Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 22

Tacking Into the Wind (6)

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 12, 1999 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Bashir works around the clock to find a cure for the Founders' disease. Kira makes plans to steal Breen technology that would make the Federation ships immune to Breen/Dominion weaponry. Damar learns that his family was killed by the Dominion. Worf challenges Gowron's corrupt leadership of the Klingon Empire, which results in Gowron's death. Bashir and O'Brien plot to capture a member of Section 31 who may hold the cure for Odo's illness.moreless

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  • Goodbye, Klingons, we'll miss ya.

    7.0
    With the DS9/Cardassian alliance as the one story and some Klingon political intrigue as the other, "Tacking" is a fast moving, somewhat satisfying episode with some resolutions to "When it while its C story teases what's coming next.



    The Kira/Damar story is really a character-based caper plot, with the two leading a risky undercover heist. It's a fun story that tucks in some touching moments between Odo and Kira, but it winds its way to an end that's as predictable as the conclusion to an episode of Gilligan's Island. (Personally, I wish I could see Weyoun, with the Founder prodding him on, chasing Damar around the galaxy). Damar himself proves one of the show's surprise successes, thanks in large part to Casey Biggs; but after what the Cardassian does to Ziyal early in season six, it's difficult to accept the character's redemption, and looking back, the writers probably wish they hadn't taken his character so far down that road.



    Meanwhile, we have an episode where Ron Moore is once again writing Klingon stuff for Worf and Gowron five years after we figured the conclusion of TNG put an end to it. "Tacking" marks Robert O'Reilly's last Star Trek appearance, allowing him to bring a conclusion to the Klingon Chancellor he introduced to us in TNG's "Reunion" nine years prior. Gowron's new ambition is sudden and feels contrived, and there's really not much more to the story other than Worf's internal struggle, but there's something to be said for a Klingon plot that's quick and to the point... especially at this stage. The Klingons would return in Enterprise, but from a chronological standpoint, this is their goodbye.

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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

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Chief Miles O'Brien

John Vickery

John Vickery

Gul Rusot

Guest Star

Kitty Swink

Kitty Swink

Luaran

Guest Star

J. Paul Boehmer

J. Paul Boehmer

Vornar

Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs

Weyoun

Recurring Role

Casey Biggs

Casey Biggs

Damar

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Ezri Dax spends most of her Season 7 tenure being overwhelmed by the Dax symbiont. During her conversation with Worf, she expresses an uncharacteristically individual opinion about the Klingon Empire. By now, Ezri must finally be discovering her true identity above the symbiont's other eight personalities.

    • Odo assumes the identity of the female changeling. Usually, he doesn't take other people's forms. This episode marks the first and last time this happens.

    • On the Cardassian repair station, the circular door begins to open before the Jem'Hadar guard presses the control panel.

    • After Worf kills Gowron and moves to open his eyelids, you can see Robert O'Reilly's right eyelid reflexively blink when Michael Dorn's finger brushed over his eyelash.

    • It is very doubtful Luaran would not have recognized Damar, let alone Kira and Garak. The Vorta would be informed both by visual and written records of who top enemy personnel were, especially in the case of Damar - an all points bulletin, so to speak, with the aforementioned information would've been put out for him, being a traitor to the Dominion. Even the low ranking guard at the airlock recognizes Damar.

    • During the climactic fight between Worf and Gowron, it is very obvious that a stuntman in Klingon uniform is filling in for Robert O' Reilly (except for close ups).

    • While Worf is talking to Martok in the infirmary, you can clearly see Worf's headpiece is coming loose near his right ear. Unfortunately, throughout the series Worf's natural skintone and that of his headpiece were easily distinguishable.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • O'Brien: Julian, it's time to face facts. You're not going to pull a rabbit out of your medkit.

    • Martok: Worf, I do not seek the Leadership.
      Worf: Kahless said, "Great men do not seek power. They have power thrust upon them." Hail Martok, leader of the Empire. Leader of destiny.

    • Garak: About taking Odo on this mission, I'm afraid there's no easy way of putting it. He's been hiding the true extent of his illness from you for some time now. His condition has severely deteriorated and the more he changes form, the worse he gets.
      Kira: I know.
      Garak: You do?
      Kira: I love him, Garak. You think I really wouldn't notice?
      Garak: Why the pretense?
      Kira: Because I also know that he doesn't want me to find out about it. He wants to put up a brave front and protect me from the truth? Well, fine. If that's what makes this easier for him, if that gives him one shred of dignity to hold on to, then I'll go on ignoring what's happening to him until the very end. Anything else?

    • Kira: (Kira pins the Gul's left arm behind his back, while she wraps her free arm around the Gul's windpipe and squeezes) Don't you ever touch me again.
      Rusot: I guess I hit a nerve.
      Kira: No, this... (tightens her squeeze around the Gul's neck - he chokes for air) ...is hitting a nerve. Stop pushing me, or I'll make you realize just how many nerves you have in that miserable body.

    • Bashir: (after formulating a plan to lure a member of Section 31 to the station) I think it's a plan. A very good plan. When did you get so devious?
      O'Brien: I've been hanging around you too long. Let's just hope this works, and we cure Odo. That's all I care about.
      Bashir: Me, too, Miles.

    • Rusot: Are you enjoying yourself? Getting Cardassians to do your bidding must give you great pleasure.
      Kira: I'm a little busy right now, Rusot. Why don't you find someone else to play with? (smiles)
      Rusot: You may have fooled Damar into believing you're here to fight the Dominion, but I know why you're really here.
      Kira: (sarcastically) Oh, this should be good.
      Rusot: (approaches Kira) You killed hundreds of Cardassians during the occupation and now you're getting the chance to do it again. That's why you're here, isn't it? To hang a few more Cardassian neck bones from your belt. Admit it, Kira, you won't be satisfied until every one of us is dead.

    • Gowron: Martok's attack on Avenal VII was a disgrace. He had the advantage of surprise. The Dominion wasn't expecting us to take the offensive so soon after the Breen entered the war. Avenal should have been an easy victory for him, but instead he's handed us a shameful defeat!
      Sisko: General Martok and I both advised you against attacking a world so deep inside Dominion territory. He was outnumbered six to one at Avenal.
      Gowron: Six to one? A good commander finds ways to beat the odds, not hide behind them!
      Sisko: He didn't hide behind anything. He fought harder and harder than I would have in his place. Have you read Worf's after-action report? (lobs a padd over to Gowron's side of the desk) Seven Klingon ships destroyed, five others severely damaged, General Martok himself in critical condition in the Rotarran's sick bay.
      Gowron: He's expected to survive.
      Sisko: That's not the point!!! This entire operation has been a waste of resources, men and equipment. The blame lies with the man who ordered the mission in the first place, not the man who tried to carry it out!

    • Damar: (talking about his wife and son) They weren't a part of this rebellion. The Dominion knew that... the Founder knew that... Weyoun knew that. To kill her and my son... The casual brutality of it. The... waste of life. What kind of state tolerates the murder of innocent women and children? What kind of people give those orders?
      Kira: (pointed) Yeah, Damar, what kind of people give those orders? (Damar leaves, and Kira regrets her words) Oh, that was stupid.
      Garak: Not at all. Damar has a certain romanticism about the past. He could use a dose of cold water.
      Kira: No, I could have picked my time better.
      Garak: If he's the man to lead a new Cardassia, if he's the man we all hope him to be, then the pain of this news has made him more receptive to what you said, not less.

    • O'Brien: We have to find a way into Section 31.
      Bashir: We tried that. We tried and we tried and all we succeeded in doing was to waste two weeks chasing phantoms from here to Vulcan. You want to face facts? Face this fact - Section 31 has managed to stay in the shadows for three hundred years. They're not going to suddenly come scurrying into the light just because Miles O'Brien and Julian Bashir are on the case!
      O'Brien: Which is why I still say we should take this to Captain Sisko and let him contact Starfleet Intelligence. Maybe they can...
      Bashir: All that will do is alert 31 to the fact that we're onto them. And you know what they'll do next? They'll go deeper into hiding and they'll probably send someone here to destroy what little headway I've made. No. No more cloak and dagger games. Science is the answer here. Every puzzle has a solution, every disease has a cure, it's just a matter of finding it. Now, if you'll kindly get the hell out of here, I have work to do!

    • Rusot: You're still a Cardassian, Garak. You're not going to kill one of your own people for a Bajoran woman.
      Garak: How little you understand me.

    • Sisko: Something has to be done.
      Worf: Agreed, and I do have a solution, but it will not be easy.
      Sisko: Do whatever it takes, Mr. Worf. Those Klingon ships out there are the only thing between us and the Breen. Gowron is risking the safety of the entire Alpha Quadrant and he has to stop.

    • Gowron: I decide what can, and cannot be done.
      Worf: You rule without wisdom, and without honor. The warriors that are gathered here will not say this to you, but I will; you are squandering our ships and our lives in a petty act of vengeance! You do not care what happens to the Empire! You only care about Gowron!

    • Gowron: I should have known better than to trust you again. If you were a true Klingon I would kill you where you stand! Fortunately for you, that child's uniform shields you from your rightful fate.
      Worf: What I say now, I say as a member of the House of Martok, not a Starfleet officer... Gowron, son of M'Rel, you have dishonored yourself and the Empire and you are not worthy of leading the council.

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