Star Trek Finally Answers One of Deep Space Nine’s Lingering Dominion War Questions

The Battle of Betazed was one of the most important incidents in the Dominion War and Star Trek: Lower Decks finally explains why it was such a vital target for the Changelings.

Changelings in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
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This Star Trek: Lower Decks article contains spoilers.

Backed into a corner by members of the USS Cerritos and affected by the same overwhelming emotions that bombard everyone else, the three Betazoid women pull out their lipsticks. Although they initially seemed like nothing more than party girls abusing their diplomatic privilege, the Betazoids extend their lipsticks into batons and leap into action, revealing themselves to be members of their planet’s secret intelligence corp. And thus, Star Trek: Lower Decks give us the first (canonical) look at the Betazed military.

The question of Betazed’s military power has been lingering since the portrayal of the Dominion War in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. That series seeded the power of the Dominion early on and slowly established the Gamma Quadrant conquerors as a real threat. But it wasn’t until the Dominion, and their Cardassian collaborators, conquered Betazed that the Federation truly took the threat seriously.

To some viewers, the Battle of Betazed might seem like an easy win for the Dominion. After all, Star Trek‘s two most notable Betazoids are the Enterprise’s Counsellor Deanna Troi and her mother, Ambassador Lwaxana Troi. As beloved as they are (well, Deanna anyway), neither of them presents their planet as particularly powerful warriors.


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