||OK, now it gets interesting. Firstly, we learn a lot more about Odo. For most of the episode we see him discovering his identity as a Changeling, then we see him at odds with his people and once again an outsider, even with his own kind. Everyone else was in the B-story, which turned out not to be real anyway. Still, it had me convinced the first time I saw it. The Federation has done some daft things in the past (trading colonies with the Cardassians for one thing) so I would not have put it past them. The reaction to it, particularly Sisko's seemed about right, there did not really seem to be anything they could do about it other than collapse the wormhole. I wonder if they ran the simulation several times to compare results. However, it seems a bit silly to have the Defiant in orbit all the time and ready to beam them all up. The Dominion really ought to take her to pieces, put her back together again and run a testing programme (just like the U.S. did on captured Soviet aircraft). Still, the concept that Odo's people oppress 'Solids' and use self-defence as an excuse is an intriguing one. I think it was a mistake to make DS9 as negative as they made it, but if you can blame that on a military threat it makes more sense. This was where DS9 got interesting.