According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is:
Body Parts : Broken Link : Little Green Men.
In the Federation-Klingon War (2372-73) story arc, the story sequence is
Rules of Engagement : Broken Link : Apocalypse Rising.


Odo is brought to the infirmary because he can't maintain his solid form any longer. When Dr. Bashir is unable to help him, Odo requests to be taken back to his people, the Founders. On the way to their homeworld, the Defiant encounters a Jem'Hadar vessel with a Founder on board who is already waiting for Odo. The Founders have obviously caused the disease to force Odo to return and to be put on trial for killing one of his kind. While the Defiant is in orbit, Garak attempts to fire at the Founders' Great Link on their homeworld, but Worf stops him. Odo is converted by his people to a "Solid", more precisely to a human being, as a punishment. Upon their return to Deep Space 9, Odo makes an alarming discovery about something the Great Link was attempting to hide from him: Gowron, who is just on a display declaring war against the Federation, is not a Klingon but a Founder!

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. Cableface on Tuesday, December 15, 1998 - 2:13 pm: I think it was a bit stupid the way the writers felt they needed to add "...the leader of the Klingon empire...."to Gowron's name.As if anyone didn't already know. Probably done to emphasise his position.
  2. Kevin S on Monday, May 10, 1999 - 4:59 pm: Doesn't anybody find it a maaaaaaajor stretch the Founders can turn another Changeling into a human? Rene on Thursday, May 13, 1999 - 12:21 pm: Not really. It's more like they forced him to become human and then took away his shape shifting abilities so that he would have to remain human. Thus, all the baby changeling had to do was give him back his abilities.
  3. Kathryn Ramage on Monday, February 21, 2000 - 12:10 pm: Why is Bashir so irked about Garak being in the Defiant's sickbay? Sisko allowed Garak to come along on the mission provided he told Odo stories to take his mind off his illness; Garak is doing what he was asked to, and Odo is obviously entertained. Everyone's happy, so what's Bashir whining about? Did Sisko not tell him about this arrangement? Maybe the constant sound of Garak’s voice is getting on the doctor’s nerves!
  4. Dave on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 4:09 pm: Because of his condition Odo can't be transported to the Defiant so he has to walk. Why not use a wheelchair or some like device? If moving makes Odo's illness worse why make him walk all the way from the infirmary to the Defiant? Anonymous on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 9:27 am: Dave, this is a walk of honor for Odo. Like Alec Guiness walking out of the sweatbox in "Bridge on the River Kwai."
  5. Rene on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 8:16 pm: Six months in a holding cell, huh? Wouldn't that be a problem for Mr. Claustrophobic? Mark Stanley on Friday, June 14, 2002 - 4:51 pm: Probably, yes. However, nobody but Garak knew he was claustrophobic at this point. (Ironic, since he did say he was snooping around phaser control because his quarters on the Defiant were "claustrophobic.") It wasn't enough of a problem to give him an attack, though, since in "By Inferno's Light," he says to himself, "You haven't had one of these attacks in *years*." But it would certainly be worse for him than for a non-claustrophobic person. Rene on Friday, June 14, 2002 - 7:33 pm: I'm not claustrophobic, but I think I'd go crazy being trapped six months in Odo's holding cells. Look how small they are. Mark Stanley on Saturday, June 15, 2002 - 3:44 am: Yeah, I'd go bonkers, too, in one of those little holding cells. But Garak apparently has *amazing* self-control -- I'm not claustrophobic, but I used to have an extremely severe phobia, so I know what it feels like to be exposed to the object of a phobia and have to attempt to control oneself. At least he would have something to do -- he had to make Odo some clothes. :) Mike Ram on Sunday, January 05, 2003 - 8:07 pm: So THAT'S why Odo didn't immediately lock Garak up, even though Garak could might have gotten the Defiant crew killed and started a war with the Dominion. He wanted a hand-made uniform to wear.
  6. Joel Croteau (Jcroteau) on Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 5:59 pm:Why was it necessary to have Odo walk across the promenade from sickbay to the Defiant? Given his condition, wouldn't it have been better to stretcher him out? LUIGI NOVI (Lnovi) on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 9:58 am: They might very well have intended to, but given how proud Odo is, he might've refused it. Chris Booton (Cbooton) on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 1:39 pm: Given the fact that they offered to clear the Promenade for him but he refused, I can see that being a true.
  7. Lee Wilson on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 9:23 am: They want to bring Odo to the planet to pass judgement on him because other than Odo, "no changeling has ever harmed another." I don't know...they infect him with some sort of sickness which is clearly causing him pain and will eventually kill him. The female changeling seemed like she was willing to let him die if he didn't agree to join the link. Sure sounds to me like they were harming him. I guess the founders didn't really think their plan through very well. Rosewood Lane on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 1:45 pm: The founders were willing to make an exception in Odo's case, seeing how he was the first to ever harm another changeling. Luigi_novi (Luigi_novi) on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 2:43 pm: I believe their problem was that no Changeling had ever harmed another prior to Odo accidentally killing the Krjensky Changeling in The Adversary. Lee Wilson on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 4:35 pm: Keep in mind that they always say that no changeling has ever harmed another, not killed. Odo's only crime is breaking this rule, so I find it odd that they are willing to go ahead and break this rule too before passing judgement on him. Unless maybe when they say "harmed" they really do mean "killed." If I recall correctly the Krajenski changeling stabbed Odo with his hand at one point and it looked kind of painful. Rosewood Lane on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 7:15 pm: If someone KILLED you, that would be pretty HARMFUL to your existance wouldn't it? :-)
  8. Tim McCree (Tim_m) on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:07 am:The Female Founder is not known for honesty in this episode. When Garak asks her if any Cardassians survived the attack that took place in The Die is Cast, she tells him that none of them did. Of course, we find out later it was a lie, there WERE survivors, as Garak was later to find out himself (In Purgatory's Shadow). It's clear she lied to Garak out of spite. Her comment "Your people were doomed the moment they attacked us." fit this episode. We learn that the Dominion was behind the Klingons attacking Cardassia (the Changling posing as General Martok no doubt prodded Gowron into launching the attack). Luigi_novi (Luigi_novi) on Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5:42 pm: Or simply because she didn't want it known that the Founders had prisoners. Tim McCree (Tim_m) on Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:25 am:That is possible. Perhaps when Dukat was negotiating Cardassia's joining the Dominion, the Founders then told him they were holding Cardassian prisoners from their failed attack. They then offered to free them when Cardassia became part of the Dominion, which they did. Clearly Dukat knew about the prisoners by the time of By Inferno's Light, when Cardassia becomes the Dominion's only Alpha Quadrant member. Furthermore, he knew that Garak was a prisoner, because he made it clear that the Dominion could hang on to him.Luigi_novi (Luigi_novi) on Friday, March 22, 2013 - 9:20 pm:Now that was spite. Tim McCree (Tim_m) on Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 12:50 am:Given that Dukat hated Garak's guts, it's not surprising he did this (plus it would make sure Garak never got near Ziyal again).

Ex Astris Scientia

  1. The small pond we saw in "The Search" has suddenly grown to an ocean of Founders The number of Founders and the size of the Great Link in "The Search" may have been part of the deception.

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