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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 13

Field of Fire

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 10, 1999 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Ezri is enlisted to help track down a serial killer that is loose on Deep Space Nine. In order to gain an insight into the killer's mind, she calls on the experiences of self-professed murder and a past host of Dax, Joran.

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  • Bleh .

    An Ezri Dax episode written by the former writing partner of Ira Steven Behr, "Fire" is a dark murder mystery with an emphasis on Joran, a former host of Dax introduced in third season's "Equilibrium".

    Its premise, somewhat in the spirit of Showtime's Dexter series, is that no one can understand a serial killer like a serial killer, necessitating sweet Ezri summoning a part of her she generally buries. It's quite a recharacterization of Joran, who in "Equilibrium" is presented as a troubled musician with a violent temper who killed someone out of anger, as well as Dax, who in the same episode accepts Joran into her life. Joran here, played by a much older different actor (Leigh J. McCloskey), is presented as a thrill seeking murderer who wants to manipulate Ezri into killing strangers for sport.

    The investigation itself plays out slowly to build the suspense, though Wolfe does layer it with an interesting new weapon concept that allows director Tony Dow ("Wally" from Leave it to Beaver) to create some interesting x-ray visuals for its scope (I'm not really sure, however, why Odo needs to wear goggles to see a demonstration of it, considering the shapeshifter doesn't even have real In the end, Joran proves rather useless, though it's Ezri (and Wolfe) who insult a whole planet, insisting that anyone who doesn't like seeing people smile must be from there, leading to a final confrontation and some answers.

    It's all a rather dreary mess that does Nicole de Boer no favors.

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Art Chudabala

Art Chudabala


Guest Star

Marty Rackham

Marty Rackham


Guest Star

Leigh J. McCloskey

Leigh J. McCloskey

Joran Belar

Guest Star

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This episode marks the second time during Season 7 when a Vulcan, Lt. Chulok loses control of his emotions. The first time is during "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", when Captain Solok is pursuing what's called an "adolescent rivalry" against Sisko.

    • The melon O'Brien uses for target practice is just a painted watermelon.

    • During the conversation between Bashir and O'Brien in the replimat, Bashir's cup switches position to the opposite side of the table and back again with each change in camera angle.

    • As Ezri guides Ilario out of Quarks bar she says, "this is not the first drunken ensign I have taken home." Ilario is a Lieutenant. Ezri was probably drunk, too.

    • Joran tells Ezri that Curzon and Jadzia didn't know what to do with him, meaning how to handle the memories of his murderous psychotic ways. Actually, the Symbiosis Commission deliberately suppressed the Joran memories from the Dax symbiont, so Curzon never even knew about Joran, and Jadzia didn't until the memories emerged in "Equilibrium".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ilario: You know something Lieutenant? You're very beautiful.
      Ezri: And you're very drunk.
      Ilario: Ah, true enough. But in the morning, I'll be sober and you'll still be beautiful.

    • Joran: All Vulcans distrust emotions, but they don't go around killing people for smiling.

    • Joran: Then we'll start with his choice of weapons.
      Ezri: We already know about the modifications he made to the TR-116.
      Joran: But you haven't held it in your hands, have you? You haven't looked through the tracking display. Picked a target. Felt the power as you lock its sensors on your unsuspecting prey. If you want to catch a killer, Ezri... you have to learn to think like one.

    • Bashir: There was this notion that a man could have a special relationship with a weapon. Some frontiersmen even went so far as to give their rifles names, female ones in fact, thus changing the relationship of owner and object to something resembling man and woman.
      O'Brien: Maybe I''ll start calling my tricorder Sally...

  • NOTES (5)


    • The Silence Of The Lambs
      Ezri's relying on Joran to track down the killer and her knowledge of forensic psychology is very similar to FBI Agent Clarice Starling and her relationship with Dr. Hannibal Lecter in this 1991 film.

    • Churchill

      Ilario: You are beautiful.
      Ezri: And you are drunk.
      Ilario: But in morning I will be sober, while you will stilll be beautiful.

      This appears to be taken from a famous (but possibly apocryphal) exchange between Winston Churchil and Bessie Braddock (who disliked each other intensely).

      Churchill: You are ugly.
      Braddock: And you are drunk.
      Churchill: But in the morning I will be sober, while you will still be ugly.