Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 2

The Circle (2)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 03, 1993 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 47125.7 After she is relieved of her post aboard, Deep Space Nine, Kira tries to expose the leaders of the terrorist group known as 'The Circle.'

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  • A great political thriller

    The middle installment of Trek's first three parter (now known as "The Circle Trilogy") serves, in a way, as DS9's second pilot, echoing the first and stirring up enough political intrigue to give many future episodes ideas to explore.

    With a confidence that belies the second season, "The Circle" begins (after the teaser) with one of Trek's all-time great comedy scenes and then spends the rest of the episode throwing a bit of everything at the viewer, including drama, action, great sets, beautiful locations, and amazing guest stars. And either fortunately or unfortunately, the episode doesn't really find anything for Richard Beymer ("Li Nalas") to do, though you can see they're trying. With all the other elements to juggle, the script can be forgiven for letting one hit the ground.

    This episode serves as the template for the Bajoran political thrillers to come.

  • Topic: Politics/Terrorism - Kira bounces between Bajor and DS9 while Bajor is at the brink of Civil War. Starfleet prepares to evacuate DS9. Warning Label: Mild adult situations. Family Rating: PGmoreless

    Emotional response was excited by the prospect of losing DS9 so soon to a planet in danger of losing itself in the process. Series Impact: Kira is recalled to Bajor and not reassigned. Starfleet prepares to evacuate DS9. Bajor stands at the brink of Civil War.

    # of Nine: Action 8, Suspense 7, Drama 6, Comedy 1

    Acting - very good

    Scenery - Commander's Office, Siskos' quarters, Kira's quarters, OPs, Bajoran monastery and arboretum, Security HQ, Cressari cargo ship, Bajoran military conference room, The Circle caves

    Sound - good

    Lighting - good

    Effects - very good - Odo does rat!

    Costumes - very good

    Props - Synth ale bottle and glasses, 3rd Orb (of prophecy and change), cargo summary padmoreless
  • Ratcheting up the excitement.

    The trilogy that opens up season 2 of DS9 presages the show's modus operandi in later years - a willingness to carry forward lots of separate threads, trusting that fans will have the patience to watch them all tie together by the end.

    We get that here - Sisko exploring Bajoran politics, Kira rediscovering herself at a Bajoran monastery, Jaro plotting a coup, and Odo carrying out an investigation. Each of these stories is interesting and engaging in its own right. The rescue of Kira from captivity - a sequence that would normally wrap up an episode, is placed in the middle.

    Despite this trilogy's focus on Kira's character, there are some nice Sisko moments here - particularly the moment in which he decides to ignore an admiral's orders. And the amusing farewell sequence in Major Kira's quarters has the humor that the show weaved so skillfully even into its most serious stories.moreless
  • Beautifully written, this deftly juggles a complex plot with an exhilarating political drama, powerful characterisation and comedy

    Things heat up with this densely plotted continuation. After Kira has been recalled to Bajor, she spends some time with Vedek Bareil only to be abducted by the Bajoran extremist group The Circle, led by the sinister Minister Jaro (Frank Langella, in a memorable guest performance). Meanwhile, Sisko learns that the Circle plans a coup, taking over the Bajoran government and driving out the Federation.

    The script, beautifully written by the incomparable Peter Allan Fields, deftly juggles all the different elements and the result is a breath-taking, exhilarating combination of political drama, powerful characterisation and well-judged comedy (the scene in Kira's quarters as she prepares to leave is a sheer delight). Brilliant.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

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

Stephen Macht

Stephen Macht

General Krim

Guest Star

Mike Genovese

Mike Genovese


Guest Star

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher

Vedek Winn

Guest Star

Philip Anglim

Philip Anglim

Vedek Bareil

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Kira: (when she learns Jaro leads The Circle) How can you betray your own government?!
      Minister Jaro: Major, I don't have to tell you, I've heard your opinion of this government. Government- they can't even agree it is a government, so they call it "provisional". It's just another word for powerless. I won't allow the Bajoran people to be powerless anymore!

    • Kira: Woodcrafts, definitely the way to go.
      Bareil: Is that where the Prophets led you?
      Kira: Yeah, lots of hammers and nails and saws surrounded by monks and Vedeks. Very safe and secure.

    • Odo: Quark I hate to do this, but I guess I'll have to.
      Quark: That's not fair.
      Odo: I haven't done anything yet.
      Quark: Whatever you're going to do, it's not fair!
      Odo: You're a deputy.

    • Quark: I happen to know they have enough weapons and explosives and supplies to support an army.
      Odo: How do you know that?
      Quark: I've been asking questions of people who don't answer questions from people like you.

    • Quark: It's over.
      Odo: What are you talking about?
      Quark: Everything, Bajor, the provisional government, the Federation being here, all of it. We gotta leave. Well, I do anyway. You can just turn into a couch.

    • Odo: Cardassian rules, Bajoran rules, Federation rules - they're all meaningless to you. Because you have a personal code that's always mattered more. And I'm sorry to say you're in slim company.
      Kira: I'll miss you too, Odo.

    • Odo: I suppose they expect me to break in a new man.
      Kira: A great man. Li Nalas can handle the job, believe me.
      Odo: You did fairly well at it, once I smoothed your rough edges. What's so funny?
      Kira: I thought you did fairly well... once I smoothed your rough edges.

  • NOTES (2)