Jul 16, 2020
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “Let He Who Is Without Sin...” (part 2 of 7)
The episode begins in the vicinity of Quark’s bar, where Morn (the 24th Century’s answer to Norm Peterson, my second reference to Cheers in this episode, and strangely, not the last) descends a staircase. Morn is mostly used as a running gag on the show. Often we’ll hear lots of secondhand accounts of Morn being extremely talkative, but on-screen, he’s just a big gray lump sitting in Quark’s bar, never once speaking on camera. In the sixth season, the character finally got to be the focus of his very own episode, the brilliantly titled “Who Mourns for Morn?”
Morn is carrying a flower today, and he brings it over to a very human-looking Starfleet crewwoman, who, despite being of a certain age, is quite attractive. She kisses Morn on the cheek and they walk off arm in arm, thus setting the tone for the “romantic” nature of tonight’s episode. Blech.
Pan over to Captain Sisko and Constable Odo sitting at a table, and of course Sisko has an amazed look on his face as he watches Morn and his lady friend walk past. Odo begins making idle chit chat. Apparently, Chief O’Brien and his wife Keiko want to name their new baby “Sean”, but Odo points out there’s a slight problem with that: “In Bajoran, sean means ‘swamp’.” Well, I’m sure there’s no dearth of people with “Swamp” in their names here on Earth. Especially if they happen to be characters in a Jerry Bruckheimer film. Odo nominates Sisko to be the one to tell the O’Briens about their unfortunate choice of name. (Rene Auberjonois, who plays Odo, along with having a name that is impossible to spell without the aid of Google, also directed this episode. Which really isn’t all that important to note, but I know there’s gonna be at least one person complaining if I don’t mention it.)