6 user 2 critic

Playing God 

A Trill named Arjin comes to DS9 to learn what it is to be a Trill with a symbiont but finds his teacher, Dax, to be less than he expected.



(based upon "Star Trek" created by), (created by) | 4 more credits »

Watch Now

With Prime Video





Episode cast overview:
... Commander Sisko
... Odo
... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
... Lieutenant Dax
... Jake Sisko
... Chief O'Brien
... Quark
... Major Kira
... Arjin
... Klingon Chef
... Gul Evek
... Trajok
... Computer Voice (voice)


Arjin, a Trill candidate to undergo the joining, comes to Deep Space Nine to be Dax's initiate. She has to mentor him and make recommendations if he's worthy to be joined. Arjin seems not happy to be assigned to Dax, knowing what mentor Curzon did to Jadzia. He's trying to do everything according to the normal expectations to please her, but is disappointed to find out she's not an ordinary Trill. On their first away mission in the Gamma Quadrant they accidentally hit a subspace pocket. A strange protoplasmic substance attaches itself to the nacelle. After investigating it on Deep Space Nine, Dax finds out it is a proto-universe. It's expanding and slowly, but surely replacing the present universe. Meanwhile O'Brien and Kira try to battle an infestation of Cardassian Voles. They bite through everything and become more and more a serious threat to the station. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

24th century | See All (1) »


TV-PG | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Official site



Release Date:

27 February 1994 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In writer Jim Trombetta's first draft of the teleplay, the A story was the protouniverse story, with Dax's storyline in secondary position. Michael Piller rewrote the episode to place the Trill storyline as the primary plot. Trombetta felt that this decision robbed the episode of its emotional balance and that the ethical problem of the protouniverse story is no longer felt on an emotional level. See more »


When leaving the station with the protouniverse, Dax says to proceed at 50 K.P.H. (Kilometers per hour), which is about 31 mph, yet they reach the mouth of the wormhole in just seconds, which would put the wormhole just a few feet from the station. Not at all realistic. Later, while IN the wormhole and they decide to proceed "slowly" Dax says their velocity is 40 meters per second. That equates to almost 90 mph. It appears as if whomever wrote this dialogue didn't know beans about speeds. See more »


Jake Sisko: I wanted to tell you, but I was sure you wouldn't understand.
Commander Sisko: So now you're hiding things from me?
Jake Sisko: You mean you would have understood?
Commander Sisko: Of course not!
See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A confusing view of Jadzia Dax...
19 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Arjin is Trill who is a candidate for implantation. As a part of this process, he needs to be mentored and Jadzia Dax is providing this. However, Arjin is apprehensive, as Curzon Dax was a real nasty piece of work for prospective implantees--and he assumes Jadzia Dax would be no different. However, who Jadzia Dax is turns out to be a huge surprise for Arjin--she's so very, very different. But it also turns out that she's NOT completely unlike Curzon Dax and Arjin looks like he's going to be a washout with Jadzia Dax. What's next?

This is a confusing episode because Jadzia Dax goes from fun-loving and cool to harsh and butt-headed very quickly and inexplicably. I never really felt this was written very well because of this, though the episode is enjoyable enough despite this strange juxtaposition.

1 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed