from an unlikely source
Odo meets Laas, one of the
hundred shapeshifters who were, like him, sent into
the galaxy to learn about other species.
A touching story that
forces Odo to re-evaluate his life and his relationship
with Kira. The female Changeling has always tried to
persuade Odo to rejoin his race in The Great Link, but as
they are at war with the Federation he has always refused.
However, Laas wants to form a new Link, which Weyoun
suggested to Odo earlier this season in Treachery,
Faith and the Great River. So the temptation for Odo
is entirely different and makes for a refreshing change.
Equally intriguing is
Laass method of trying to get Odo to join him. Laas
lived among solids and even had a mate but the fact he was
different eventually drove him away, and he is certain
this will also happen to Odo. He subtly manipulates
everyone around Odo into revealing their distrust of
shapeshifters by behaving like one. Quark later drives
Laass point home to Odo by candidly telling him the
only reason people accept him is because he never flaunts
the fact he is different.
regarding his future on DS9 eventually leads to a conflict
with Kira. Not only does the couple debate whether or not
Odo should leave with Laas, but they also argue over Odos
very soul and this gives the moment far greater meaning.
Aired: 13 February 1999
by Steven Eramo
The climax is predictable
but compelling thanks to Rene Auberjonois, Nana Visitor
and JG Hertzler (Laas) and the closing scene between Odo
and Kira is simply beautiful.