DEEP SPACE NINE
CAST > Lieutenant
Commander Jadzia Dax
BY: Terry Farrell
NAME BEFORE JOINING: unknown
SPECIES: Trill (joined; 8th host of the Dax symbiont; listed as the
7th due to the purging of Joran Belar's joining from all official
POSITION: Science officer, Deep Space Nine
RANK: Lieutenant until 4th season; Lt. Commander thereafter
PARENTS: Kela (mother living as of 2372); father
SIBLINGS: sister living as of 2372
LOVE INTERESTS: (before Worf) Deral; Captain Boday
SPOUSE: Worf (from "You Are Cordially Invited" until her death)
HOBBIES: Jadzia enjoyed many foods and beverages from different
cultures. Among them were steamed azna, Black Holes, and raktajino. Her
leisure activities were likewise varied and multicultural. They included
Klingon martial arts (she became an expert after joining), antigrav
sailing, chess, poker, Galeo-Manada wrestling, and Tongo. Her favorite
song was "All the Way".
Jadzia's entire early life was focused on becoming joined. After
graduating from Starfleet Academy with premier distinctions in
exobiology, zoology, astrophysics, and exoarchaeology, she went back to
Trill and entered the inititate program, spending a difficult three
years as a candidate. At that time, she was an extremely shy young
woman. Then she was field evaluated by Curzon Dax, who made her life
hell, and recommended that she be dropped. That was when Jadzia changed,
becoming the first candidate to successfully reapply to the program, and
was finally approved to receive a symbiont. When she heard that Curzon
Dax was dying, she asked for the Dax symbiont, and was joined to it. She
said later that she thought the irony appealed to Curzon.
In "Emissary", Jadzia Dax was assigned to DS9 as science officer,
meeting Curzon's friend Benjamin Sisko, who was now her CO. She was the
subject of an extradition hearing when Ilon Tandro tried to have her
prosecuted for the betrayal and murder of his father, General Ardelon
Tandro, which occurred when Dax was Curzon. Dax remained silent to
protect the reputation of the general's widow, with whom Curzon had had
an affair; but ultimately the widow came forward and provided an alibi
("Dax"). Later that year, Dax was faced with her doppelganger, who was
Bashir's fantasy; she also imagined a subspace rift that seemed to
threaten the station ("If Wishes Were Horses").
When a renegade Trill took over the station and demanded the Dax
symbiont, Jadzia sacrificed herself to save her fellow officers, but the
separation lasted only a few hours ("Invasive Procedures"). With Odo,
she investigated a village in the Gamma Quadrant that turned out to be
made up entirely of holograms ("Shadowplay"), and then she was placed in
the role of field docent for the first time in her current host, to a
young Trill candidate named Arjin ("Playing God"). In "Blood Oath", Dax
was reunited with three old Klingon friends of Curzon's, with whom
Curzon had sworn a blood oath to kill a pirate called the Albino. Though
she was released from the oath, she was determined to participate, and
In "Equilibrium", Dax began suffering life-threatening hallucinations
which turned out to be emerging memories of Joran, a previously
forgotten past host. The memories were finally allowed to be integrated.
Dax later fell in love with Deral, an inhabitant of a planet that faded
in and out of corporeality. She was prepared to go noncorporeal too to
be with him, but this proved impossible ("Meridian"). In "Past Tense,
Parts I and
II", Dax was stranded in 2024 San Francisco with Sisko and
Bashir; and in "Facets", she "met" her previous hosts, embodied by other
DS9 personnel, in her long-delayed zhian'tara. Curzon, hosted by Odo,
admitted that he had washed Jadzia out because he was in love with her.
Dax received a promotion sometime between "The Adversary" and "The Way
of the Warrior". In "Rejoined", she was reunited with Lenara Kahn,
current host of a symbiont once borne by the wife of Torias Dax, and
their old love resurfaced. Dax was willing to face exile to be with
Lenara, but Lenara chose to leave. Dax later accompanied Kor and Worf on
a quest for a famed Klingon artifact ("The Sword of Kahless"); and she
aided Bashir in fighting the Blight in "The Quickening".
It was in "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places" that Dax
declared her feelings for Worf, and they became romantically involved;
they went to Risa together in "Let He Who is Without Sin...". Dax, along
with Sisko and Garak, was involved in Odo's telepathic flashback to his
tenure under the Cardassians ("Things Past"); and she went along on Worf
and Martok's mission on the Rotarran in "Soldiers of the Empire".
Dax evacuated DS9 with the other Starfleet officers in "Call to Arms",
after promising Worf that she would marry him after the war. In "Behind
the Lines", she captained the Defiant when Sisko was made Admiral Ross'
adjutant, and in "Favor the Bold"/"Sacrifice of Angels", she returned to
the station with Sisko.
Shortly thereafter, in "You Are Cordially Invited", Dax and Worf were
married, although the union was opposed at first by Martok's wife
Sirella. Later, on a mission with Worf to aid the defection of a
Cardassian informant, Dax was critically injured, but Worf chose her
over the mission ("Change of Heart").
In "Tears of the Prophets", Dax and Worf were in the early stages of
planning to have a baby when he left on the Defiant's mission to
Chin'toka. Dax was in the Bajoran shrine with the Orb of Contemplation
when Dukat beamed in, possessed by a pah-wraith which blasted her with
energy. Jadzia was mortally injured and died later in the infirmary,
although the Dax symbiont was saved.
Other facts: Jadzia was right-handed, and also slightly acrophobic (a
legacy of Curzon, who once fell out of a tree). She was the only one in
her family to be joined.
six seasons, Terry Farrell played Lieutenant Commander Jadzia
Dax, the Starfleet Science Officer aboard Deep Space Nine. As
a joined Trill, Jadzia formed the eighth humanoid host for the
300 year-old symbiont creature Dax, a unique relationship
fostered by the separate but interdependent twin species of
her homeworld. Terry explains, "While Dax may appear as a
young woman, she possesses the wisdom and knowledge that comes
from seven lifetimes of experience."
Following Terry's decision to leave when her original six-year
contract was up, she quickly was cast opposite Ted Danson in
the half-hour situation comedy for CBS, Becker, which she
starred in for four seasons. During Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine's first season hiatus, Terry starred in the NBC
miniseries "Star," based on Danielle Steel's novel by the same
name, which aired in September 1993. In addition, Terry landed
the starring role in the HBO movie "Red Sun Rising."
Born in Iowa, the beautiful and talented actress is the
epitome of success. At the young age of 16, Terry signed with
the prestigious Elite modeling agency, and moved to New York
City. For the next several years, Terry's beauty was captured
on the covers of such publications as Vogue and Mademoiselle,
among many others.
Not just "another pretty face," Terry decided to take on the
challenges of acting and studied extensively in New York and
Los Angeles. Her acting talents were quickly recognized as she
landed the co-starring role of Laurie Caswell in the ABC
series Paper Dolls. Her other television work includes the NBC
telefilm "L.A. Madame," co-starring Faye Dunaway, and guest
starring roles on such NBC series as Quantum Leap, The Cosby
Show, and Family Ties.
It was not long before Terry was garnering lead roles in
feature films. Her credits include the hit movie "Back To
School," in which she co-starred with Rodney Dangerfield, and
the lead role in Miramax Films' "Hellraiser III."
In addition to her various television and film work, Terry has
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Farrell currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Romona.
She is married to Sprint spokesman Brian Baker.
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