Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 1

Apocalypse Rising

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Sep 30, 1996 on Syndicado
8.7
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Stardate: Unknown Captain Sisko and his crew embark on a mission to expose Gowron as a Changeling who wants to engage a war between the Federation and the Klingon empire. By disguising themselves as Klingons, Captain Sisko and the Defiant crew infiltrate the Klingon homeworld.

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  • It's a polyjuice potion infiltration mission

    7.5
    Don't be fooled. Despite its pretentious title and season opening slot, "Apocalypse Rising" is a simple caper/assassination story that's a fine episode but hardly the spectacular season kickoff DS9 fans are used to.



    The plot itself is like a polyjuice potion infiltration mission, complete with dramatic and comedic possibilities that are both taken advantage of. And if it comes across as standard paint by number storytelling, at least the direction and acting are good enough to carry the idea from start to finish with plenty of excitement and few slow spots. Still, there are better Klingon episodes ("The Way of the Warrior" being one of them) and the show does a better caper story with its seventh season episode, "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang".moreless
  • Picks up with the final climactic confrontation.

    8.0
    Aside from "Emissary", this is probably the weakest season premiere in DS9's run. Not that it's bad or anything - but like many of these episodes, there's too much setup. We also get some over-the-top Odo moping - maybe appropriate for the character, but really not that interesting to watch. It's entertaining to see O'Brien and Sisko as Klingons, of course, and we get some a nice relatively brief appearance by Dukat.



    It's really in the last few scenes that the episode picks up, and I suspect first time viewers will be on the edge of their seat to see how the villain is exposed.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Tony Epper

Tony Epper

Drunken Klingon

Guest Star

Bob Zachar

Bob Zachar

Head Guard

Guest Star

Robert Budaska

Robert Budaska

Husky Klingon

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Gowron

Recurring Role

J.G. Hertzler

J.G. Hertzler

Martok

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Near the end of the episode, Gowron tells Worf that he (Worf) will not get another chance to kill Gowron.  However, Worf does kill Gowron during the Season 7 episode, "Tacking Into the Wind."

    • It is established in this episode that Worf is second in command of the Defiant, behind Captain Sisko.

    • Goof: Time Index 39:12. After Martok stabs the two guards, there is no blood on his knives.

    • Nitpick: Even though they are going undercover, Worf's appearance is unaltered, despite the fact that a Klingon could recognize him (Gowron and Martok specifically).

    • Nitpick: The shot of the damaged Rio Grande returning to the station is recycled from part of the damaged Volga returning two episodes ago.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • O'Brien: It's not easy being funny wearing these teeth.

    • Quark: Captain, you're just in time for happy hour.
      Sisko: Do I look happy, Quark?

    • Dukat: (amused by Sisko's Klingon disguise) Captain, I insist we make a holographic record of the four of you. Consider it payment in full for the use of my vessel.
      O'Brien: Maybe after the mission.
      Damar: After the mission you'll all be dead.

    • Sisko: How long have you suspected?
      Martok: Months. I've known Gowron a long time. And it is no secret that we have not always agreed on the way he runs the Empire. He is a politician! Too eager to compromise! Too eager to talk! Last year he stopped the attack on Deep Space Nine instead of going to war with the Federation - and then he changed. Suddenly he was the one calling for war.
      O'Brien: I would have thought that would make you happy.
      Martok: At first it did. But after the war began, he started ignoring the counsel of his Generals, throwing aside all wisdom in his pursuit of victory - our losses continued to mount and still he listens to no one!
      Odo: No one but the Founders.

    • O'Brien: So, let me get this straight: all we have to do is get past an enemy fleet, avoid a tachyon detection grid, beam into the middle of Klingon headquarters and avoid the Brotherhood of the Sword long enough to set these things up and activate them in front of Gowron?
      Worf: If we succeed, there will be many songs sung in our honor.
      O'Brien: Let's hope we're there to hear them.

    • Dukat: I hope First Minister Shakaar appreciates what a lucky man he is.
      Kira: Shakaar's not the father.
      Dukat: Then who is?
      Kira: Chief O'Brien.

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