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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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3 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The monolith that is seen several times in the background of the garden on the Shapeshifters' planet is almost identical to the monolith which appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Alternate (1994) as a 'relic of Odo's people'. See more »


When Bashir is intercepted by Garak upon arriving back at the station, in the background the end of the set can be seen as the walkway and its railing end abruptly. In addition, the whole promenade background seems to be sloping down. This is only partially concealed by the Jem'Hadar standing in front. See more »


[Sisko is questioning the decision to exclude the Romulans from the peace talks with the Dominion]
Admiral Alynna Nechayev: Commander, if this treaty is signed, and I'm confident it will be, we'll never have to worry about the Romulans again.
Commander Sisko: Are you sure of that?
Admiral Alynna Nechayev: Quite sure. After all, what chance would they have against the combined power of our new alliance?
Commander Sisko: They wouldn't have much of a chance at all.
Admiral Alynna Nechayev: I'm glad we agree.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Adversary (1995) See more »


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Finally...a chance to meet the founders.
19 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the second in a two-part episode. At the end of part-two, Odo and Kira escape the foundering Defiant in an escape pod. After discovering an odd planet, Odo finds that he has found his home--and lots of other changelings like himself. For most of the episode, he hangs out here and learns to hone his changeling skills while Kira has very little to do other than to try to figure out how to contact Starfleet.

At the same time, the Dominion inexplicably has called off the war-- just when they were winning. Now folks who claim to be the Founders (they aren't) say that they love the Federation and propose a treaty with all the important Alpha Quadrant forces except for the Romulans. Things seem both too peachy and the 'Founders' are obviously not being completely honest about their intentions. After a while, Commander Sisko is furious and cannot see why the Federation is willing to work with the Dominion considering that they get nothing out of the relationship other than a chance to live, they'll unnecessarily antagonize the Romulans and they'll sacrifice everything they hold dear--such as their honor and commitment to Bajor. What gives?!

Of all the episodes of the series, this one represents the most change and flux. The changes are only beginning and what exactly is coming next is something that will slowly unfold through the course of the next few seasons. A terrific two-parter--well worth seeing.

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