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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.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Geoffrey Blake ... Arjin
Ron Taylor ... Klingon Chef
Richard Poe ... Gul Evek
Chris Nelson Norris ... Trajok
Majel Barrett ... 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)

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27 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The script describes the Klingon love song as "Sigmund Rombergesque... the sort of thing Nelson Eddy would have sung to Jeanette MacDonald if they were Klingons...". 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 »


Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: You don't know me as well as you think you do. I'm sure you looked at all the training profiles. But that doesn't tell you who Jadzia really was before she was joined. She was the quietest, shyest, most withdrawn young woman you've ever known - brilliant, top grades... and not a clue to what life was about. She'd never lived outside the program. And it didn't matter because she was sailing through it. Until she met Curzon Dax. Curzon sized her up in about twenty seconds, and made the next two ...
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Too Many Variables; Not Enough Solutions
8 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When a young Trill shows up early to begin training with Dax, he turns out to be a bit indecisive and wishy-washy. He triies to impress her and does so in a stumbling and uncertain way. For a guy that got picked from 3000 possible candidates, his cluelessness seems to be quite astonishing. The most significant event is a mass of space "seaweed" that contains a new universe, that is expanding and could threaten the known universe. How to get rid of it? Alas. We also have Cardasssian voles that have taken over the station. Is this ever resolved? Below average episode.

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