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Tue, Mar 5, 2013, 11:59pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

Most of this episode was pretty silly, but the hide and seek scene was absolutely adorable. We don't get to see Odo show his less-than-serious side much, so this episode was worth it to me just for that alone.
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Tue, Mar 5, 2013, 11:43pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

I think this ep was great. We got to really see what Odo is like when he lets his walls down. I can't help wondering if Bashir's statement about giving love a chance and having your heart broken is better than having it break from loneliness is what would be sticking in Odo's memory during His Way.

Remember, Odo did look up texts about mating and sex while he was solid because he thought that was going to be the rest of his life.

And come on, a guy who can shapeshift will probably be really darned good at tantra and kama sutra! *DUCKS*

Also, bedroom eyes = win.
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Tue, Mar 5, 2013, 11:33pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

This is one of my favorite episodes. Hiccups aside, seeing Odo and Mora finally come to terms with their shared past made everything worth it.

I ended up writing a fix-it fanfic where the baby Changeling finds a way back, much to Odo's surprise!

Also, against the grain, I rather LIKED Kira's birth scene. It's a refreshing change from the typical cliche screaming and panic in a medical setting. She did something akin to hypnobirthing. :)
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Tue, Mar 5, 2013, 11:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

What I say below is mere speculation and should not be taken as fact or canon.

Regarding the whole Changeling linking thing:

I always assumed the Changelings take their 'default' shape of a preferred gender, but they may technically not have gender since they 'average' ones spend most of their lives as parts of a greater whole. They have no need for sexual reproduction. Linking is a melding of form and sensation, of thought and feeling. It's something we can't comprehend because we're limited by our physical bodies. Our molecules can't shift to mingle with others the way those of the Changelings species can.

Odo may have taken a male form by default because he spent much of his early life around Doctor Mora and had few other humanoid models to work from. For all we know he might have taken a woman's body if Doctor Mora had been female instead of male. The female Founder may prefer the feminine shape because it looks deceptively nonthreatening. Where she learned the difference between males and females is anybody's guess. Maybe the memory of Changeling history all the way back to when they began evolving the ability is passed up through the Link.

Therefore, gender won't matter if two Changelings decide to link up. In their true liquid form there is no male or female. I recall in A Simple Investigation he told Arissa he had an experience "that some would consider sexual." Can you blame him for thinking it inappropriate to link with Laas in public? He knew the public perception might border on disgust--and because of the Founders he knew the average station humanoids (not the DS9 crew) were uncomfortable with seeing him shapeshift.

I remember the episode where Odo killed another Changeling. Remember? It was the guy who tried to force a link. If people see linking as a sexual thing, then wouldn't one Changeling forcing an unwilling Changeling to link and ripping what they know out of their mind be akin to rape? Imagine the implications of that.
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