Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 2

Rocks and Shoals (3)

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 06, 1997 on Syndicado
9.1
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Stardate: 51107.2

The damaged Jem'Hadar ship captained by Sisko crashes on a planet. Dax is seriously injured, but kept alive by Dr. Bashir. A group of Jem'Hadar who also crashed on the planet finds them, and takes them to their injured Vorta leader, who has a proposition for Sisko he may not be able to refuse.moreless

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  • Another good one

    8.0
    Reminiscent of "The Ship", but better, "Rocks and Shoals" is another "Sisko as a troop leader" episode. It's supposedly part of the season opening six parter, but could just as easily have been made as a standalone episode. (Actually, the next episode, "Sons and Daughters", was shot before it). Sisko and most of the regulars (along with Garak and Nog) are part of the A story, where they and an enemy ship have crashed on a planet. Only working together can they escape. The result is combat crosscut with political drama. The script itself isn't anything special, just running through the motions, but the acting (including the new guest stars) and the directing (taking advantage of a beautiful location) elevate the story, giving it a unique feel. (At times it looks like a feature film). Most of the episode features Sisko making the tough decisions, but in the end we learn more about his enemy (the Vorta and the Jem'hadar) than him, better defining what the Federation is up against.moreless
  • Best of the Arc

    10
    Sisko and Company are in trouble--their ship has sustained heavy damage and, very quickly, they are attacked again and have to crash land on a planet. Unfortunately, they are not alone--they are stranded with about a dozen Jem'Hadar and one Vorta whose sole priority is to stay safe during the war, and sacrificing his men is just the cost of doing business. The Vorta, Keevan, offers Sisko and his men a way off this rock, but only if they kill the Jem'Hadar whose white supply is about expired. Sisko winds up having to take Keevan up on his offer. On the station, Kira and Odo have to face up to the reality of what they're doing--helping the Dominion instead of fighting them. Questions from Jake and the suicide of a respected Vedek make Kira resolve to form a new resistance cell.



    This episode is a masterpiece, probably the best of the Dominion-occupied DS9 arc. Talk about emotionally resonant--did you ever think that an episode would ever make you both respect and pity the otherwise vicious Jem'Hadar? There is one line used by the Jem'Hadar leader, Remata'Klan, which makes me shiver every time I hear it. Aside from muddling the battlefield morality, the episode also allows Kira to get back to her roots--the scene where she shows up to duty, eyes wide open, the token Bajoran in a room full of Cardassians and Jem'Hadar--is a wonderful piece of understated acting. Overall, this compex look at wartime morality is one of the series' best.moreless
  • Aside from "Sacrifice of Angels" and maybe "Call to Arms", the high point of this very strong 8-parter.

    9.5
    Both the on-station and off-station plots are exceptionally strong here.



    The Sisko story is in many ways a sequel to "The Ship" (with a nod to "Hippocratic Oath"). Again, the crew is stranded on a planet and forced to contend with a Vorta and his detachment of Jem'Hadar. Kivan is a nice addition - a completely smarmy example of pure, treacherous evil who the good guys are nevertheless forced to team up with against a "noble warrior" Jem'Hadar. Life is full of moral compromises. It's worth mentioning that this on-planet story is beautifully shot, particularly the prisoner exchange sequence. And of course, who can forget what happens when O'Brien tears his pants?



    Back on the station, we discover Kira struggling with her new role. As always, she's a good person trying to do the right thing - but it's difficult to figure out where the line between protecting her people and collaborating really lies. The protest-suicide of the Vedek is absolutely shocking - and breaks her out of her complacence, though though can't help wondering whether Kira's decision to fight the dominion is anything more than moral vanity.moreless
  • pureely beautiful.

    8.5
    wow. the beginning of the dominion war arc are as good as the rest of it. it is indeed the best plot line together with the xindi plot line in enterprise. The drama, the exitment. pureely beutiful. the writers really did a great job. the odo-kira plot, beautiful. the scene where she realizes what she has become-magical. the conversations between the Jem hadar 3d and Sisko-even more beautiful. however, dont they have stun setting on phaser rifles? i could be wrong, i havent seen the specs exactly... but stunning them and let Bashir take over after that could have saved them.moreless
  • Trust and deceit among the barren wastes. Shipwrecked on a planet with the dominion over the hill.

    10
    This episode thrills me everytime I watch it. Deepening the characters of the dominion and adding characters and events that will come back later and flourish. Keevan is a wonderful little decietful vorta.



    Sisko's attempts at turning the J'em Hadar soldiers against Keevan are strong moments that help us further understand this race of warriors.



    The final battle is magnificently done. The feeling of danger and loss felt by both sides. This was a battle with consequences... a battle that needed to be fought.



    The look of the show was different than other landing sites. I looked the color and textur choice of the light. This was a well done episode that I continue to watch and enjoy.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

Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Remata'Klan

Guest Star

Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea

Keevan

Guest Star

Paul S. Eckstein

Paul S. Eckstein

Limara'Son

Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: Sisko refers to the events of "To The Death", however the Jem'Hadar proverb he quotes, "Obedience brings victory", is not heard in that episode.

    • Nitpick: In the prisoner exchange scene, Nog anxiously hurried out in front of Garak, despite his (Nog's) earlier promise not to turn his back on Garak again.

    • Goof: As an act of protest, Vedek Yassim commits suicide, hanging herself by jumping off the Promenade balcony. For a human, jumping from that height with a noose around one's neck would be likely to result in decapitation rather than strangling or cervical fracture. Assuming that Bajoran and human physiologies are roughly similar, the result should have been the same for the Vedek. In hanging, the desired effect is to cause a broken neck, which should result in loss of consciousness within seconds. Therefore the length of the drop depends on a person's weight, ranging from about eight feet for a 100 pound person to five and a half feet for a 200 pound person. Less than this, and slow, painful strangulation could result; significantly more than this, and decapitation is likely.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • O'Brien: Try it now. Reroute the damn gyrodyne through the damn thruster array.
      Nog: Got it.
      O'Brien: Nog, did you reroute that damn gyrodyne?
      Nog: I'm trying, but the damn thrust array won't take the input.
      O'Brien: Try the lateral impulse thrusters and watch your mouth!

    • Keevan: I only have one further question for you. Is there a doctor in your unit?
      Garak: Yes.
      Nog: Garak!
      Keevan: Don't be too hard on him, young man. He just saved your life.

    • Keevan: That... that's a communications system. It needs repair, but I'm willing to bet that you've brought one of those famed Starfleet engineers who can turn rocks into replicators.

    • Nog: You can walk in front of me or beside me, but I'll never turn my back to you again.
      Garak: Cadet, there may be hope for you yet.

    • Odo: This is a difficult time for everyone. Do you think it's easy for me to sit down with Dukat and Weyoun every day while they plot the destruction of the Federation?
      Kira: I'm not pointing a finger at you, Odo. I'm the one who told you to get more involved in the first place. No, this is about me. This is about being able to look in the mirror every morning and not feel nauseated by what I see.

    • Remata'Klan: Until we re-establish communications, we will hold this world for the Dominion.
      Limara'Son: And if we cannot re-establish communications?
      Remata'Klan: Then we will hold this world for the Dominion... until we die.

    • Remata'Klan: I am a Jem'Hadar, he is a Vorta. It is the order of things.
      Sisko: Do you really want to give up your life for the order of things?
      Remata'Klan: It is not my life to give up, Captain - and it never was.

  • NOTES (4)

    • All of the shots with the ocean and the shoreline were digitally created.

    • In the original script, the rescue of the crew by the IKS Rotarran was in this episode. The scene saw the crew burying Gordon and the Jem'Hadar. Worf and two Klingons beam down and Garak tells Worf, "For once, Mister Worf, it's good to see you". Worf looks at the graves and tells Sisko that, "You were outnumbered. It must have been glorious".

    • Terry Farrell has a medical condition preventing her from being out in the sun too much. This made it impossible for her to present for much of this episode's exterior shots, hence Dax's rather pointless injury that leaves her incapacitated for most of the episode.

    • Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf) does not appear in this episode. This is the first episode Dorn doesn't appear in since joining the cast.

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