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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In the previous episode, the Changelings' homeworld was said to be a rogue planet, a planet that doesn't orbit a star. But the planet seems to have a constant source of illumination, equivalent to the level of light during a full moon on Earth. And in this episode we see the source of that light is a nearby star. So if the planet is close enough to the star that the star illuminates it so much, it should also be on the star's orbit.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In the previous episode, the Changelings' homeworld was said to be a rogue planet, RoguePlanet, a planet that doesn't orbit a star. But the planet seems to have a constant source of illumination, equivalent to the level of light during a full moon on Earth. And in this episode we see the source of that light is a nearby star. So if the planet is close enough to the star that the star illuminates it so much, it should also be on the star's orbit.


** The real Borath is much ruder to Odo than later Vorta would ever ''dare'' to be to a Changeling.

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** The real Borath is much ruder to Odo than later Vorta would ever ''dare'' to be to a Changeling.Changeling, whether he was a Founder or not.


* CouldSayItBut: At one point, Garak sits down with Sisko at the Replimat and the two compare notes, suggesting that their leaders have gone insane for allying with the Dominion. Garak points out that there's nothing either of them can do ''officially'' to stop the Dominion takeover. Sisko agrees that they can't ''officially'' do anything about it...[[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and that ''is'' a pity]].



* ICouldSayItBut: At one point, Garak sits down with Sisko at the replimat and the two compare notes, suggesting that their leaders have gone insane for allying with the Dominion. Garak points out that there's nothing either of them can do ''officially'' to stop the Dominion takeover. Sisko agrees that they can't ''officially'' do anything about it...[[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and that it ''is'' a pity]].


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* TheReveal: The Changelings are the Founders of the Dominion.


* ICouldSayItBut: At one point, Garak sits down with Sisko at the replimat and the two compare notes, suggesting that their leaders have gone insane for allying with the Dominion. Garak points out that there's nothing either of them can do ''officially'' to stop the Dominion takeover. Sisko agrees that they can't ''officially'' do anything about it...[[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and that it ''is'' a pity]].



* TheQuisling: Simulation!Nechayev bargains away control of the wormhole, Deep Space Nine, and Bajor itself in exchange for 'friendship' with the newly-arrived Dominion. Sisko tells her point-blank how stupid it is to give the Dominion a free foothold in the Alpha Quadrant while simultaneously pissing off the Bajorans, Cardassians, and the Romulans in the process, but she is unconcerned.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Nechayev's behavior. The fact that the admiral who played hardass with the Cardassians on TNG, and even ordered Captain Picard to [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E24S7E1Descent wipe out the entire Borg Collective]] if given the chance, is willing to give in to all the Dominion's demands without protest is a clear sign to Sisko that something is very wrong.
* TheQuisling: Simulation!Nechayev bargains away control of the wormhole, Deep Space Nine, and Bajor itself in exchange for 'friendship' with the newly-arrived Dominion. Sisko tells her point-blank how stupid it is to give the Dominion a free foothold in the Alpha Quadrant while simultaneously pissing off the Bajorans, Cardassians, Bajorans and the Romulans in the process, but she is unconcerned.unconcerned.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Sisko, Dax, O'Brien, Bashir, and Garak go rogue to collapse the wormhole to keep the Dominion away from the Alpha Quadrant.

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* TheQuisling: Simulation!Nechayev bargains away control of the wormhole, Deep Space Nine, and Bajor itself in exchange for 'friendship' with the newly-arrived Dominion. Sisko tells her point-blank how stupid it is to give the Dominion a free foothold in the Alpha Quadrant while simultaneously pissing off the Bajorans, Cardassians, and the Romulans in the process, but she is unconcerned.


* WhamEpisode: Odo has discovered the other members of his race, and he finally feels like he belongs somewhere... But then it turns out the Changelings are the secret leaders of the Dominion, and Odo has no choice but to rejects them in disgust. Also, it's made clear that peaceful co-existence with the Dominion is highly unlikely, so the Federation and its allies will have to prepare for war.

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* WhamEpisode: Odo has discovered the other members of his race, and he finally feels like he belongs somewhere... But then it turns out the Changelings are the secret leaders of the Dominion, and Odo has no choice but to rejects reject them in disgust. Also, it's made clear that peaceful co-existence with the Dominion is highly unlikely, so the Federation and its allies will have to prepare for war.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The real Borath is much ruder to Odo than later Vorta would ever ''dare'' to be to a Changeling.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The Changelings are significantly more bronze than they would be in later appearances.
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The real Borath is much ruder to Odo than later Vorta would ever ''dare'' to be to a Changeling.

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* AppropriatedAppellation: The term "Changeling" used to be a slur against shape-shifters, until the Founders took it as their own.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In the previous episode, the Changelings' homeworld was said to be a rogue planet, a planet that doesn't orbit a star. But the planet seems to have a constant source of illumination, equivalent to the level of light during a full moon on Earth. And in this episode we see the source of that light is a nearby star. So if the planet is close enough to the star that the star illuminates it so much, it should also be on the star's orbit.

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* [[AttackPatternAlpha Attack Pattern Theta]]: Used to torpedo the wormhole.


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* FamousLastWords:
--> '''Garak:''' Doctor, I'm afraid I won't be able to have lunch with you today.
** {{Subverted}}, though, as it was only an illusion of Garak that was killed.


* InstantSedation: Garak uses the [[Website/SFDebris off-button hypospray]] on Eddington while breaking Sisko out of the brig.


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* IndyPloy: Waylaid by a Jem'Hadar patrol, Garak pretends to turn traitor on the others and then shoots the Jem'Hadar while their guards are down.
* InstantSedation: Garak uses the [[Website/SFDebris off-button hypospray]] on Eddington while breaking Sisko out of the brig.


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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: A variation; Odo parts ways with the other changelings when he realizes that they're only "lawful" without the "good" part.

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* InstantSedation: Garak uses the [[Website/SFDebris off-button hypospray]] on Eddington while breaking Sisko out of the brig.
* InTheBack: How T'Rul is shot.

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* KarmaHoudini: One of many things that Sisko is pissed about--a Jem'Hadar beats up [[ButtMonkey O'Brien]] and isn't punished for it.

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* FantasticRacism: The female changeling tells Odo about how her people were persecuted and killed by other races, which is why they now live in isolation.


* IAmTheNoun: "The Changelings ''are'' the Dominion."

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* IAmTheNoun: "The Delivered as one hell of a WhamLine:
-->'''Kira:''' You belong to the Dominion, don't you?
-->'''Female Changeling:''' Belong to it? Major, the
Changelings ''are'' the Dominion."

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