer claims to be operating properly it clearly isn't as Odo and Lwaxana get trapped in a turbolift, communications fail and Dr Bashir and three ambassadors are nearly killed in a fire. As he tries to figure out what is wrong Chief O'Brien comes to believe that the computer is creating problems just to get his attention. This sounds far fetched but it is possible that the program they downloaded from the probe may be an life form which just wants some attention.

While the main story about the computerised life form was fairly average the side story where Odo was stuck in a turbolift with Lwaxana was rather touching as she was able to reassure him as he had to turn into his liquid form, a private thing he'd never let anybody see before.


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