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Playing God
Stardate 47678.3
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 37 (2.17)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Medvirkende:
Avery Brooks   IMDB   Commander Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB   Odo
Siddig El Fadil   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Julian Bashir
Terry Farrell   IMDB   Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton   IMDB   Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Armin Shimerman   IMDB   Quark
Nana Visitor   IMDB   Major Kira Nerys
Gæstestjerner:
Geoffrey Blake   IMDB   Arjin
Ron Taylor   IMDB   Klingon Chef
Richard Poe   IMDB   Gul Evek
Chris Nelson Morris   IMDB   Alien Man
Majel Barrett Roddenberry   IMDB   Computer Voice
Musik:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Instruktør:
David Livingston   IMDB
Manuskript:
Jim Trombetta   IMDB
Michael Piller   IMDB
Historie:
Jim Trombetta   IMDB
Offentliggørelser
Laser Disc   ST:DS9 LaserDisc Volume 19
VHS   ST:DS9 VHS Volume 19
Forfilm
Deep Space Nine Teaser #037: Playing God

While hosting her first Trill initiate, Dax discovers a tiny, developing universe, which threatens to destroy the station as it expands.
Synopsis
Arjin, a Trill initiate trying to qualify for joining with a symbiont, is nervous that he must study under Dax, having heard horror stories about the tough-as-nails Curzon and other hard-to-impress Dax hosts. However, when he meets Jadzia Dax in Quark's, it is he who is taken aback by her casual, lighthearted demeanor. Later, Dax and Arjin take a Runabout into the Gamma Quadrant, and she explains that he doesn't have to worry about impressing her. Suddenly, the Runabout gets snagged on a small mass of protoplasm in a subspace pocket - an unidentifiable mass.

The crippled Runabout returns to the station with the matter still attached. While O'Brien prepares a containment chamber for the mass in the Science Lab, Dax takes Arjin to dinner, where she expresses worry that he only seems concerned with meeting other people's expectations, and observes that Arjin has few aspirations or goals beyond being joined. She later reveals to Sisko her reluctance in confronting Arjin about her impressions because Curzon Dax, who trained Jadzia, was hard on her - to the point of giving her an unfavorable recommendation. Sisko insists that it is her job to be honest with Arjin in order to help him learn.

O'Brien discovers that Cardassian voles - small, rodent-like creatures that have infested the station - shorted out the containment field that held Dax's protoplasm, which is now glowing. While she and Arjin study it, Dax finally tells him her concerns, which causes Arjin to angrily leave the room, thinking the worst. Later, Dax reports that the matter is actually a rapidly-expanding proto-universe, which, as it grows, is displacing universe. Sisko reluctantly decides that their only option is to destroy it, until Dax finds indications of life within it.

Sisko is left with a tough dilemma - deciding how to protect the station without destroying the matter and possibly murdering an entire civilization. While he ponders his choices, Dax locates Arjin and explains how the shy Jadzia made it through the program despite Curzon - and finding a newfound inner strength in the process. As she urges Arjin to do the same, Sisko arrives with his decision - he has opted to try and take the matter back through the wormhole. Dax invites Arjin to pilot the Runabout with her, and he agrees.

O'Brien creates the strongest containment field he can for the matter, but it begins to collapse once the Runabout encounters vertiron nodes in the wormhole. Dax orders Arjin - an expert pilot - to navigate through the veritable minefield of nodes, despite his reluctance. The field then collapses, leaving no margin for error, but Arjin succeeds in getting through the wormhole, returning the developing universe to its subspace pocket, and finally winning Dax's respect.
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