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The Alternate 

Odo and his mentor Dr. Mora Pol discover a lifeform similar to Odo on a Gamma Quadrant planet.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
James Sloyan ... Dr. Mora
Matt McKenzie ... Dr. Weld Ram


Odo gets a visit from Dr. Mora Pol, the scientist who researched him in a laboratory on Bajor. Mora still seems to be unhappy with Odo's decision to leave for Deep Space Nine and Odo is still not happy with the way the scientist treated him. Mora gets him interested to resume work on finding his origins when he tells him a Bajoran science probe recently scanned a planet in the Gamma Quadrant and found DNA patterns looking just like Odo's. Sisko agrees to let Odo, Mora, Dax and the Bajoran doctor Weld take a runabout. On the planet they find a mysterious pillar and Dr. Weld finds the life-form the team is looking for. They decide to beam the pillar and the life-form on board and take them to DS9. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This episode establishes that normal travel time between Bajor and Deep Space 9 is five hours. However, in DS9: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Storyteller (1993), Bashir states that the journey from the station to Bajor takes two hours. That's not necessarily a goof: the first travel time is just a fast but comfortable speed which allows the pilots to get to destination, being able to prepare all weapons and devices and to brief together; the second one means to push the runabout (or other small spaceships) to its max (unless going warp), a risky and highly fuel spending maneuver. Of course, a simpler explanation would be the fact that planets tend to move as they rotate around their sun. See more »


While trying to console Odo when the researcher who first was assigned to work with Odo falls ill, Sisko speaks about how difficult it was to see his own father get sick and grow frail, and how helpless he felt. Sisko concludes, "But, in the end, I knew there was nothing I could do," suggesting that his father died. However, as we learn later, Sisko's father is very much alive. See more »


[first lines]
Quark: I am merely a businessman. It would take an orator with the skills of the late, great Plegg himself to sing the praises of the late, great Plegg.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Odo Again Needs to Find His Heritage
6 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The man who found Odo on Bajor is filled with giddiness over the possibility that there is another such creature in the Gamma Quadrant. After an away team is assaulted by something, they barely make it back to the station. What happens next is the introduction of a threatening, amorphous thing that tests Odo. While the scientist is almost obsessed there are lessons to be learned. Decent episode.

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9 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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