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Between Seasons 1 and 2 of Voyager, there is a dramatic change in the character of Seska:

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In particular, she

becomes a villain.

Seska appears in a number of Season 1 episodes prior to the 12th episode, "State of Flux", where we find out that she is not as she seems.

Was this development in Seska's character part of the planning of the series itself? Or did the writers only conceive of it when writing "State of Flux?"

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  • I'm seeing a Bajoran on the left and a Cardassian on the right... how are they supposed to be the same person?
    – RedCaio
    Jan 23 '16 at 3:58
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    @RedCaio : That's the "dramatic change" I'm referring to. Seska is actually a Cardassian spy, initially posing as a Bajoran.
    – Praxis
    Jan 23 '16 at 3:59
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    oh, so you're asking if that was a retcon or not. gotcha, thanks :)
    – RedCaio
    Jan 23 '16 at 4:05
  • @Praxis: If we agree that the photos in the question should remain in spoiler tags, it makes sense to move the text from your comment there, too, and remove the (non-spoiler-protected) comment. Jan 23 '16 at 10:09
  • She acts pretty sketchy early on in seasson one she is encouraging belana to disobey orders
    – Himarm
    Jan 23 '16 at 17:22
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Yes, it was planned from the beginning.

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According to p.143 of Captains' Logs Supplemental: The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages by Edward Gross and Mark Altman, the episode was planned during the early development stages of Voyager, and quotes Executive Producer Jeri Taylor as saying,

"State of Flux" was one of the first [stories] that we bought."

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  • I don't usually answer my own questions, but I found this resource (of which I was previously unaware) in the process of researching someone else's question, and it happened to have the answer. :-)
    – Praxis
    Jan 23 '16 at 17:32
  • Interesting. The quote I read on Memory Alpha (which seems to be from Star Trek Voyager Magazine) suggests that the actress was cast with an eye to making her a villain, but with no mention of her being a Cardassian, just a disgruntled Maquis.
    – Valorum
    Jan 23 '16 at 17:53

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