Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 7

Starship Down

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 06, 1995 on Syndicado
8.2
out of 10
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Stardate: 49263.5

During negotiations with the Karemma, the Defiant is attacked by the Jem'Hadar. After a short battle, the Defiant is left drifting in a hostile atmosphere, with Sisko critically injured. Meanwhile, the Jem'Hadar are still looking.

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  • "I hate the Gamma Quadrant" - Quark

    7.0
    Like "Civil Defense" this ensemble piece is a variation of the idea introduced in TNG's fifth season episode "Disaster": a disaster happens, segregating the characters and forcing them to work through separate plotlines to survive and put things back in order.



    In this case, the disaster happens to the Defiant, which becomes trapped in the atmosphere of a giant gas planet. This setting gives us some rich visual effects which, thanks to mid-90s advancements in CGI, approach cinema quality. The assortment of stories within the plot, however, is all quite basic. In contrast with the "fish out of water" theme in "Disaster" or the humorous aspects of "Civil Defense", this one plays out fairly straight with the characters not far out of their comfort zones: Worf ends up in charge of the ship and has trouble dealing with a couple engineers, Quark is trapped in a room with an alien (James Cromwell) he's been trying to cheat, Kira attends to a concussed Sisko, and Bashir is trapped in a turbolift with Dax. The nature of this sort of storytelling keeps things moving along briskly, with it necessary to continually switch from story to story. And there are highlights: Cromwell is fantastic, the engineers Worf deals with are goofy enough to be charming in their own right, and Kira's dialogue with Sisko is beautiful. There's also an extended wrap up which serves the show well, giving us a more satisfactory conclusion than some of the rushed endings of DS9's past. It's all very watchable; however, it doesn't break any new ground and feels at times like another day at the office.

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  • An exciting (but not entirely original) episode, with some interesting interactions between various characters.

    8.0
    This episode basically follows the same formula as the Next Generation episode "Disaster". While in the Gamma Quadrant on a diplomatic/commercial mission, the Defiant encounters some Jem'Hadar ships which cripple the ship. The crew is split up into small groups as a result and the meat of the episode lies in how they interact to solve the crisis.



    I really enjoyed Kira's attempt to keep the barely conscious Sisko awake; the realization that their relationship, while close and friendly, essentially revolves around work, was an important one. Nana Visitor did a really good job. I liked how this story resolved in the last few minutes of the episode.



    I also thought Jadzia and Bashir's plot was good too. By this point, their relationship had pretty much settled into close friendship, but after this incident it's obvious that Bashir still cares for her deeply, that she knows about it, and that she doesn't necessarily mind it.



    The plots with Worf and Quark were OK. I suppose it's necessary for Worf's development to see him struggle with commanding other officers, but it's not that interesting to watch. Quark's plot (with James Cromwell's character) is pretty generic, though as always Armin Shimerman does a good job of keeping us entertained.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

James Cromwell

James Cromwell

Hanok

Guest Star

F.J. Rio

F.J. Rio

Muniz

Guest Star

Jay Baker

Jay Baker

Stevens

Guest Star

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: When the force field collapsed, all the outside gas should have come rushing in and it should've been impossible for Jadzia and Bashir to find a room in that section of the ship with breathable air.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Worf: Defiant Log, supplemental. Damage control teams are repairing the ships systems and medics are tending to injured crew members. We have located the Karemma ship deep in the atmosphere and are moving to assist. It appears that it will have to be abandoned, and its crew brought back to Deep Space 9 until transportation can be arranged to the Karemma homeworld.

    • Kira: (as Sisko gets worse) Captain, I know my beliefs make you uncomfortable around me sometimes, and maybe that's why you keep me at arm's length, but I don't care about that right now! And I am gonna pray, because I don't know what else to do! I'm losing you and I can't let that happen!

    • Bashir: (on Julian's romantic pursuit of Dax) You enjoyed being chased, and now you miss it!
      Jadzia: That's preposterous! And if you start chasing me again...
      Bashir: Don't worry, Jadzia, now I know you liked it, I don't need to, do I?

    • Quark: (after a defective torpedo hits the mess hall) I thought you said you'd never sold substandard merchandise? It was supposed to explode on impact, wasn't it?
      Hanok: Maybe I should offer them a refund...

    • Jadzia: (after Bashir saves Dax) It's funny... if you'd done something like this a year ago, I would've thought you were trying to be a hero.
      Bashir: And now?
      Jadzia: Now that I know you better... I realize it was just a stupid thing to do.

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