Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


Season 6, Ep 22, Aired 5/6/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 51825.4 Nog and Jake are rescued by the U.S.S. Valiant when their ship is attacked by the Dominion while on their way to Ferenginar. The crew of the Valiant consists of the Starfleet Cadet corps known as 'Red Squad,' an elite band of cadets, after the main crew were killed when the Dominion War broke out. They decide to complete their mission, which Jake sees as suicide.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Terry Farrell

    Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

  • Michael Dorn

    Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Star Trek 90210

    By Celedorian, Dec 03, 2014

  • An interesting twist. A great Nog and Jake episode.

    By pharoahsdance, Mar 21, 2010

  • Interesting idea. Hard to get away from the notion of kids playing grown-ups! A decent enough story, but the execution should have been alot better.

    By AvatarBlue, Mar 20, 2009

  • A remnant crew of cadets commands a clone of the Defiant on a suicide mission.

    By tonyx3, Feb 08, 2009

  • The crew of the Valiant try to pull of a \"Voyager\" but sadly fail miserably.

    By bigds9fan, Sep 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Jake: If we keep going in this direction, we'll run into Cardassia Prime. And that won't be any fun at all.

    • Jake: I don't even know who you are anymore.
      Nog: I'm the chief engineer of the starship Valiant.
      Jake: I'll have them put that on your tombstone.

    • Collins: You know, the sun only comes up once a month on the Moon. Every lunar morning, my father and I would put on suits and... hike out across the Sea of Clouds. We'd stop at this collection of boulders on the western rim and wait for the sun to come up. Dawn is so... shocking on the Moon. One minute you're in the darkest night you can imagine, and then in the next instant, the sun lifts up and this glorious, pure light just explodes across the surface. I felt like I met God every morning.

    • Nog: You gonna write a story about all this? Jake: Probably. Nog: What are you going to say? Jake: What do you think I should say? Nog: That it was a good ship, with a good crew, that made a mistake. We let ourselves blindly follow Captain Watters, and he led us over a cliff. Collins: That's not true. Captain Watters was a great man. Jake: Dorian, he got eveyone killed. Collins: If he failed, it was because we failed him. Nog: (to Jake) Put that in your story too. Let people read it, decide for themselves. (to Collins, as he gives her his Red Squad insignia) He may have been a hero. He may have even been a great man. But in the end, he was a bad captain.

    • Nog: You don't understand because you've never put on one of these uniforms. You don't know anything about duty or honor or sacrifice or any of the things that make up a soldier's life. I'm part of something larger than myself. All you care about is you. Jake: That's right! I care about Jake Sisko and whether or not he's going to be killed by a bunch of delusional fanatics looking for martyrdom!

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    Notes (6)

    • The Valiant tracks a Dominion battleship traveling at warp 4.7, and the First Officer looks at a display labeled "Fwd Targeting Scanners 4751". Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.

    • This episode marked the final appearance of the runabout USS Shenandoah. As far as we can see, it is left in Dominion space.

    • Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) does not appear in this episode.

    • David Gallagher reprises his role of Riley Shepard, the Red Squad Cadet from season 4's "Paradise Lost".

    • When Ira Steven Behr was developing the Defiant, the original name was the Valiant.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Goof: When Nog enters the forward section of the runabout, just before he and Jake leave the Starbase, the rear compartment's doors close behind him. Then, as the Jem'Hadar fighters approach, the door is open.

    • Nitpick: Dorian Collins says she is from Tycho City on Luna (the Moon). She pronounces it "tie-ko", but it is actually pronounced "tee-koo" because Tycho Crater is named after Tycho Brahe, the Danish astronomer who discovered it.

    • Nitpick: What happened to the official diplomatic message from the Federation Council to the Grand Nagus? Did Nog just forget about it?

    • Some of the Valiant crew must be pulling double duties due to personel shortages. Collins also works in the sickbay.

    • Nitpick: Nog must be quite the medical observer. He tells Collins that everyone was dead on the bridge, without checking a single person.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Valiant Motto
      The Valiant's motto was: "We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained and new rights to be won." This is a quote from John F. Kennedy.

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