Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “Meridian” (part 2 of 3)
The crew is sitting on pillows around a set of tables with the villagers. We focus on Dax, who’s sitting next to a man named Deral, and he’s fixated on her. He starts things off by asking about Dax’s “markings” (I know they’re Trill spots, but that’s what Deral calls them). He wonders if they’re decorative. In return, Dax asks about his “markings”… which are barely noticeable.
Yep, they’re saving on the old prosthetics budget again this week, by using a minor makeup appliance to distinguish the guest aliens from everyone else. In this case, it’s a yellow-green bit of makeup around his temples, which extends to his eyes.
Deral continues by asking Dax how far down her spots go, and to her credit, she simply says, “All the way.” (And she would certainly prove this later.) She also makes a “Damn, you’re direct!” face, while O’Brien watches with a barely concealed smirk.
Deral is, I guess, one of those awkward types, and with any other actor it would come off as somewhat charming. But Brett Cullen was badly miscast, in my opinion. Rather than give off a charming sense of awkward likeability, he comes off as a bit of a schmuck. Later on, he’ll inadvertently come off like a serial killer.