Dukat (Star Trek)
Dukat is a fictional character from the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. A member of the fictional Cardassian species, he is introduced as the former overseer of the series' namesake space station but goes on to become the leader of his species' governing body, the Cardassian Union. At times an enemy while at others an ally of Benjamin Sisko, Dukat appears in 35 of the series' 176 episodes, beginning with the pilot episode, "Emissary", ending with the series finale, "What You Leave Behind", he was portrayed by Marc Alaimo throughout. The Cardassians were introduced to the Star Trek universe in the Next Generation episode "The Wounded". In that episode, Marc Alaimo played. While the similarities between Macet and Dukat were never explained when Dukat was cast for Deep Space Nine, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch novel Demons of Air and Darkness features Macet, who explains to Kira Nerys, "Skrain Dukat was my cousin."Dukat played a versatile role throughout the series and was a nuanced character.
In the words of Deep Space Nine co-executive producer Ronald D. Moore, "I don't think of him as being evil through and through... He can be charming, he can be generous. He can do the right thing. All of that somehow makes his'evil' actions all the more despicable, because we know that there was the potential in there for him to be a better person." Despite the character's versatility, "Dukat is a bad guy. A bad guy." Indeed, StarTrek.com describes him as "the most complex and developed villain in Star Trek history". Prior to the start of the series, Dukat held the military title of Legate and was the head of the Cardassian occupation government of the planet Bajor as well as commander of the Cardassian-built station named Terok Nor; when the Cardassians are forced to withdraw, he is demoted to Gul. Due to this background, Dukat's early appearances range from being anti-heroic to antagonistic. In his debut appearance in the pilot episode "Emissary", he takes a Cardassian warship to Deep Space Nine to demand from the new Starfleet-appointed commander Benjamin Sisko one of the discovered Orbs of the Bajoran Prophets.
In "Cardassians", Dukat is at the center of a conspiracy which his exiled Cardassian enemy Elim Garak and Dr. Julian Bashir are trying to unravel. In "Civil Defense" he tries to blackmail the crew of Deep Space Nine when they cannot disarm an accidentally-triggered Cardassian counter-insurgency program, he is allied with the main Starfleet characters against the Maquis rebels in "The Maquis" and "Defiant" and against the Klingons when they invade Cardassia in "The Way of the Warrior". In the season 4 episode "Indiscretion", Kira Nerys accompanies Gul Dukat on a search for a lost Cardassian starship, where it is revealed he is trying to track down and kill his illegitimate half-Bajoran daughter Tora Ziyal, he resolves to take her home with him. The follow-up episode "Return to Grace" shows Dukat being disgraced with the Cardassian military as a result of this move, reduced to commanding a freighter with Ziyal and his deputy Damar. With Kira's help, Dukat commandeers a Klingon Bird Of Prey and sends his government their battle plans.
When he hears that the Cardassian government still wants to negotiate with the Klingons, he decides to use his new ship to launch a one-man war against the Klingon Empire, leaving Ziyal with Kira at Deep Space Nine. In this capacity he helps Sisko, Miles O'Brien and Worf infiltrate the Klingon Empire in the season five premiere "Apocalypse Rising". Dukat's character returned to being a more antagonistic role in season five's "By Inferno's Light", where he is revealed to have negotiated Cardassia's joining The Dominion, becoming head of the Union's government in the process, he leads an invasion force which recaptures Deep Space Nine in the season finale "Call to Arms" starting the Dominion War and retaking his old command. Dukat loses the station again in the sixth season episode "Sacrifice of Angels", where Damar kills Ziyal in retaliation for having helped the Federation. Mentally broken, Dukat is captured by Starfleet, he escapes their custody when he and Sisko are marooned in "Waltz", during which he experiences hallucinations of Kira and Weyoun, comes to accept his hatred for the Bajorans, swears vengeance on all Bajor before escaping.
Toward this end, Dukat allies himself with—and is for a short time possessed by—the Pah-wraiths archenemies of the Bajoran Prophets, renders the latter's orbs useless, killing regular character Jadzia Dax in "Tears of the Prophets". Dukat returns in season seven at the head of the cult of the Pah-wraiths in "Covenant", but he is disgraced in front of his followers by Kira and goes into hiding again. In "Penumbra", he seeks Damar's help to find a surgeon to make him look like a Bajoran. In this guise, he convinces Kai Winn to join him in his efforts to free the Pah-wraiths from their imprisonment in the Bajoran Fire Caves in "Strange Bedfellows" when she discovers his true identity in "The Changing Face of Evil", their plan is put into action in the series finale "What You Leave Behind", where the Pah-wraiths choose him as their emissary instead of Winn. Sisko, emissary of the Prophets, arrives to stop him and at Winn's advice shoves himself, the Pah-wraiths' holy book, Dukat into the burning fire caves, sealing Dukat in the Fire Caves with the Pah-wraiths forever.
In 2009, IGN ranked Dukat as the 15th best character of Star Trek overall, noting the character as complicated and nuanced'bad guy'. They note the character's morality in "Indiscretion" as well as his introduction in the launch premiere of Star Trek: Deep
Star Trek is an American space opera media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC, it followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century; the Star Trek canon includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, further adaptations in several media. In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, Westerns such as the television series Wagon Train; these adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Five other television series were produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation follows the crew of a new starship Enterprise, set a century after the original series.
The most recent Star Trek TV series, entitled Star Trek: Discovery, aired on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, or "Kelvin Timeline," entitled Star Trek; this film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show. Its sequel, Star Trek Beyond, was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary. Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkers; the franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, novels and comics. Star Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas that opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world; the series has Klingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek. In addition, viewers have produced several fan productions; as of July 2016, the franchise had generated $10 billion in revenue, making Star Trek one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
Star Trek is noted for its cultural influence beyond works of science fiction. The franchise is noted for its progressive civil rights stances; the Original Series included. Star Trek references may be found throughout popular culture from movies such as the submarine thriller Crimson Tide to the animated series South Park; as early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science-fiction series that would become Star Trek. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space—a so-called "Wagon Train to the Stars"—he told friends that he was modeling it on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels: as a suspenseful adventure story and as a morality tale. Most Star Trek stories depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets; the protagonists have altruistic values, must apply these ideals to difficult dilemmas. Many of the conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trek represent allegories of contemporary cultural realities.
Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, imperialism, class warfare, racism, human rights, sexism and the role of technology. Roddenberry stated: " a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, Vietnam and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and they all got by the network." "If you talked about purple people on a far off planet, they never caught on. They were more concerned about cleavage, they would send a censor down to the set to measure a woman's cleavage to make sure too much of her breast wasn't showing"Roddenberry intended the show to have a progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show what humanity might develop into, if it would learn from the lessons of the past, most by ending violence.
An extreme example is the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry gave Star Trek an anti-war message and depicted the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations, his efforts were opposed by the network because of concerns over marketability, e.g. they opposed Roddenberry's insistence that Enterprise have a racially diverse crew. The central trio of Kirk, McCoy from Star Trek: The Original Series was modeled on classical mythological storytelling. There is a mythological component with science fiction. It's people looking for answers – and science fiction offers to explain the inexplicable, the same as religion tends to do... If we accept the premise that it has a mythological element all the stuff about going out into space and meeting new life – trying to explain it and put a human element to it – it's a hopeful visio
Runabout (Star Trek)
Runabouts are a class of small, multi-purpose starships in the Star Trek science-fiction franchise the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which aired on syndicated television between 1993 and 1999. They were the primary means of transport for the crew of the DS9 station; as the station had three launch pads, its normal contingent of runabouts numbered three, though a high rate of loss reduced that number until a new ship or ships could be assigned. The Danube-class vessels are larger than shuttlecraft seen in previous series of Star Trek, but smaller than depicted starships, they operate with a minimum crew of one and are equipped with warp drive and accommodation for long-duration missions. The Runabouts assigned to DS9 are named after various rivers on Earth. Although seen in DS9, a Danube class runabout appeared in a single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation; the idea for the runabout came from the need to provide a way for characters to move away from Deep Space Nine, allowed the show to explore Star Trek's themes of exploration and discovery despite DS9 being set on a space station.
In order to help the new show establish its own identity separate from The Next Generation, the decision was made to have something larger and more capable than the shuttlecraft seen in previous series of Star Trek. The series bible describes the Danube class vessels as "the symbol of the Federation presence in sector"; the Starfleet design elements were intended as a touch of familiarity for the characters in environments dominated by alien designs and structures the Cardassians and Bajorans. The hull of the Danube class runabout is shaped like a long, rectangular box. A downward-curving'wing' is located on each side of the vessel; the runabout's impulse drives are located between the vessel's body. The Deep Space Nine Technical Manual gives the runabout's dimensions as 23.1 metres long, 13.7 metres wide, 5.4 metres high. The runabouts have a two-person flight crew, can carry two other crew, they are fitted with accommodation bunks for long missions. According to the first season episode "Dax", they were capable of speeds up to Warp 5.
Although not explored in the series, background materials indicate the runabout had a modular mission payload system, where the middle section of the runabout could be swapped out for modules carrying different equipment. From the third season of DS9 onwards, much of the exploration aspect of the series was facilitated by the starship USS Defiant, which took over much of the runabouts' previous role in allowing characters to move off the station. Defiant was introduced because the producers wanted the series to have a better connection with the themes of exploration and discovery shown in previous Star Trek works and needed a way to have more than two or three characters at the same place'off-station', while the introduction of the Dominion as an antagonist during season two created the in-universe requirement for a more powerful and combat-capable starship based at Deep Space Nine. In The Star Trek Encyclopedia and Denise Okuda speculate the Sydney-class transport Montgomery Scott is rescued from in The Next Generation episode "Relics" may have been, in-universe, an early runabout design.
Although the name "Danube class" appeared in supplementary materials like The Star Trek Encyclopedia, it was not spoken onscreen until season four episode "Hippocratic Oath". Overall design of the runabout was supervised by Herman Zimmerman, with Rick Sternbach and Jim Martin responsible for the design work. According to Sternbach, initial designs for the Danube class were based on the'Spacedock Ferry' that appeared in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; the cockpit set was designed by Joseph Hodges, constructed over a nine-week period.. The set was laid out with the two flight crew facing forward and out the windows, while consoles for the two other crew have them facing the sides of the runabout; the runabout's transporter was located in the centre rear of the compartment. A remodeling of the set occurred between the second and third seasons, with the primary change being new computer consoles around the cockpit. Another major overhaul occurred between seasons four and five, with the transporter bay moved aft behind a large door, a free-standing console added in its place.
The set was redressed on four occasions to serve as the control areas of other vessels: a Maquis raider during "Caretaker", the pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager, mirror universe ships in DS9 season three episode "Through the Looking Glass" and season four episode "Shattered Mirror", a shuttlecraft from USS Enterprise-E in the film Star Trek: Insurrection. A set for the runabout's aft living quarters was built for "Timescape", an episode in the sixth season of The Next Generation; the set was designed by Richard James, was funded from The Next Generation's budget, in order to take pressure off DS9's finances. Unlike the cockpit construction and fabrication of the aft set had to be completed in nine days; this was the only appearance of the Danube class outside of DS9, although the set was intended for use on DS9, it was never used again to depict a runabout's interior. The filming model was built by Tony Meininger. Filming of the runabout was
The Sword of Kahless
"The Sword of Kahless" is the 81st episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the ninth of the fourth season. It aired on November 20, 1995 in broadcast syndication; the story was turned into a teleplay by Hans Beimler. The episode was directed by Star Trek: The Next Generation alumnus LeVar Burton, featured the return of John Colicos as Kor. Colicos had first appeared as Kor in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Errand of Mercy", had appeared in this series in the episode "Blood Oath". Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy. In this episode, Kor returns to the station to recruit Lt. Cmdr. Worf and Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax to help to find the ancient Sword of Kahless. After they find the sword, they are forced to evade the forces of Toral, Son of Duras, Worf and Kor come to blows over the future use of the weapon.
The episode was the first in the series to feature the character of Worf, a character on The Next Generation, in a central storyline. Due to time restraints in filming, there were edits made to the scripts and the production team were forced to make best use of the cave sets, seen on the show previously; the sword itself was created for the episode, was made to seem more elaborate than the bat'leths seen in Star Trek, including hand etchings to make it appear similar to Damascus steel. Composer David Bell sought to bring influences of Richard Wagner into the score, including the use of Wagner tubas. Although producers were disappointed with the initial fan reaction, critics gave a positive response to the episode and compared it to Indiana Jones and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Kor, a revered Klingon warrior, is in Quark's Bar telling stories of past battles to his friend Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax, she notices Lieutenant Commander Worf nearby and invites him to meet Kor, who greets Worf saying that anyone, so disliked by the Klingon government is a friend of his.
He explains to Jadzia and Worf that he is on the station as part of his plan to find the legendary Sword of Kahless. The sword is the original bat'leth, used by Kahless to defeat the tyrant Molor. Kor received a shroud from a Vulcan science team, he gives it to Jadzia to test the shroud's authenticity. As he returns to his quarters, Kor is attacked by a Lethean who reads his thoughts in order to find out about the Sword and removes his memories of the attack. Jadzia finds him the following morning, thinks that he has passed out from too much alcohol, she has verified the authenticity of the shroud. Captain Benjamin Sisko lends the trio a Runabout to travel into the Gamma Quadrant to search for the sword on a planet where the Vulcan team found the shroud, they arrive at the planet and travel to an underground vault, ransacked. As they are about to leave, Worf discovers a secret chamber containing the sword, they are attacked by Toral, son of Duras who had hired the Lethean and wants the sword for the prestige of finding it.
Kor and Jadzia fight past Toral and his men and after finding that they cannot transport back to the Runabout in orbit, they head into the adjoining cave system in order to try to get out of range of whatever Toral is using to block the transporter. As they travel through the caves, the Klingons begin to be affected by the prestige of the sword. Kor begins to talk about how it would allow him to overthrow Chancellor Gowron and Emperor Kahless II but Worf says that he should be the one to lead their people. Kor slips down the side of a cliff but refuses to let go of the sword. Worf grabs the other end of the sword, tries to convince Kor to let go as he cannot pull him and the sword up. Dax helps Worf save Kor, afterwards takes possession of the sword because she thinks the two Klingons cannot be trusted with it; the three make camp and sleep through the night, but Dax is awoken by a scuffle between Kor and Worf. The fight between them stops momentarily after Toral and his men arrive. After Toral is subdued and Worf again attack each other.
Jadzia shoots them both with her phaser set to stun and forces Toral to deactivate the transport blocker so that the three can return to the Runabout. After they depart the planet and Worf realize that if the sword divided two men as honorable as they, it would do the same to the Klingon Empire, so they beam it into space, leaving it to drift until the Klingon Empire is ready for it. "The Sword of Kahless" was the first Deep Space Nine episode to predominantly focus on Worf. Michael Dorn had joined the cast at the beginning of season four, but his character was not featured prominently in the first eight episodes of the season because they had been scripted prior to confirmation that Dorn would be joining the show. "The Sword of Kahless" was the first episode to be written after his arrival, so it was the first time his character was featured centrally. This meant that in each of those episodes, Worf was inserted into the episode, whereas "The Sword of Kahless" was the first episode to be written after his arrival and the production team wanted him to feature centrally for the first time.
The story was created by Richard Danus, the executive story editor during the third season of TNG, when Ira Steven Behr joined the production team. Danus had written TNG episodes such as "Déjà Q" and co-wrote the teleplay for "Booby Trap", it was Behr who gave Danus t
Our Man Bashir
"Our Man Bashir" is the 82nd episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the tenth of the fourth season. It aired on November 27, 1995. in broadcast syndication. Directed by Winrich Kolbe, the story originated from a pitch by Assistant Script Coordinator Robert Gillan and was turned into a script by producer Ronald D. Moore. Both hairdressing in the episode and the score by Jay Chattaway were nominated for Emmy Awards; the show's plot involves the combination of a holodeck malfunction. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy. In this episode, Dr. Julian Bashir plays a 1960s secret agent alongside Garak in a holosuite. After a transporter accident makes several other crew members appear as characters in the program, the duo must prevent any of them from dying in the game or else they will be killed in real life.
The production team deliberately avoided holodeck malfunction related episodes as they felt they had been overused on Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, Gillian pitched the circumstances that caused the issue seen in the episode and Moore came up with the 1960s setting. One of the influences for the episode was the James Bond films, while taking its title from Our Man Flint, raised by several reviewers; this obvious influence resulted in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contacting the studio and the references to it in the episode "A Simple Investigation" were toned down. "Our Man Bashir" received Nielsen ratings of 6.8 percent, while the episode was praised by reviewers with particular attention paid to the performance of Avery Brooks, there was some criticism levelled at the depiction of women. Dr. Julian Bashir is in the holosuite playing a secret agent program in the 1960s. Elim Garak convinces Bashir to let him tag along. Meanwhile, Captain Benjamin Sisko, Lt Cmdr. Worf, Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax, Major Kira Nerys, Chief Petty Officer Miles O'Brien are on a runabout, returning to Deep Space Nine.
As they arrive they find that their vessel has been sabotaged and that a warp core breach is imminent. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington beams them out, but during transport the ship is destroyed and the transporter damaged. Eddington is forced to store their patterns until it is repaired, but this uses all of the station's memory, putting many station systems off-line, their physical patterns end up in the computer controlling the holosuite, where they appear as characters in Bashir's program. Bashir is startled to see Kira appear as a Russian spy, who introduces herself as Colonel Anastasia Komananov, KGB, she has no idea who Major Kira is. Eddington informs Bashir and Garak that they can't shut down the program or let the characters die or else they will lose the patterns of the other crew members. Komananov explains that a scientist called Dr. Noah is planning to take over the world using lasers to cut into the Earth's crust resulting in the shrinking of the tectonic plates sinking and causing global flooding.
Bashir's orders are to rescue Professor Honey Bare from Noah. Falcon attempts to assassinate Bashir, who must stop Komananov from killing him or else O'Brien's pattern will be lost. Bashir and Komananov go to a casino in Paris to speak to Duchamps, an associate of Noah. Bashir manages to buy his way into a meeting with Noah after winning the money at cards but the trio are knocked out by Duchamps using a powdered drug, they awake in Dr. Noah's lair on the upper slopes of Mount Everest. Noah enters and gives a monologue about how he will destroy the world, shows a big red button he will push to do it, he has Garak taken below ground, where they are handcuffed to a laser. As the time ticks down before the laser is activated, Bare performs a final check of the laser. Bashir flirts with her, she slips him a key and hurries out. Bashir unlocks himself and Garak, who protests that it is too dangerous to continue as the safeties are turned off in the program, which could result in their deaths. Garak is about to close the program and kill the other crew members when Bashir shoots him, grazing him with a bullet.
Garak is shocked, but impressed, agrees to continue the programme. Bashir is concerned as he expects the program will end with either the death of Professor Bare or Colonel Komananov following the defeat of Noah; the duo burst into Noah's study and Eddington tells them he will attempt to rescue Sisko and the others in two minutes. To gain time, Bashir hits the button to activate the lasers around the world; the room's occupants gasp as they realize he just annihilated the entire population of Earth except for the top of Mount Everest. Dr. Noah is still not prepared to spare Bashir, but just as he is about to shoot, Eddington is able to transfer the crew's patterns into the computers aboard the USS Defiant, they are simply beamed aboard, returning to their normal selves. In the holosuite and Garak end the program with relief: Bashir "saved the day" by "destroying the world", Garak notes. Story editor René Echevarria was keen not to have a damaged holodeck story appear, as he felt it had been overdone in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
It was specified in the information sheet sent to freelance writers that Deep Space Nine was not accepting stories involving malfunctioning holodecks. Producer Ira Steven Behr explained that the show had been looking for a unique holodeck story that would be for Deep Space Nine rather
"Rejoined" is the 78th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the sixth of the fourth season. It aired on October 30, 1995, in broadcast syndication; the episode received a record volume of feedback from viewers for the series, both positive and negative, as it marked one of the first televised lesbian kisses. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy; the plot of "Rejoined" expands on the Trill species. They are formed of a host and a symbiont, with the symbiont passed from host to host as the previous one dies. In the episode, Dax is reunited with the ex-wife of one of its former hosts; the two struggle with their feelings for one another because of the taboo in their species against reuniting with loved ones of former hosts as they work together to experiment on wormholes. The episode was the first that writers Ronald D. Moore and René Echevarria wrote together, it was directed by main cast member Avery Brooks.
In the first draft, Dax's former partner was written as male, but after this was changed, the story was cleared through studio executives. The Trill taboo was intended to be an allegory for homophobia. "Rejoined" received a Nielsen rating of seven percent on the first broadcast in syndication. Reviews have been positive towards the episode because of its message, but there was criticism that the plot was not exciting enough and there was a negative reaction from some viewers. Captain Benjamin Sisko notifies Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax that a group of Trill scientists will be arriving soon at Deep Space Nine to perform experiments related to wormhole physics; the Trill are a species formed of both a humanoid host and a symbiont, which are implanted into them. The symbionts live far longer than the hosts, are moved into a new host when the old one dies. Jadzia is the eighth host of the Dax symbiont. Sisko tells Dax that the head scientist is Lenara Kahn, offers to grant Dax a leave of absence while the Trill scientists are aboard, but she turns it down.
Upon Dax and Kahn's first meeting, Major Kira Nerys notices that they are familiar with each other. Dr. Julian Bashir informs Kira about the non-association rules that Trill follow regarding the family and friends of former hosts, says that hosts of the Dax and Kahn symbionts have been married to each other. A party is held for the team, Dax and Kahn warm to one another's company once more. Afterward, they begin to socialize as they work together on Kahn's wormhole experiment aboard USS Defiant, they agree to have dinner, but to bring Bashir along as a chaperone. At the dinner, Bashir feels out of place and is ignored by the two Trills. Returning to the tests, Kahn creates the first artificial wormhole in history and Dax hugs her in celebration. Kahn's brother Bejal, on the science team, speaks to her separately and highlights his concerns regarding her contact with Dax. Despite this, Kahn goes to a discussion between the two leads to a kiss. Dax confides in Sisko, he tells her that Trill customs mean that if they resumed their relationship they would be exiled from their homeworld and their symbionts would never be joined with a new host, but that she will have his support either way.
Kahn and Dax continue to work on the experiment, but it goes wrong and Defiant is damaged. Kahn is injured in the explosion, but Dax rigs a force field across a plasma fire that allows her to reach Kahn, coming to the realization that the relationship is worth exile. After returning to the station, Kahn recuperates from her injuries, she decides against resuming her relationship with Dax, and—with the experiments complete—departs with the science team, leaving Dax heartbroken. "Rejoined" marked the first time that longtime Star Trek writers Ronald D. Moore and René Echevarria wrote a script together, they had been hired by executive producer Michael Piller following separate unsolicited manuscripts submitted during the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, had remained on the staff of the franchise since. In Echevarria's first draft of the story, there was no lesbian element as Dax's former lover was male; the Trill taboo against reuniting relationships from past hosts was suggested by Piller early on in the creation of Deep Space Nine, in order for the society to prevent an "aristocracy of the joined", where joined hosts never met anyone that they did not know.
It was Moore's suggestion to make Dax's former partner a woman in order to tackle the taboo against homosexuality by way of the on-screen taboo against re-association. At that stage, they intended to make no reference in the script to any characters having a concern about Dax's relationship with a woman so as to focus the story. Clearance was sought for the plot, first from showrunner Ira Steven Behr executive producer Rick Berman, from the studio executives. Moore explained that they agreed to the idea, saying that Star Trek stood for making statements like those in "Rejoined". Terry Farrell was happy with the story line, saying that it made sense for Dax to have this issue because the symbiont had been in both male and female hosts, adding that "Gender wasn't the issue. For the worm/symbiont, it was a matter of the being it was embodied in." She was pleased to be able to "stand up" for the LGBT community. A similar story had been approached during
Breen (Star Trek)
The Breen are a fictional extraterrestrial species that feature in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. They were first mentioned in "The Loss", a fourth-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that first aired in 1990. References to them were made in several other Next Generation episodes, but they did not appear until the 1996 fourth season Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Indiscretion". On Deep Space Nine, they played a significant role in the final story arc of that series in 1999, during which much information about them was revealed; the Breen's true appearance remains unrevealed to viewers, as they have never been seen onscreen without their helmets. The Breen were first mentioned in "The Loss", a fourth-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that first aired in 1990; the episode established their race as one of several alien species to be unreadable by empaths, much like the Ferengi. References to them were made in several other Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager episodes but they were not seen onscreen until the 1996 Deep Space Nine episode "Indiscretion", which aired as part of that show's fourth season.
In that episode, they were depicted as running a mining facility from which Gul Dukat and Major Kira rescued Dukat's daughter, Tora Ziyal. According to DS9 writer/producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe, after having been treated as red herrings since their first mention on Next Generation, as a running joke by the production staff because "they were these people who were out there who were dangerous but were never responsible for any of the trouble going on", they would be used as the villains in an episode, their true appearance would be concealed beneath masks, according to writer/producer Ira Steven Behr, because "I wasn't in the mood to come up with a new alien race. So I said,'Let's not see them. Let's just put them in costume because they live in the cold.'"The look of the Breen masks, which includes a "snout", was derived from the visual suggestion that they are a snouted species, like an Arctic wolf. The Breen costumes were problematic for the actors playing them, since they made both seeing and breathing difficult: there was only a single small hole in the beak, about eight inches from the actor's nose, according to stand-in and stunt double Todd Slayton, who played Thot Gor.
The costumes included big, clumsy boots, the outfits were layered like an armadillo, making movement difficult. The helmets, which were complicated to put on and remove, were held together with magnets, were prone to falling off when someone bumped into them; the switches for the lights on the helmets were inside the helmets, requiring the actor to remove the helmet to turn the lights on and off. For reasons unknown to production personnel, the nine-volt batteries that powered the lights lasted only minutes before burning out. In keeping with the Breen as a mysterious race, the sounds of the Breen's speech were inspired by the Lou Reed album Metal Machine Music, which the postproduction sound staff were instructed to listen to when creating the electronic cackle that served as the Breen's voices; the Breen homeworld is called Breen, according to the 1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "'Til Death Do Us Part", was said to be a frozen wasteland in "Indiscretion". However, in the 1999 episode "The Changing Face of Evil", it was stated by Weyoun that it is in fact rather temperate.
Among the Breen, pregnancy at a young age was a common occurrence, according to "Elogium", a 1995 second season Star Trek: Voyager episode, though it has not been established what is considered "young" in the Breen culture. The Breen have no blood. How the functions carried out by blood in other species are carried out in Breen physiology has not been revealed. Although the Breen diet is unknown, Lieutenant Commander Worf and Ezri Dax were given algae paste when they were prisoners of the Breen in "'Til Death Do Us Part"; the Klingons were among the first to discover the consequences of underestimating the Breen. As revealed in "'Til Death Do Us Part", during the Klingon Second Empire, Chancellor Mow'ga ordered an entire fleet of Klingon warships to invade and conquer the Breen homeworld; the fleet never was never heard from again. The Romulans have a saying: "Never turn your back on a Breen"; this adage was first stated in the 1997 fifth season Deep Space Nine episode "By Inferno's Light", in which a captive Breen grabbed a disruptor pistol from the holster of a Dominion guard, whose back was turned to him in a Dominion asteroid prison, used it to disintegrate two Dominion guards at the same time as one of them killed the captive.
The Breen in question had not done anything besides sit up until that point, giving no indication that he would be a threat. The Breen established the isolated Breen Confederacy in the Alpha Quadrant; the Breen established outposts near the Black Cluster, according to the 1992 fifth season Next Generation episode "Hero Worship". They established mining facilities consisting of Breen guards and slaves kidnapped from spaceships, such as Tora Ziyal, the half-Bajoran daughter of the Cardassian Gul Dukat, whose ship, the Ravinok, had crashed on the planet Dozaria, controlled by the Breen, as established in "Indiscretion". In "Hero Worship" it is mentioned, they become a powerful ally of the Dominion, a Gamma Quadrant empire, during the Dominion War, fought during the final two seasons of Deep Space Nine. The Breen were revealed to have allied with the Dominion in "’Til Death Do U