Ds9 is a very serious show about serious topics.
I started watching a ds9 episode I could hardly remember and then I realized it’s Chrysalis which makes me so uncomfortable I’ve only watched it once. So that’s why.
Chrysalis wasn’t a good idea then and it certainly hasn’t aged well either.
I think they did Julian’s character a real disservice.
Season 1 Julian is a bit careless with the boundaries of women but then he changes and it’s easy to accept it as part of growing up. When he then really goes too far in season 7 it feels like it negates part of that journey for him.
He should know better by then. They frame his very inappropriate relationship as him being lonely, as though he at that point can’t help himself but project allover his pretty patient.
I think that up to that point they had established Julian as someone that could do anything for his patients, even put himself at great risk. With the Jem’Hadar, the planet of the Quickening and in a hospital during a war.
So I feel like it’s out of character (for season 7 Julian) to then have a narrative where Julian clearly puts his own needs way ahead of his patients, to the extent that he risks the patient’s recovery. Which is what he does when he begins a relationship with a girl freshly out of a cataplectic state.
may i introduce myself?
i’m going to miss our lunches together.
bashir and garak meet for the first time and the last
Julian: I don’t know what he wants! To do spy stuff, I guess.
Me: I love Julian; he’s my favorite character in the franchise and he deserves the world
Me everytime Julian has a love interest: Oh, she deserves so much better than him
Julian Bashir, augmented superhuman.