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The Abandoned 

Odo tries to change the nature of a rapidly maturing Jem'Hadar infant, Quark finds, whilst Sisko tries to break his son's relationship with a 20 year old Dabo girl.


Avery Brooks


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Bumper Robinson ... Jem'Hadar Teenager
Jill Sayre ... Mardah
Leslie Bevis ... Rionoj
Matthew Kimbrough ... Alien High Roller
Hassan Nicholas Hassan Nicholas ... Jem'Hadar Boy


For 3 bars of latinum, Quark buys the rights to salvage a stranded ship from the Gamma Quadrant. Apart from a crying baby, he doesn't find anything of value. Bashir notices the boy has a very fast metabolic rate, and is growing at an accelerated rate. Before the crew knows it, he's a teen, who starts fighting on the promenade. Only Odo's able to calm him down, and Jadzia realises he's Jem'Hadar. When Odo hears the boy's to be examined in a Federation laboratory, he convinces Sisko he should take charge of the young man. Odo wants to try to change his nature, so he could live on Deep Space Nine as a normal humanoid. Meanwhile, Sisko invites Jake's girlfriend, Mardah for dinner. She's 4 years older than Jake, and a Dabo girl at Quark's. Sisko's very opposed to their relationship. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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31 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Odo replays part of the battle scene from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search: Part I (1994), which establishes that it took place on stardate 48214.5, with the on-board battle occurring on time index 310. See more »


It appears that, as Quark is inspecting his purchase in the cargo bay at around 3:35, the battery dies in the light he is using. See more »


Odo: [to a teenage Jem'Hadar Odo's taken to one of Quark's Holosuites] In here, you can indulge yourself. You can let your instincts take over. Fight until you're ready to stop, but at a price. Out there you have to control yourself. You have to learn restraint. Learn how to live peacefully among other races regardless of how you may feel. Learn to contain your feelings of aggression and violence.
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Featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Wow...the Jem'Hadar really are warlike jerks down deep!
20 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Jake is dating a 20 year-old Dabo girl with extremely large...well, you can guess. Naturally, his father is not thrilled by this but instead of telling Jake no, he invites the lady for dinner.

The main plot, however, is a lot less mundane and creepy. A baby is discovered among the wreckage of a ship that Quark has bought. The child grows VERY quickly...and soon he grows into a Jem'Hadar killing machine. Not surprisingly, the crew isn't thrilled but Odo decides to take the young killing machine under his wing. But try as he might to learn about the deeper person buried within, this Jem'Hadar seems even more one dimensional than Nancy Grace. With this unnamed Jem'Hadar, it's kill, kill, kill. In fact, he makes the Klingons seem like deep thinkers and pacifists! What's next?

While the episode is mildly interesting, there's really not much more to it than this.

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