[DS9] Rejoined

[DS9] Season 4, Episode 6: RejoinedrejoinedRating: 2

 

I guess this is supposed to be about love versus the taboos of a culture, but the taboo isn’t that fleshed out, and the romance is underwhelming, on top of being over by the end of the episode, of course.

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Notes:

A trill comes aboard DS9 whose former host was married to one of Dax's former hosts

Some trills come aboard DS9 for a science project. One of the trills, Lenara, had a former host who was married to one of Dax’s former hosts

They have some awkward moments

They have some awkward moments

They go on a date but convince themselves it's not a date because Julian is there

They go on a date but make it not really a date because Julian is there waiting for them to kiss.

The other trills notice. Trills that get involved with past loves are exiled

The other trills notice. Trills that get involved with past loves are exiled

But they fall in love anyway

But they fall in love anyway!

The trills were there for a science project, but something goes wrong!

Also a science project goes wrong!

Dax has to walk through some special effects to save her former wife

Dax has to walk through some special effects to save Lenara

they make it out okay

they make it out okay

Dax asks Lenara to stay on the station with her, but Lenara says nah

Dax asks Lenara to stay on the station with her, but Lenara says nah

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  • Steffen de Monte

    Come on, this one is a little too important to just earn a 2. Let me explain.

    As Gates McFadden, Ron Moore or Andrew Robinson once stated in interviews, Trek thoroughly
    failed to examine homosexual themes properly. It is really strange and unusual
    that the writers did not address homosexuality and discrimination for it since
    it’s the very nature of Star Trek to bring such difficult themes to mainstream
    TV. (Maybe it was more the studios decision, as indicates their opposing to the
    production of the LGBT-themed TNG script “Blood and Fire”). In 1991 Roddenberry
    himself said that his attitude changed and that he made thoughtless homophobic
    remarks earlier. Leonard Nimoy already said in 1991: “It is entirely
    fitting that gays and lesbians will appear unobtrusively aboard the
    Enterprise—neither objects of pity nor melodramatic attention”.

    So we had stories about important issues such as assisted suicide, terrorism, religion in
    all it’s good and bad characteristics, bioethics, slavery etc. etc. But there are only very few episodes who ever
    dealt with other forms of sexuality than the heteronormative. TNG’s “The Offspring”,
    but first and foremost “The Outcast” and DS9’s “The Rejoined” are the outstanding ones
    (among some other references for example Kira being bisexual in the mirror
    universe). Because homosexuality itself
    wouldn’t be an issue among 24th century federation society, the
    writers found a clever way to tell a believable story to bring a gay element to
    the show (well, it wasn’t that brave anymore in late 90s TV). One can argue
    about the plot of “The Rejoined” actually being a little half-assed since
    initially it was a man and woman falling in love but I think this misses the
    point and actually is the strong point of the script: the emotion of “love”
    feels just the same, no matter the gender. It’s society who doesn’t allow
    people to love who they love.

    I personally blame Star Trek for not working that out more and not having gay
    couples, being a casual part of the shows, as Nimoy demanded, or even an openly
    gay main character (as Kate Mulgrew demanded). I’ve been a fan since I watched
    the TOS-crew movies on TV when I was 11 and Star Trek –especially TNG and DS9-
    had a huge impact on my personal live. It showed me many things: being a
    humanist, reading a lot and drinking English tea can be cool; although being a
    nerd, wearing ugly sweaters and adults telling you to shut up you still can
    save the day and earn respect; collect as much information as possible and try
    to change perspective before making judgement; there is no such thing as good/evil
    or black/white and finally that it is very cold in space. I’m quite certain my
    own coming out as gay (to myself as well as to everybody else) might not have taken
    until my mid-twenties if Star Trek showed me earlier that homosexuality is nothing
    to be ashamed of and there is nothing wrong with me.

    This episode is important and not only to me. You’re right, the romance and taboo
    isn’t that fleshed out, although the chemistry between Dax and Lenara works
    well. So it actually should get a 2, because it shouldn’t be important that the
    lovers are two women. But sadly it is. For Star Trek, in the 90s AND in 2014 it
    is important to show gay characters on TV. We made some progress in that area
    and this episode was one of the first steps.

    (see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexuality_in_Star_Trek)

    • http://www.letswatchstartrek.com/ Lets Watch Star Trek

      Very well stated. If you wanted, you could totally write an article for our site about homosexuality in Star Trek. I agree that it’s an important episode, but for a lot of the reasons you’ve stated I’ve never been too impressed with Star Trek handling certain issues. To be honest, I wasn’t even that impressed with the famous “first interracial kiss” on TOS (another important episode that I ended up giving a 2) because it was lame how both characters were under mind control, and the actors didn’t even kiss. If you read the memory-alpha article for Rejoined ( http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Rejoined ), it seems like all of the actors and production staff are in full denial that it’s even about homosexuality, they just keep saying that it’s only about trills. There was a similar situation in an Enterprise episode where it was a clear analogy, but the writers wouldn’t say so. I don’t know. I just wasn’t impressed with their covering the subject. I didn’t think this episode was particularly innovative or interesting, even if it was one of only a few attempts to even acknowledge the issue.