Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 2

The Search: Part 2 (3 Oct. 1994)

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Odo has found his home and is introduced. Meanwhile Sisko finds out peace talks between the Dominion and the Federation have already started.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Lt. Commander Michael Eddington (as Kenneth Marshall)
William Frankfather ...
Male Shapeshifter


Odo has found his home on a rogue planet in the Omarion nebulae. A female shapeshifter tells they were once a race of explorers, that was always rejected by the 'solids', the ordinary human beings. She encourages him to learn about their ways so he will be ready for their manner of bonding via the Great Link. Kira in the meantime tries to send a message to Sisko, but finds out all outgoing frequencies are blocked by a subterranean device. Meanwhile Sisko and Bashir are on a runabout when they are being rescued by Dax and O'Brien. They appear to have made contact with the Founders and convinced them of their peaceful intentions. A grand peace meeting is already scheduled, one of the Founders is already on Deep Space Nine. Sisko starts having doubts about the agreement when he finds out the Romulans are excluded from the negotiations and the Jem'Hadar can do whatever they want on the station. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes, who played William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »


Female Shapeshifter: To become a thing is to know a thing. To assume its form is to begin to understand its existence.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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The Founders are revealed
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In this episode we finally learn who Odo's people are, and as it turns out they are not the people Odo had hoped to find. Instead of sharing his sense of justice they just want order and as the leaders of the Dominion they are happy to have that order enforced in a fascist system. While Odo is getting to know his people it appears that the Dominion is involved in peace talks in the Alpha Quadrant although it looks more like a capitulation on the part of the Federation; they have agreed to leave DS9 and let the Dominion take over the Bajoran system and the worm hole. Things are not going well; The Romulans are threatening war as they have not been invited to the treaty talks and the Jem'Hadar are acting with impunity, in fact those assaulted by them are more likely to be in trouble with Star Fleet security than they are. Knowing this treaty will lead to disaster Sisko sets of to stop it the only way he can, he will collapse the worm hole and sever the link to the Gamma Quadrant. Back in the Gamma Quadrant Kira is trying to contact other survivors but finds the signal jammed by something on the planet, she tracks the source of the problem to an area behind a door; when Odo opens the door for her they and the audience are in for quite a surprise.

This was a good episode and I didn't spot the twist concerning what was behind the do even though there were some clues earlier on which in retrospect should have given it away. As usual the acting was pretty good but mention must also be made of the writers who managed to great a gripping episode with a nice twist.

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