Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 1

A Time to Stand (2)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Sep 29, 1997 on Syndicado
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Several months after Deep Space Nine was handed over to the Dominion, the Federation is losing the war. Being relieved of command of the Defiant, Sisko is placed in command of the salvaged Jem'Hadar warship they discovered several months earlier, and must destroy the main Ketracel-White production facility in the Alpha Quadrant. The mission is a success, but it leaves the ship without warp engines and stranded 17 years from the nearest Federation Starbase.


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  • A subtle start to the season

    While the fifth season finale teases a big battle show to follow, "A Time to Stand" spends most of its time in the periphery of hostilities until the end. There are battles, but they happen off screen. Sisko and company's regrouping and the Dominion's occupation of Deep Space Nine, the alternating A and B stories, are both rather quiet and do not intersect. The bulk of the episode includes small-scale scenes between the characters, including a mix of new and old pairings like Kira and Odo, Weyoun and Jake, Dukat and Kira, and Ben and Admiral Ross. Most of the scenes go as we would expect, with the exception of Ben and the new Admiral. Barry Jenner takes a novel approach to playing the Captain's boss: he doesn't act like a dick. This unusual acting decision immediately vaults him ahead of just about every admiral preceding him for the "most liked figurehead" award.

    As the episode nears its end, the action picks up with a daring undercover mini-mission, setting the table for the next episode.

  • Another exciting installment in one of DS9's best stretches.

    It's a testament to the strength of this 8-parter that "A Time to Stand" and "Rocks and Shoals" are NOT the strongest segments. You could almost call the Sisko portion "filler" in the sense that it doesn't absolutely advance the main part of the story - except it's so exciting.

    I actually prefer the Odo-Kira arc a little better here. You get a very unsettling encounter between Kira and Dukat, with the latter at his creepiest. Quark gets a nice turn lecturing Odo and Kira, while Jake has an amusing encounter with Weyoun. But this is really about two protagonists - Kira and Odo - trying to straddle the line between resistance and collaboration.

  • amaing

    now, the dominon control deep space nine in the season and six episode story arc starter.finally in this episode deep space nine gets an admiral ( william ross )which added to the show to have a reoccuring admiral who would sisko go only so far.another cool thing is we got to FINALLY see a dominon war story begin to unfold which only ends with the conclussion of the series."A TIME TO STAND" did a great thing for me which is it took bashir and garak and started a comic relief between the two charaters.the greatest part of it all is we get to see our famous starfleet officers board a jem'hadar fighter,take it into dominon space and take out an entire kitracel white facility based on a asteroid rock in space.amazing!moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Joseph Sisko

Recurring Role

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: When the Jem'Hadar ship goes to warp, the same effects from Klingon ships going to warp are used.

    • Goof: In this and every other episode, when the ketracel white is issued, the Jem'Hadar get it in vials and put them inside their armor. In every episode they never seem to take out the empty vials before inserting the new one.

    • Nitpick: Chief O'Brien tells Nog he's going to be sick of field rations after eating them for three weeks, and that he'd be wishing for a sandwich. But this seems strange, since they already established in previous episodes that O'Brien quite likes field rations, much to the disgust of his fellow crewmates!

    • Nitpick: The USS Centaur does not appear to be of any particular class. It is also an amalgamation of parts from two USS Excelsior models and an USS Reliant model.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Weyoun: (as Odo enters) Founder, I am honored by your presence. How may I be of service?
      Odo: I want my Bajoran deputies reinstated.
      Weyoun: Consider it done.
      Odo: From now on they'll be responsible for security on the Promenade.
      Weyoun: I don't see any problem with that.

    • Damar: I've doubled security patrols throughout the station.
      Weyoun: Are such precautions really necessary?
      Dukat: I've found that one can't be too careful when dealing with Bajorans.
      Kira: What's the matter, Dukat? Afraid we'll take the station away from you again?

    • Jake: What about freedom of the press?
      Weyoun: Please tell me you're not that naive.

    • Dukat: Permanent documentation file, Dukat, S.G.. Each day brings reports of new victories. The war continues to go well. The enemy is retreating on almost all fronts. It's only a matter of time before the Federation collapses and Earth becomes another conquered planet under Dominion rule. All in all, it's a good time for Cardassia... and the Dominion.

    • Dukat: Cardassia was on the edge of an abyss, Major. The war with the Klingons left us a third-rate power. My people had lost their way. I've made them strong again.
      Kira: At what price? You sold Cardassia to the Dominion!
      Dukat: Yes, a high price to be sure - but look what we're getting in return. The Alpha Quadrant itself!

    • Quark: You know, I never expected to say this, but as occupations go, this one's not so bad.
      Kira: No, I suppose that's true if all you're worried about is a monthly balance sheet.
      Quark: I'm not just concerned with profit, Major. Look around. Do you see any ghetto fences dividing the Promenade? Or exhausted Bajoran slave laborers sprawled on the ground after a grueling day in the ore-processing center? Do you hear the cries of starving children? I don't. Now don't get me wrong, I miss the Federation too. All I'm saying is, things could be a lot worse.

    • Garak: That's not true! I always hope for the best! But experience has taught me, unfortunately, to always expect the worst.

    • Martok: Klingons make excellent warriors, but terrible doctors.

    • Bashir: We have to go to full impulse 1.3 seconds before the bomb detonates.
      Sisko: Dax?
      Jadzia: Computer agrees with Julian.
      Garak: Well of course it does - they think alike.

    • (while Sisko is suffering from a bad headache)
      Garak: Captain, may I make a suggestion?
      Sisko: If you talk softly.

    • Dukat: I'm a patient man. I can wait.
      Kira: Wait for what? What do you think is going to happen here, Dukat? That you're going to wear me down with your charming personality? That I'm going to be swept off my feet by that insincere smile? Are you really so deluded that you actually believe that we're going to have some kind of intimate relationship?
      Dukat: Oh, we already do.

    • Bashir: I'm so glad you find the lack of proper medical facilities amusing. But if trouble breaks out, it's not a viewscreen, or a chair, or even a sandwich you'll be wanting - it's a bio-bed, with a surgical tissue regenerator.
      Jadzia: Maybe, but right now I would settle for a viewscreen.
      Nog: Or a chair.
      O'Brien: Or a sandwich.

    • Joseph Sisko: You're always telling that space is big, that it's an endless frontier filled with infinite wonders.
      Sisko: It's true.
      Joseph Sisko: Well if that's the case, you would think it would be more than enough room to allow people to leave each other alone.
      Sisko: It just doesn't work that way. It should, but it doesn't.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The Admiral shows Sisko the location of the main Dominion Ketracel-White facility, which is on an asteroid labeled 345-447, and the Jem'Hadar ship on a panel that was labeled Stellar Cartography 4747 before the picture came up. 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.

    • The Jem'Hadar attack ship was captured by the crew in the episode "The Ship".

    • O'Brien mentions "three months of bloody slaughter", thus this episode takes place at least three months after the season five finale.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Admiral Ross.

    • Jem'Hadar ships are built without chairs, food replicators, viewscreens or sick bays.

    • This episode was dedicated "In memory of Brandon Tartikoff", who was the chairman of Paramount Pictures from 1991 to 1992. He was also involved in the creation of Deep Space Nine.