Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 12

Paradise Lost (2)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 08, 1996 on Syndicado



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: When Sisko is approached by the Changeling disguised as O'Brien, he exclaims that there was no way that the Defiant could have gotten there "so soon". It's odd that he's even expecting the Defiant since he hadn't called Major Kira yet to ask her to send it.

    • Nitpick: There is frequent reference in this episode to "the 14th" (of some month). This departs from the usual practice of using Stardates for timekeeping.

  • Quotes

    • Sisko: (to Leyton)So you're willing to destroy paradise in order to save it?

    • Joseph Sisko: (About Ben Sisko) Is he always such a mother hen?
      Odo: He means well.

    • Sisko: Cadet, you are obviously under the mistaken impression that I'm asking a favor. I want a name, and I want it now, and that is an ORDER, understood, Mr. Nog?
      Nog: Yes, sir.

    • Odo: Am I the only one who's worried there are still changelings here on Earth?
      Joseph: Worried? I'm scared to death. But I'll be damned if I'm gonna let them change the way I live my life.
      Sisko: If the changelings want to destroy what we've built here, they'll have to do it themselves. We will not do it for them.

    • Sisko: If the Lakota fires on the Defiant, you'll be opening a Pandora's box that may never be closed.
      Leyton: Then contact the Defiant and tell them to stand down.
      Sisko: I won't do that!
      Leyton: I didn't think so. But don't kid yourself, Ben. This Pandora's box of yours, we're opening it together.

    • Leyton: (After Worf contacts Sisko) That was a mistake, Ben. Talking to your ship from my office. Now that security knows you're here, you'll never make it past that door.
      Sisko: Whether I get out of here or not doesn't matter. By now, Odo is talking to Jaresh-Inyo. Soon, the president will have all the evidence he needs to stop you. It's over.
      Leyton: (pounds desk) IT'S NOT OVER!! (suddenly calm) I have enough loyal officers to make a fight of it.
      Sisko: Who will you fight? Starfleet? The Federation? Don't you see, Admiral? You're fighting the wrong war! And as for your most loyal officers, Benteen's already abandoned you. And she was closer to you than anyone. You've lost. Don't make anyone else pay for your mistakes. (Leyton takes off his collar pips)
      Leyton: I just hope you're not the one making the mistake.

    • Sisko: There comes a time in every man's life when he must stop thinking and start doing.

    • Changeling O'Brien: Let me ask you a question. How many Changelings do you think are here on Earth right at this moment?
      Sisko: I'm not going to play games with you.
      Changeling O'Brien: Ah. What if I were to tell you that there are only four on this entire planet? Eh? Not counting Constable Odo, of course. Think of it. Just four of us, and look at the havoc we've wrought.
      Sisko: How do I know you're telling the truth?
      Changeling O'Brien: Oh, four is more than enough. We're smarter than solids. We're better than you. And most importantly, we do not fear you the way you fear us. In the end, it's your fear that will destroy you.
      Sisko: Have you finished?
      Changeling O'Brien: Finished? (laughs) We've barely begun. I'll be seeing you.

    • Sisko: (referring to the martial law declaration on Earth) Paradise has never seemed so well armed.

    • Sisko: He admitted to committing acts of treason against the Federation. If he was going to lie, I think he would have made up a better story.

    • Sisko: I didn't know it was so easy to break into classified Starfleet files.
      Odo: Everything I know, I learned from Quark.

    • Sisko: You want to talk to me about loyalty?! After you broke your oath to the Federation! Lied to the people of Earth!! Ordered one of our own starships to fire on another!! You don't have the right!!!

  • Notes

    • In subduing one of the security officers in order to free Sisko, Odo uses the Vulcan Neck Pinch. Robert Hewitt Wolfe explained in the Deep Space Nine Companion that the reasoning behind this was simple: "we ran out of money for the morphs."

    • Rudolph Willrich (Academy Commandant) also played the role of Kuulan on the Enterprise episode "Oasis", and Reittan Grax on The Next Generation episode "Menage a Troi".

    • Red Squad would be seen again in the sixth season episode "Valiant".

    • This episode was originally supposed to air as the season four opening episode (with "Homefront" as the season three finale), but was pushed back to mid-season as the network didn't want to end season three with a cliff-hanger.

    • Red Squad was scheduled to return to base at 1947 hrs. Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.

    • Armin Shimerman (Quark) does not appear in this episode.

    • Susan Gibney previously played the role of Dr. Leah Brahms in the Next Generation episodes "Booby Trap" and "Galaxy's Child".

    • Robert Foxworth guest starred as General Hague on the Babylon 5 episode "All Alone In The Night". Interestingly, Foxworth's character, also a high ranking member of the military and a friend of the main character, was attempting to expose a conspiracy. Foxworth was also scheduled to reprise his role on Babylon 5 for the episode "Severed Dreams". However, the filming his role on Deep Space Nine conflicted with the Babylon 5 shoot. As the role of Leyton allowed him to appear in two episodes as opposed to one as General Hague, Foxworth opted for the Deep Space Nine job instead, much to the consternation of Babylon 5 creator and executive producer J. Michael Straczynski and adding the semi-competition between the two series. The Hague character was subsequently written out of the script for "Severed Dreams" and killed off.

  • Allusions

    • The names of the former members of the USS Okinawa are all named after characters from Joseph Heller's famous 1961 novel Catch 22.

    • Paradise Lost The title of this episode, "Paradise Lost", is an allusion to John Milton's book by the same name, in which Adam and Eve are tossed out from the "paradise" of the Garden of Eden.

    • Seven Days In May
      The plot of this movie - the takeover of the civilian government by a charismatic, powerful military figure - is similar to the plot of the iconic Cold War film Seven Days In May. In the film, Burt Lancaster plays a disgruntled Air Force General who tries to seize control of the US Government from an unpopular President played by Frederic March.