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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?


Director/star Avery Brooks saw this episode as something of a metaphorical study of racial tension and gang culture. According to Brooks "for me, it was very much a story about young brown men, and, to some extent, a story about a society that is responsible for the creation of a generation of young men who are feared, who are addicted, who are potential killers." See more »


In the infirmary, when Bashier is administering the ketracel white, he first says he will start with 2 milligrams and then bumps it up to 3 cc's. These are not the same measurements. Milligram is a mass and a cc is a volume. Assuming the density of the white is the same as water, a cc would equal 1 gram of white or 1000 milligrams. See more »


Chief O'Brien: [referring to the Founders] I still don't understand why they would engineer someone to be addicted to a certain chemical.
Odo: I suspect it's another way of ensuring the loyalty of the Jem'Hadar to the Founders. If your soldiers are addicted to a drug that can't be replicated and only you can provide, that gives you a great deal of control over them.
Chief O'Brien: Seems a pretty cold-blooded thing to do.
Odo: My people don't have blood, Chief.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Hippocratic Oath (1995) 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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