Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 26

Call to Arms (1)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jun 16, 1997 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Leeta and Rom get married. Sisko decides to mine the wormhole, which will likely start the war. When their plan is detected, Sisko is forced to evacuate the station and endorse the non-aggression pact between Bajor and the Dominion. While patrolling the border, General Martok detects the first wave of Dominion ships headed for Deep Space Nine. All remaining Starfleet personnel are ordered to leave the station. Kira, Odo, Quark, Rom, Morn and Jake stay behind on the station and disable it as it is handed over to the Dominion.moreless

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  • One of the Better DS9 Episodes

    This season ending cliff hanger is another tense military thriller, which builds the suspense in the first three quarters with dialogue-driven character scenes before cutting loose with the action the last quarter of the hour. It's sort of Deep Space Nine's version of "The Best of Both Worlds", illustrating the eve of battle through the mood of the characters before taking the plunge. But the story has more complexity, with Star Trek having evolved in the seven years since, introducing Bajor, Cardassia, and the Dominion, each with their own agenda.

    As a standalone episode, it's not the best of season five. Despite its richness in character (with most of the important recurring guest stars, or at least most of those related to the war, making an appearance) and its major story developments (some of which cleverly happen off screen, saving time and money) it doesn't tie them all together in a way as satisfying as "The Quickening" or "Trials and Tribulations". There's a diversity of ideas like Lita choosing a wedding dress, Jake writing about the station, and Weyoun and Gul Dukat having a disagreement which don't fit together well enough to have us on the edge of our seat as one scene leads to the next. But it is, of course, grossly unfair to complain about "Call to Arms" not being one of the greatest Star Trek episodes ever when it is, without a doubt, such a fine piece of entertainment and another DS9 gem. Throughout the hour, there's a feeling that important decisions are being made with consequences which will be felt for many episodes to come. By the end, there's a feeling that the series has come full circle, taking us right back to the pilot, but with a reversal of fortune an open ended cliffhanger that sets the table for the next season. For departing writer Robert Hewitt Wolf, it's just about the perfect finish to an impressive body of work. For Deep Space Nine, it's a heck of a way to finish a heck of a season and an effective prelude to Star Trek's longest multi-parter yet.moreless
  • Among the best episodes in the series. A monumental cliffhanger.

    The 8-episode epic that begins here and runs into season 6 may be THE best stretch of DS9, though I'd say that the stretch which closes out season 7 is a serious competitor. It's a testament to the writers and producers that they manage to juggle so many balls in the air, but nevertheless manage to tie it all together so effectively.

    One of the features of these arcs is that they manage to find interesting roles for each of the many characters - this isn't JUST the A- and B-plot scheme that characterized many other DS9 episodes.

    The last 10 or 15 minutes of the episode are particularly gripping. The decision to abandon the station (under siege for the 3rd or 4th time in the series) is a shocker, and of course we have Sisko's speech at the end (reminiscent, to me, of McArthur in the Philippines). Fortunately with DVDs we don't have to wait 3 months to see what happens next.moreless
  • And a worthwhile finale at that!

    What can I say - if anything watch this just for the setpiece battle between the Space station and the Cardie/Dominion fleet.

    We first see the excellent Nog inspired replcating-cloacked mines that will become a pivotal device in the next season. Superb little scenes showing the parting of most of the crew and a sign of the massive change in onscreen relationships awaiting next season. Every character has a bit part in this episode. Why is it that Worf remains speechless every time Jadzia kisses him?! :D My only gripe would only be that they should have shown more battle scenes!

    A very different DS9 awaits for next season.moreless
  • The First Battle of Deep Space Nine

    This episode effectively begins the war with the Dominion. If you want to read about the buildup, you can check out the episode recap or, better yet, Tivo the episode when it's on Spike. The flash point has to do with the Federation mining of the Wormhole. Without access to the Gamma Quadrant, the Dominion will be restricted to its ships and resources in the Alpha Quadrant. Sisko does this, knowing that the Dominion will fight.

    This is truly one of the show's best episodes, largely because of all the plot threads and character details it opens up for next season. Rom and Leeta are married. Worf goes to serve with the Klingons, separating him from his new fiancee, Jadzia. Rom begins his life as a spy. Jake stays on DS9 (now officially Terok Nor) to write about the occupation. Garak comes with Sisko and the others. Sisko makes a rousing and (no pun intended) defiant speech, where he promises that he will be back, and to seal the promise, leaves his baseball on his desk. Dukat gets to strut, Weyoun gets to fret, and Quark gets to suck up to both of them, in one of the episode's lighter moments. It all adds up to one of the most exciting and densely plotted hours of Deep Space Nine yet, and the best Star Trek cliffhanger since "The Best of Both Worlds". Simply put, one of DS9's finest hours.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

Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Injured Starfleet Offcer (uncredited)

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson


Recurring Role

Casey Biggs

Casey Biggs


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the first episode to ever show multiple Defiant Class Warships together in a scene.

    • Nitpick: Much of the damage and battle footage was re-used from DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"

    • Nitpick: During the battle for DS9, Weyoun seems surprised that the station's Federation shields are withstanding the Dominion weapons fire, as in previous encounters Federation shields had always proven ineffective (i.e. USS Odyssey). Yet he shouldn't be that surprised, as the Defiant, in it's 3 years of service at this point, has always withstood attacks from Dominion weapons, so it shouldn't be surprising that the Federation would do the same to other ships/stations.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jake: (after his first article for the Starfleet News Service is published) You're news!
      Sisko: Don't remind me! (grudgingly) Guess I can't stop you from doing your job.
      Jake: Can I quote you on that? (Sisko gives him a dirty look) I guess not.

    • Sisko: Maintain current course.
      Jadzia: Aye, captain. We should rendezvous with the Federation task force in forty-eight hours.
      Bashir: And then what?
      Nog: And then we make the Dominion sorry they ever set foot in the Alpha Quadrant.
      Sisko: Cadet, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Quark: Leeta, that fifteen minute break you asked for was up an hour ago!
      Rom: Brother, what do you think of this dress?
      Quark: I don't want to think about, all I know is that any marriage where the female is allowed to speak and wear clothing is doomed to failure.

    • Kira: Captain, as a major in the Bajoran Militia, I must officially protest Starfleet's refusal to turn over this station to my government
      Sisko: Your protest is duly noted.
      Kira: Good. Now that that's out of the way... Kira Nerys reporting for duty.

    • Garak: Let me tell you a story. I once knew a Cardassian, a dashing, handsome young man with a promising career. And then one day, through no fault of his own, he found himself exiled and alone, with nowhere to turn. But did he give up? No. Instead he struck upon a brilliant plan. Rather than fleeing for the rest of his life, he sought shelter in the one place no one expected him to go. In a stronghold of his people's most hated enemies. There, surrounded by hostile strangers, he built a life. And there, against all odds, against the merciless logic of the Universe itself, he thrived.
      Ziyal: By becoming the greatest tailor in the galaxy.

    • Sisko: (disappointed) I'll say one thing for the Dominion, they're punctual.
      O'Brien: That's the fifth convoy headed to Cardassia in the last five weeks. I can only imagine how many Jem'Hadar soldiers they have stationed there by now.
      Sisko: Too many.
      O'Brien: I wish they'd just attack and get it over with.
      Sisko: I have a feeling you're going to get your wish.

    • Sisko: When I first took command of this post, all I wanted was to be somewhere else. Anywhere but here. But now, five years later, this has become my home and you have become my family. And leaving the station, leaving you, is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. But this war isn't over. I want you to know that, while we were keeping the Dominion occupied, a Starfleet/Klingon task force crossed the border into Cardassia and destroyed the Dominion shipyards of Torros III. Your sacrifices, our sacrifices, made that victory possible. But no victory can make this moment any easier for me and I promise I will not rest until I stand with you again. Here. In this place where I belong.

    • Dukat: I've been waiting for this moment for five years.
      Damar: First we reclaim Terok Nor, then onto Bajor.
      Weyoun: Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Or must I remind you that the Dominion just signed a non-agression pact with Bajor?
      Dukat: The Dominion might have. I never did.
      Weyoun: The Dominion will honor its treaty. And as a member of the Dominion, you will honor it as well.
      Dukat: Where the Dominion leads, I will follow.
      Weyoun: I never doubted it.

    • Dukat: Captain Sisko - I don't suppose you would like to surrender and avoid unnecessary bloodshed?
      Sisko: Absolutely not.
      Dukat: I was hoping you'd say that.
      Sisko: Battle stations.

    • Garak: I'd like to come along, if you don't mind. You never know when you might need a good tailor.

    • Odo: I'm not here as a Founder. I'm the station's Chief of Security.
      Weyoun: Whatever you say. Nevertheless, having a god walk among us is most gratifying.
      Dukat: I agree. You, me, the Major, together again - it should be most interesting. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be in my office.

    • Damar: This is a great victory for Cardassia!
      Dukat: And the Dominion.
      Weyoun: Over 50 ships lost, our spacedocks on Torros III destroyed. A victory, perhaps, but a costly one.

    • Jake: I promised the Federation News Service a first-hand account of the battle.
      Bashir: You'll get it. Just remember, 'Bashir' is spelled with an 'i'.

    • Garak: It's ironic. When the Klingons attacked the station, Gul Dukat and I were fighting side-by-side. At one point, he turned his back to me, and I must admit that for a moment he made a very tempting target.
      Odo: You'd shoot a man in the back?
      Garak: Well, it's the safest way, isn't it? But then I thought, well, no, I can't fight all these Klingons by myself. So I let him live.
      Odo: And now you regret it?
      Garak: Ah, my dear Constable, before this day is over, everyone on this station is going to regret it.

    • Rom: You're my brother. Whatever happens, we belong together.
      Quark: Well, like I said, you're an idiot.

    • Weyoun: I assume Captain Sisko removed or destroyed everything of value.
      Dukat: Not everything.
      (picks up the baseball from Sisko's desk)
      Weyoun: What is that?
      Dukat: A message, from Sisko.
      Weyoun: I don't understand.
      Dukat: He's letting me know he'll be back.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Historical Parallels

      Ronald D. Moore commented that historical parallels brought up during the story discussions included the events depicted in Tolstoy's War And Peace, the fall of the Philippines in WWII, and the evacuation of Dunkirk.

    • Sisko: (a log entry) As someone once said: "These are the times that try men's souls."

      This quote is from Thomas Paine's 1776 revolutionary pamphlet The American Crisis.

    • Rom: get on that shuttlecraft, and don't look back.
      The speech Rom gives to Leeta is the same one Humphrey Bogart gives in Casablanca, with a few modifications.