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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 »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles 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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Contrary to Jadzia's proclamation, she had actually twice previously let her past lives get in the way of her work, once in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dax (1993) and again in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Blood Oath (1994). See more »


This show really doesn't follow the ST:DS9 bible. It has well been established that when a Trill chances hosts it creates a new entity, different in personality, knowledge and beliefs. The Trill only influences the host, not dominate them. So while there is no problem with DAX, with a former host, being in love with KAHN from a former host, it makes no sense that JADZIA Dax, with her new personality, would still be in love with LENARA Kahn, with her own new personality. See more »


Doctor Bashir: For a joined Trill, nothing is more important than to protect the life of the symbiont. Nothing.
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DS9 never seemed to quite know what to do with Trills
29 July 2019 | by GreyHunterSee all my reviews

One of the oddities of this series is that the writers/creators managed to introduce a truly interesting concept, the Trill/symbiote relationship, but never seemed to be able to explore it in a particularly interesting fashion. Instead, we're given a slightly bland character (Jadzia never seemed to show any real nuance other than being a very attractive woman who was good at her job and was willing to slum it on occasion) with vaguely soap opera-ish storylines. This was a disservice to the inherent potential of the character because the concept practically screamed "hidden depths." While this was not the worst use of this tendency toward soap opera (that would be her ridiculous willingness to throw everything away for a man she barely knew on a transdimensional planet) but it hardly makes her character arc as interesting as those of the other credited leads on the show. Granted, there was some consistency -- she was willing to kill her symbiote permanently for an ex- she seemed to be fond of. But there was really no reason given that made the entire fatalism credible. Nothing in the series or in this particular episode suggested any reason her passion for this particular ex- was so overwhelming as to lead to such an end, and, ultimately, this episode, like the aforementioned transdimensional planet one, was vaguely insulting to the character. They had this concept with such enormous potential and spend much of their time making her an irrational and shallow creature. We should expect better from a Star Trek series.

Incidentally, the whole "exile from Trill, permanent death of symbiote" plotline was simply ludicrous in light of everything we've been told about the Trill and their adulation of the symbiote. They don't want to encourage the symbiotes to fall back into old patterns. I get that. But presenting it as a reason to kill off a symbiote when they clearly revere symbiotes is irrational in the extreme. Discouraging such relationships, making it difficult and outright unpleasant for joined Trills to engage in them? That makes sense. But killing them off permanently for such an indiscretion? Ridiculous. The relationship wouldn't be causing actual harm, and the society would not be in danger because of them. It's very much throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and doesn't fit in with anything we've been told about Trill society and its relationship with the symbiotes. This particular plotline therefore sounds incredibly contrived just to give the episode a source of tension. It's just bad writing and someone should have said something when the story was pitched. A good writer could have introduced the idea as simply something that was actively discouraged and had social repercussions without diminishing the resultant tension.

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