Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 02 E 06 Melora

A new officer, Melora Pazlar, arrives at the station. She is Elaysian, from a planet with extremely low gravity, forcing her to use a wheelchair on other worlds. As she and Dr. Bashir become close, he conceives of a "cure" for her.

Tropes

  • Artistic License Biology: It makes little sense that Elaysians, a species which has evolved on a planet with low gravity, would look exactly like humans (except for the rubber forehead).
    • Additionally, Bashir states that it's Melora's motor cortex that prevents her from functioning normally under higher gravity, and stimulating it is all it takes to enable her to walk unassisted. This is ignoring the fact that it's her actual musculature, connective tissue, and skeleton that would be unable to tolerate the increased gravity.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Three years later, the actress playing Melora would swap a starship for another kind of spaceship.
  • What Could Have Been: It was the original intention to have a wheelchair-bound alien as the science officer on the station, but it was decided that it would be too complicated for filming purposes, so they went with a Trill instead. They kept the idea in mind, though.