Episode Review #3: DS9 – Equilibrium

One episode leads to another, and “Equilibrium” came right after “House of Quark” on the DVD. I find it difficult to pick a favorite Deep Space Nine episode, but if I had to this would be on the list of top contenders, if it didn’t win my pick for favorite DS9 episode.

Once again, my obligatory spoiler alert. SPOILERS! Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the episode because there are spoilers, and I’m not going to provide a summary so my review makes more sense if you’ve seen the episode.

There are just so many things I loved about this episode from the first time I saw it. First time I saw it… I was in the 5th grade… I guess I’m dating myself here, huh? Oh, and mind you, I watched all of DS9 as each episode premiered for the first time, so I saw each preview and waited for a week, dying to see a new episode. This was one of those episodes that after school every week I’d run home and watch the preview again and again (we taped every episode and the preview for next week’s episode. I still have the original tapes too). And this episode did not disappoint.

So I’ve never been insane about Odo/Kira the way I’m insane about Julian/Jadzia, but the couple makes sense to me, unlike Worf/Dax… Anyway Odo and Kira have the cutest scene in the teaser when he’s stirring the soufflé. Unlike Worf, I can see what Kira sees in Odo. He is soooo *cute* in this scene, and cute isn’t a word I’d often use with Odo. So very “Data-like”…

This episode has one of many scenes that makes a great case for Julian and Jadzia to have been a couple. When they’re on the Defiant heading to Trill and Jadzia stops by to talk to Julian, you just couldn’t see her being able to confide in anyone else like that. Julian was one of the few characters who really saw Jadzia as Jadzia, not as a reincarnation of a past host, but just someone who carried all of those memories and whose life was enhanced by that experience. Julian would have been head over heels in love with Jadzia no matter who her past hosts were, but I think most of Worf’s interest in her (and perhaps her interest in Worf) was only there because of Curzon.

Getting to learn about previous hosts is always interesting, but a Trill does have to move past them to gain new experiences. This just doesn’t happen with Worf, all we get to see is more of Curzon. Julian, on the other hand, would have given us a chance to explore Jadzia’s character as the series went on. And their scene in Julian’s quarters gives us a glimpse into what the writers could have done with Jadzia’s character but got sidetracked with “The Worf Show” instead.

Aside from my rants about why J&J would have been great together, discovering Joran gives us an opportunity to see a darker side of Dax, and a darker side of Trill society. The great secret the Symbiosis Commission has that nearly half the Trill population is suitable for joining, not the 0.1% they claim, and yes, sometimes the commission picks unsuitable hosts, and they don’t immediately reject the symbiont. This secret has to remain a secret at all costs, even if it means that innocent hosts have to die, not to protect the symbiont, but to protect the lies upon which the Symbosis Commission operates. Fanfiction writers and the Relaunch authors have had soooooooo much fun with the various secrets the Symbiosis Commission is keeping! And I really wish the television writers had done at least another episode revealing yet another terrible secret the Symbiosis Commission would kill, or had killed people already, to keep quiet.

This episode ends with one of my favorite DS9 quotes, “If you want to know who you are, it’s important to know who you’ve been.” I’m sure this is true even for those of us with just one lifetime…

Live long and prosper… and J&J Forever!


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