To Boldy Sew: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S03E01: “The Search, Part 2″

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This is part two of a two-parter, so the episode beings with a recap of the previous episode.

Odo and Kira are on the planet with shape shifters. Everyone is staring at Odo. You really are like me aren’t you? He asks. The female says yes.


I brightened up this image a little bit because it was honestly really dark otherwise, which I guess is what happens on a rogue planet that doesn’t orbit a star. The shape shifters are all wearing kind of bland, almost skin-tight clothing that’s basically almost the same color as their skin. They all seem to have mimicked Odo’s facial features, so I assume that plus the clothes are there mainly for his (and Kira’s?) benefit.

The female shape shifter says that this planet is where Odo is from. He wishes he could remember the planet, but she says he was newly-formed when he left so it makes sense that he would not. He asks if he was an infant, and she says yes. He asks if he has family and says he’d like to meet them. She says they’re all part of the great link, gesturing back toward the lake type place they came out of. Is that all of them or are there others?

Kira interrupts and says it’s not a police investigation and he should not interrogate them. She tells the others he is happy to be there. He agrees that he is, but it’s all very sudden. The female agrees that he has many questions.

He asks about the Great Link. She says it’s the foundation of their society and provides meaning to their existence and merges form and thought, ideas and sensation. He seems alarmed, and she asks if anything is wrong. He says he’s lived a solitary life. She says this is unfortunate but necessary. But now that part of his life is over and he’s home.

She holds out a hand and encourages him to take it. One of the other shape shifters with a deeper voice discourages this idea, saying Odo is not ready. She says he needs to remember and encourages Odo not to be afraid. Odo takes her hand. They both morph their hands into that semi-liquid state and then separate again, morphing back to solid state.


Odo exhales and closes his eyes and Kira is worried, asking what was done to him. The female says she let him experience the Link. Odo stares blankly into space with wide eyes for a moment but then responds to Kira and says he’s all right.

She asks what happened. He’s not sure. But he knows the female is right and he is home. He smiles.


Sisko says it’s been six days since they had to abandon the Defiant after the Jem’Hadar attack. They don’t know what happened to the rest of the crew, but he’s with Bashir in a shuttle heading back to the wormhole. They don’t know if they’ll make it, since their engines are failing, their sensors are barely functioning, and life support systems aren’t working well either.


It’s dark and the screens keep flickering on and off. Is this the end for Our Heroes?

They both are thinking things could be worse and then there is a banging noise and they’re shaken about. Bashir thinks it might be a tractor beam. The door starts to open and both Sisko and Bashir are ready to shoot, but surprisingly it’s O’Brien and Dax.


Dax still has her different hairdo. O’Brien is holding up his hands in a “don’t shoot” gesture.

They’re all shocked to see one another. O’Brien says they’ve been searching for them for days. What about the others? Sisko asks. No sign, Dax says, but they have ships out looking. Meanwhile, their orders are to get Sisko and Bashir back to DS9. Dax says there are big things happening and they’re in for a surprise.


Back on the planet, Kira and Odo are alone with some random glowing things and trees. The shape shifters have left and are making them wait. Odo is impatient and thinks he is being treated like an outsider, but Kira says she is the outsider and not trusted.


I brightened up this image a bit also, so we can see some details. There are some flat stone slabs that form into a circle , and some random rocky outcroppings. The glowing orbs remind me of paper lanterns.

There is also an obelisk that it looks like Kira is studying, a subtle callback to the obelisk that Dr. Mora and Odo discovered in Season 2, episode 12, “The Alternate.”  The purpose of the obelisk was not discovered in that episode (discussions over its origins were replaced by concerns of violence) and it’s not talked about here.

The female shape shifter appears and says Kira is perceptive – their history has taught them to avoid contact with solids whenever possible. They call mono-forms “Solids” as they can’t enjoy the wonders of the Great Link.

Kira says she doesn’t want to stay long, as there’s a chance Sisko and the others have survived the attack and she wants to go back to the shuttle and try to contact them. The female shape shifter says that she can’t allow Kira to send any communications from the planet’s surface as they could be traced back and she values their isolation.

Odo agrees. Kira just nods.

The shape shifter asks Odo if he’s made use of the arboretum. In what way? he asks. She says by assuming the various shapes around him. Why? To become a thing is to know a thing. To assume its form is to begin to understand its existence. He is confused.

She says that living amongst Solids has damaged him and left him ignorant of the gifts he possesses. He asks if she will teach him. She says she’ll do what she can. But this is a journey he has to make on his own.

She picks up a rock and hands it to him and says when it’s over he can take his place in the Great Link. Odo studies the rock as she leaves. He then tells Kira he’d like to be alone. She agrees, saying she’s going to try to contact Sisko by hiding their subspace messages. No one will be able to read the messages. He says good luck and she says the same to him.

Sisko arrives on DS9 to meet Admiral Nechayev, who we’ve seen before.


As before, the main distinguishing characteristics of Nechayev include her bright blonde hair and her updo. As an admiral, her uniform has a bunch of fancy gold embellishments. Sisko, dusty from his adventures in space, looks downright plain next to her.

She congratulates him on his mission’s success. She says that a delegation from the Founders is meeting with representatives from the Federation Council on the station and some other important people and they are hoping to have a treaty signed within a few days.

She says it’s all Sisko’s doing, but Sisko pushes the credit to Dax and O’Brien, who are arriving behind him. O’Brien and Dax say that the Jem’Hadar handed them over to the Founders and they convinced them they were serious about peace. Apparently it didn’t take much convincing.

Sisko wonders if they can trust the Founders. Nechayev says that the Federation and Starfleet command both agree that it’s a risk worth taking. Also, one of the Founders asked to see Sisko. He is surprised, but agrees.


Sisko goes into a room set up as living quarters and is greated by an alien who identifies himself as Borath. He says he’s one of the Founders.


Borath’s outfit seems to be shades of brown and gray, though there might be some more detailed pattern on the jacket that I can’t clearly make out. It looks like a long-sleeved gray/paisley gray shirt underneath a brown patterned (possibly also paisley) over-jacket which is short sleeved. The over-jacket has an interesting fold to it, with some leather trimmings. He’s also wearing a belt, which he’s casually hooked his thumbs into.

Sisko seems surprised, but then says that he already met one of his people – Eris. Borath admits that Eris is one of his but she couldn’t admit it while they were pointing a phaser at her. He is glad Sisko is not holding one now. Sisko asks if he needs one. No.

Borath senses Sisko’s skepticism, and admits he cannot blame him. He says he realizes Sisko has no reason to trust the Dominion, but they were only defending themselves as they felt threatened by their incursions into the Gamma Quadrant. He now says that since Sisko risked his life to bring a message of peace and friendship, he will accept the offer. Would he rather they refuse?

Sisko says no. Borath says good, because an alliance between the Dominion and the Federation will be beneficial to both people.


Garak catches Bashir in the hall and welcomes him back. They speak casually as they walk through the hall and Garak says that he’s been concerned for his safety and lunch hasn’t been the same.


Garak is wearing my favorite outfit of his, a dark green thing with black patterned sleeves.

Bashir says he hope things start getting back to normal. Garak doesn’t think that will happen. Why? He says there’s an old saying on Cardassia, “Enemies make dangerous friends,” and he thinks the Dominion will be a dangerous friend indeed.

He thinks the negotiations are a mistake. Bashir wonders if this is his opinion or Cardassian Central Command’s opinion. Garak assures him his own, Central Command is in favor. Bashir says he hopes he’s worrying about nothing.

They run into Subcommander T’Rul, the Romulan who was on the Defiant with them. Bashir asks if she’s all right, and she says she’s fine, just had a minor disagreement with some security officers who wouldn’t let her speak with the Federation’s negotiating team. She wanted to protest the Romulan Empire’s exclusion from the negotiations.


T’Rul is wearing the same outfit she wore all last episode – gray quilted squares and a shoulder pad of what looks like spiky metal. I also notice a gold pin on the neck – is this a rank insignia for the Romulans, or just some decoration? I don’t know much about Romulans.

Bashir didn’t know that they’d been excluded. T’Rul says that every great power in the Alpha Quadrant was included except for the Romulans. Bashir thinks this is a mistake. T’Rul says it’ll be a mistake if they sign a treaty without including the Romulan Empire, and storms off angrily. Garak takes this all as evidence that his concerns are justified.

Kira, on the shuttle, is trying to send a message secretly, but the computer says that it can’t send the message due to interference on all frequencies. Source of interference? Thermal radiation from a subterranean power source. It’s located 4 kilometers below the planet’s surface. The computer can’t identify the power source because there’s some kind of weird poly-metallic substance in the rocks.

Odo comes over to see how it’s going and she tells him about the power source and asks if he has any idea what it could be. He hasn’t a clue.

She asks if he’s okay. He says he’s spent the last two hours shifting into rocks, flowers, and trees and everything else in the garden. And…nothing. He can become a rock but he has no more of an idea what it is to be a rock than he did before.

Kira admits she doesn’t know what that means, and Odo says he doesn’t know either. He excuses himself to return to his bucket.


Back on DS9 Nechayev goes to Sisko’s office. He asks her about the Romulans and why they aren’t allowed. She says the Founders asked that they be excluded because they’d be a disruptive influence. More than the Cardassians? They think so.

She asks if Sisko has a problem with it. He says it doesn’t matter if he does – the Romulans are what they have to worry about. She says that if the treaty is signed – and she’s confident it will be – they won’t have to worry about the Romulans, as what chance would they have against the combined power of the new alliance? Sisko admits they wouldn’t have a chance.

Nechayev says that she’s glad they agree and the Federation carefully weighed all the options before starting the talk, so there’s nothing else to discuss. She leaves.


Meanwhile, Odo is speaking to the female shape shifter, asking why they dislike humanoids. He says they have their flaws but many of them are kind and decent people. Like Kira, she asks. Yes. She says he’s been more fortunate than most changelings.


There are some flowers in the background here. Do the shape shifters have artificial light so that the flowers can grow, or are these flowers able to grow with less light?

“Changelings?” Odo echoes, and recalls that he’s been called that on occasion. She says the Solids meant it as an insult but they’ve made it their own word. He encourages her to continue.

She says that many years ago their people roamed the stars and sought out other races so they could add their knowledge to the galaxy. But they were often met with suspicion, hatred, and violence. Why, he asks? The Solids feared their abilities, so they were beaten, hunted, and killed.

Finally, they arrived on the rogue planet and made it their home.

Odo asks why he was sent away. She says that even in their isolation, they wanted to learn more, and he was one of 100 infants sent out to gain that knowledge for them. How could they be sure they’d find their way back. They had no choice – the urge to return was implanted in their genetic makeup. He’s the first one to return, thanks to the passageway. They weren’t expecting him for another 300 years.

He’s astonished. He asks how long he was away. A long time. All that matters now is that he’s here. He says it’s different than he imagined. She says she promises it will be better.

They take hands again and morph their arms together and then he embraces her and they melt into a puddle together.


The obelisk is nearby.

Kira comes back to the garden, looking for Odo. She assumes he’s being a rock or something and so just talks to nothing and says she’s going to try to track the source of the interference. If she can’t find it and neutralize it, she’ll have to leave. Odo doesn’t respond. She says she’s glad he found his way home and then mocks herself for talking to a tree.

Using a tricorder, she looks around until she finds a door. Why would shape shifters need a door, she wonders. She calls the computer and asks it scan the area ahead of her for 100 meters. It can’t because there’s interference.



Back at DS9, Quark’s bar is busy. He gives O’Brien and Bashir synthales on the house and says he has inside information that the peace agreement is about to be finalized. Bashir asks where he got it – the Federation Council? Quark says he overheard two Jem’Hadar officers.


It’s hard to say what Quark is wearing, but it looks like one of his jackets made of upholstery fabric and not one of my favorites. Moving on.

Bashir is skeptical but Quark says they’re not so bad. He thinks they have the gene. What gene, O’Brien asks. The gambling gene. They’ve barely been there a week and already they can barely drag themselves away from the dabo table.

He says this is fortunate for all of them as he has a dream that one day all people – human, Ferengi, Jem’Hadar – will stand together in peace around his dabo tables. Bashir says he’s a visionary. Quark cheerfully goes off.

A Jem’Hadar bumps into O’Brien as he’s sitting at the table. He says he’s in his way. O’Brien apologizes sarcastically. The Jem’Hadar shoves O’Brien onto the floor.

Bashir gets to his feet as the Jem’Hadar picks up O’Brien and throws him across the room into the bar.


For those of you who wanted a shot of O’Brien’s behind. I’m sure there are some. Possibly the same people who like seeing him shirtless.

Quark pleads with them to remember his vision of peace and dabo. Bashir gets involved and tries to break them up which leads to the Jem’Hadar pinning him against the wall.


The Jem’Hadar wear gray gloves. Or else have gray skin on their hands, but that seems unlikely as it’s a different color than their faces. They don’t look like leather gloves, though.

A Starfleet security person asks what’s going on, and the Jem’Hadar says that he was addressed in a disrespectful tone. Bashir says that’s a lie. The security person tells Bashir that they’re all friends. Bashir says to tell the Jem’Hadar. The security guy says he’ll see it doesn’t happen again. The Jem’Hadar seems satisfied and leaves.

Bashir is astonished and asks the security guy if that’s all he’s going to do. He says their orders are to give the Jem’Hadar a wide berth. Bashir says that O’Brien was attacked and they have rules against that. The security guy says that the Jem’Hadar aren’t aware of the rules and need some time to get used to their customs. Bashir concludes that in the meantime they can do what they want. The security guy says to remember that before he gets into another brawl with them.

Jake asks Sisko for the potatoes, but Sisko is in another world and not paying attention. He snaps out of it and Jake asks if something’s wrong.


Jake is wearing the same outfit he wore on the ill-fated trip to the Gamma Quadrant to meet the Jem’Hadar. It’s far better than last week’s monstrosity so I’m calling it a win, even though it’s a jumpsuit. Complementary colors are a win at this point.

Sisko says he’s preoccupied with the negotiations. They’re happening behind closed doors and he thinks he’s out of the loop. Jake suggests there’s something going on. Like what? You tell me.

The door rings and Dax comes in. She gives him a padd and says she’s being transferred to the Lexington as their new Science Officer. Sisko says there must be a mistake. He looks at the padd and is shocked.

Bashir calls and says he wants to talk to him about the Jem’Hadar.


Sisko goes to see Admiral Nechayev, who is meeting with Borath. He demands to know what’s going on, why his Science Officer is being transferred without his consent and why his Chief of Operations is lying in the infirmary while the Jem’Hadar who beat him is free to walk around. And he wants to know why the Federation is risking war with the Romulans to form an alliance with people they hardly know and barely trust.

Nechayev is not impressed and asks if he’s done. Sisko says he’s barely begun. Borath says she should tell Sisko what he wants to know. She agrees.


Borath’s undershirt is actually blue, with a white pattern on it that reminds me of the fleur-de-lis, but more importantly, it is pleated. These are bold choices from a bold man, I think.

Nechayev says the Federation is pulling out of the sector and everyone on DS9 will be reassigned, including Sisko. What about Bajor, he asks. The plans are on hold. From now on, Bajor is the Dominion’s responsibility now. He asks if the Bajorans have agreed to this. Borath says he’s confident they’ll have no objections.

And if they do, then what, they send in the Jem’Hadar? Sisko asks. Borath says the Jem’Hadar are only for enemies. Bajor will be protected. What about the wormhole? Nechayev says it’s the price of peace.

Sisko says the price is too high. What will the Federation get out of all of this? Borath says their friendship. Isn’t that enough. Nechayev says Sisko will be a promoted to Captain as well. He says he wants to talk to the negotiating team before the treaty is signed. She says the treaty was signed already that afternoon.

Frustrated, Sisko sighs and sits down. Borath says it’s the beginning of a new era he helped make possible.

Kira is still sitting by some trees. A bird flies in and then transforms into Odo. She is pleased to see him. He says that he had a great experience and for a few moments felt what it was like to be an Arbazon vulture. He talks about the exhilaration of soaring above tree currents.

She says she’s very happy for him and assumes he’ll be staying for a while. He says he’s enjoyed working with her. She returns the sentiment, and then says that before they say goodbye she needs his help one more time.

Kira tells him about the power source and how she couldn’t find it because of the door, composed of metal the tricorder couldn’t identify. Odo agrees it’s odd as his people have no need for doors and dislike taking humanoid form. Who would be using it?

Sisko has a drink on the promenade and Garak comes up to talk to him. He says he has been very impressed with him during the past two years – he’s run the station with strength, dignity and compassion. Sisko thanks him.


What is Garak wearing? It looks like a suit a fighter pilot or gundam operator would wear. Did Jake help him pick this out?

Garak says that he’s sure Sisko will be back before long – though he thinks it’ll be to fight against Bajor. Sisko says he’s heard the rumors that Bajor has formed a pact with the Romulans to fight against the Jem’Hadar and their allies. Garak acknowledges that the Bajorans have fought for their freedom before and it only makes sense they’d fight for it again.

So much for the peace mission, Sisko says. Garak recognizes the note of bitterness and says that he shares Sisko’s feelings about the Dominion treaty. He thinks the only explanation is that their leaders have gone insane. Sisko agrees it seems that way. Unfortunately, there’s nothing much it seems they can do about it as Sisko has orders and Garak wouldn’t dream of opposing Central Command. A pity.

Sisko agrees it’s a pity. Garak says he thought he would. They exchange knowing glances. Sisko says he never knew they thought so much alike. Garak says life is full of surprises.

T’Rul shouts out for Sisko as she runs through the Promenade, chased by two Jem’Hadar. They shoot her in the back and she falls into Sisko’s arms. Sisko fights off the Jem’Hadar as Garak holds on to T’Rul.



Garak, Bashir, and Dax go into the security office and demand to see Sisko. The security dope – who I’ve just now realized is Eddington – says that his orders are that no one can see him.


Bashir says they have urgent business. Eddington says they’ll have to talk to Nechayev as she’s in charge. Garak interrupts him to say he has a loose thread and then gives him a shot in the neck that knocks him unconscious. He apologizes to the others, saying they’re pressed for time.

Dax grins at him and says she’ll get Sisko. Garak and Bashir take Eddington into the security area, Garak saying he’s not enjoying himself but a little action is nice after years of hemming women’s dresses.

Inside, Sisko says he hopes Garak feels the same way an hour from now. They need to get a runabout. Dax says O’Brien is waiting with the Rio Grande and a full complement of photon torpedoes. Sisko asks how she knew he wanted torpedoes. She says she knows him and knows he wants to make sure the Dominion stays on their side of the galaxy and the best way to do that is by collapsing the wormhole with torpedoes.


What I thought was the gray part of Garak’s outfit is actually multi-colored stripes, which reminds me of the wallpaper at my doctor’s office. I’m not sure if this makes it better or worse.

Sisko is glad they’re in agreement. Bashir says that’s the end of their Starfleet careers. Garak says not to worry – it’s a bit foolish to worry about careers when there’s a chance they’re all about to be killed.


Odo examines the door and says that judging by the locking mechanism, the purpose is not to keep people out but to keep whatever’s on the other side in. He puts his hand into the spaces and starts to melt to open it.


In the corrdiors of DS9, Sisko and the others meet up with some Jem’Hadar, who command them to halt and put down their weapons. Garak runs forward and says that he has control of the situation and encourages them to put down their weapons.

He says it’s all going according to plan. What plan? The Jem’Hadar asks. He says that the plan is he pretends to be their friend and then he shoots the Jem’Hadar. Which he does. Sisko compliments him and Garak claims he read about it in a book.

Then, he is shot by a remaining Jem’Hadar. He apologizes saying that he won’t be able to have lunch with Bashir. The others have to go, so they leave Garak behind and run down the hall, more Jem’Hadar coming behind them.


So it appears that Garak was actually wearing a tunic? I still don’t know what to make of this outfit.

They reach the airlock and head through it, Dax shooting a Jem’Hadar before he can pass through.

They get onto the runabout and Sisko tells O’Brien, already onboard, to get the out of there. They take off and move toward the wormhole, preparing to launch torpedoes.

They’re hailed by Nechayev. She appears on screen with Borath and orders him to stand down and return to the station. Sisko refuses. Borath threatens to send the Jem’Hadar. Sisko says go ahead but they won’t get reinforcements for 70 years.

They head toward the wormhole and fire torpedoes. There’s a massive explosion that shakes the ship.



Back on the planet, Odo has gotten the door open. Inside there are Jem’Hadar. They pass through the door and enter a cave. Inside, Sisko and the others are on vertical beds and unconscious. Kira goes to Sisko but is told that he can’t hear them by the overseer, Borath.


Also, I’ve just now realized that Odo’s new outfit involves a belt. This gives him a little bit of a Robin Hood type look. It’s completely unnecessary of course.

What have they done? Nothing harmful, the man says, just a little experiment to see how they’d respond to an attempt by the Dominion to gain a foothold into the Alpha Quadrant. They wanted to know how much they’d be willing to sacrifice to avoid a war.

What have they found out? Kira asks. Unfortunately they’re proving to be just as stubborn as he’d feared. Odo says he’s glad to hear it. Well, that’s a problem, but not one he has to solve.

But I do, says the female shape shifter, who has arrived in the cave. Odo is confused. You knew about this? He asks. Yes, she says. How could you allow it?

Kira gets it. You belong to the Dominion, don’t you? she asks.

Belong to it? Major, the changelings are the Dominion. Odo is astonished, realizing that they’re the Founders. She says it’s ironic as now the hunted control the destinies of many other races.

Why control anyone, he asks, and she says what you control can’t hurt you. So many years earlier they set themselves the task of imposing order on a chaotic universe. Kira says she calls it murder. The female shape shifter says that what Kira calls it is of no concern of theirs.

Odo asks how they justify the deaths of so many people. She says the Solids have always been a threat to them, that’s the only justification they need. He points out that these Solids have never harmed them – they travel the galaxy in order to expand their knowledge as the changelings once did.

She says the Solids are nothing like them. He agrees that they’re not. And neither is he. He’s devoted his life to the pursuit of justice, but that means nothing to them. She says that he doesn’t desire justice, but order, same as they do, and she can help him understand that in ways the Solids never could – this will become clear when he takes his place in the Great Link.

Odo says no. He says that Link is appealing but he already has a link with these people. He wants them let go. Borath says they can’t allow him to leave. Odo says he can’t allow him to keep them here. He says they are leaving and so is he.

The female changeling asks if he really intends to leave, given how long it took him to find his way there. He says he’s leaving unless she wants to stop him. Appalled, she says that no changeling has ever harmed another. He says whatever is done to his friends she’ll have to do to him.

She relents and says the others are free to go, but that next time they will not be so generous. He nods to acknowledge this.

Sisko and the others wake up, confused. T’Rul is there also. Kira explains that they were held in the room since they were attacked. Sisko recognizes Borath and asks what’s going on. Borath says their ship is in orbit and feel free to transport back.

Odo says that they need to leave now and he’ll be along soon. Kira says she’ll stay behind to make sure he gets back safely. The others are surprised to see another shape shifter there. Odo promises to explain everything shortly. Sisko reluctantly agrees and orders the Defiant to beam himself, Bashir, Dax, O’Brien, and T’Rul up.

Outside, the female changeling says that she hopes Odo returns to them and takes his place in the Dominion. She says his link to the Solids won’t last and he’ll always be an outsider. He says it’s not so bad, gives him a unique perspective, and he doesn’t think he’ll join. She says maybe she’ll come and visit him – the Alpha Quadrant could use some order. He says that imposing her type of order will not be easy.

She says they will miss him, but he will miss them even more. Then she melts back into the lake.

Kira comes up and he says he is ready. They look into each other’s eyes for a few moments and then she calls the Defiant and they beam up.


Stray Thoughts:

* I remember watching this episode, but most of the plot was forgotten. Mostly what I remembered was “my people have no need for doors.”

* I was kind of skeptical going into the plot for several reasons, not the least because I knew Borath was lying about being a Founder, but even if I hadn’t known that, there was enough off about the sequence of events to make me question. It was all subtle stuff, though, that doesn’t even all seem to be acknowledged by the characters, but includes:

–  The Dominion agreed quickly to negotiate for peace not long after shooting at the Defiant, just because Dax and O’Brien convinced them they wanted it?

–  None of Starfleet Command was there to discuss things with Sisko aside from Nechayev, and the content of the negotiations was kept totally secret.

– Even though we’re told other races are participating in the negotiations, we don’t see any representatives from the Cardassians, Klingons, or others. The Bajorans are usually a vocal people – even without Kira’s presence, you’d think Kai Winn or someone from their government would say something about it.

– The Jem’Hadar can just randomly throw people across the room and then the victims get blamed for it? Even if we’re giving them a wide berth, that seems extreme.

– Quark got back really quickly from his trip to Karemma, didn’t he?

* Someone last week mentioned the scientific improbability of a rogue planet that supports life, so I’ll add that in, but also – do the changelings need to breathe? Odo doesn’t eat or drink, if I remember right, but surely they get nutrients from somewhere. How long is their lifespan? How do they die? In the Mirror Universe, we see Mirror Odo get shot and blown in to multiple pieces – does that really work, or does he collect himself and survive?

* I clearly have too many questions.