The Dauphin

Wesley is in love. With a girl. Maybe. Most of the time she is a girl. The rest of the time, she is not even human. Puppy love! Shape shifting! Planet saving! It is just another day on the Enterprise when we put The Dauphin in the Mission Log.

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  • Kristian Marie Kbot McKee

    Where is it!! The dauphin is broken…*sniffle*

  • CmdrR

    You totally beat me to the Space: 1999 Series 2 monster reference! (I was wondering whether the spirit of Freddy Freiberger had snuck back onto the Trek set.) Didn’t know the ‘morphing’ was hand drawn. I’ll be kinder about that, then, cause I thought it was not-ready-for-prime-time-cg. Anyway — this ep makes zero sense. But, what the hey… Wesley got some.

  • Kristian Marie Kbot McKee

    Is it just my phone? All other podcasts will load for me except thisun right here.

    • Did the problem clear up? Seems to be working on my iPhone. Not sure what may have caused that for you.

  • Wildride

    Compare and contrast this to Wes’ mom who is fine with boning a Trill who is wearing Riker’s body (uh — that’s gotta be a violation of the terms of service, guys), but draws the line when he becomes a chick. So, maybe not being 100% OK with dating a glowy ball with cactus leaves (I haven’t seen it in awhile, and that’s my best recollection of her form before transporting) is just how he was raised.

    • Judie Liri

      Bev is probably just not attracted to women. It’s allowed to be heterosexual. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with Wesley’s upbringing.

    • I kind of look at it as the attraction ending either way (hairy monster, glowing ball, etc.), but Wesley finally had some camaraderie and respect for her (and their time together) once Salia was ready to go. Now what would be interesting is if Salia came back in the physical form of a man. Wesley might have some confusion over that too.

      • Shades of DS9, with Bashir’s attraction to Jazdia Dax — whose former Trill host was male.

    • Arvis Jaggamar

      I’m very interested in this Beverly x Trill-Riker pairing you teased and the backstory. I certainly have no recollection of it.

  • MarcN

    “Dauphin” comes from the French word for “dolphin” (indeed, the animal is a “dauphin”). The feminine version “Delphine” is still a common girls’ name. Dauphin was a common name in the family that ruled the Viennois, in the Rhone valley and French Alps. Eventually the name became so associated with the family that it became their title (think of Caesar).

    In 1349 the last Dauphin sold his land and title to the King of France. As part of the deal, the heir to the throne of France would be the ruler of the Viennois (or rather the Dauphiné de Viennois as it was then called) and bear the title of “le Dauphin”. This continued throughout the various dynasties of French monarchs.

    This is similar to the title “Prince of Wales” in Britain.

    Today, the French still call any heir apparent, for example, in a corporate hierarchy, the dauphin. And the region of the Alps around Grenoble is still called “le Dauphiné”. For example, the regional paper published in Grenoble is called “Le Dauphiné libéré”. And we love eating gratin dauphinois (au gratin potatoes).

  • Kristian Marie Kbot McKee

    So, john champion could have been one of my first adolescent crushes….food for thought. ^_-

    • Ha! I will wear that distinction proudly – the “almost” adolescent crush.

  • Durakken

    I find it interesting that Worf might have found Anya attractive and Laforge would likely respect her from what we know later about his character. In fact i find it interesting that they didn’t find each other to be more worth engaging with.

    As to the mention of “Those who are different to you are always a threat.” That’s true… but at the same time everyone is different from you and thus everyone is potentially a threat. The problem is when you’re paranoid and over estimate that threat.

    • Judie Liri

      ‘That’s true’??
      No, it isn’t true!
      In theory anyone at anytime can be a threat. It’s actually much easier to be hurt by those who are ‘similar’ because those people are more trusted and would be easier for them to cause harm if they wished.

      • Durakken

        Anyone not you is different from you, thus a threat. It’s true in a very broad sense.
        However Anya meant more in the a “racist” way, but not quite I think as I get the feeling that she and her people have experienced the threat of others as the changlings speak of in their history later in DS9.

    • Arvis Jaggamar

      Well, people hurt themselves all the time, which means that yourself would be a threat as well. So everyone, different or the same, is a threat. YAY EXISTENCE!

  • I completely agree with Wesley being far to open with his romantic feelings. A 16 year old telling his co-workers about this problem? Wesley really does need some friends…

  • Troy Brooks

    This is another episode that had a lot that it could have dealt with.
    This would have been a good story to deal with duty, Anya trying to decide between what she wants and what she has a duty to do.
    This could have dealt with racism (“Those who are different to you are always a threat.”)
    But all we got was Wesley being hormonal

  • John, ever since I first saw this episode years ago, I have thought same thing – Maya from Space 1999.

    • Same kind of monsters, right? Just put ’em in a big furry suit with giant, scary eyes.

  • Zachary Serowik

    I always find myself filling in plot holes with my own made up stuff. Anya is obviously the same race of being as Salia, but is supposed to be a neutral caretaker in the civil war. The moon she was originally from must have been colonized by the people of the planet before the turmoil and they clearly kept out of the whole mess. This means almost nothing for the story, but there has to be some reason that Anya and Salia are both shape-shifters, but Anya is supposed to be outside of the conflict.

  • Kristian Marie Kbot McKee

    This is why shelly isn’t doing leo’s laundry….

  • Kristian Marie Kbot McKee

    This is why shelly isn’t getting leo’s laundry done.

  • from time to time I google the actors/guest stars to see what they are up to..IMDB..Salia/Jamie Hubbard got out of acting and went on to be a therapist/counselor. Interesting…. Man those furry costumes were brutal…hahaha cousins of the Founders? maybe not….

  • Jamie Hubbard, “The Dauphin” Salia became a therapist…

  • Low Mileage Pit Woofie

    Another theme to be considered with this one is that old standby: Does the ends justify the means? Anya was ready to execute the infected crewman because of the very slim chance that the disease might break out and threaten her charge. Picard and Crusher argued that this was unacceptable, but obviously Anya, facing a threat that she wouldn’t have been able to personally combat, thought the risk too great.