Stardate 49195.5: A Trill science team arrives on Deep Space 9 to conduct field tests on experimental techniques for creating artificial wormholes. The leader of the team is Dr. Lenara Kahn, a joined Trill whose symbiont was once borne by the wife of one of Dax’s former hosts, Torias. Trill society has a strict taboo against “reassociation” with past lovers, for which the penalty is exile – meaning that both symbionts will die with their current hosts. Therefore Dax and Lenara must be careful about interacting…but despite their best efforts they find themselves reawakening old emotional ties. What will Dax risk in order to be with her former love?
teleplay by Ronald D. Moore & RenÃƒÂ¨ Echavarria
story by RenÃƒÂ¨ Echavarria
directed by Avery Brooks
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Susanna Thompson (Dr. Lenara Kahn), Tim Ryan (Bejal Kahn), James Noah (Pren), Kenneth Marshall (Eddington)
Notes: Susanna Thompson would later win a recurring role in Star Trek: Voyager; for much of that show’s last four seasons, she appeared numerous times as the Borg Queen, a role originated by Alice Krige in Star Trek: First Contact.
LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover with notes by Earl Green