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Lenara Kahn, the new host of the wife of Dax's former host Torias, comes to the station. While they're not allowed to renew their relation, there's still a spark.


Avery Brooks


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

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Susanna Thompson ... Dr. Lenara Kahn
Tim Ryan ... Dr. Bejal Otner
James Noah ... Hanor Pren
Ken Marshall ... Michael Eddington (as Kenneth Marshall)


A science team of Trills comes to visit the station to do a test on creating artificial wormholes. The leader of the team is Dr. Lenara Kahn, a joined Trill. The former host of the Kahn symbiont was Nilani. She was the wife of Torias, one of Dax's former hosts. On Trill, it is strictly forbidden to re-associate with a past lover. The punishment is exile, meaning the symbiont will die. To avoid problems, Sisko offers Jadzia Dax to take extended leave. She denies and thinks she's up to the task. But when Jadzia and Lenara start working on the science project, they both seem to get along really well. While they try deny it at first, the romantic spark between them isn't gone. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Release Date:

30 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Susanna Thompson, who plays Lenara Kahn, would later play the Borg Queen in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »


During the reception, Sisko mentions that they are trying to create "the galaxy's first artificial wormhole," but it has been established in previous episodes that the Bajoran wormhole is itself artificial, therefor they could not possibly create the galaxy's first artificial wormhole, as one already exists. See more »


Captain Sisko: I know this is difficult for you, I know how you feel about Lenara. But I want you to think about what will happen if you pursue this. If you're exiled from Trill, there will be no further hosts for your symbiont. When Jadzia dies, Dax dies.
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The Trill of It All
20 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I get rather tired of the whole Trill thing. These character give themselves up for the honor of being a symbiont. Yet there are some pretty weird results. Here, the sensibility of a guy who died meets the woman to whom he was married. Jadzia is the host for the former lover and his feelings come to the fore. From that point on it gets all soap opera on us. I understand that we need to see the implications of these relationships, but it's just so strange. By the way, the homosexual angle never occurred to me, other than the kiss, which probably was rather novel. It was the husband in Jedzia's body, not another woman.

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