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.