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Chimera
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 164 (7.14)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Avery Brooks   IMDB   Captain Benjamin Sisko
Nicole de Boer   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Ezri Dax
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lt. Commander Worf
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB   Odo
Cirroc Lofton   IMDB   Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Armin Shimerman   IMDB   Quark
Siddig El Fadil   IMDB   Lieutenant Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor   IMDB   Colonel Kira Nerys
Guest Cast:
J.G. Hertzler   IMDB   Laas
John Eric Bentley   IMDB   Klingon
Joel Goodness   IMDB   Deputy
Music:
Jay Chattaway   IMDB
Director:
Steve Posey   IMDB
Author:
René Echévarria   IMDB
Published
VHS   ST:DS9 VHS 7.7
Teaser
Deep Space Nine Teaser #164: Chimera

Odo returns from a conference with an unexpected guest: a Changeling who tracked and boarded his Runabout.
Synopsis
When a Changeling boards Odo's runabout, Odo recognizes him as one of "the hundred" shapeshifters who were, like himself, sent out as infants into the galaxy to learn about other species. Back at the station, Sisko warily releases the visitor to Odo's custody. The Changeling, known as Laas, queries Odo about their unique species - with which Laas has made no contact since his infancy - and "the Link," a Changeling ritual that allows shapeshifters to meld with one another and thereby form a single, sentient collective entity.

After Odo informs Kira that he has linked with Laas, Kira, worried that Laas may be a Founder intending to lure Odo back to the Dominion ranks, asks to meet him. Odo introduces Laas to Kira, Bashir, Ezri and O'Brien. Unfortunately, Laas mistrusts humanoids, insisting to Odo that, in all of his prior encounters, they have been intolerant of shapeshifters, and he consequently treats the four with blatant hostility. Privately, Laas urges Odo to join him in seeking out "the hundred" to form a new Link that will allow them to live freely as Changelings.

When Odo recounts the conversation with Kira, she's troubled by the fact that Odo didn't refuse Laas' offer outright, though Odo assures her he's happy, and decides he will stay. Later, after being harassed for changing form in public, Laas argues heatedly with a pair of Klingons who brutally attack him. Angered and defensive, Laas fatally stabs one of them.

Odo learns that the Klingons plan to prosecute Laas for the murder. He suspects the case is driven by anti-Changeling prejudice, and protests that Laas will never get a fair trial. When Odo visits Laas in his holding cell, the Changeling taunts Odo by claiming that he is accepted by his friends only because he has assumed their form. Talking with Kira, Odo admits that he sometimes wonders what it might be like to live among his own people. Wanting Odo to be happy, Kira allows Laas to escape from his cell.

While Sisko orders a massive search for the fugitive, Kira tells Odo where he can find Laas. Odo goes to Laas' hiding place, but to the Changeling's dismay, Odo explains that he's not going with him because he loves Kira. Laas departs alone to continue his search, and Odo returns to Kira's waiting arms.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 19:06:59
I wonder if Odo finds Laas' face (and voice) kind of familiar. Anyway, Herzler acts really well as the changeling. Too bad Odo infects him with the Section 31-virus. He does, doesn't he?

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