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.