Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 15

Progress

3
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 09, 1993 on Syndicado
7.3
out of 10
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189 votes
10

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Stardate: 46844.3 While overseeing an evacuation mission, Kira must try to persuade a stubborn old farmer to leave his home.

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  • Evacuating a moon for an energy source, Kira encounters a squatter

    8.8
    This episode was a huge turning point in the evolution of, Major Kira\'s character. It also served to genuinely promote the development of her relationship with Sisko, as he came to her out of concern for her well being, professionally and personally - while she defied her superiors in order to humanely and sensitively deal with the pain and fears of a man being forced from his home, in the name of \"progress\" (the episode title). Nana Visitor, as usual, put in a believable and moving performance as a sympathetic and empathetic soul who has "been there";. Brian Keith, in the role of the pioneering squatter - is fantastic, obviously relishing the role of a battered old soul who fought and clawed for survival to build his home, which he\'s now being forced to leave against his will. The dynamic between the two is fun and endearing. Mostly, this episode, as I mentioned above, plays an important part in the development of the Major Kira role - showing not only a softer side, but a nurturing and caring side that helps balance the hard edge which earlier episodes worked to convey. This episode has a similar feeling, especially toward the end, to \"Duet\", as well as another later episode in which Kira again plays Nurse to a \"father-figure\" in need, a cardassian dissident (forget the season or episode name).



    Trivia - the actor, Terrence Evans, who plays the part of the mute farmhand, Baltrim, later appeared in the episode \"Cardassians\" as Proka Migdal, the adoptive father of a Cardassian boy. Later, in 1997, Evans played Ambassador Treen on the Voyager episode Nemesis.



    Reviewer Scott Mars: It's Brian Keith, not O'Keith. Just sayin'. Famous actor, 50s, 60s, 70s... But - I liked your review. Well done. Not the ridiculously wordy review that some blohards tend toward... it was 8 years ago I wrote this... lolmoreless
  • Superb!

    10
    By the end of the first season DS9 was truly finding its way. This, Duet and In the Hands of the Prophets - along with the pilot - are mesmerizing. Sure, I know it's an age-old story. So is the idea of an occupying force and a manipulative enemy and a reluctant religious figure and any one of the DS9 tropes. The things is: how well is it played? The writing and especially the acting in this episode are superb. Nana Visitor and Brian Keith make you FEEL for the characters... and THAT is what counts.moreless
  • But where's the rebel leader?

    7.0
    A remote moon on the brink of destruction. A rebel leader refusing to surrender. And the Federation faces a mutiny within its own ranks.



    The above is what's said in the original preview for this episode, which is pretty accurate except for the fact that the moon isn't on the brink of destruction, Mollibok is hardly a "rebel leader", and Kira isn't in the Federation.



    Kira is tossed into the old "cantankerous old coot who stubbornly refuses to leave, and we admire him for it" story, with Brian Keith suitably grumpy and gnarled as said coot. Nana Visitor, in one of her first Kira episodes, is fantastic, as well, and their scenes tend to click. The B story, with Jake and Nog stumbling their way to fortune, adds levity to the episode. That said, the drama is so vanilla, "Progress" lacks the significance and depth of later episodes of this sort, such as TNG's "Preemptive Strike" and DS9's "Shakaar".

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  • This is probably why it took me so long to come around on Major Kira.

    6.0
    In a plot that feels very similar to a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode, Major Kira has to travel to a Bajoran moon to assist an evacuation of its last inhabitants, living on a single-home farm. The owner, Mullibok, is an older man that escaped to the moon during the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. He does not want to leave the moon, preferring to stay until an energy transfer operation will kill him and his companions. I believed that Kira felt compassion towards Mullibok during her stay with him. Her attempts to help around the cottage showed she emphasized with his plight. That's why it was so shocking for me when she set fire to his house, forcing him to evacuate. It seemed to be an abrasive way to force an evacuation. It wasn't something I liked seeing for Kira.



    On the station, Jake and Nog's business venture save the episode for me. I thought that was a very well-done B-story.moreless
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING.

    5.0
    Wow, what a slow episode! I'm having a hard time staying engaged in this series. Major Kira just doesn't appeal to me, and this episode with the stubborn farmer didn't help. A lot of it is just Kira arguing, then listening to stories, then giving up. I guess if I liked Kira more I would've liked this episode.



    Don't get me wrong, the Bejorans are a great species, really interesting. Sometimes, though, the story just gets rooted in their stubbornness too much. I don't know what this story was missing, but the scenes they were trying to give weight to (like the lighting of the furnace, then blowing it up) just didn't come off as "heavy" as it should have.



    Put it this way - I really think Kira is like a watered down Ensign Ro. There, I said it...



    The Nog/Jake subplot was excellent though. I really love that duo.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

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

Brian Keith

Brian Keith

Mullibok

Guest Star

Michael Bofshever

Michael Bofshever

Toran

Guest Star

Terrence Evans

Terrence Evans

Baltrim

Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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