Close to the end of Homefront episode, we hear, that captain Sisko says, that it would be much better, if Odo would never found The Great Link and other changelings. Odo agrees.

How could that be true? What would that change? The Dominion / changelings / The Great Link was a super power in Gamma Quadrant, responsible for destroying or acquiring hundreds of other civilisations and always hunger for a new expansions. For me, it would change next to nothing, if Odo would ever contact The Great Link, because I assume, that Dominion invasion to the Alpha Quadrant was always just a matter of time.

Not mentioning, that it wasn't Odo's decision to seek for The Great Link, as -- if I remember correct -- that desire was "implanted" in him by The Great Link and was actually initiated / required by The Great Link to force Odo (and other changelings sent "away") to return home. Not mentioning, that if Odo wouldn't find their relatives, he wouldn't be able to provide Federation with all the information he has possessed by each join with The Great Link or any other changeling.

So, to me, words spoken by Sisko are completely wrong and the fact, that Odo agrees on them is screenplay hole.

Am I wrong in above assumption?

  • Greetings to pesky downvoter, who is so scared, that is unable to tell, what is wrong with this question. – trejder Jan 9 '16 at 18:31
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    Downvotes don’t have to be accompanied by a reason. But the question might be a little speculative (although I personally think it’s fine). – Paul D. Waite Jan 11 '16 at 17:26
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    @PaulD.Waite I, of course, agree with you. However, I understand this as: of anyone has a right to downvote a question or answer without expressing a reason behind then I assume, that this person's worse day was the only reason and thus, this allows me to grumble as much as I want to! :] – trejder Jan 12 '16 at 17:52

Yes, for two reasons:

1. Odo's Health

In DS9 'Broken Link', Odo develops a disease that was inflicted by the Changelings forcing him to join the Great Link. Had Odo not done that, it is likely he would have died.

This, of course, was not known at the time of 'Homefront' as the events of 'Broken Link' took place after 'Homefront' (which was S4 E11; 'Broken Link' was S4 E26).

2. Leaking of information

This is evidenced in the following excerpt from Memory Alpha:

At the very least, there exists a "hive mind" among the species when joined with the Great Link. (DS9: "The Search, Part II", "Broken Link", "Sacrifice of Angels", "Chimera") For instance, Odo once commented, "During the Link, I sensed that the other Changelings were trying to hide things from me... faces, names." (DS9: "Broken Link")

As you say, the Dominion's invasion seemed inevitable. Nevertheless, Odo had collected a great deal of information about the Dominion's opponents; providing this information to them through the 'hive mind' would probably be inevitable and provide the Dominion with an advantage.

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    Either I'm missing something or both your arguments refers to a later episode, which means, that has no special connection to events discussed in "Homefront" episode perspective. Referring to later events is a scenario error, a kind of anachronism. Again, either I'm missing something, or nothing of what you pointed out here was "available" at the time of Sisko comment in the end of "Homefront". And thus, your answer should not be "Yes" according to me. Feel free to correct my possibly incorrect understanding of your answer. – trejder Jan 20 '16 at 15:20
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    @trejder agreed the first argument wasn't available at the time of 'Homefront' although it does relate to the question in the title. The second reason though, although not explicitly known at the time, would have been a reasonable speculation – Often Right Jan 20 '16 at 22:39

Your're absolutly right. I think Sisko was just expressing his feelings about how things were less scary and complicated before meeting the Dominion

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