Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 03 E 08 Meridian

The DS9 crew encounter a planet that shifts in and out of normal dimensional space and helps the people stabilize their world so that it could stay longer in physical space without tearing itself apart. Meanwhile on the station, a business associate of Quark's has developed an infatuation with Major Kira and offers him a large amount of money for a holoprogram featuring her.

This episode provides examples of

  • The 47 Society: When Jadzia gets ready to beam down to Meridian, O'Brien says the dimensional shift will happen in 47 minutes.
  • Boyfriend Bluff: Kira and Odo pretend to be romantically involved when dealing with Trion early in the episode.
  • Butter Face: When Kira and Odo find out about Quark's attempts to create a holobrothel facsimile of Major Kira, they hack the program so that the client who requested it is greeted by Kira's body topped off with Quark's head.
  • Dimensional Traveler: An entire planet of them.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Sisko never makes an offer to transport the entire colony to another world (hopefully in the Alpha Quadrant, away from The Dominion) and allow their descendants to return to the planet when it reappears in 60 years. It would be understandable if they chose to stay, but Sisko doesn't even make the offer.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Trion. A damn creepy one to boot.
  • Stay with the Aliens: Jadzia attempts this. However, she is unsuccessful.
  • Temporary Love Interest: Deral for Dax. She is so infatuated with him that she is willing to join him in another dimension for the next 60 years.
  • Umpteenth Customer: Quark's first attempt to acquire Kira's image is to declare her his "One Millionth Customer," with free dabo spins, champagne, and an hour of holosuite time where she could be scanned. However, she transfers the time to an ensign with an upcoming birthday.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Dax promises Deral that when they're done researching some telemetry data they can go back to his room and "count each other's spots".
  • Vanishing Village: Meridian is a planet-wide example of this, only appearing in normal space once every sixty years and the time before it shifts back has been getting shorter each time.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Star Trek's attempt to do Brigadoon.