Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"Broken Link"

3 stars

Air date: 6/17/1996
Teleplay by Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr
Story by George A. Brozak
Directed by Les Landau

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

"Come now, Mr. Worf. You're a Klingon. Don't tell me you'd object to a little genocide in the name of self-defense." — Garak

Nutshell: A lot of this feels unfinished, like merely a promise of what's to come, but what was here was handled quite nicely.

It's interesting how well the season finales of both DS9 and Voyager can sum up their respective seasons. Voyager had a fairly pointless cliffhanger installment that highlighted a basically pointless and problematic season. DS9, on the other hand, offers a finale that, while frustrating in some of its cliffhanger-like respects, offers some potentially riveting background material. "Broken Link" is a worthwhile episode to end a very good season.

The episode opens as Odo begins to literally disintegrate for reasons Bashir cannot begin to fathom. Odo begins experiencing difficulty in holding his humanoid form—in one scene, he's trying to apprehend a criminal but collapses into a puddle of Changeling goo on the floor with practically no warning (the criminal gets away). Bashir realizes that Odo's molecular structure will not hold up for more than another week or two, and with no hope for a cure in sight, Odo has only one chance for survival: to ask the Founders for their assistance. The Defiant departs for the Gamma Quadrant to begin a search for the Founders' new homeworld.

That's right, the Dominion—again. As the season finale—again. It's okay with me, though. As little of the Dominion's actions we've really seen this season (considering "The Adversary's" notion that the Changelings were "everywhere") it's nice to see some potentially groundbreaking development back in the works for this storyline. Still, "potentially" is one of the key words here. What amounts from this episode could easily have major repercussions next season, but it could probably just as easily be put off until who-knows-when (like the "Adversary" plot); and what happens in the long run is not something I can really analyze now.

And that results in a bit of difficulty for dissecting this particular show at this particular time. How are we supposed to respond to what comes out of this? I guess, for now, I'll try to take everything at face value. I don't think I have much of a choice.

"Broken Link" isn't really a Dominion story so much as it is an Odo story, and, as one could probably expect for a primarily character-driven series, this is in the show's favor. Where "The Jem'Hadar" and "The Adversary" worked well as action-driven shows, "Broken Link" has a different agenda. It doesn't center around putting the away team or Defiant crew in life-threatening jeopardy like the earlier shows did; it takes a more subtle approach with less focus on violent confrontations and more focus on the smaller-scaled, more complex human qualities.

Once the Defiant is intercepted by Jem'Hadar fighters (who disable the ship's navigational recorders in order to keep the trip to the Founders' new homeworld a one-time occurrence), the female shapeshifter who has been watching over Odo in episodes past (Salome Jens) beams aboard and explains the situation to Odo. The episode turns out to be, in fact, a personal consequence of a confrontation from "The Adversary": Odo's unavoidable killing of a shapeshifter infiltrator to save the Defiant from imminent doom, which earned him the unpopular reputation of being the only Changeling to ever harm another of his own kind. Odo's self-disintegration is being caused by the Founders to force him to return home, where he must join with the Great Link, the Founders' intertwined mental network of mass knowledge, to be "judged" for his "murderous" action.

Two substantially impacting developments result from this show: One is the sentence for Odo's judgment, the other is a revelation connected to a side-story early in the episode concerning Gowron's urgent, attention-demanding threats of war. I'll get to those in a minute. First I want to describe what "Broken Link" offers besides these two surprising moments.

In terms of screen time, the show has a surprising amount of filler, especially for a season finale. But the padding scenes work nicely, even if a bit on the lightweight side, and all manage to have some sort of decent character point for Odo. He has a number of quiet but relevant discussions with other characters—Bashir, Kira, the female Changeling, Garak. The female shapeshifter in particular, in addition to being the episode's necessary bearer of information, manages to make the Founders understandable and not simply malevolent. She doesn't want Odo to suffer needlessly, but she does require that he answer for the death of the Changeling he killed.

One interesting note about the situation is how troubling even the other Founders find it. The female Changeling explains to Odo that there was widespread disagreement in the Link on how to deal with their rogue shapeshifter. Some wanted him executed, while others thought it best just to leave his destiny to that of whatever becomes the other "solids." The consensus finally decided to bring him to the Link, where his actual thoughts and beliefs can be read, and from which an appropriate judgment can be made that will appease everyone—or, at least, all the Founders.

Then there's Garak, who is amusing in his role to "take Odo's mind off his condition" by distracting him with a concoction of "innuendoes, half-truths, and bald-faced lies" about his still-mysterious past. This makes appropriate use of his character, and Odo's suspicious yet indecisive reactions to Garak's suppositions are fun.

Garak has another purpose here, however—one that isn't so lightweight. He wants to know whether the lives of any Cardassians who attacked the Founders (in "The Die is Cast") were spared and taken prisoner. The female Changeling's answer is disconcerting to say the least, and proves that the Founders are a group that one does not want to be in a true conflict with: "They're dead. You're dead. Cardassia is dead. Your people were doomed the moment they attacked us." Quite cold.

But for that matter, I doubt I'd want to be on Garak's bad side either. After the Changeling's icy response, Garak devises, in what could have easily sustained an entire story in itself, a seriously devious plan to wipe out all the shapeshifters by attempting to gain unauthorized access to the Defiant's weapons. Worf intervenes, however, in a fiery argument scene that had my undivided attention. Being a former Obsidian, Garak's logic makes sense—what do the lives of Odo, Sisko, the Defiant crew, and his own matter when considering a plan that may very well safeguard the entire Alpha Quadrant? Garak puts his thoughts as honestly as I've heard anything said in quite a while: "Don't tell me you'd object to a little genocide in the name of self-defense." Quite cold, part two. It's surprising the range his character has, and how credible he seems in both ends of the spectrum, from humorous to sinister.

One more quick ten-second filler bit: There's a rather unlikely moment of comic inspiration where Bashir, whose brain is obviously in idle mode, almost skips a stone off the Changeling lake. Fortunately, Sisko is there to stop him ("Doctor?!"). I was laughing hard on that one.

Padding scenes aside, what "Broken Link" really rides on are the two big moments the show drops on us. First is the Founders' sentence to make Odo human and officially banish him from the Great Link, something Odo obviously would've liked to rejoin had the Dominion not operated on views he opposes as an assimilated humanoid. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this idea yet. I'm pretty sure I like it; doubtlessly, there's heaps of potential for character building and rediscovery, and it's one of the riskier things the writers have tried with a character on the series.

At the same time, I wonder if the creators are tossing aside all opportunities for completing Odo's journey as a shapeshifter trying to find his niche in a society that operates completely differently from another one he originated from but never understood. The show introduced the intriguing notion that being in the Link gave Odo understanding of his people and himself for the first time ever, and that this understanding was all snatched away as the Founders stuck him in a human body and disowned him (which in itself brings up some questions as to how powerful they truly are). Above all, I hope this isn't some sort of ploy that the writers are going to reverse on us next season. If they change Odo back into a shapeshifter, I'm going to seriously wonder what the point of this whole idea is. I suspect that they aren't going to do something silly like that, but I bring it up because there's always the possibility.

The episode's other surprise is that Gowron himself is a shapeshifter, much unbeknownst to the Federation and the Klingon Empire—something only Odo senses while connected to the Great Link. The show ends with Gowron snarling on the viewscreen, demanding the Federation turn old territory over to the Empire lest he declare war on them. In my opinion, this idea is fine—it plausibly explains Gowron's implausibly aggressive behavior, and it will allow something new to develop along the whole Klingon/Federation (and Dominion) front that's been stuck in a state of status quo since "Way of the Warrior."

"Broken Link" has some very good character implications and storyline promises, but it still isn't quite what it could have been. While turning Odo human and revealing that the leader of the Klingon Empire is a Changeling impostor are two ideas that probably don't really belong in the same episode in the first place, the episode's one underlying problem is that it is merely a promise of what's to come. Even though I can respect what the writers are probably planning to do, I wasn't completely satisfied with what came out of the episode. Most of what I've written here is in praise of what I think and hope will result from the events of the show. Standing alone, however, it's hard not to think "so?" after the screen fades to black, because the ending proves a bit more frustrating than it really should've been—even as a season finale. Considering how long it takes to get where it's going, I was hoping the conclusion would've been a little more revealing, especially along Odo's reactions to being human.

I suppose you can't have everything. I'm quite pleased with "Broken Link" and DS9's entire fourth season in general. As always, the potential for continuing with new, intriguing developments is present. The creators just need to seize the opportunity next season.

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57 comments on this review

Tue, Sep 18, 2007, 1:56pm (UTC -5)
I really do dislike the "Gowron, the head of the Klingon Empire" bit. Anyone there not sure who he is? Also I will always wonder why all shapeshifters take a human form similar to Odo when Odo is supposed to be the only one with the kind of limitation that makes him appear as he does.
Jakob M. Mokoru
Sat, Nov 10, 2007, 5:36am (UTC -5)
Maybe the founders are just trying to be NICE to Odo...
Dimitris Kiminas
Wed, May 27, 2009, 12:12pm (UTC -5)
Or maybe thay need some extra effort to take a perfect human form, an effort that's only worth taking when there's a special objective to be accomplished (like spying!)
Thu, Oct 8, 2009, 4:34am (UTC -5)
However, if they're so powerful that they're actually able to turn other Changelings into actual humans, why don't they do that more often? If they wanted to replace someone like Gowron or that ambassador from the Season 3 finale, why not make the impostor real? Then, the Changeling would have no need to worry about blood tests, someone noticing him turn into liquid form to regenerate at night (after all, what if the replacee has a spouse?), someone noticing that he never eats, etc.
Tue, Oct 13, 2009, 5:22am (UTC -5)
"That's right, the Dominion--again. As the season finale--again."

Pretty funny in retrospect, considering they ended up 6 for 7 on that front.
Sun, Nov 8, 2009, 7:12pm (UTC -5)
This is another great review, Jammer. However, I object to your claim that some of the changelings wanted Odo executed. That was my first thought during that scene, but the female changeling never stated that it was the case, and given that 'no changeling had ever killed another' prior to Odo in 'The Adversery', I think it very likely was not. I am not forgetting the line 'perhaps we should have killed you - it would have been far less cruel' - the way that line is delivered suggests to me that execution was never considered an option.
Wed, Nov 25, 2009, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Here's Ron Moore's explanation of why the other Changelings take Odo's shape:
"Odo modeled his look after Dr. Mora and the Founders then modeled their look after Odo. They did this initially as a compliment and way of reaching out to their long-lost Changeling, and later they kept doing it as a dig and reminder to him of his own limitations."

I agree Garak's story could have been an episode all in itself. However, while season 4 had many great stand-alone episodes (especially the first half of the season), I am a little disappointed at how little any of the story arcs were pushed forward beyond "The Way of the Warrior". It has always been just a hint of what is to come with no payoff, which makes the individual episodes somewhat unsatisfying. I have no problem with continuing stories, but as I have said before, each episode still has to be entertaining on its own terms, otherwise, it's always the feeling that "okay, that wasn't so good, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run". The other thing about making 'promises' of future episodes is that you come to expect a follow-up, and thus are never surprised.
Tue, Feb 2, 2010, 10:07pm (UTC -5)
I just thought of something: if the Founders have changed the location of their homeworld, then how will the rest of the hundred get home? It seemed clear in "The Search" that Odo was the first (or among the first) to return, and that the desire to return to the Omarion nebula was "implanted into their genetic make-up" (as proposterous as that is).

If this is explained in future episodes, then just forget I said that.
Fri, Feb 12, 2010, 1:46am (UTC -5)
I always thought they used the Odo mold as a way of establishing their identity. They are not Klingons, Cardassians, Romulans or Humans. Therefore Odo's shape is the closest they have to their own physical identity.

On the other hand perhaps it is Odo who has taken the normal physical form of the changelings without knowing. For example if you were the only man you ever knew of who had blonde hair and blue eyes then you would assume that blonde hair and blue eyes are intrinsic to you and you alone. This is not to say that nop one else in the world has blonde hair and blue eyes. I just means that there are none that you know of.
Fri, Feb 19, 2010, 11:38am (UTC -5)
I just thought of something else. It's possible that it is very easy for a Changeling to 'copy' something that already exists, but a lot harder to create something new. That could explain how Founders could impersonate lifeforms, but cannot create a new one that is as "perfect". It would also explain how Odo is able to simulate the shape of a combadge.
Mon, Feb 21, 2011, 2:13pm (UTC -5)
Nic, to answer your first question:

The hundred have a kind of homing beacon built into their DNA which draws them to the founders homeworld, where ever it may be. Odo went to the Omarian Nebula because that's where they were.

If they had been in the Beta Quadrent, he would have been drawn there.
Mon, Jul 11, 2011, 8:54am (UTC -5)
I just want to second Jammer's comments on Garak, and Andrew Robinson in particular. I don't know whether it's Robinson's talent, Garak's character development, good writing, Cardassian complexities, or all of the above. But for me there is little doubt that Garak is the best developed, most mysterious, and most fascinating individual character in the whole series. Gul Dukat and Damarr are great too (Cardassians rock!), but they come behind Garak, probably because he lives among the Federation and is a former Obsidian Order operative.

When Garak stared down the Founder, I got chills. Why? Because I knew that no matter how powerful, determined, or devious she might be, Garak's indomitable treachery would somehow find a way. Sure enough, it almost did. And who can argue with his logic? Much as he deviously helped Sisko bring the Romulans into the Dominion war in "Pale Moonlight", here he is willing to cold-bloodedly sacrifice a few lives to protect the entire Alpha Quadrant. Watching this scene, I came to believe Worf might just regret his interference in the future...honor be damned.
Aaron B.
Wed, Aug 24, 2011, 9:52pm (UTC -5)
Garak may be my favorite TV character of any series. He's certainly in the top 5.

It always bugged me that people kept saying Odo was the only changeling ever to harm another, and neither Odo or anyone else tried to make the case that it was self-defense. After all, the changeling he killed was trying to sabotage the ship Odo was on, which could have gotten him killed along with everyone else. When they fought, it looked like he was trying to "harm" Odo to me. It always seemed to me that Odo got pegged with that status simply because he won and wasn't obeying the Link.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
I wish the founders would die but they've just ruined Odo's character. I knew it was coming after he killed one. I don't care about him acting human, trying to fit in. But it gave the writers more mushy soap opera material I guess.
The founders are evil hateful zealots. What do they do that's so important but lay around in a big cgi blob and wait for their spies? Unbelievablly boring so they manipulate people for fun, in the excuse they are protecting themselves. They are worse than solids.
And the Jan Hadar are just as bad but apparently can't even be nurtured out of their genetic "destiny" to be antagonistic bullies.
They should die too.
Thu, Mar 1, 2012, 3:29pm (UTC -5)
A few things. [1] That's a fairly decent medical bay the Defiant has...they must have built it since Bashir complained about the lack of such a facility on the Defiant when Sisko first arrived in it. [2] It is stated that Klingons rescinded their claim to Archanus 400 years ago, presumably to the Federation, who hold it now. But that would be 1972, long before the Federation existed. [3] It's rather presumptuous of Sisko to declare that he and Bashir are accompanying Odo and the Founder to the surface...who was to say the atmosphere would be breathable to them? And what a convenient island.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012, 5:23am (UTC -5)

[2] Is it such a stretch to say that the Klingons gave up the system before it ended up under Federation control? Perhaps they gave it up to some race that is now a part of the Federation...

[3]With the advanced technologies we have seen and see the Founders using (great feat of changing someone's race to mention just one thing) I don't really think changing the air to be breathable or creating an island aren't beyond their capabilities (heck, that island may even have been a changeling for that matter). Still, Sisko's request (demand?) was pretentious, though it was 100% in character and the founders have also shown to be accommodating in such matters, so their response isn't out of character either.
Mon, Jul 23, 2012, 11:55pm (UTC -5)
It is unfortunate that they never pursuded the relationship between Odo and that Bajoran woman they inted at.
Also, Garak was right and Worf wrong as it turned out. Sacrificing the crew to save the Alpha quarant was actually quite logical, if you pardon the expression.
It seemed that the "bad," guys had all the common sense in the show.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012, 10:51pm (UTC -5)
To Ian -- I'm sure the people of Betazed and some of the other Federation worlds would come to agree with you in a couple of years!

As for the ending, I loved it. It explains the behavior of the Klingons in Season 4 and leaves open so many possibilities for Season 5.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012, 8:29pm (UTC -5)
Jay, as for the Klingons reliquishing Archanis, Kira's speech isn't exactly clear on that, but if you listen more closely, you'll hear that she says "I don't get it. The Klingons reliquished their claim to Archanis IV a hundred years ago.", not "Archanis 400 years ago"
Sun, Sep 1, 2013, 12:54pm (UTC -5)
@ SuicidalZerg

After reading your post I listened closely and you're right, that's what Kira seems to say...
Thu, Sep 12, 2013, 4:19pm (UTC -5)
Saw this today for the first time since the 90s. It's a good character show, it stands up. Odo's ability to change his mass and the Link's ability to turn him into a biological human are obviously basically magic though. Also, I thought Odo's promenade walk was unnecessary (and very stagy and inauthentic in execution) - why should he fight to retain his form at all, why not just revert to liquid until he can be treated? They could have carried him out in a bucket without anyone noticing. Also, as Aaron points out, had the changeling in The Adversary succeeded, it would have killed Odo, so there is that hypocrisy/inconsistency.

They may claim to care about his welfare, but the Founders really show how much disregard they have for Odo in this episode - they infect him with an illness to ensure he returns to the Link for judgment and punishment for his entirely justified actions in The Adversary, turn him into a human, and even instrumentalise him by deliberately implanting him with the false idea that Gowron is a changeling. How can you so desperately want to return home to people prepared to treat you like that?

Garak and the Female Changeling great as usual.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013, 6:38pm (UTC -5)

Another solid season finale. Garak is a great character.

Sun, Nov 10, 2013, 12:00am (UTC -5)
As I work my way through the series for the first time I find that I agree with Jammers review in this case - seems like the writers have taken some risks and hopefully it will pay off in the future.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014, 7:01am (UTC -5)
Wow. Why couldn't THAT Bajoran woman have been a recurring character? I found her much more appealing than Leeta. :)

This one sucked me in from the very beginning. Odo's problem is well depicted and well acted. The early scene with Sisko, Kira, Dax and Worf is a thing of beauty, both funny and relevant to the events of the episode. Quark and Garak both show that they care, despite having their own motives. The 'female' Changeling is fascinating; like Odo, s/he only approximates a human form, and Sisko even refers to her as 'he' at one point. Garak once again shows that he can't be completely trusted; I was glad when Worf took him down.

The Dominion has a face and a voice, but is no less mysterious. Appropriately the show ends with a hard-hitting revelation about Gowron. Is Odo right? Is the Dominion using the Klingons as pawns against the Federation? We had to wait till Season 5 to find out. Excellent cliffhanger.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014, 6:03pm (UTC -5)
Solid ending to easily one of the best and most consistent seasons of Star Trek. Review was spot on, Jammer.

Quick asides: I didn't like the promenade scene, either. Not for logistical reasons pertaining to the plot. They couldn't use the transporter and simply reverting back to liquid state would have worsened his condition. I understand that. It just seemed out of place that those people would all be everything short of standing at attention while gawking. It just seemed unnatural somehow and not well executed.

The Garak/Worf scene on the Defiant was fantastically written and very true to their characters. If Garak had succeeded in accessing the weapons and his targeting was off or they were attacked too quickly by itchy trigger-fingered Jem'Hadar; things could be very unfortunate in its potential comeuppance. Very huge risk. But I can fathom Garak taking it. Especially following the short yet frigid responses from the female shapeshifter in an earlier scene.

Having chosen Garak to keep Odo company was also inspired and would have liked to see more dialogue here.

Poor Kira with her pregnancy-induced sneezing issues was very amusingly done and a highlight of the lighter aspects of this episode. That and Garak trying to set up a date for Odo. One of the great aspects of this show is how well of an oiled-machine the ensemble is concerning both regular and semi-regular cast. The writing has its part, definitely, but the chemistry is just here.

I agree there's a bit of filler here that could have been exchanged for more of the main plot but it was good filler. The great stuff here, for me, pushes it to near classic status. Unfortunately the episode almost seems held back in a way overall. I can't really put my finger on it and maybe it's just me.

3 stars sounds right.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 10:18pm (UTC -5)
Jammer, I have to say, I have started watching DS9 after growing up with TNG and DS9. At first, the idea of a continuing show bugged me, but I am really enjoying it. I love that is it so easy to watch online now -- I first saw the show when I was 12 but only saw "The Emissary" and "Way of the Warrior" as they were on VHS!

But your reviews are always good to read after watching a new episode. Thanks for posting them all.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 12:14am (UTC -5)
I'm re-watching the whole series, and I REALLY LOVE THIS EPISODE -- much more so than I remember from earlier viewing.
I don't think of it as a cliffhanger with some character development and padding -- it's all character driven.
* Garak trying to set up Odo on a date (too bad that never went anywhere...)
* Quark's concern -- which he could only show via bluster -- was spot on and almost touching.
* Garak's barely hidden concern for Enabrain Tain
* Garak's sparring with Odo on the Defiant
* the interchange between changeling and Odo
* The scene between changeling and Garak was downright creepy and brilliantly acted by both. And if there was ever justification for pre-emptive genocide....
* the Garak - Worf scene. Now, if only Eddington were still security chief....
* changeling society's way of dealing with their rebel

4 stars. A new "Top 10" episode, maybe Top 5 (but won't beat out Duet or ITPM)
Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 9:09am (UTC -5)
Well, this episode is a good one but not a great one.

Of course, Odo is center stage here which normally is good, but I'm not sure why he struggled to maintain his shape when it was so stressful. Damn, just pour yourself into a bucket and let Sisko & company find the Founders.

Quark's little "nod" to Odo was expected.

His walk down the promenade was pointless. I saw it coming when Bashir said that medical was ready but it'll take a little while to get Odo on board.

But.... Odo insisting he will be judged is a big feather in the cap for the character. I would have not expected anything less from Odo and probably would have just dismissed the character all together had he copped out of it somehow.

Very interesting the exchange between Garak and the lead Founder.

"FOUNDER: They're dead. You're dead, Cardassia is dead. Your people were doomed the moment they attacked us. I believe that answers your question." Damn, how’s that for a direct answer to someone who is never direct?

Then you can see the wheels turning in Garak's head...

"GARAK: It was a pleasure meeting you."

I just knew something was coming... and it's hard to argue with his reasoning here either. BUT... I'm sure the Founders had anticipated something like that...

But a note on the Founder's wanting the Cardassians dead.

#1. What about the Romulans?
#2. I don't believe the Jem'Hadar have attacked Cardassia, have they? I know they like to influence rather than act directly, but the Jem'Hadar are expendable and quickly replaceable, the Klingons have already taken a huge bite out of the Cardassians... seems they could finish them off pretty easily.

I don't think we can assume that if the changeling that Odo killed was successful - that meant as an absolute that Odo would have been killed. Remember Odo was spared when Tain & company attacked the Founder's home world. They seem to take into account contingencies like that.

I never thought that Odo's change to a solid was permanent.

It's interesting that the Founders used Odo to further their agenda, letting him believe Gowron was a changeling.

Another season ender that has Odo making a statement about the Founders. Ho-hum…

2.5 for me. Just average.

Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 11:36pm (UTC -5)
Realized the founder was lying or wrong on all accounts... tain was alibe, garak survived, and cardassia.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 9:54pm (UTC -5)
Odo's facial appearance is something akin to, I guess, genetic memory. All Founders in their "default" humanoid form look similar, facially, to Odo. Or rather he looks similar to them. He *thinks* its a limitation, but its not. I think its more of a mental block that the show never explored, but all Founders have the ability to mimic another humanoid perfectly ("Heart of Stone", "Apocalypse Rising"). Odo either can't or won't. But make no mistake it is some sort of mental block, as evidenced by the older Odo in "Children of Time".

As for the "magic" of making Odo "human". Its not magic, its remote genetic configuration. Bigpale above said, "The hundred have a kind of homing beacon built into their DNA which draws them to the founders homeworld, where ever it may be. Odo went to the Omarian Nebula because that's where they were." Agreed. But I think the beacon works both ways. And it was essentially used to FREEZE Odo into a configuration that closely approximates that of a human. It simultaneously severs him from the Link and makes him effectively for all intents and purposes, human. Since it severs him from the Link, it cannot be undone remotely by the Link, hence the events of "The Begotten".

At least that's how I saw it. Regular Founders (i.e. not Odo) can already change their body type to mimic that of a humanoid both inside and out, that is why they were so hard to detect when in those forms. Odo can't/won't (mental block(?)) so they simply did it FOR him and then broke the lever so to speak so he can't change back. Plus kept his Founder face as a sort of reminder of what he lost.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015, 5:13am (UTC -5)
I had the hardest time trying to figure out when did Odo infect the founders in the Great link. I was here, This is the only time Odo was anywhere near them. I had thought it was in Season 6 during the war, but the female changeling couldn't get back to the Gamma Quadrant.

I really liked Odo in this one, he was just as loyal to the Defiant crew as they were to him, Odo looked really scared right before he entered the link.
William B
Wed, Dec 9, 2015, 3:04pm (UTC -5)
There is a nice urgency to this episode even from the beginning; while it can read a tiny bit contrived, as if Gowron knows this is a season finale so he'd better step up his game, it still sets the tone pretty well. Season four is a bit of an odd year in that it does feel like things are nearly standing still while people wait for everything to fall apart; the big events in "The Adversary" and "The Way of the Warrior" have affected everybody's lives in ways big and small, but in a lot of respects people are just waiting for the next thing. This episode's sense of urgency from the geopolitical situation intensifies what Odo is going through, and connects the very large and very small.

I like, too, how the episode takes the time to show us/update us on Odo's relationships with other people on the station before he goes off to face what may be his death; Garak and Odo remain some weird kind of friends, with Garak setting Odo up with a woman as a way of perhaps helping Odo deal with his loneliness while Garak struggles with his own, Worf and Dax debate on their opposite views on whether Odo's isolationism is a front or his true feelings, Dr. Mora's offscreen concern is mentioned, Kira brings in a criminal activity report (hearkening back to "Crossfire") and Odo still kind of gives her the cold shoulder personally even as he's obviously delighted by her gift; Odo and Quark have one of their usual touching reconciliation moments. I agree with commenters who suggested that Odo's walk to the Defiant was overwrought and silly; in general, I have no idea why no one brought some kind of bucket or pail for Odo to sink into, or at least suggest the idea (maybe Odo thought it would be undignified, but seriously). For a person who largely feels disconnected from those around him, this episode helps underline the connections Odo has made even before the Defiant crew takes big risks to get him to the people who can help him.

I do think it seems likely that Weyoun poisoned Odo in "To the Death," as a commenter suggested. The genuine caring that the main cast show for Odo in various ways of course contrast with the way His People treat him. The "no changeling has ever harmed another" line which they repeat and repeat really does seem much more propaganda than reality, considering that their definition of "harm" conveniently excludes everything that they have done to Odo (and presumably other changelings they sent out into the galaxy), beginning with sending them out to have lonely existences among solids who are so *presumptively evil and xenophobic* according to the Founders that most of those baby changelings would likely die out there, installing "homing beacons" to force them back so that he feels an intense desire to be near his people and then denying him access to the Link when he actually gets there, torturing his friends, playing elaborate mindgames ("Heart of Stone") as a way of extracting information from him,

I suspect (and I think there are elements of confirmation for this later) that the Link itself is so powerful and so reassuring that the Founders develop a kind of impenetrable groupthink, reinforced intensely by their creation of an entire Dominion of puppet races who literally worship them and give them their required narcissistic supply and dispatching violence or biological weaponry on anyone who crosses them. I don't think that the "problem" is some kind of genetic evil or anything, but a people who genuinely have become so powerful that they are unused to even considering the possibility that their way is not the only way. There is something about the Female Shapeshifter's pious superiority that makes her particularly great as a foil for Odo, who could barely handle Dr. Mora's imperfect sometimes-disapproving-father bit.

In any case, Odo agreeing, in the end, to judgment works for me. It really is wryly funny that Odo imagines that he has some left-over concept of justice from his people ("Necessary Evil"), then his people turn out to be totalitarian maniacs and then *Odo* becomes their ultimate criminal. Sisko correctly asks if Odo is really going to get justice from his people, but I think it's an open question whether "justice" is actually what Odo has meted out over the years, either (though obviously Odo's weaknesses and rigidity are nothing compared to the Founders'), but Odo knows he needs to face judgment to maintain his self-respect. The episode reminded us of Odo's glee at stopping crimes and taking names earlier with the smugglers he interrupted, and it's neat that the Founders' infection of him stops him in his tracks; he cannot be a lawman again until he resolves his identity as criminal.

The final punishment, with the Founder leader ironically intoning that he got what he has wanted, is appropriately cruel but with some sort of hope; Odo maybe *could* find something worthwhile in life as a human (well, probably he should have been Bajoran, but maybe the Founders needed to make some observations to get the biology right, and they have a Defiant full of mostly humans), as the episode's end suggests, even if the Founders deliberately keep his face frozen to remind him that he will never truly be one of the humans even as he now can no longer be one of the Founders.

I guess the biggest other note here is about Garak. I like the structure here, where Garak's dangerous past is played for comedy as he is a wry entertainer of Odo, only to turn things around at the last moment and reveal that this is still a *very* dangerous guy. Or, would be if Worf hadn't stopped him I guess. Garak's talk with the Female Shapeshifter was appropriately chilling on both sides -- Garak's actual pained reaction covered up quickly by a wry smile that signals that he has (at least internally) figured out his next step is perfect. I do think that the attempted mass-murder-suicide is something that Garak would do to save the Alpha Quadrant, with the important caveat that, as we saw in "Improbable Cause"/"The Die is Cast," Garak is actually much less pragmatic and more irrational than he seems; Garak's maintenance of the cover of professionalism obscures the fact that he's basically barely holding himself together and makes bold, extreme decisions on the spur of the moment when given the opportunity. Tain is one of Garak's weakest points, and while I do believe that Garak believes that killing the Founders will help the AQ in the long run, Garak is also intensely shaken not just by the idea that Tain is definitely dead -- which he probably could have suspected anyway -- but broadly that all of Cardassia is now dead, because of Tain's foolhardy preemptive strike, which Garak signed on for. The attempted destruction of the Founders' homeworld actually represents Garak trying to enact Tain's plan all over again and willing to die for it, perhaps since he and all of Cardassia are on the hook for Tain's attack anyway.

But, you know, the whole thing does come off as bizarre within the larger context of the episode. It's hard to believe that the Founders, who had taken over the Defiant's controls and are extremely paranoid about attacks from solids, would allow the Defiant's quantum torpedoes to remain armed near their planet anyway. And for Garak to get off with, ahem, six months in a holding cell is pretty ridiculous, when you consider that Kasidy got more than that for smuggling medical supplies and Sisko declares a personal vendetta against Eddington for stealing replicators. Depending on how much life the Founders' homeworld represents (how many is the Link anyway?) the utilitarian case for Garak's actions may be made -- maybe the loss of life from the deaths of the Founders really would be less horrifying than the results of the war which happens later on, but we're talking about killing an entire species here, and the decision being carried out by one guy. Sympathize with Garak, hate him, think he's a hero, think that he's more of an emotional wreck than he seems, think it's justified by the Founder's words, think whatever, but the sheer magnitude of what Garak almost did cannot really be just swept in as an aside in an unrelated plot, with a slap-on-the-wrist sentence.

To be clear, my issue is not that I think Garak needed to be punished more -- I don't even really know how to start to evaluate what Garak "deserves" for this. But either cut the attempted genocide/mass murder-suicide or address it; either eliminate this part of the story, or engage with Garak's arguments and demonstrate how Garak's mass-death plan changes how people view him. For contrast, Garak *did* sign on to work for Tain during Tain's genocidal assault back in "IC/TDIC" and then tortured Odo!, and the two-parter ended with Garak and Odo improbably being friends. And that worked, because things *happened*, Garak and Odo had conversations and connected and hurt and helped each other and the whole of what happened made their final positions make sense. There is none of that here, and it's IMO damaging to the show and to Garak's character story (though he's still my favourite character in the show).

Overall, it's a pretty good hour and I'd give it a low 3 stars.

Diamond Dave
Mon, Jan 4, 2016, 1:43pm (UTC -5)
A somewhat disappointing conclusion that can be summed up quickly - Odo is turned human by the Founders - and is more interesting in what it presages than in what it actually shows. There's a whole bunch of really nice character interaction as people sit around gassing. It's enjoyable but it really is little more than fluff, and suggests we were a bit story light here.

As so often happens Garak rescues things somewhat - even though he's purely on the Defiant as a plot contrivance his reaction to the "They're dead. You're dead. Cardassia's dead" is great and his subsequent attempt to wipe out the Founders seems fully in keeping. And there's a good concluding moment with the shock Gowron reveal. But this is a decidedly average effort. 2.5 stars.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016, 9:04pm (UTC -5)
You know, after starting out with such a gargantuanly explosive bang, Season Four sure ends on something of a whimper, doesn't it? Not that I'm complaining. "Broken Link" does the job it sets out to do and does it fairly admirably well.

As a character piece for Odo, it works surprisingly well. All of his interactions with the other characters (even the one with Quark) feel genuine and fully in keeping with not just his character but everyone else's as well. And, of course, there's the wonderfully evocative shot of Odo, now in Human form, stretching his arm out to the Female Changeling - very reminiscent of Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I'm giving the episode a full bonus point for that shot alone. And, naturally, there's Garak. I love Garak's actions here. Once he is confronted with a serious threat against Cardassia he is willing to do whatever it takes to save them, even to the extreme of sacrificing himself and committing genocide. This is what's so great about the character, he presents himself as an intelligent, amiable guy, he gets you to begin to let your guard down around him and then BOOM - he does something like this, reminding the audience that he is actually a ruthless lone agent. He may be on the side of good most of the time, but he'd gladly kill all the "good guys" without a second thought if he thought it was in Cardassia's best interests. So multi-faceted!

However, Jammer really hit the nail in the head with the main problem of the episode. Looking back with hindsight, we all know that Odo's transformation into a Solid isn't going to last long. In fact, he'll be back to his usual shape-shifting self within twelve episodes (less than half-way through Season Five). So, I also have to ask - what was the point? Maybe if they had actually done something with this concept, (even in those upcoming twelve episodes) it wouldn't be so bad. Sadly, however, it hurts this episode, as so much of "Broken Link's" drama depends on a plot element that is, essentially, meaningless. The episode loses a point over it. Given that the episode, like most season finales for this show, really plays up the promise of things to come (with the Klingons and with Odo), it's even more unforgivable.

Wed, Jun 8, 2016, 11:05am (UTC -5)
I loved Garak and thought the Odo stuff was pretty good.

My quibbles:

"Oh no, we're about to enter into an unavoidable war with the Klingons." "Oh well, it's far away." Fade to laughing at Kira sneezing. Really?

It occurs to me that Odo is probably not that good at catching smugglers -- otherwise why would they keep using DS9 as a stop? Sure, he catches a bunch, but how many more get away?

As said above, if Odo is sick he should revert to his liquid state as opposed to expending energy holding his form.

Is there no tv in sick bay? The poor man is just supposed to lie there without even a blanket with absolutely nothing to do?

Are there no wheelchairs in sick bay? If Odo gets worse every time he moves, shouldn't he be using one to get to the ship? If he doesn't want to be stared at he can turn himself into a moldy blanket or something.

Sisko and Bashir beam down to the planet for what might be days. Without food, water, or anything to do.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016, 1:42am (UTC -5)
Two questions, in order of importance:

1) Did Odo ever get with that pretty Bajoran shop owner who was throwing herself at him?

2) Did Section 31 infect Odo before this (on Earth in "Home Front"), and the Dominion additionally infect him with a different disease in order to get him back to the Link?
Peter G.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016, 9:41am (UTC -5)
@ Skywalker,

1) No
2) Yes
Tue, Aug 2, 2016, 7:37pm (UTC -5)
"You fight well... for a tailor."
Mon, Sep 5, 2016, 2:58pm (UTC -5)
I always wondered how the founders knew that Odo killed the changeling in The Adversary.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 9:34am (UTC -5)
@Odyssey47 - "I always wondered how the founders knew that Odo killed the changeling in The Adversary. "

That's easy. There's at least one other high ranking changeling in the entire Federation and that person read Odo's report. I doubt Odo's killing of the changeling was a huge secret, and if it wasn't then anyone with a certain security clearance can be aware of it. And especially since a changeling was pretending to be an admiral I'm guessing a whole lot of people because aware of this incident.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016, 11:58pm (UTC -5)

Odo was literally infected twice!

Once by Section 31 during his visit to earth' with hopes he would transmit it to the founders

Second, the founders via Weyoun did it to get him back for judgement.

When he went to be judged, he infected them with the Section 31 virus!

Both sides are evil to do this to an individual being. I love the complexities of DS9
Trek fan
Wed, Jan 4, 2017, 11:26pm (UTC -5)
For me, the only surprise with Gowron in this episode is that it took DS9 this long to say he is a changeling. From the very first instant he appeared in "Way of the Warrior," I said to myself: "He's acting strangely." Within a few minutes of that instant, as he turned hostile toward the Federation, I told myself: "He's a changeling." How else to explain the Klingons turning against the Federation coming out of nowhere, without any context or buildup whatsoever prior to "Way of the Warrior," as anything other than a Dominion plot to weaken the Alpha Quadrant with a changeling spy? After all, changeling spies appeared in key roles only a few episodes before "Way of the Warrior," and it seemed obvious to me the writers were returning to that well with Gowron. But no: DS9 made us wait an entire season to discover what was obvious from the beginning, drawing out the dead-end idea of putting the Klingon-Federation cold war back in place.

Watching the series on Netflix for the first time, I also ask myself: When these episodes first aired, did anyone with even a passing familiarity with Star Trek buy the Klingon betrayal in "Way of the Warrior" as remotely plausible outside of the possibility that Gowron is a changeling? Surely the writers planned this surprise when they gave us "Way of the Warrior" -- and it's one of the most poorly staged plot twists I've seen on Trek.

And dear God, how little we got in exchange for making the Klingons threatening with this plot twist. Other than the cool and totally unmotivated "look the Klingons are bad guys again" battle moment in "Way of the Warrior," we received an endless series of mediocre Klingon plots that didn't go anywhere. Other than rehashing (for the sake of nostalgia?) the old "Worf is honored, Worf is dishonored, Worf is honored" merry-go-round, we didn't really get much of interest outside of the fun "Sword of Kahless" episode. And what about poor Kurn, Worf's tragic brother who apparently had his memory wiped for no reason now that we know the real Gowron didn't strip his honor? That was an awful ep.

Anyway, even though the "Gowron as changeling" reveal has been delayed about 50 episodes too many prior to "Broken Link," I'm just oh so very happy that they finally put it to rest here. And I look forward to Season 5, as Season 4 has been one of the best seasons of Trek that I've seen. Time to put the Klingon-Federation relationship back where it belongs and move on to better things.

Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 1:26am (UTC -5)
@Trek fan

It should be mentioned that the Klingon arc of Season 4 was the result of some executive meddling, who felt the show, while adequate in the ratings , could do better. So they went with the popular aliens, the Klingons to buoy the ratings, as well as bring bace a TNG character.

I look forward to reading your posts as you continue your journey through the rest of this series.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 9:45am (UTC -5)
@Nolan - I always found that bit interesting. They were able to take the network meddling and really make it not ruin everything they had set up. If nothing else, using the Klingons to stall the Dominion story for 2 years really helped stretch the show in a good way. And while I wasn't always a fan of fighting with the Klingons, the Klingons never totally left DS9 after this... and they made a great addition to the series.
Peter G.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 11:35am (UTC -5)
@ Robert,

I know Jammer's site is a spoiler-laden zone, but it strikes me that when joining in on a specific conversation with someone who says he's watching the series for the first time we should probably try to avoid giving spoilers (such as whether or not the Klingons never totally leave DS9).
Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 7:37pm (UTC -5)
Fair point! I should have read more carefully! That said, I'm not sure Worf remaining a main character is a spoiler (and he always brings Klingon trappings with him). But it's definitely border line.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 7:16pm (UTC -5)

"Another solid season finale."

Also, another changeling season finale.
Sun, May 7, 2017, 11:52am (UTC -5)
Maybe Bashir and Sisko could have hopped over to the mirror universe to get a bucket to carry Odo in (the only reason I could think of why they didn't use a bucket to take Odo to The Defiant is that there are no Buckets in their universe)

Also, why do all the founders look like Odo when they take on solid form? Stupid.

Sisko over-acts as always. Very distracting.
Thu, Feb 1, 2018, 12:46pm (UTC -5)
Kind of a lackluster episode who's goal was to re-etablish the Dominion as the show's ultimate bad guys.

I've read interviews with Ira Behr and the writing staff who've basically said the studio "strongly suggested" they put aside the Dominion plot line in favor of something that would invigorate the series. (???) Hence Worf and the Klingons. ("Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" was supposed to be the third season finale/fourth season opener.)

They were always champing at the bit to get back to the Dominion and considered the fourth season as a kind of long detour. It shows here.
Sun, Jun 17, 2018, 8:46am (UTC -5)
"You fight well, for a tailor."
Thu, Jun 28, 2018, 8:52pm (UTC -5)
As DS9 season-ending episodes go, this one's a tad below average but on it's own, I liked it. Getting the Founders directly involved, the visuals of their world & CGI, Garak's deceit and a couple of big revelations make it a good episode. There is some padding (Kira sneezing, the Bajoran cafe owner who has the hots for Odo, some Garak) but it's not like the Rom/Quark nonsense (i.e. it is acceptable/good padding).

We circle back to Gowron being belligerent and the big reveal that he's a changeling now makes sense for his warmongering in "The Way of the Warrior". The writers have a ton of freedom for what they can do with changelings -- they can be anywhere and know anything and the viewer just has to accept it, and it isn't implausible.

Garak is a terrific character and perhaps my favorite on DS9. He's outstanding in "In the Pale Moonlight" but here he adds a good edge. The fight/argument with Worf is great as his sabotage is averted -- especially coming after what the head Founder told him -- great stuff here. Bottom line: Don't f*ck with Garak. And I guess I shouldn't be surprised that he gets off scot free for attempted genocide + killing Sisko/Bashir.

Interesting punishment for Odo being turned into a human. This is also convenient as his adaptation should provide plenty of material to work with. The bit about Odo being the first changeling to kill one of his own kind and then the judgment also gives the Founders some texture -- they're clearly not cardboard villains. Far from it. I like the head Founder's pragmatism and I think the punishment is a good one that makes sense.

The other thing I like is the unconditional support Odo gets from the DS9 crew -- this is a common theme with VOY and the other Treks. Sisko/Bashir waiting on the Founders world -- who knows how long they were there. I don't know about the part where Bashir wants to skim a rock across the Great Link!

3 stars for "Broken Link" -- pretty interesting stuff that tees you up for Season 5 and makes you wonder about a few things (like how/where did Odo get infected by the Founders, how they infiltrate the Klingons etc.) Just a good story with some good writing and interactions -- no need for phaser or starship battles.
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 2:35am (UTC -5)
"Broken Link" is probably the weakest finale of DS9. It's an interesting hour with ramifications for the upcoming season, but it's also far too low-key to be considered gripping or fantastic. It's interesting to see Odo face the consequences of his actions, but the true highlight of the episode are the Garak scenes. He elevates pretty much every episode he's in (besides maybe "Afterimage").

3 stars, barely.
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 10:01am (UTC -5)
I agree with that. I'd probably ranks DS9 season finales as follows:

Call To Arms
The Jem'Hadar
In The Hands Of The Prophets
The Adversary
Tears Of The Prophets
What You Leave Behind
Broken Link
Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Just a few observations (SPOILERS)

[1] I already said this in the comment thread for "To the Death", but it's interesting that the Founders have the innate ability to turn a Changeling into a biological human, and then to reverse that process, turning a human into a Changeling. For the latter, even a sick baby Changeling with no knowledge from the Link is able to do it. So why don't the Founders simply turn every solid that they encounter into a Changeling? Isn't this a much more effective way of dealing with their fear and mistrust of the solids than trying to maintain a vast military empire to control them? I know that possible real-world explanations are that the writer's didn't think of it, or felt that this would make the Changelings too Borg-like as villains. But in-Universe, it really ruins the whole premise of the Dominion.

[2] Bashir's stone-skipping near incident, while hilarious, is not very consistent with what is later revealed to be his genetically-enhanced intellect, wouldn't you agree? This got an eye roll from me for that reason.

[3] Rewatching this episode, it is indeed very irritating that Odo is labelled as the only Changeling ever to harm another, and judgement therefore must be passed on him. The Changeling infiltrator from "The Adversary" was very clearly trying to kill Odo in "hand-to-hand" combat, not to mention attempting to destroy the Defiant with all hands (including Odo). It's not this hypocrisy on the part of the Founders that bothers me. That much is consistent with the previous characterization. It's the fact that no one *calls* them out on it on screen. Not even Odo says "you sent an agent to kill me and all my friends," when this would have been a very legitimate defense. Besides, the word "harm" presumably doesn't just mean "kill" here. The Changeling from The Adversary presumably injured Odo during their fight, or at least caused him pain, in order to achieve his objective.

[4] As others have pointed out, it's uncharacteristically lax for the Founders to allow the Defiant near their homeworld without disabling their weapons. This could have potentially led to their demise, had it not been for Worf. While it's possible the Dominion simply thought "the Federation is above genocide, and they are only here to help Odo", that isn't consistent with their usual paranoia and mistrust. It's even more bothersome that the Jem'hadar fighter escort that accompanied them the whole way there seems to go away and leave them there alone once they get there! Effects shots of the Defiant in orbit around the Founders' homeworld don't show any other ships. I suppose you could argue that these ships are simply off camera in the vicinity. But then once again I'd argue that it was very irresponsible for them to allow the Defiant to be in orbit at all without disabling her weapons. In a sneak attack, she could have gotten quite a few shots off before they destroyed her, perhaps even enough to wipe out the Founders, if they had launched their full complement of torpedoes all in one salvo.

[5] As soon as the Jem'hadar place the navigation scrambler on the Defiant's helm console, I thought to myself that this device could easily be used to obtain sensitive information from the ship's computer. Thus, I was gratified when Worf objected to its placement, presumably for this same reason. Sisko overrode him, opting to cooperate for Odo's sake. Another classic example of "Captain shuts down Worf." But unlike in TNG, where Worf often expressed support for the hostile option, or raised security concerns that were comically one-note in their lack of any wisdom or diplomacy, here his concern is totally with merit. I know people complain that Worf's character regressed somewhat in DS9, and that he became a lot more one-dimensional in his adherence to a code of honour. But at least he showed himself to be uniformly better at his job -- better at hand-to-hand combat, tactics, and security. I like the depiction on DS9 of a largely competent, intelligent Worf.

Fri, Nov 2, 2018, 4:32pm (UTC -5)
@wolfstar-Sorry for the belated reply. I didn't know people actually replied to me!

I'd rank the finales like this:
1. "Call to Arms"
2. "The Jem'Hadar"
3. "What You Leave Behind"
4. "In the Hands of the Prophets"
5. "The Adversary"
6. "Tears of the Prophets"
7. "Broken Link"

The only difference is that I really like "What You Leave Behind". DS9 was pretty good with its finales. I'd give 4 stars to "Call to Arms", 3.5 to 2-4, and 3 to 5-7.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 11:42pm (UTC -5)
Very ho-hum for a season finale, though at long last, the promise of the Season 3 finale is realized: The Changelings have managed to get themselves into a position of power, with Gowron.

Season 4 had some good eps, though the follow through on the ominous "DUM-DUM-DUM!!!" "They're everywhere" Season 3 finale was disappointingly weak. We're starting Season 5 and have progressed very little. We have almost the very same ominous ending "They're highly placed amongst the Klingons and causing havoc, who knows where else they are???"

Hopefully, the Dominion finally will make whatever move they plan to make, on the Alpha Quadrant.

There's surely no way Odo is going to stay human, any more than Picard was going to stay Borg. He's a changeling, he'll surely go back to that at some point - no later than the end of the new Season would be my guess.

Loved the Garak stuff, every bit of it.

It's hard to have any sympathy for the Dominion. The Founders are horrible. I keep getting the feeling I'm meant to have some sympathy, maybe even some admiration for them, but I have none.
Star Trek Joy
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 9:26pm (UTC -5)

Odo walking across the promenade in a half gelatinous state...really? Why is he still even trying to hold a humanoid form?

Bashir almost throws rock into Great Link...haha!!!

No good reason for Sisko to bring Garak along except to give us great lines...Come now, Mr. Worf. You're a Klingon. Don't tell me you'd object to a little genocide in the name of self-defense...You fight well for a tailor.

Garak just gets to go back to tailoring after trying to sabotage the mission? Oh yeah, his heart was in the right place. Haha!!

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