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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 20

The Changing Face of Evil (4)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 28, 1999 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Worf and Ezri return safely to Deep Space Nine. The Breen launch an attack on Federation Headquarters, while Damar secretly forms plans to free Cardassia from Dominion rule. Sisko is informed that the Breen have launched an attack against the only foothold the Federation has in Dominion territory. Kai Winn and Gul Dukat try to find a way of releasing the Pah-wraiths from the Fire Caves on Bajor.moreless

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  • Good Stuff

    Living up to its title, the fourth part of "The Final Chapter" is a game-changer that puts a cap of sorts on the first block of episodes of the nine part finale (four episodes written together and coincidentally usually appearing on one DVD disc) while also leaving a cliffhanger for the remaining episodes to follow up upon.

    Full of bold strokes and political intrigue, "Changing Face" finally brings several plot lines to their breaking points, balancing its big war story with small, personal moments. With fast-paced scenes that give each character (not named Jake) at least one moment to shine, each of the regulars get a chance to contribute, including an exciting battle with unexpected consequences stuck right in the middle. But the real substance of the episode lies with Kai Winn and Dukat on Bajor and Damar and Weyoun on Cardassia. "Strange Bedfellows" shows us Winn and Damar coming to decisions. This one shows us the consequences. The beauty of it lies in the reactions, whether it be Winn coming to terms with herself, or Weyoun coming to terms with the new Damar. (Combs's icy look is priceless).

    Being stuck in the middle of a giant multi parter, "Changing Face" is easy to overlook when reflecting upon the season and the series as a whole, but stands up with some of DS9's best work and gives "The Final Chapter" the kick in the pants it needs.

  • Death of Defiant, Rebirth of Damar

    This episode, more than any other, set the series toward its conclusion. The Dominion, emboldened by its new Breen friends, is fighting back. The location in question: the Chin'toka system, the hard-won piece of real estate from "Tears of the Prophets". Starfleet fights back, but this time fortune doesn't favor the bold: the fleet, including the Defiant, is decimated.

    In the meantime, Kai Winn deepens her involvement in the cult of the Pah-wraith before learning of "Anjohl"'s true identity. To cover up her secret, she kills her trusted assistant, which provides the key to understanding the mysteries of these powerful beings.

    If these were the only threads in the story, it would have made for a rather depressing episode. There is hope, though, and from an unlikely source: Damar, Cardassian Figurehead and murderer of innocent girls. The scene where he is about to drink and looks in the mirror is excellent--you can look in Casey Biggs' eyes and almost see the gears turning as he becomes disgusted with himself. Also notable is the scene where he kills the guards leading Worf and Dax off to execution--its suddenness is matched only by its unexpectedness. There is literally a moment of shock afterwards. After playing the figurehead, Damar has finally found something to fight for--he certainly has come far since being Dukat's toady in "Return to Grace". Back to Worf and Dax for a moment--they provide some great gallows humor, and I liked how they left it--they certainly couldn't have happened as a couple.

    Once again, a very densely-plotted DS9 episode, and also a very good one.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

James Otis

James Otis


Guest Star

John Vickery

John Vickery

Gul Rusot

Guest Star

Barry Jenner

Barry Jenner

Admiral Ross

Recurring Role

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher

Kai Winn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • As the Defiant gets hit and drained of power two 'red-shirt' officers fly back from the consoles hurt. Only when this happens to Kira does Bashir get up to help!

    • As Weyoun listens to Damar's call for rebellion from the Dominion, there is a Cardassian standing behind him. Shouldn't he have ordered the man's arrest immediately, as being a potential threat, or demanded he pledge his continued loyalty to the Dominion in spite of this?

    • As in other episodes, the bridge crew of the Defiant doesn't make a lot of sense. Firstly, why is the chief of operations on the bridge instead of the engine room? Why is the doctor on the bridge? Why is DS9's counselor on the Defiant during battle at all, let alone on the bridge?

    • The laws of momentum seem to be different in the Star Trek universe. As with the Excelsior in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, the Defiant simply coasts to a stop when she's disabled by the Breen weapon. However, their inertial dampeners must still work for a second or 2 after the engines stop.

    • Just before the Defiant is destroyed, we see some escape pods leaving from doors on the bottom of the ship. These doors are located on the right and left side of the raised disk on the belly of the ship. However, the small circle in the center of this bulge is supposed to be the door to a shuttle bay, as seen in "The Sound Of Her Voice". The doors to this bay slide open to the left and right, which according to this episode means they would slam into escape pods.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Damar: (after Weyoun praises the Breen for their attack on Earth) By the way, in case Weyoun neglected to mention it, the Dominion once sang Cardassia's praises as well.
      (the Breen makes an unintelligible noise)
      Damar: It's really quite simple. They expected the war to be over long ago. It's not. For that, they blame us. Now, if the war isn't ended soon, they'll shift the blame to you.

    • Weyoun: There's something different about you today Damar, I can't quite put my finger on it... it's almost as if you're half dressed...
      Damar: What are you talking about?
      Weyoun: You don't have a bottle in your hand.

    • Rusot: I remember the day I heard the news that Cardassia had joined the Dominion. Like everyone else, I rejoiced. We were going to be rulers of the entire Alpha Quadrant. Instead, we're a conquered people, servants of our own land.
      Damar: All that will soon end. Now, are you sure we can trust these officers?
      Rusot: And the troops under their command. Still, not a very long list, is it?
      Damar: It will get longer. With a victory or two, all Cardassia will rise up with us.

    • Dukat: The answer is in the text of the Kosst Amojan.
      Winn: (gasps with surprise) Oh, it is forbidden for anyone to open that book.
      Dukat: Yes, anyone except the Kai.
      Winn: It is said to contain great evil.
      Dukat: (laughs) You have nothing to fear. I'll be right there with you.
      Winn: Did I say I was afraid?

    • Solbor: This book has not been removed from the archives, not for 700 years. The knowledge it contains about the Pah-Wraiths, it is said to be... very dangerous.
      Winn: Knowledge is never dangerous in the right hands.
      Solbor: There is a saying: he who studies evil is studied by evil.
      Winn: I will keep that in mind. Now give me the book.

    • Dukat: Something's wrong. Tell me, what's bothering you?
      Winn: Everything. The prayers, the rituals, these robes. I can't keep pretending I follow the path of the Prophets.
      Dukat: You won't have to. The Pah-Wraiths are waiting to embrace you.
      Winn: So you keep saying. But when is that going to happen?
      Dukat: As soon as we release them from the fire caves.
      Winn: (surprised) Release them? But the prophecies...
      Dukat: What about them?
      Winn: Well, they warn that the release of the Pah-Wraiths will mean the end of Bajor.
      Dukat: The old Bajor, perhaps... but from its ashes a new Bajor will arise, and the restoration can begin.
      Winn: And who will be left to see it?
      Dukat: Those the gods find worthy. It will be the dawn of paradise, and you, Adami, are destined to rule it.

    • Rusot: Can we really hope to defeat the Dominion? With the Breen on their side they're stronger than ever.
      Damar: But we will be fighting to win back our homes and our freedom and that will make us even stronger.

    • Dukat: There. You see? The Pah-Wraiths have judged you and found you worthy. Their secrets are now your secrets, to do with as you please. Take their gift and use it. Seize the power they're offering you.
      Winn: What about Solbor?
      Dukat: I'll take care of the body.

    • Winn: Don't touch me! My life is over. The Pah-Wraiths sent you to destroy me.
      Dukat: On the contrary, they sent me to save you.
      Winn: Pure lies. Nothing but Cardassian lies. And to think I let you touch me.

    • Dukat: Where are you going with those?
      Solbor: I'm returning these books to the archives.
      Dukat: On whose authority?
      Solbor: I believe her Eminence has finished.
      Dukat: Put them back.
      Solbor: How dare you use that tone with me...
      (Dukat backhands his fist across Solbor's face - he falls to the floor. Dukat picks up the fallen books, and then Solbor)
      Dukat: I'll put them back.

    • Quark: I don't believe the two of you. Your homeworld has been attacked. The Breen have joined forces with the Dominion. And you sit there, calmly playing games.
      Bashir: Haven't you ever heard of grace under pressure?

    • Dukat: He doesn't understand, Adami. He couldn't possibly understand the love of the Pah-Wraiths!
      Solbor: (shocked) The love of the Pah-Wraiths? You're trying to release them. That's why you wanted the text of the Kosst Amojan.
      Winn: Solbor, listen to me. All I want is to bring about the restoration.
      Solbor: You've betrayed the Prophets. You've betrayed us all!!
      Winn: Try to understand. The Pah-Wraiths are the true gods of Bajor.
      Solbor: You must be stopped.
      Winn: Solbor, I beg you, no!!

    • Solbor: Get away from her!
      Dukat: What?
      Solbor: Eminence, that man is not Anjohl Tennan.
      Winn: What are you talking about?
      Solbor: Anjohl Tennan died nine years ago in the labor camp at Batal. I warned you not to trust him. I had a sample of his DNA sequenced. He's not even a Bajoran. He's a Cardassian.
      Dukat: We were brought together for a cause, a great cause. Our destinies are linked.
      Solbor: Don't listen to him. Look at him. Don't you recognize the face of your enemy? It's Gul Dukat.

    • Weyoun: Poor Captain Sisko. I believe he was quite fond of that ship. Founder, I'm pleased to report the Chin'toka System is ours once more.
      Female Shapeshifter: Finally, a step in the right direction. Send my compliments to the Breen.
      Weyoun: I'm certain that will please them greatly.
      Female Shapeshifter: Really? I have no idea what would please the Breen, nor do I care, as long as they fight and win. I will not tolerate defeat any longer.
      Weyoun: Nor will I. All those escape pods. So small. So vulnerable. I'll order their destruction immedately.
      Female Shapeshifter: No. Let them return to the Federation. Those pods are filled with frightened, demoralized troops.
      Weyoun: Troops that will spread fear throughout the Federation with tales of what happened here today. The Founder is wise.

    • Damar: And so two years ago, our government signed a treaty with the Dominion. In it the Dominion promised to extend Cardassia's influence throughout the Alpha Quadrant. In exchange, we pledged ourselves to join the war against the Federation and its allies. Cardassians have never been afraid of war, a fact we've proven time and again over these past two years. Seven million of our brave soldiers have given their lives to fulfill our part of the agreement, and what has the Dominion done in return? Nothing. We've gained no new territories. In fact, our influence throughout the quadrant has diminished. And to make matters worse we are no longer masters in our own home. Travel anywhere on Cardassia and what do you find? Jem'Hadar, Vorta, and now Breen. Instead of the invaders we have become the invaded. Our allies have conquered us without firing a single shot. Well, no longer. This morning detachments of the Cardassian First, Third and Ninth Orders attacked the Dominion outpost on Rondac III. This assault marks the first step towards the liberation of our homeland, from the true oppressors of the Alpha Quadrant. I call upon Cardassians everywhere. Resist. Resist today. Resist tomorrow. Resist till the last Dominion soldier has been driven from our soil!

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