Fixing Sarina

Story: Chrysalis
Written By: René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

This is a pretty bad sequel to the great “Statistical Probabilities”. It involves the genetically enhanced humans apparently escaping and getting all the way to DS9 dressed like Starfleet Officers, in order to have Bashir perform some experimental surgery to help the catatonic Sarina become more normal.
The surgery is a success and everyone sings (literally in a really odd and kind of creepy scene)…then Bashir decides to try and date her. Sarina is pretty much bland as a normal person. She is mostly uninteresting and uncharismatic. Even though she seems to understand a lot she apparently doesn’t understand love, and in order to not date Julian she almost pretends to go back into her catatonic state (this guy has terrible luck with woman). She won’t go back to the institute with the others, but she won’t stay with Julian either.

I don’t think the genetically engineered characters are as interesting or charming this time around. They didn’t need to return, and the mediocrity of this return justifies that.

NEXT TIME: Weyoun Defecting