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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  • 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.

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