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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 14

Return to Grace

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 05, 1996 on Syndicado
8.1
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Stardate: 49534.2 Gul Dukat asks for the assistance of Kira to help him track down a Klingon ship that destroyed a Cardassian Outpost. If he is successful in his mission, he will be reinstated into the Cardassian Government.

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  • Dukat thinks he's the only Cardassian left. Meanwhile the writers introduce Damar.

    7.0
    This quick followup to "Indiscretion" (from earlier in the season) brings back Gul Dukat for another story about him and Kira working together; this time on a ship. It's a low budget character driven story that uses tactical displays, anticipation, and a few well timed action sequences to make the episode seem bigger than it really is. At its heart, however, it's a story about Dukat's choices, letting Marc Alaimo (Dukat) do what he does best: think out loud.



    Along the way, "Return to Grace" opens a lot of issues: we learn that Dukat believes the occupation of Bajor was a mistake, that his actions and beliefs are making him an outsider on Cardassia, and that he finds Kira increasingly attractive. Meanwhile, we are reminded that the Klingons are no longer playing nice, and that their hostility not only threatens the Federation, but everyone else too. But instead of developing and exploring the issues, the script just pays them some lip service before moving along and resolving the plot. (Sometimes I wonder if Star Trek writers missed the day in scriptwriting school when students were taught that on TV it's better to show than tell).



    It is fun, however, to see Kira and Dukat together again (Nana Visitor and Alaimo work well together), and their ship-based adventure is a nice change of pace from the location shooting in "Indescretion". But perhaps "Return to Grace" is most notable for introducing Casey Biggs as Damar, Dukat's right hand man. Though little more than an extra here, Biggs's breakout performance ensures that we'd see a lot more of Damar in the future.

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  • After Kira helps Dukat regain his standing within the Cardassian government, he invites her to join him in guerrilla warfare against the Klingons.

    8.0
    Apparently the writers realized there was potential in the Kira/Dukat relationship, because this is the second episode of the 4th season to revolve around it. (The first was "Indiscretion".)



    In this one, Dukat is the captain of a freighter meant to carry Major Kira to a Cardassian/Bajoran meeting. Due to his illegitimate half-Bajoran daughter, Dukat has been ostracized and demoted by his fellow Cardassians, and he never stops complaining about it. He also doesn't stop hitting on Major Kira, which completely revolts her.



    However, the mission takes a left turn when it turns out that the outpost has been destroyed by a Klingon warship. With Kira's ingenuity, Dukat's freighter chases down the warship and disables it. Dukat communicates this to the Cardassian government, which then restores Dukat to his previous powerful position. But he is dissatisfied, instead wishing to commandeer the warship and use it to begin a guerrilla war against the Klingons; he attempts to convince Kira to join him as his lieutenant, arguing that at heart she is not a space station administrator.



    As on "Indiscretion", there's great chemistry between these two characters/actors. Kira's adaptation from terrorist to near-bureaucrat, and her doubts about whether things weren't better in the old job, is a recurring theme in this series; in this case, she didn't seem to have much doubt.



    Marc Alaimo was great in this episode, particularly during his intense recruitment spiel to Kira.moreless
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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

Cyia Batten

Cyia Batten

Ziyal

Guest Star

John Kenton Shull

John Kenton Shull

K'Temang

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Casey Biggs

Casey Biggs

Damar

Recurring Role

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