“Rejoined” is the 78th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It originally aired on October 30, 1995, in broadcast syndication. In the episode, Dax is reunited with Lenara Kahn, the widow of one of its former hosts. The episode received a record volume of feedback from viewers for the series.
About Rejoined in brief
“Rejoined” is the 78th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It originally aired on October 30, 1995, in broadcast syndication. In the episode, Dax is reunited with Lenara Kahn, the widow of one of its former hosts. The two struggle with their feelings for one another because of the taboo in their species against reuniting with loved ones of former hosts as they work together to experiment on wormholes. The episode was the first that writers Ronald D. Moore and René Echevarria wrote together, and it was directed by main cast member Avery Brooks. It received a record volume of feedback from viewers for the series, both positive and negative, as it marked one of the first televised lesbian kisses. The Trill taboo was intended to be an allegory for homosexuality and homophobia, but there was criticism that the plot was not exciting enough and there was a negative reaction from some viewers. It marked the first time that longtime Star Trek writers Ronald D. Moore and René Eche varria had remained on the franchise since the third season of The Next Generation. It was the last episode to be directed by Michael Piller, who went on to work on “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” The episode is about the Trill, a species of humanoids who host a sluglike symbiont implanted into them. The symbionts live far longer than the hosts, and are moved into a new host when the old one dies. Jadzia is the eighth host of the Dax Symbiont, and she is in love with her former wife, Lenara Kahn.
Dax and Kahn work together on Kahn’s wormhole experiment aboard USS Defiant, but it goes wrong and Kahn is severely damaged. After returning to the station, Kahn recuperates from her injuries and decides against resuming her relationship with Dax, leaving Dax heartbroken. Dax rigs a force field that allows her to reach across a plasma explosion on the Defiant but it is destroyed by the explosion. The next day, the two Trills reminisce about their past hosts, but are effectively ignored by Dr. Julian Bashir as they reminisce as they talk about their relationship. At the welcome party for the visiting scientists, they warm to one another’s company once more. Afterward, they agree to have dinner, but to also bring Bashir along as a chaperone. Dr. Bashir later explains to Kira that previous hosts of the Dax symbiont were married to each other, but Trill are forbidden from reassociating with partners and lovers of past hosts. He reminds Dax that if they resumed their relationship, then they would be exiled from their homeworld and their symbionte would never be joined with a new hosts. The episode received a Nielsen rating of seven percent on the first broadcast in syndication, It was also the first Star Trek episode to have a script written by two writers who had been hired by the executive producer of the franchise.