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Star Trek DS9 - Season 4 - Episode 26

Star Trek DS9 - 4x26 - Broken Link

Originally Aired: 1996-6-17

Synopsis:
Odo is forced to return to the homeworld of his people and face judgment for killing one of his own. [DVD]

My Rating - 7

Fan Rating Average - 7.04

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Filler Quotient: 0, not filler, do not skip this episode.
- Numerous major long term plot threads are serviced here.

Problems
None

Factoids
- Garak was likely an assassin posing as a gardner on Romulus at one time and is likely responsible for the deaths of many Romulan dignitaries.
- According to the script of DS9 4x23 To the Death, when Weyoun touches Odo on the shoulder he is infecting him with the disease that will force his return to the Great Link during this episode.

Remarkable Scenes
- Garak playing matchmaker on Odo.
- Kira's sneezing.
- Garak keeping Odo company by discussing his past with him. :)
- The Defiant being greeted by a whole fleet of Jem'Hadar ships and the female shape shifter appearing.
- Garak's short and very hostile conversation with the female shapeshifter.
- Seeing the great link.
- Garak attempting to destroy the Founders' homeworld.
- Odo having been transformed into a human.
- The revelation that Gowron is a Changeling.

My Review
Salome Jens as the female shapeshifter is always a welcome appearance, coupled with Garak of course, and a fantastic story to boot. Odo has killed a Changeling, and judgment must now be pronounced on him. Well, they turned him into a human, but that's not all. Odo learned that Gowron is a Changeling whilst in the Great Link. No wonder the Klingons have been acting so strange lately. Not the most action packed finale one could expect, but certainly interesting. Ah, poor Garak. To have his entire race insulted by the female shapeshifter then to fail in his attempt to assassinate them all. Six months in a holding cell does seem like light punishment for attempting to commit genocide, but this is Garak we're talking about! A former mass murderer anyway... besides. We all like him here at DS9. ;) A fine season finale.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Harrison on 2013-02-17 at 9:51pm:
    This fine episode boasts what is probably the signature performance by Andrew J. Robinson, as Garak.

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