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A `Trek’ first - Worf and Dax wed

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After what seems like months of heavy drama, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" takes a break this week.

Today's episode (5 p.m., Ch. 13) features a "Star Trek" first - the marriage of two regular characters, Worf (Michael Dorn) and Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell). And the episode is a hoot.Worf, of course, insists on a traditional Klingon wedding. He only agrees to a ceremony on the station (instead of the homeworld) so that his son, Alexander (Marc Worden) can attend. (Alexander isn't joining the regular cast - he's just been reassigned to the crew of a Klingon battle cruiser.)

As Trekkers will recall, Worf has been adopted into the family of General Martok (J.G. Hertzler). And Martok's overbearing, difficult wife, Sirella (Shannon Cochran) arrives on the station to approve the marriage - and Dax.

As it turns out, however, Sirella doesn't approve of interspecies marriage and doesn't want a Trill in the family. And, not surprisingly, Dax isn't too crazy about Sirella, either.

There are a lot of TV conventions to this wedding - trouble with the plans, a temporary break-up of the not-so-happy couple and the ultimate happy ending (as the folks at Paramount have already made quite clear.

But there are a lot of great moments along the way, and this show comes as close to comedy as any "Star Trek" ever has. There's some great stuff about Worf's side of the preparations, to which he invites his son, Capt. Sisko (Avery Brooks), O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig).

The humans arrive expecting a four-day bachelor party. Instead, they discover that the first of six steps on this road involves a four-day fast.

The others? Well, as Worf explains, they are "blood, pain, sacrifice, anguish and death."

"Sounds like marriage, all right," says Bashir.

It's a lot of fun for fans of the show. (And, possibly, for non-fans as well). And a much-needed break from the trials of the war between the Federation and the Dominion.

Speaking of which, there are several ways to look at the conclusion of that war:

- The battle sequences show just how far computer-aided technology has taken TV special effects. The scenes featuring dozens and dozens of ships were just amazing, particularly considering how it used to be a big deal to have two ships firing at one another.

- A number of fans are complaining that the episode ended in typical "Star Trek" fashion: a big build-up marred by a far-too-easy ending. And having the beings in the wormhole take out the Dominion fleet was, indeed, a rather simplistic, easy ending - The science fiction equivalent of deus ex machina in a classic Greek tragedy.

- On the other hand, the ending did relate all the way back to the pilot of "DS9," and made sense in the context of the show's history. It also raised some intriguing questions about the future of the show - and of Sisko in particular.

TREKKER OR TREKKIE? A couple of things about "Deep Space Nine" have been bothering me a bit in recent weeks.

First, what do you suppose Capt. Picard and the crew of the Enterprise were doing during the war with the Dominion?

And, second, I can't completely shake the feeling that Worf's marriage to Dax is a betrayal of Deanna Troi.

Thoughts like this, however, may be an indicate that I've slipped from Trekker to Trekkie.

ACED OUT: Tonight at 7, TNT telecasts the 19th annual CableAce Awards. Not that it matters.

The CableAce Awards began because cable programming was not eligible for Emmy Awards.

But that is not longer the case. Cable is now eligible for Emmy competition. And, as a matter of fact, a cable network - HBO - had the second highest number of Emmy nominations (beating ABC, CBS and Fox) this year.

In other words, there is absolutely no reason for the CableAces to continue to exist.

It's an exercise in vanity that serves no purpose.