Gul Re'jal wrote:
This parallel didn't occur to me too; Saratt is a symbiont and the ship is his host.
Exactly. Except he was never meant
to be a symbiont, and that kind of host was never meant to be controlled by an organic mind.
Whereas everything on the show points to both Trill humanoids and symbionts evolving over a long period of time to be compatible with each other. And while sometimes there can be difficulties--like Joran and Verad, or Ezri's unexpected joining--it seems like under normal circumstances you have two consenting people that chose the relationship they entered into.very similar to how the joined being then chooses if he or she wants to marry. (And to my mind there is no doubt the symbiont is a person
, however radically different its body and way of communicating outside of a host is.)