Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – The House of Quark, and Equilibrium

Station log: stardate unknown

Ronald D. Moore pens the script from a Quark (Armin Shimerman) story by Tom Benko. It first aired on 10 October, 1994.

The Ferengi’s lies get him into big trouble this week when he claims he killed a Klingon in his bar. The warrior’s widow, Grilka (Mary Kay Adams) arranges for his abduction to the Klingon homeworld… to marry him.

When the incident happens, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) comes to investigate, and as a crowd draws, Quark’s lies get bigger and bigger. And it’s revealed that the dead Klingon came from a very important and powerful family.

Girlka has a plan centring around the use of Quark, and like all Klingon families, there is an ulterior motive to all of her actions. And poor Quark has no way to refuse or ignore any of the demands placed upon him because of it.

It’s fun, and also does some great things with the characters, and I don’t mean just Quark…

On a continuity note, Keiko (Rosalind Chao) has to close the school, as she no longer has enough students. This of course causes some problems between her and Miles (Colm Meaney), as he tries to find a way to keep her happy on the station.

This is a highly enjoyable episode, and having a glimpse of the Klingon homeworld, as well as the ruling council, overseen by Gowron (Robert O’Reilly) continues to knit the entire Trek universe together.

Things, eventually, work out for Quark, and he’s able to return to the station, and resume his life, more or less.

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Station log: stardate unknown

With an original airdate of 17 October, 1994, Rene Echevarria pens this episode from a story by Christopher Teague.

Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) is having troubling hallucinations – which includes a creepy mask guy –  (and a tune she can’t get out of her head that she can’t place) that allude to a darker past for her Trill symbiont than she was previously aware of. Sisko (Avery Brooks) and Bashir (Alexander Siddig) accompany the science officer to the Trill homeworld where she can get treatment and perhaps release these memories once and for all, or discover the dark past the Dax symbiont has kept hidden.

As Bashir and Sisko worry over Dax, and try to tack down possible clues, she begins treatments in the underground tunnels beneath the planet’s surface.

As things begin to play out, we learn there is a dark secret being kept in the Trill records, and Dax may have had another host before Kurzon and Jadzia, one that should never have happened – and she Jadzia learns more about Dax than she knew before, while accepting all that her symbiont is and was.

It’s a fun little mystery, and gives a look at a bit of the Trill culture, and the world they live in, but coming on the heels of the opener, and the House of Quark, this one isn’t as solid as it could be.

More next week as I delve deeper into Season Three of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Pictures. The Human Adventure continues…

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