Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 13

For the Uniform

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 03, 1997 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 50485.2 Sisko encounters Eddington, his former security chief turned Maquis traitor, and he is more desperate to capture him than ever.

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  • Sisko does Les Mis - without the songs.

    A sequel to fourth season's "For the Cause", this Sisko episode explores the ideas obsession and stubbornness, turning him into a combination of Ahab from Moby Dick and (as acknowledged in the episode) Javert from Les Miserables. It's a personality that suits Sisko, with Eddington's arrogance and smugness ensuring that the audience's sympathies stay with the Captain.

    Most of the episode takes place on the Defiant, with the writers throwing in a couple of wrinkles on board. First, a 3D "holocommunicator" takes the place of the viewscreen, which allows Kenneth Marshall ("Eddington") to interact with Sisko on the ship as opposed to through a TV screen. (It's not a piece of technology that's suitable for regular use; it requires careful exposition to avoid confusing the audience, and that's not something you want to have to do every episode. But it's nicely done here) And second, damage to the Defiant leads the crew to operate the ship manually, complete with someone (Nog) having to relay messages between the bridge and engineering. The two ideas work in concert with each other to create an electric environment which is all the more special for not overstaying its welcome, rarely appearing again in any incarnation of Star Trek.

    Eddington himself does return to the series; coming back later in the season for "Blaze of Glory" And the success of "For the Uniform" leads the writers to go dark again and push the envelope even further in sixth season's "In the Pale Moonlight" - and even better episode.


    The End Of The Maquis."For The Uniform" is alot like season six's "In The Pale Moonlight" in alot of ways.the story and writing is at its best.its a great Captain Sisko episode, its a great Starship Defiant episode,its a great story concluder episode.everything about "For The Uniform" was and is great.To me this is the greatest Maquis episodes and man there was some great maquis episodes. Sisko hunts down renegade/former starfleet security officer Michael Eddington now Maquis leader through the badlands located in the dmz near cardassian space.with the help of another starfleet captain and his federation staff Sisko finds a way to capture Eddington but i wont spoil it for you.i can only say its great!!!one thing i love about this episode is its a Defiant heavy kind of episode much like "Valiant" from season six.i love that episode and i love the kind of episodes in which i feel like were constantly moving,not standing still.I highly recommend "FOR THE UNIFORM". Awesome episode from an awesome television show.much like balance of terror which has kirk huntind down the romulans sisko must out smart the maquis.moreless
  • Breaking the rules about the Federation.

    In a (lame) season 1 episode, Sisko is told by Q that "Picard would not have done that" only to be punched and told, "I'm not Picard." Well, this episode goes far and beyond where Picard would have gone. (Though I suppose "I Borg" could cast some doubts on that.) Picard was an obstinately ethical and by-the-book guy - someone who would break the rules on occasion, but act honorably and morally even if it cost him and his colleagues... and the Federation.

    Sisko had already pushed this boundary in earlier seasons, but here irrevocably crosses the line. In fact, the line between villain and hero is blurred quite aggressively here - you could easily write this story with Eddington and Sisko's roles reversed. And it's even worse because Sisko's pursuit of Eddington has a pretty big personal vendetta behind it.

    We'd have one last encounter with Eddington later in season 5. A worthy adversary!moreless
  • Precursor to "In The Pale Moonlight"

    We take a break from the Dominion/Klingon problems for one last Maquis adventure. Michael Eddington (played to the hilt by Kenneth Marshall, who clearly relishes playing the villain) is causing all manner of hell in the Demilitarized Zone, and Sisko needs to stop him. This proves tricky because Eddington is extremely intelligent and knows Sisko like Sisko knows baseball. In addition, Sisko has to play by the rules, while Eddington doesn't...or does he?

    This episode is really important for several reasons. For one, the return of Eddington, as a villain, is much appreciated--the scenes where he and Sisko square off are golden. For another, it sets up next season's famed "In The Pale Moonlight" by having Sisko go off the Starfleet reservation, so to speak, and compromise for the greater good. It also happens to be one of the series' most exciting and fun episodes ever. All in all, a superior effort. Then again, from writer Peter Allan Fields (of "Duet", "Necessary Evil", and TNG's "The Inner Light" fame) we would expect nothing less.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

Eric Pierpoint

Eric Pierpoint

Captain Sanders

Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg


Recurring Role

Ken Marshall

Ken Marshall

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, we learn that Michael Eddington pictures himself as the Victor Hugo character Jean Valjean. This name is the same as the Maquis raider manned by the Chakotay cell at the beginning of Voyager.

    • Goof: The first time Captain Sanders deactivates the holo communicator he pushes three buttons. The second time he pushes only one. Both times he was on his ship.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sisko: He (Eddington) worked under me for a year and a half. I saw him almost every day. Read his reports. Had him to dinner. I even took him to a baseball game in the holosuite once. And I never saw it! It's my job to be a good judge of character, and what did I do? Not only did I not see it, I put him up for a promotion."
      Dax: He played his hand well.
      Sisko: He played me all right. And what is my excuse? Is he a Changeling? No. Is he a being with seven lifetimes of experience? No. Is he a wormhole alien? No. He's just a man, like me. And he beat me!

    • Eddington: Can't you see what's happening to you? You're going against everything you claim to believe in - and for what? To satisfy a personal vendetta.
      Sisko: (angry and defensive) You betrayed your uniform!
      Eddington: And you're betraying yours - right now! The sad part is you don't even realize it. I feel sorry for you, captain. This obsession with me - look what it's cost you.

    • Sisko: (holding a copy of Les Miserables) Eddington said this is one of his favorite books.
      Jadzia: There is no accounting for taste.

    • Jadzia: I'm curious, Benjamin... your plan to poison the Maquis planets - you didn't clear it with Starfleet, did you?
      Sisko: I knew I'd forgotten to do something.
      Jadzia: Sometimes I like it when the bad guy wins.

    • (talking about a group of refugees)
      Eddington: Look at them, captain. They're humans. Just like you and me. And Starfleet took everything away from them. Remember that the next time you put on that uniform. There's a war out here and you're on the wrong side.
      Sisko: You know what I see out there, mister Eddington? I see victims... but not of Cardassia or the Federation. Victims of you. The Maquis. You've sold these people the dream that one day, they can go back to those farms and homes and schools - but you know they never can. And the longer you keep that hope alive, the longer they're going to suffer.

    • (talking about treason)
      Sisko: There's a subject you know a lot about.
      Eddington: You've been on my tail for eight months and now that we're face-to-face - that's all you have to say?
      Sisko: I'll say the rest at your court-martial.
      Eddington: Tell me, captain... what is it that bothers you more - the fact that I left Starfleet to fight for a higher cause, or that it happened on your watch?
      Sisko: You didn't 'leave' Starfleet! If you had, I wouldn't be here. You betrayed Starfleet... you used your position as security chief to feed the Maquis information about us. And at the same time, you misled us with false information about them. There's a word for that... treason.

    • Odo: Sir, have you ever reminded Starfleet Command that they stationed Eddington here because they didn't trust me?
      Sisko: No.
      Odo: Please do.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Les Miserables

      Eddington compares his situation with Sisko to Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. In Eddington's mind, he is the hero Jean Valjean being hunted and persecuted by obsessed policeman Javert (Sisko) for stealing bread (food replicators) to feed his family (the Maquis).