She’s a young scientist who’s also over 300 years old. She carries the memories of women and men, including a gymnast, a mathematician, a mother and a father, a pilot and a murderer. She’s Jadzia Dax and this week we’re joined (no pun intended) by Sarah Gulde to discuss her role and what she means to fans.
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Hosts: Jarrah, Grace, Sue
Guest: Sarah Gulde, @sarahmiyoko
Transcription: Morag Anne Baillie, @whatsnextshonda
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Notes and References:
- What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- StarTrek.com interview with Terry Farrell
- The Fifty-Year Mission, The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J.J. Abrams, by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross (2016)
- Captains’ Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (1995).
The discussion on lack of female friendships really strikes home, as I’ve realised before that every really significant friendship, one that has multiple episodes given to it, in older ST – Kirk/Spock, Kirk/McCoy, Data/Geordi, O’Brien/Bashir, Bashir/Garak, Paris/Kim, Archer/Trip, Trip/Malcolm – is all male. Thanks heavens for Burnham/Tilly!
What a great episode. I was a little surprised to hear that Jadzia’s change of character between season 1 and consequent seasons was something the producers felt had to happen. I’ve been watching DS9 for the first time for the past few months, so the difference in Jadzia’s behavior and demeanor really stands out when you watch the seasons back to back. Personally, I liked the first season version better because it’s not often that you get to see a Zen-like (yet humorous) young female character. I liked the action-Jadzia from the later seasons, too, but I missed the wisdom and serenity she exuded in season 1.
Thank you for a very interesting episode and discussion!