Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 5

Indiscretion

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 23, 1995 on Syndicado
8.3
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Stardate: 49122.4 Gul Dukat asks Kira to help him search for Bajoran prisoners of war - one of which is his half Cardassian/half Bajoran daughter Ziyal. However, his motives for tracking her down are more sinister than Kira had imagined.

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  • Great for fans of Dukat getting stuck in the butt

    7.0
    By this point, Cardassian politics have become so intertwined with Bajoran politics, it makes sense to do a Kira/Dukat story. In this case, they team up, which is like Anne Frank teaming up with Adolf Hitler. It provides an interesting counterpoint to the previous episode: after seeing best friends driven apart in "Hippocratic Oath" we see arch enemies working together here.



    The plot itself develops into something reminiscent of The Searchers (1956) and gives Gul Dukat's character some depth. Marc Alaimo clearly relishes the opportunity, and his work on location with Nana Visitor (Kira) is striking and memorable. Unfortunately, there's an impenetrable firewall between Dukat and Kira that holds the episode back; it's simply impossible for their relationship to move past a certain point, and their "developing friendship" can only go so far. Director LeVar Burton tries to breeze past this point by focusing on the internal conflicts within the characters, and it helps... but only to a degree.



    There's also a B story about Sisko and his girlfriend having communication problems. It's mostly a comedy runner, but it's well written and serves as a nice break from the more serious matters.moreless
  • Great interplay between Nana Visitor (Kira) and Marc Alaimo (Dukat).

    8.5
    This episode was great for two reasons:



    1) The interplay between Kira and the man she loathes, Dukat. It's fun to see Kira's inner conflict as she tries to reconcile Dukat the war criminal with Dukat, a man who obviously deeply loved his Bajoran mistress and their daughter. The scene in the cave (where Dukat hurts himself by sitting on a sharp object) is a lot of fun.



    2) The development of Dukat's character. Viewed objectively, Dukat was a nasty war criminal. DS9's writers/producers were smart to realize that it would be much better and more interesting to portray him as an emotionally/intellectually complex character rather than a one-dimensional stereotype. This episode portrays him perfectly.moreless
  • Kira and Dukat search for a missing ship, while back at the station Captain Sisko gets a surprise of his own.

    8.3
    Episodes like this one were what kept me watching Deep Space Nine at all; at least the main story line about Kira and Dukat and their search for the missing ship, as well as how they each dealt with the results of what they found. Dukat shows that, although he has a ruthlessness to him, he has something about which he cares a great deal: his family. When Kira learns this, she begins to realize there's more to him than the cold cruel leader of the occupation she once knew. That he in turn is willing to let her see this side of him says a great deal. As he says, maybe there is hope for the two races after all. It seems that Dukat does in fact respect Kira more than she realized.

    The introduction of Cyia Batten as Dukat's daughter brought so many possibilities with it, but unfortunately, they were never used. Although she only had a small part on screen in this episode, she did a brilliant job with it and really got across the loneliness her character must have felt being the product of the mixed pairing of two races at war with one another.

    What kept me from giving this episode a perfect score, however, was the secondary storyline involving Sisko and his "girlfriend". I have never really been a fan of Avery Brooks because he always seems to overact all the time. He's great when he's angry, but the softer emotions never ring true. Although this storyline has some of the episode's funnier moments, such as the interplay between Dax and Bashir at Quark's, it's still not enough to bring the overall score up to perfect.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

Roy Brocksmith

Roy Brocksmith

Razka

Guest Star

Cyia Batten

Cyia Batten

Ziyal

Guest Star

Thomas Prisco

Thomas Prisco

Heler

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Kasidy Yates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the first time we see the Breen on camera.

    • This marks the first appearance of Tora Ziyal.

    • Cardasssians have very strict taboos about non-Cardassians seeing their dead. They feel it dishonors them. Bajorans, on the other hand, don't worry about that sort of thing. To them the body is an empty shell that demonstrates that the soul's pagh has returned to the Prophets.

    • Nitpick: In later episodes when the Breen join the Dominion, there is much speculation as to what they look like. Apparently, both Kira and Dukat told no one what they saw when they stole uniforms from Breen in this episode.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Dukat: Invigorating, isn't it? A bit sunny, perhaps, but this heat feels wonderful!
      Kira: Only a Cardassian would call this hellhole invigorating.

    • Razka Karn: Smuggling might not've been the safest line of work, but it was a lot more exciting than selling scrap metal.

    • Quark: You hu-mons! All you want to do is please your women, you want them to be your friends. But we Ferengi know better. Women are the enemy, and should be treated accordingly.

    • Dukat: (when Kira laughs at him trying to heal a wound in his posterior) This isn't funny!
      Kira: It is from this angle!

    • Jadzia: What if your woman leaves you?
      Quark: That's what holosuites are for.

    • Sisko: (talking abot women) I don't recall asking your opinion, Quark.
      Quark: Maybe you should. I mean, who knows more about women than me?
      Bashir: Everyone.

    • Dukat: I believe the time will come when Cardassia and Bajor will grow to be not only allies, but also... close friends.
      Kira: Cardassia and Bajor... maybe. You and me... I doubt it.

    • Dukat: I know it's hard for you to accept, but I think that, in some ways, the occupation actually helped Bajor.
      Kira: Which part? The massacres or the strip mining?

    • Dukat: You're so determined, so competent. You're the embodiment of the new Bajor. A Bajoran born out of the ashes of the occupation, a Bajoran tempered with Cardassian steel.
      Kira: Captain Sisko's right. You are in love with the sound of your own voice.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Searchers
      Gul Dukat's quest to find his daughter with the intent of killing her because of her racially mixed influence only to find that he cannot is very similar to the plot of the 1956 movie The Searchers, starring John Wayne as Ethan Edwards. Ethan Edwards tracks down the daughter of his best friend's wife with the intent of killing her because the Native Americans have "spoiled" her. When he tracks her down, he cannot kill her, because he sees her mother in her whom he deeply loved.

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