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

Episode Fan Reviews (1)

out of 10
125 votes
  • 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.
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