On "The Outcast". It should always be remembered that on TV, especially broadcast TV, there's the story you want to tell and story you get to tell. Unless you're Harlan Ellison and are prepared to raise your middle digit and walk away, you swallow your pride and live to fight another day. Here's my take on "Rejoined". You have a relationship between two women, which I'm sure upset a lot of folks in the real world, but nobody on the show bats an eyebrow over that aspect of it. Instead, all the disapproval come out of the fact that their symbiotes were previously involved, a taboo about which most Earth humans would probably say: "Well, that's kind of stupid." But, in the telling of the story it says, by implication, that objecting to the same-sex aspect of it is ,well, kind of stupid too. You could make that same point if the other Trill had been male, probably without changing the dialog one bit, but it wouldn't have been made as effectively.