Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 5

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 27, 1997 on Syndicado
9.2
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Stardate: Unknown.

Odo struggles with his choices between his friends and the Link. Sisko faces a suicide mission in order to reclaim Deep Space Nine. Rom is ordered to be executed. Kira and Damar come to blows over Ziyal and Gul Dukat.

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  • The times, they are a changeling.

    8.5
    Taking its title from The Aeneid by Virgil, this flip side of "Call to Arms" is an ensemble piece that features preparations for a Federation invasion fleet while Weyoun and Dukat prepare to clear out a mine field blocking the wormhole. Like "Call to Arms", it's composed mostly of small character moments, showing us what everyone is thinking heading into the looming confrontation between the Federation and the Dominion. With DS9's character depth, this allows the episode to cruise along without too much story movement, hopping from Sisko to Odo to Rom to Kira to Dukat and so on, with small moments for the lesser stars such as Garak, Nog, Jake, Lita, Admiral Ross, Ziyal, and Morn. (Even the Changeling leader gets in on the action, literally getting some What's great about this sort of episode is that the large number of characters makes the story seem even bigger than it is, as if it's spilling off the screen affecting millions of lives (just how a war story should come across). And ace director Winrich Kolbe returns for the first time in two seasons to pull it all together and give it the perfect pacing.



    Once again, the station gets the A story while Sisko and the Federation get the B story, though the stories, at last, begin to intersect, thanks to Morn, of all people. Throughout the hour there's a sense that characters are committing themselves to choices that cannot be undone. When Kira tells Odo that they are "way, way past sorry", it doesn't just describe their own relationship but where the show has gone as a whole. The Dominion's attitude towards Rom, Kira's actions toward Damar, and the impending invasion, all represent decisions that one way or another threaten to change lives for better or for worse. By the end, it's clear that everything is about to change, and the only question is, what will it change to?moreless
  • Fantastic setup.

    9.0
    The seeds laid in "Behind the Lines" begin to grow here. As with many of the episodes in this arc, much of the best stuff occurs back on the station, as Kira struggles to free Rom. We get some wonderful wickedness out of Dukat, Weyoun, and Damar - each evil in his own way. The subplot involving Odo and the Female Changeling begins to accelerate as well.



    The plot involving Sisko and the Defiant crew had, after "Rocks and Shoals", been somewhat aimless, as if the writers were just trying to fill in space. Here it finally gets a direction - as Sisko hatches his scheme for regaining the station. It inevitably recalls "Return of the Jedi".



    Of course, the fireworks would really occur on the arc finale.moreless
  • This was a great episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine. The Federation prepare to retake the station and fight against the Dominion. A tremendous battle occurs, leaving the Federation with control of the Station and Dukat left crazy.moreless

    10
    This was a great episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine. The Federation prepare to retake the station and fight against the Dominion. A tremendous battle occurs, leaving the Federation with control of the Station and Dukat left crazy.



    This set of a few episodes were some of the best. The huge battle and worm hole aliens, make this episode really worth watching.
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

Bart McCarthy

Bart McCarthy

Admiral Coburn

Guest Star

Ericka Klein

Ericka Klein

Admiral Sitak

Guest Star

William Wellman, Jr.

William Wellman, Jr.

Bajoran Officer

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Casey Biggs

Casey Biggs

Damar

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Worf tell Martok he should return to Qo'nos to address Gowron in person, but he pronounces it Chronos. It is pronounced with a hard K, like Kwonose.

    • Quark mentions going to Grand Negus Zek to buy Rom's freedom, and Rom says that he doubts Weyoun would be interested in latinum. Interesting, since Weyoun was portrayed by Jeffrey Combs who also played the recurring role of Brunt, the head of the Ferengi FCA.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Ross: If those Dominion reinforcements come through the wormhole we won't have a chance.
      Sisko: Then we take the ships we have, fight our way to Deep Space Nine and destroy the anti-graviton emitter. It's our only hope.

    • Quark: (to Rom) No matter what it takes, no matter what I have to do, I'm going to get you out of here.
      Leeta: You do that... and I'll work your Dabo tables for free!
      Quark: For how long?
      Leeta: An entire year!
      Quark: Make it two.
      Rom: Brother!
      Quark: Sh! (Leeta nods, and Quark turns to Rom) Isn't your life worth two years?

    • Ross: What's this?
      Sisko: It's the Bajoran Ancient Texts.
      Ross: The Emissary looks for guidance on the eve of battle?
      Sisko: Guidance, insights, loopholes. I'll take anything I can get.
      Ross: And what do the Prophets tell you?
      Sisko: That I have a long way to go before I can make any sense of their prophecies.

    • Dukat: Rom is an enemy of the state and enemies of the state do not deserve mercy.
      Ziyal: Spoken like a true Cardassian.
      Dukat: I am a Cardassian! And so are you.
      Ziyal: (hits the table in anger) No, I'm not! I could never be like you!

    • Ziyal: It should be obvious, even to you, Damar, that I am not a true daughter of Cardassia!
      Damar: What's obvious to me is that your father should've left you to rot in that Breen prison camp, but he didn't. He took pity on you, and it's your duty to repay him. Now come with me.
      Kira: Let her go.
      Damar: And if I don't? What happens then?
      Kira: I was hoping you'd ask.

    • Jadzia: I don't know what all you brass hats in Starfleet Command are thinking, but take it from a simple field officer: we're not going to win this war by running away from the enemy... troop morale is at an all-time low. Even the Klingons are starting to wonder if we can defeat the Dominion. We need a victory; a big victory and we need it soon.
      Sisko: I couldn't agree with you more.
      Jadzia: Then do something about it!
      Sisko: I already have. In fact, I'm presenting a plan to Starfleet Command at 0800 tomorrow.
      Jadzia: What plan?
      Sisko: We're going to retake Deep Space Nine.

    • Odo: Kira! Wait, please...
      Kira: I have nothing to say to you.
      Odo: I understand you're angry.
      Kira: You bet I'm angry. Do you have any idea what's been going on?
      Odo: Yes, somewhat. I've been occupied.
      Kira: Oh, really? Dukat is bringing down the minefield, the Federation is about to be overrun by Dominion reinforcements, and Weyoun has ordered Rom's execution, and you have been occupied?
      Odo: It's so difficult to explain...
      Kira: If you're here to tell me about the Link, don't bother. I'm a solid, remember? I'll never understand.
      Odo: Nerys!! I'm sorry.
      Kira: Sorry? Is that what you wanted to say to me? You're sorry?
      Odo: Yes.
      Kira: Well, let me tell you something, Odo. We are way, way past sorry.

    • Dukat: (talking to Weyoun) Once we've disabled the replication units in all the mines, we can detonate the entire minefield. And I guarantee, weak eyes or not, that explosion you will see.

    • O'Brien: Engage and retreat. Engage and retreat. I'm telling you, that's become our favorite tune.
      Bashir: Well, we'd better learn a new one or the next song we'll be singing is 'Hail The Conquering Dominion'.

    • Rom: (referring to Quark's attempt to free Rom) Brother, you have more important things to worry about.
      Quark: The bar's doing fine, but thanks for caring.

    • Damar: That attitude of yours, Major, it won't be tolerated forever.
      Kira: You don't like my attitude? You're welcome to try to change it.
      (walks away)
      Damar: I don't know what Dukat sees in that woman.
      Quark: Then you need your eyes examined.

    • (talking about a drawing by Ziyal)
      Weyoun: Is it... any good?
      Kira: I think so - why? Don't you?
      Weyoun: I don't know how to judge it. You see, my people lack a sense of aesthetics.
      Kira: That's too bad.
      Weyoun: I sometimes think so as well. But, if aesthetics were truly important, the Founders would have included it in our genetic makeup.
      Kira: Or they made a mistake.
      Weyoun: Gods don't make mistakes! Though... sometimes I think it would be nice to be able to carry a tune.

    • Rom: Billions and billions of people are counting on you.
      Quark: Boy, are they going to be disappointed.

    • Quark: Morn, you do have a problem. But lucky for you, the solution is simple: you're a grown man! If you don't want to attend your mother's birthday party, you don't have to.

    • (talking about Rom)
      Leeta: They must have done something to his mind!
      Quark: What mind?

    • Odo: They cherish their freedom.
      Female Shapeshifter: We'll have to break them of that.

    • Quark: One kanar. Want me to leave the bottle?
      Damar: Maybe I should have you taste it first, make sure it isn't poison?
      Quark: Poisoning the customers is bad for business.
      Damar: True, but some people may place a brother's revenge above business.
      Quark: Not this brother.
      Damar: You're a credit to your race, Quark.

    • Quark: But I don't want to die.
      Rom: If that's what's written, then that's what's written.

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