Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 03 E 06 The Abandoned

Quark purchases some salvage from the Gamma Quadrant, and only later realizes that among the wreckage is an infant alien. Given over to Dr. Bashir, the infant grows rapidly, and quite unexpectedly, into an adult Jem'Hadar. It is extremely violent, and the only one who appears able to control it is Odo. Meanwhile, Sisko finally meets Jake's girlfriend Mardah, a Dabo girl from Quark's bar.

Tropes:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sisko finds out from Mardah some things about Jake he didn't know, and he relishes getting all the juicy details.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Odo does what he can to raise the Jem'Hadar to be more humanistic, but there's nothing anyone can do - the Jem'Hadar just can't go against his programming. Odo has to let him go to protect his fellow officers.
  • Blood Knight: This episode shows that for the Jem'Hadar, fighting isn't something they do just because their masters tell them to, it's an actual physical need that is instilled in them from birth.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Sisko practically turns to jelly once he gets the chance to hold the baby, to the point where he barely pays attention when Dax and Bashir give him information.
  • Foreshadowing: In a lunch with Dax, Bashir notes how the child seems to be missing a key enzyme and is baffled why someone would "engineer a child with such an obvious defect." This turns out to be a key clue to the boy being a Jem'Hadar as the Founders put in their addiction.
  • Henchmen Race: The Founders seem to have stripped everything out of the Jem'Hadar that doesn't involve fighting or obeying their creators. And they've engineered them with an innate addiction to a substance only the Founders can produce for good measure.
  • Hidden Depths: Jake wanted Benjamin to get to know Mardah, but when Benjamin spends time with the two of them he's surprised to learn a few things about Jake he didn't know before, like that he sometimes writes poetry.
  • Little "No": Quark, when he realizes that he accidentally bought a baby.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mardah. The fact that Jake could even look her in the eye shows Cirroc Lofton's a pretty good actor.
  • Nature Vs Nurture: The main theme of the episode. Odo's a strong believer in Nurture due to his own experiences, but it turns out Nature's pretty damn strong for the Jem'Hadar.
  • No Name Given: The Jem'Hadar. He even says "I don't have a name" at one point.
  • Orc Raised By Elves: It's tried with the Jem Hadar baby, but the Founders had genetically engineered them to hate all non-Founders, and the attempt to raise him like Worf fails.
  • Out of Focus: Quark really only appears at the beginning.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: The Jem'Hadar are genetically engineered to reach maturity and become battle-ready as quickly as possible.
  • Shipper on Deck: O'Brien.
    "Sixteen years old and dating a Dabo girl. Godspeed, Jake."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Both Odo and Bashir are not happy with Sisko willing to give the boy over to Starfleet to turn him into a lab rat. Odo knows what that's like first-hand and how badly the boy will feel. Bashir agrees that whatever else, the Jem'Hadar is a sentient being and not just an experiment to study.
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