So why didn't Jadzia go to Chin'toka?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by Tomalak, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. Tomalak

    Tomalak Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Just watched Tears of the Prophets again, and for seemingly no reason, Sisko leaves both his science officer and helmsman, and his chief medical officer, at home during the biggest allied offensive of the war. Yet he takes Jake and Garak along for the ride.

    Couldn't he have left Nog in charge of the station?

    There's no real explanation of why Jadzia doesn't come along, except for "look after the station until I get back, Old Man." Was there a line of dialogue cut? Was it for medical reasons due to the treatment she was having for the pregnancy?

    It's all very odd and contrived.
     
  2. Tosk

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    They usually don't justify why certain characters stay behind when the rest go Defiant-ing. It only seems weird here because summit nasty happened to Jadzia.
     
  3. Paradise City

    Paradise City Commodore Commodore

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    You need one top person running DS9 at all times. The station is a big, big deal.
     
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  4. MacLeod

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    Someone has to command the station, esp during wartime.
     
  5. Timo

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    You'd presumably also need Bashir there at all times to mind the sick, injured and alien-parasite-infiltrated. We never learn that any of his staff would be capable of holding the fort, or that he would have a Bajoran counterpart, or anything. Although we could just implicitly assume this is the case.

    O'Brien at least has plenty of staff around, and the Starfleet extras often include at least one yellowshirt who could be Engineering instead of Security.

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  6. Tomalak

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    There are plenty of occasions when the whole gang - even Quark! - head off on the Defiant.
     
  7. Tomalak

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    He leaves the station regularly, so one must assume he isn't the only Doctor around. There is a Doctor Girani mentioned, plus a few nurses. That's about as many medical staff as are named on the Enterprise-D by comparison.
     
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    Changeling Bashir also managed to hold his own for sometime. Though perhaps that one doesn't count..
     
  9. Paradise City

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    That would be the query I'd post about. Regularly leaving Ensign Moron McNobody in charge of the station. Leaving Dax in charge on the otherhand makes sense.
     
  10. Bad Thoughts

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    Was it to separate Dax and Worf (see Change of Heart)?
     
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  11. Tomalak

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    Ah! Now that's a very good shout. It's now in my head canon. :D
     
  12. jmiller

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    It's funny how they would leave someone behind when they needed to kill her off
     
  13. Mark_Nguyen

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    Yep. Specific to Dax and Worf, in "Change of Heart" ten episodes prior to Chin'toka, Sisko ordered that the two of them never be allowed to serve together on away missions again - and between that episode and her death, they are indeed not shown on missions together, though they're seen together on the station otherwise. It's possible that Sisko expounded his orders to include missions where he knew there'd be combat, so neither of them would be forced into a position of choosing their spouse over their duty again, which was the case in "Change of Heart".

    As for Bashir, who knows? He's rarely needed on the Defiant for any specific reason, so maybe on that one they just took whoever was detailed to sickbay that week.

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  14. jamestyler

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    Well it'd be a bit silly if they forgot to leave her behind when killing her off.

    Thats one thing I thought was missing after Eddington left. He felt like the go to guy when you needed a non regular to be in charge. No one really filled that void.
     
  15. Worf'sParmach

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    They left her behind because Jadzia needed to die. He left Bashir behind so he could dramatically announce that he did everything he could to save her. There's really no other explanation. They'd never left her behind before, leaving Kira would have made more sense.

    As for the "Change of Heart" explanation, Sisko said they wouldn't be assigned to a mission alone together. That he would have to constantly separate them is impractical, he might as well reassign one of them.
     
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  16. Nerys Myk

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    Maybe the Defiant has an EMH?
     
  17. Prax

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    We could get really picky and say they shouldn't be leaving the station at all for these battles. Every time Sisko leaves the station, the enemy would know somethings up, as Sisko's like leading the fleet. It makes sense for him to be scouting the gamma Q(pre-war), or even going on occasional special missions, since DS9 is like a 3 month journey from Earth, but I'm not sure it makes sense to have a Station Commander filling the job of a Fleet Admiral part time. When Kira gets promoted to Colonel, she is now an equal rank to Sisko. Maybe she becomes the CO of DS9, and Sisko gets promoted to R. Admiral for Season 6 & 7. Then we could have a not Badmiral Admiral for once.
     
  18. Mark_Nguyen

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    Hey, Admiral Ross was no Badmiral! Geez, just because he can't speak Latin all that convincingly...

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  19. Prax

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    Yes, that was unfair to Admiral Ross....nice guy btw....although a bit....dry.
     
  20. Tosk

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    They also left her behind in the previous episode, The Sound of Her Voice. And if I recall correctly, also in For The Cause.