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Star Trek DS9 - Season 3 - Episode 25

Star Trek DS9 - 3x25 - Facets

Originally Aired: 1995-6-12

Jadzia Dax must come to terms with her feelings of inferiority when she meets her past hosts in an ancient Trill rite of closure. [DVD]

My Rating - 7

Fan Rating Average - 5.59

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Filler Quotient: 1, partial filler, but has important continuity. I recommend against skipping this one.
- Strictly speaking this episode isn't a must-see from a continuity perspective, but it adds some terrific texture for Dax' character and advances the Nog/Starfleet plot a bit as well.



Remarkable Scenes
- Nog's simulation in the beginning. I like Jake knocking on the windshield of the runabout while it's at warp.
- Odo's proof that he "keeps tabs" on everyone by describing what Bashir ate for breakfast.
- Quark unknowingly agreeing to embody one of Dax's female hosts.
- Kira as Leela. Visitor did a great job acting like the wise old Leela.
- O'Brien as Toban.
- Quark as one of Jadzia's very feminine hosts.
- Sisko as Joran. He was the perfect choice because Sisko can be so evil at times!
- Odo as Curzon!
- Curzon / Odo spooking Quark.
- Rom getting pissed at Quark and threatening him for sabotaging the holosuites so that Nog would fail the test.
- Morn Appearances; 1. At the bar when Quark and Rom talk about Nog and Rom reveals his uniform. 2. At the bar *still* when Curzon and Sisko enter. 3. Sits down at the bar when Nog orders a root beer sporting his new uniform.

My Review
Dax gets to meet all her previous hosts! Cool! I like this episode for many reasons, but mostly because the sheer idea behind it is just cool. And Odo-Curzon, er, Curzon-Odo, er, Ozon, Curzdo, or Curzodo, whatever we call him was a lot of fun to watch. Odo and Curzon's desire to stay together is credibly presented. For a time in the episode, I almost wanted them to remain together. Half because finally being able to see the much discussed Curzon in action was fascinating, and half because the combination of Odo and Curzon was just so cool.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Remco on 2008-12-01 at 9:16pm:
    This was a fantastic episode throughout. I really liked Odo and Jadzia at the end talking about what happened that day. Jadzia and Odo now have a real bond. Odo knows what it is to be a humanoid (and probably kept some of that love from Curzon), and Jadzia remembers being liquid and the joy of pestering Quark. :)

    One minor quibble I have is that it wasn't two hours long. Some of those host scenes were way too short. But this isn't the kind of story that lends itself to a cliffhanger, which seems to be a prerequisite for two-hour shows.
  • From Shamin Asaikar on 2012-04-16 at 6:17pm:
    Just a question. Considering Joran's memories are allowed to re-surface in Equilibrium (Season 3, ep4), shouldn't he have found a personification too?
  • From Kenneth on 2014-04-12 at 7:35pm:
    Great episode but leeta being involved in the ceremony as one of jadzias closest friends felt really forced. Quark steals the show again. Shimerman may be the best actor on the show.
  • From Dubhan on 2014-07-26 at 5:49am:
    And of course, one of the great things about this episode is, as usual, Rene Auberjonois. He's always great as Odo, but as Curzon Odo he really gets to shine in a more emotive role than usual. His performances are always so fluid (pun intended) that you never see him "acting". I wish you could say the same about Nana Visitor.
  • From Shani on 2014-09-27 at 4:01am:
    Why did Jadzia not remember that Curzon was in love with her? I understand that she didn't have his memories when he was joined to Odo but prior to that shouldn't she have known the real reason she was dismissed from the program?
  • From Ravenlord on 2015-09-26 at 6:27am:
    Rom losing his shit at Quark is one of my favorite moments for that character.
  • From Azalea Jane on 2021-12-16 at 3:24pm:
    "Magnificent scoundrel" -- perhaps foreshadowing for the later episode "The Magnificent Ferengi"?

    Curzodo was something to behold! It's always fun to see the actors get to act out of character. It was fascinating watching Sisko coach Jadzia on how to stand up to Curzon. It's interesting thinking about Dax's former hosts as metaphors for a person's different "sides," so to speak.

    Rom standing up to Quark was wonderful. Such a payoff after seeing him be such a doormat for nearly three seasons now.

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