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Star Trek: DS9 episode
"Chimera"
Episode no. 162
Prod. code 564
Airdate February 17, 1999
Writer(s) René Echevarria
Director Steve Posey
Year 2375
Stardate unknown
Episode chronology
Previous "Field of Fire"
Next "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang"

"Chimera" is an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where another Changeling of the Hundred seeks out Odo to learn more about his kind. The Changeling has no knowledge of The Dominion or the Founders but struggles to trust humanoids. Eventually, the Changeling decides that it is better to seek out other Changelings rather than stay with Odo and live with humanoids.

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The episode focuses mainly on Laas's mistrust of humanoids because of their difficulty in accepting non-humanoid beings, such as Changelings. It also provides Odo with insight into the fact that he merely looked Bajoran to keep humanoids comfortable with being around him. The very few instances in the series Odo is seen shapeshifting in public are actually an indication of the fact that he was conditioned to refrain from doing it very often around humanoids—and rather in the privacy of his quarters—as a result of living among humanoids for over thirty years before when the episode supposedly takes place.

J.G. Hertzler departs from his traditional role as General Martok and plays the visiting Changeling (named "Laas"). He is credited as Garman Hertzler to hide the fact that Laas was played by the same actor as General Martok. The story also leaves a significant "unanswered question" in what happened to the other Changeling. Especially since, in later episodes, it is revealed that Odo was the carrier of a deadly disease that infects other Changelings upon contact. Laas never appears in later episodes, but does appear in the DS9 Relaunch novels as part of the Great Link meaning that he decided to rejoin his people.

The name of the episode is the word "Chimera", giving reference to a Greek monster, which was a composite of various animals, traditionally a lion, a snake, and a goat. Two episodes later, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" features a starship named Bellerophon, after the mythical Greek warrior who slew the Chimera.

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