Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 26 Broken Link

Odo is falling apart. A sickness no one on the station can identify or fix. Which means there's only one solution: Head for the new Changeling homeworld and get them to fix him. But the Changelings have other ideas in store for him...


  • Body Horror: The way the female Changeling views Odo's fate. "Perhaps it would have been more merciful to kill you."
    • Not to mention Odo falling apart throughout the episode.
  • Brick Joke: In the previous episode, Garak mentions that he wasn't always a tailor; he used to be a gardener. And while regaling Odo with tales of his time as a gardener at the Cardassian Embassy on Romulus, it's clear that his stay coincided with a number of mysterious deaths of Romulan officials.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted; Garak gets six months in a holding cell for assaulting Worf and trying to start a war with the Founders. Odo thinks he got off easy.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: To the Founders, turning Odo into a Solid is this.
  • Hive Mind: The Great Link is similar to this. Odo says that the other Founders were trying to hide information from him while Linked, including information on Gowron.
  • "How Many?" "All Of Them": Garak asks the Founder about survivors from the Cardassian attack on her homeworld:
    Founder: There were no Cardassian survivors.
    Garak: You mean they're all dead?
    Founder: They're dead. You're dead. Cardassia is dead. Your people were doomed the moment they attacked us. I believe that answers your question.
    Garak: [with his scariest smile] It was a pleasure meeting you.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Garak tries to talk Worf into allowing him to wipe out the Founders. What's a bit of genocide to a Klingon warrior, after all?
    Worf: I am a warrior, not a murderer!
    Garak: What you are is a great disappointment.
  • The Matchmaker: Garak calls Odo into his tailor's shop where an attractive Bajoran woman who fancies him is buying a new dress. Odo is Adorkable in her presence, but fails to make a date.
  • Morning Sickness: The Bajoran variation involves sneezing, as Kira repeatedly demonstrates.
  • Naked on Arrival: Solid Odo.
  • Naked People Are Funny: An odd (and facetious) variation that starts when O'Brien comments on how flying the Defiant into the Gamma Quadrant without using the Invisibility Cloak makes him feel naked. When Worf and Sisko concur, Dax chuckles at "being in the same room with so many naked men."
  • Pretext for War: Gowron is seeking to turn a border dispute into war with the Federation.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning
  • Revenge: Garak's desire to wipe out the Founders is undoubtedly fueled by the knowledge that Enabran Tain is dead, having been told they Take No Prisoners.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can
    Odo: When I joined with the other changelings in the Great Link, I felt something I've never felt before. In that moment, I knew I was home. For the first time, I felt that I understood my people. Their distrust of the solids, their willingness to do anything to protect themselves. And then in an instant it was all snatched away. I'm trapped in this body. I can never rejoin the Great Link.
  • Shape Shifter Mode Lock: Odo's punishment.
  • Sistine Steal: Odo and the female Founder have a pose evoking this when he is Brought Down to Normal.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Averted; Garak is detected by Worf when he tries to tamper with the Defiant's weapon system. I guess he's not in Seska's league.
  • Taking You with Me: Garak wants to destroy the Founders even though the surrounding Jem Hadar ships would destroy the Defiant.
  • Unflinching Walk: Despite being barely able to hold his humanoid shape, Odo insists on walking down the Promenade without anyone supporting him.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": Averted.
    Garak: Don't tell me you'd object to a little genocide in the name of self defense?
  • Wham Episode: First the female Founder tells Garak that Cardassia was dead from the moment the Obsidian Order decided to attack the Dominion. Then Odo is punished by the other Changelings by taking aways his shapeshifting and making him permanently human. And if that wasn't dramatic enough, we then find out Gowron is about to wage war with the Federation, and the episode ends with the revelation that Gowron is a Changeling in disguise.
  • Wham Line: "Gowron, leader of the Klingon Empire, is a Changeling."
  • We Need a Distraction: Knowing the last thing Odo wants is sympathy, Sisko allows Garak to go on the mission as long as he keeps Odo busy trying to unravel his Mysterious Past.
  • The Worf Effect: Seems to come into play during Worf's fight with Garak, but Subverted when Worf emerges victorious.