Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 23

Blaze of Glory

3
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 12, 1997 on Syndicado
8.2
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Stardate: Unknown Sisko receives a message from one of the few surviving Maquis members saying that they will launch undetectable missiles at the Cardassians, which will provoke an all out war. Sisko enlists the help of Eddington to aid him in deactivating them, however, all is not as Sisko had been informed.moreless

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  • Solid Eddington episode

    7.0
    It's the old "enemies having to work together" story with Sisko and Eddington in a sequel (or coda) to "For the Uniform". Like "Indiscretion", which features Kira and Dukat teaming up in a similar way, the nature of the plot lends itself to dialogue, with much of the action near the end. That's good for the budget (in fact, sets from Children of Time are reused, albeit with different lighting) but leads to an underwhelming Sisko episode, being more talky than exciting.



    Still, there's something compelling about Eddington, which is probably why he keeps returning. Part of the reason by might be that Kenneth Marshall is like him in many ways: he's talented and dependable, but he just doesn't have the look a leading man. Yet through Eddington, he's able to turn his everyman qualities into assets that shine in a way they otherwise wouldn't. We believe that this short old, bald guy can be a charismatic leader, or at least wants to be.



    Is it enough to make "Blaze of Glory" a standout episode? No. Though it includes a humorous B story where Nog tries to win the klingons' respect, it lacks an element to make it special. (Personally I would have introduced a whole Eddington family: a wife, two daughters, and a son in hiding. They almost go there, but they don't go far enough, and it's a shame because it would redefine the character, forcing us to reassess his life, and make the ending all the more In the end, Marshall's last appearance is much like himself: solid but unremarkable.moreless
  • A farewell to Eddington.

    8.5
    DS9 was known for featuring complex, multidimensional villains - Dukat and Wynn among the most noteworty. Michael Eddington was an entirely different animal - the noble adversary, a guy who was fundamentally good but whose goals put him in conflict with the series' protagonists.



    This episode matches him against Sisko for the last time and gives him a fitting farewell. The two continue their mental chess match in the first half of the episode, continuing the thread launched in "For the Cause" and "For the Uniform" - and then reconcile in the conclusion. The conclusion - where Sisko (who was less than honest about his enmity toward Eddington) abandons his obsessive dislike of Eddington and acknowledges the latter's nobility - is an nice epilogue.moreless
  • Sisko uses Eddington to stop a swarm of cloaked missles heading to cardassia.

    4.2
    Sisko takes eddington out of prison to the badlands .

    He hopes to find the launch base of a series of cloaked missles speeding towards caedassia prime.

    They find the base but the jem hadar have boarded it and Commander Michael Eddington outfoxes him again.



    What the hell was that little conversation about at the end?

    Sisko muses wistfully that he hopes there are more of those heroic marquis out there.

    What ??He hated the marquis and eddington especaily.

    didnt he disobey orders to bring eddington in?

    didnt he start a program of poisoning marquis colonies until eddington surrendered?

    This was lazy writting coupled with yet more terrible acting from avery brooks.

    Ken Marshall the guest star outclases him terribley as do most of the guest stars

    and Colm meaney ,both daxes,marc alimo etcmoreless
  • The Swan Song of Michael Eddington

    9.1
    The Klingons intercept a message from the remnants of the Maquis--apparently, a bunch of missiles are on their way to Cardassia, cloaked, and unstoppable. The Maquis have been totally wiped out by the Dominion, and this last gasp appears to be a vindictive push into war. Sisko has to stop them, but he is going to need the help of one person: Michael Eddington, the former Starfleet officer he helped put away by zapping Maquis planets with deadly toxins. There is no love lost between the men, but Eddington eventually comes around to help. When the two finally reach the launch site from where the missiles can be deactivated, it is crawling with Jem'Hadar, and we are introduced to a few last Maquis, including a woman who just so happens to be Eddington's wife.



    This episode more or less fills in Eddington's motivation for the Maquis, and fleshes out his character a great deal. However, it is also the final goodbye to Eddington, whose death is fitting. It's a pretty good episode, with some touches of mordant humor ("It could be me holding the pipe") that fit in quite well. One of the better efforts in a pretty good season.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

Gretchen German

Gretchen German

Rebecca

Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

Ken Marshall

Ken Marshall

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington

Recurring Role

J.G. Hertzler

J.G. Hertzler

Martok

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Martok states that the Klingon high council supplied the Maquis with 30 cloaking devices. At the end, Sisko expresses a hypothesis that there were other Maquis survivors in addition to Eddington's group. There is a chance that some of the cloaking devices were installed in the Maquis' smaller ships, making them less likely to be detected by the Jem'Hadar.

    • The shot of the starbase where Eddington is being held is re-used stock footage of the space station from Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Martok: You are either very brave, or very stupid, Ferengi!
      Nog: Probably a little of both.
      Martok: (Laughing) Indeed. Courage comes in all . (Pointing to his missing eye) But don't tempt fate.

    • Sisko: (after Nog complains that Klingons ignore him as a security officer) The next time the Klingons refuse to acknowledge your presence, do what a Klingon would do. Confront them about it! If you stand up to them, you'll earn their respect.
      Jake: (laughing) Or get your butt kicked, one or the other.
      Sisko: Either way, they'll never ignore you again.

    • Eddington: Attacking two Jem'Hadar soldiers with a pipe. That's a brilliant plan.
      Sisko: It could be worse.
      Eddington: I know. It could be me holding the pipe.

    • Eddington: The Maquis won its greatest victories under my leadership.
      Sisko: Your leadership. Your shining moment of glory. Michael Eddington gets to take off his gold uniform and play hero. Isn't that wat you always wanted? To lead troops in a glorious cause? Well, you had your chance. And look were you led them: right into their graves.

    • Quark: I might have done a little harmless theorizing.
      Bashir: About what?
      Quark: Oh... something like... it was only a matter of time before the Dominion launched a full-scale assault against the Federation, and when that happened, the station would undoubtedly be their first target... And I might have idly suggested that there wasn't a chance in hell that any of us would get out of here alive.
      Odo: And that's when Morn hit you with a bar stool and ran onto the Promenade screaming 'we're all doomed!'?
      Quark: Some people just don't react well to stress.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Loonie

      Eddington once owned a coin called a "loonie". A loonie is the common name for the Canadian dollar coin which features Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a Candian loon on the other (hence the name). The implication, here is that Eddington is Canadian.

    • The Sand Pebbles
      The ending of the episode (Eddington's death) is reminiscent of Steve McQueen's death in the film The Sand Pebbles. In that film, McQueen, injured, remains behind fighting in order to allow his crew and some civilian missionaries to escape from China, which was in the midst of a civil war between factions led by Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek.

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