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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. K. Jones
    December 7, 2015 @ 9:09 am

    I haven't got a lot to say about this episode. It's one of the early Odo v. Quark scenarios that really cements the sorts of dealings that they'll always have, but that's sort of been implicit since episode 1 and episode 2.

    But what I do like about it is how consistent all the legends of Changelings, the introductions of the words, and the state of affairs on planets like Crogen's in Gamma seem to be with what we'll later learn about Dominion control. It all rings true, in hindsight, and is a pretty unusually high bit of heavy foreshadowing.


  2. K. Jones
    December 7, 2015 @ 9:13 am

    Which of course we can say as well of the Tosk Hunter race, the weird prison planet in the next episode, and more. But what I always have to wonder about is the effect of the Celestial Temple on neighboring Gamma space races, and we never really do find out.


  3. elvwood
    December 8, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    Like The Nagus, this is one where I actually remembered some of the plot before I got there; and in my memory it was a particularly strong story. Unlike The Nagus, this didn't make so much of an impression this time around. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty good; but I think my younger self was more automatically wowed by Big Significant Stories than I am now. That doesn't take away from things like the focal role of Odo; Auberjonois certainly impresses here with his ability to convey the finer points of his feelings through all that makeup designed to flatten his expression.


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