While Quark is negotiating the sale of an alien "Fabergé egg" with Miradorn twins, a man from the Gamma Quadrant enters the room, attempts to steal the egg and eventually kills one of the twins. Odo, after capturing him, finds out that the alien named Croden is wanted on his homeworld Rakhar for previous crimes, but also discovers the man knows something about Odo's kind, the Changelings. Croden shows him an artifact that can morph into a different shape just like Odo and that may be something like a distant relative. During the transport to Rakhar the Miradorn's twin brother comes after the pair. They enter a nebula, where Croden allegedly found the artifact and even met Changelings in person. But once they have landed on an asteroid, Croden uses the artifact as a key to the stasis chamber in which he kept his daughter safe, the only member of his family who survived the persecution. Odo steers the runabout into a pocket of toh-maire gas, where the Miradorn ship explodes when it fires its weapons. He eventually decides to let Croden and his daughter go. Croden gives Odo his necklace containing the Changeling stone as a sign of thanks for saving him and his daughter.

Errors and Explanations

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Plot Oversights

  1. Rom being able to carry a tray of glasses that include a shapeshifted Odo. Perhaps Odo’s race can either automatically adjust their specific density, or generate an anti gravity field.

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Incorrectly regarded as goofs

  1. When Odo is knocked unconscious by the cave-in while inside the Vortex, he remains in a humanoid form. Evidently, his ability to retain shape doesn't require a constant conscious effort (in fact, it would be too hard for him if it did). Just because someone is unconscious, doesn't mean all their body processes stop working, otherwise losing consciousness would be fatal.
  2. While in the brig, Croden wears his mysterious medallion around his neck. While it is generally a good idea in prisons to confiscate personal items that may theoretically be used as a weapon, apparently in this case it was deemed safe enough for the prisoner to keep, especially in a 24th century force field protected cell (and it was indeed safe).

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  1. While in the form of a glass Odo shatters, and then reconstitutes. This episode and The Die Is Cast, both show 'pieces' of Odo swarming back to become part of Odo, indicating that Odo has some control over himself even if pieces are physically separated from him. (Kind of like Mercury from the comic book, The Metal Men.) If Odo and other Changelings have the ability to control pieces of themselves, then why can't a Changeling keep a small piece of itself looking like blood during blood screenings? This may not be possible - the reconstitution ability may be a subconcious action.
  2. Why did Sisko tell the Miradorn he could go back to his ship? Isn't he still being investigated for a crime? Sisko may have dropped the charges due to lack of evidence.
  3. If Rakhar is around three light years away from the wormhole, then why haven't any other ships discovered these people before this? Maybe it lies ‘behind’ the mouth of the wormhole, close to the path of the central passage.
  4. D.K. Henderson on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 5:40 am: Wonder what ever became of that "key"? John-Boy on Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 4:16 pm: Odo probably kept it in his office and then later in his quarters.

Deep Space Nine Season 1
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