Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 21

Soldiers of the Empire

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 28, 1997 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Worf and Dax join a Klingon ship captained by General Martok on his first mission since being freed from the Dominion prison. However, the crew is in such a low state of morale that when they encounter a Jem'Hadar warship, they enter a battle for their lives.moreless

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  • More good Klingon stuff from Ron Moore

    7.5
    Following up the clich Ferengi comedy is this clich Klingon honor episode, with LeVar Burton directing Michael Dorn again for this standalone story featuring Worf, Dax, Martok and a crew of klingons aboard a Bird of Prey. It's basically that old sports story where an outsider joins a loser team and tries to turn the culture around except this version has Klingons in place of athletes. It's the sort of story that might come off as hokey, but Klingon expert Ron Moore makes the old plot work, ensuring that no moment feels in dishonest or inauthentic. (It helps that Dorn and Farrell know their characters like the back of their hands by this point, and the histories of Worf and Dax give Moore and the actors plenty to draw from). As the episode moves along, it balances out character-driven scenes that define the "players" with suspense and action, building the story to a crescendo. In the end, it's all about Martok, with . Hetzgler playing the old has-been "coach" of the team that no one believes. Hetzgler sinks his teeth into his meatiest role to date, playing each scene with the perfect amount of grit and weariness, like the old pro he is. And even though the plot itself is as old as the hills, we still can't help but wonder how it's all going to end. Is it "Redemption"? No. Klingon stories by this point have lost their freshness and have become somewhat redundant. But the episode is still pretty darn cool.moreless
Armin Shimerman

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

David Graf

David Graf

Leskit

Guest Star

Rick Worthy

Rick Worthy

Kornan

Guest Star

Sandra Nelson

Sandra Nelson

Tavana

Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

J.G. Hertzler

J.G. Hertzler

Martok

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Martok: They are soulless creatures fighting for no goal, no purpose except to serve the Founders. They take no pleasure in what they do... nothing is glorified, nothing affirmed. To the Jem'Hadar, we are nothing more than targets to be destroyed! I must not allow them to destroy us, Worf. I must not...

    • Worf: I am Worf, son of Mogh. I now take my place as first officer. I serve the captain, but I stand for the crew.

    • Jadzia: I think it is an honor to serve under General Martok.
      Leskit: You mean the one-eyed giant?
      Jadzia: I wouldn't let him hear you say that!
      Leskit: He won't. Unless Worf is not the only one you're sharing a bed with this trip.
      Jadzia: On this trip, my bed is as empty as yours, Leskit. Except mine is empty by choice!

    • Worf: (at the airlock of the Rotarran) I, I don't wish to have a lengthy goodbye.
      Jadzia: I wasn't planning on having one.

    • Leskit: Ah, but you can respect a Cardassian. Because he fights for his people. And he follows a code, just like we do. But not the soldiers of the Dominion. Not the Jem'Hadar. They don't fight for anything. They fight because they've been designed that way, programmed to fight.
      Ortakin: They have no honor.
      Leskit: (smiling) You're right. And that's why they're better than us.

    • Jadzia: Look, I like Martok. But this crew needs a leader - someone who'll remind them of their duty as soldiers of the Empire. And they need that leader right now. Or I promise you, they will explode.
      Worf: It will not come to that. I know Martok - he is a great man. He will not fail us, but we must give him time.
      Jadzia: Time may be the one thing we don't have, Worf. What happened in the mess hall could happen all over the ship. And if you think the blood on my uniform looks bad... wait until the decks are dripping with it.

    • (after Bashir treats his wound)
      Martok: Doctor... thank you.
      Bashir: If you really want to thank me... don't walk in here dripping blood anymore. It takes days to get it out of the carpet!

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