Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – The Muse, and For the Cause

Station log: stardate unknown

Rene Echevarria writes the script for this episode form a story by Echevarria and Majel Barrett Roddenberry. It originally aired on 29 April, 1996.

Honestly, I knew this one was gonna be a little bad. I think Lwaxanna Troi (Barrett Roddenberry) has overstayed her welcome as a character. This time she shows up in Odo’s (Rene Auberjonois) office, and reveals that she is pregnant. She pleads with the Security Officer to help her escape her husband, Jayal (Micheal Ansara).

Odo comes up with a plan to get her away from the husband, which would remove Jayal’s right to the child, who would be raised away from his mother.

The other plot line follows Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton) who meets a strange woman, Onaya (Meg Foster) who speaks to him about his future as a writer, and helps him with a story now. But what is she really up to? She seems to be feeding off the energy of his creation, or is she helping to spark it?

It tries to do a gentle story, and while Odo and Lwaxanna are fun together, as I mentioned, I’m a little over her recurring character. I definitely preferred Majel as Number One, and Nurse Chapel.

Both stories could have been stronger, but I also feel the Lwaxanna tale could have been nothing more than a b-story, it’s almost too run of the mill to be a full episode’s tale, and Jake’s story needed to be thought out a little more.

This one was a bit of a miss.


Station log: stardate unknown

Ronald D. Moore pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Mark Geherd-O’Connell. It debuted on 6 May, 1996.

Sisko (Avery Brooks) and Kassidy Yates’ (Penny Johnson Jerald) relationship is clouded when suspicion falls on the freighter captain, when accusations surface about her smuggling for the Maquis.

This causes some questions to come up between the two of them, and puts a bit of a strain on their relationship. This, in turn, begins a clash between Sisko and Starfleet’s security detail led by Commander Eddington (Kenneth Marshall) and Odo. Something Worf (Michael Dorn) and O’Brien (Colm Meaney) have opinions about.

At the same time, Garak (Andrew Robinson) begins to take an interest in Ziyal (Tracy Middendorf), Gul Dukat’s daughter when she shows up on the station.

I like this episode, it doesn’t go for a full hunt on Kassidy, even though the Defiant follows her, it deals more with how it is affecting Sisko, his judgment, his emotions, his relationships with his command crew, Jake, and Kassidy.

As the plot unspools, we learn that there is more going on here than we thought, and Eddington may be up to something else…

It’s handled very nicely.

The Human Adventure continues Thursday with Voyager, and next week with more Deep Space Nine as I explore The Complete Series on DVD, available now from Paramount Pictures.


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