Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 6

Sacrifice of Angels (7)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 03, 1997 on Syndicado
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Episode Summary


Stardate: Unknown

Sisko faces thousands of Dominion warships alone in an attempt to regain Deep Space Nine. Kira, Jake and Leeta are suspected of trying to stop the attempts at disabling the minefield and are held for questioning. Everything seems doomed and everyone makes ready for a final stand.


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  • Incredible effects and good script

    Despite several episodes of groundwork, it actually takes a little bit of time for this payoff episode to kick into gear. But once it gets going, it's a thriller, complete with Star Wars-like ship battles and powerful character-based moments that tear the heart out. At the center of the story is the station commander; in this case it's not Sisko but Dukat! Introduced as a simple antagonist in the pilot, by this episode he's so three dimensional he's as interesting as Sisko himself. It's fascinating to see how he reacts to the events that unfold and how he treats this diverse group of characters assembled around him, each with their own agenda (not that he doesn't have his own). While "Sacrifice" can accurately be called an ensemble piece, Dukat is its heart, and it represents Marc Alaimo's finest piece of work on the series.

    And what of Sisko? He's given the B story, heading up the Federation invasion fleet, and Brooks plays it well. He is, however, upstaged through no fault of his own. In between shots of him standing on the bridge of the Defiant barking orders (which is about all an actor can be asked to do in battle scenes other than fiddling with controls), the true excitement happens with the exterior shots of the ships in battle, a visual feast surpassing anything Star Trek has given us to this point, including the feature films. For the first time in the show's history, the ships battle using all three dimensions of space, diving, swooping, and flying in all directions as each side attempts visible strategies to win. Even looking back at the scene today, it looks more like a modern feature film than an old television show.

    The climax to it all is a literal version of deux ex machina, but by tying it into the pilot and series finale, the writers turn what could be perceived as a cop out into something that feels more like a well planned, well thought out, organic part of the show.

    Still, while "Sacrifice" is a good episode itself, as a finale to a multi-episode story, it has its flaws. Previous episodes make a big deal out of the Jem'Hadar running out of white (with "A Time to Stand" including a mission where Sisko successfully destroys a key supply facility) and "Behind the Lines" has Dax lead a daring mission to destroy a key Dominion sensor array. Incorporating these details into the plot of "Sacrifice" would tie everything together, making the finale seem even more epic; instead, the writers ignore these elements and make the preceding episodes less meaningful in the process.

    Still, "Sacrifice of the Angels" is a gripping piece of drama and a must-see for Star Trek fans.

  • in my opinon the best episode of any show ever to hit cable

    sacrifice of angles feels more like a movie not a television show.this big budget episode ends the six episode dominon war story arc with the federation reconquering deep space nine establishing a strong foothold in enemy territory.without spoiling the story for you ill say this,every emotion in you will come out of you.especially at the end when something very sad and unexpected happens.all i can say is gul dukat turns into a mad man which opens the door to another phenomenal episode,"waltz".sacrifica of angels is action,drama tied together with great story writing and character growth all in one. A Must See!!!moreless
  • Impressive, almost perfect

    It is exiting from the very begining. It almost was perfect. The wormhole aliens´ plan are yet to be discovered. The combind teamwork between Major Kira and her allies are showing her meaning about ferengies has changed from her previously meetings. The ONLY thing that prevent this episode from reaching true perfection is the death of Dukats daughter Tora Ziyal. I mean, where the logic in THAT. It would be much better if she had lived to fight side by side with her love Elim Garak. I know that her death was the last straw for Garak and he sough vengenges by joinning the Federation. But if Ziyal had survived she may have had the influence on her father to turn him to the side of the Federation. Plus what better way to end Dukat´s vendetta against Garek on that way. Who knows, many things could have happend. But it proberly shoudn´t be so. But a 9.0, had Ziyal lived it would have been 10.moreless
  • Probably the best Star Trek episode I've seen.

    Lots of the other reviews cite the space battle in this episode, which is pretty magnificent. But there's a lot more in this epic episode than just a space battle.

    The plot/scripting is extremely tight - there are no dead spots here. The series' focus on a wide set of characters really pays off, since almost all of them have a role to play here. When the climax of the episode is reached and Sisko goes into the minefield, a shocking twist allows the series' two main themes (the war and the prophets) to intersect for the first time. The epilogue - with Dukat's daughter dying - provides that bittersweetness that was so typical for the series.moreless
  • If you can get past the giant Deus ex machina it's a great episode.

    My only complaint with this episode is the sudden disappearance of the thousands of Dominion ships. Yes I know the prophets can control what happens in the wormhole (as evidenced by earlier episodes) but it seems out of character to me to have them suddenly decide to meddle in corporeal affairs. Another annoying aspect is the show never reveals what happened to these ships. Were they destroyed? It seems likely, but if so wouldn't the war have come to a close much sooner? Considering the Dominion acted as though these ships were vital to the war effort it seems unlikely that the War would continue to last for over a year and bring the Federation to the brink of destruction without these reinforcements. Other than that it is a great episode. The battle is one of the longest on DS9 and is fun to watch. The subplot with Rom is interesting.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice (uncredited)

Guest Star

Darin Cooper

Darin Cooper

Cardassian Officer

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson


Recurring Role

Casey Biggs

Casey Biggs


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Time Index 43:04 and a few seconds after: when Ziyal is dead on the table, you can still see the pulse in her neck.

    • Nitpick: It seems strange Kira would rely on Rom to disable the computers at the last minute. Her original plan was to detonate a bomb near the computer core. Given her access to phasers (which can be overloaded into a powerful explosive), it should be easy for Kira to quickly effect her original plan.

    • Goof: As Kira and Rom evade the Jem'Hadar in the cargo bay, Kira's comm badge is upside down.

    • Goof: As Dukat plays with Sisko's baseball in one scene, you can see his grey makeup rub off onto the ball.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dukat: (sitting in a corner, delirious) We'll go back to Cardassia, Ziyal. We'll be safe there. You'll live with me.
      Sisko: (to Odo, about Dukat) Maybe Bashir can do something for him.
      (Odo enters Dukat's cell)
      Dukat: Everything will be fine. We'll both be very happy together. I know you'll forgive me, after all, I am your father. And I forgive you, my precious girl. (begins to cry)
      Odo: (as he helps Dukat up) Easy. Easy, now.
      Dukat: (to Sisko) I forgive you, too. (hands Sisko his baseball back, and is then led away)

    • Sisko: (to the Wormhole Aliens) You want to be gods?! Then BE gods! I need a miracle, Bajor needs a miracle! Stop those ships!

    • Rom: The only reason they haven't killed me yet, is that I'm part of their victory celebration. (reciting) 7:00: Dukat makes a speech. 8:30: Cake and raktajino. 8:45: Execute the Ferengi.

    • Dukat: We didn't defeat the Federation by being cautious.
      Weyoun: We haven't defeated it yet, and even if we do it's only the beginning. Holding on to a prize as vast as the Federation isn't going to be easy. It's going to require an enormous number of ships, a massive occupation army and constant vigilance.
      Dukat: I look forward to it.
      Weyoun: I'm sure you also looked forward to occupying Bajor, and we all know what a disappointment that...
      Dukat: Ah, ah, ah, ah - on Bajor I merely implemented policy - I didn't make it. If I had, things would have turned out quite differently.

    • Damar: I'll say this for Captain Sisko, he is persistent. That's the ninth wave of Federation fighters he's sent against us.
      Dukat: Well, his persistence is about to pay off. Let's give him his reward, shall we?

    • (talking about Ziyal)
      Kira: She loved you, you know.
      Garak: I never knew why. Now, I guess, I never will.

    • (talking about Ziyal)
      Damar: She doesn't appreciate what it means to be Cardassian, or to be your daughter!
      Dukat: But she is my daughter! That may mean nothing to you, but it means EVERYTHING to me!

    • Dukat: War is such thirsty work, wouldn't you agree?
      Weyoun: Perhaps if you didn't talk so much, your throat wouldn't get so dry.

    • Dukat: A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place, to force them to acknowledge your greatness.
      Weyoun: Then you kill them?
      Dukat: Only if it's necessary.

    • Dukat: Perhaps the biggest disappointment in my life is that the Bajoran people still refuse to appreciate how lucky they were to have me as their liberator. I protected them in so many ways, cared for them as if they were my own children. But to this day, is there a single... statue of me on Bajor?
      Weyoun: I would guess not.
      Dukat: And you'd be right. Take Captain Sisko, an otherwise intelligence, perceptive man, hmm? Even he refuses to grant me the respect I deserve. Laugh all you want. History will prove me right.

    • Rom: Brother! I knew you would come!
      Quark: It's a surprise to me.

    • Quark: Now, just keep calm, and stay where you are - don't move! You! Open the holding cells! I said, open the holding cells!
      Ziyal: You just told them not to move.
      Quark: Right. Nobody moves, except you - now, open the cells!

    • Damar: Sir, two hundred enemy ships have broken through our lines! They're headed this way!
      Weyoun: Time to start packing!
      Female Shapeshifter: Contact our forces in the Alpha Quadrant and tell them to fall back to Cardassian territory. It appears this war is going to take longer than expected.

  • NOTES (9)


    • Raising Arizona
      Quark's amusingly contradictory orders to the Jem'Hadar during the holding cell breakout are reminiscent of the bank heist scene from Raising Arizona.

    • Agaki
      Among the fleet's starships that are mentioned by name is the Agaki. This is the name of one of the Japanese aircraft carriers that took part in the Pearl Harbor attack.

    • O'Brien: Cannon to the right of them, cannon to the left of them. Cannon
      in front of them, volley'd and thunder'd.

      The poem that O'Brien and Bashir recite before engaging the Dominion is called The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson.

    • This Side Of Paradise
      Odo's comment about not being ready for the "paradise" of The Great Link mirrors Kirk's comments about humans not being ready for paradise, in the Star Trek: TOS episode "This Side Of Paradise".