When the new Defiant arrives at DS9 and Dax says she didn't know they were getting it, Sisko counters her with, "That's what happens when you miss staff meetings." This remark is similar to an exchange between Admiral James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy during Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, in which Kirk tells McCoy, "That's what you get for missing staff meetings, doctor."
During the staticy transmission between Quark and Zek, you can read Zek's lips say 'Rom' before the transmission ends. It is the very last word Zek says, which Quark does not hear, thus making Quark assume he is to be the new Nagus. Closed captioning reveals some hilarious dialogue which also cannot be heard through all the static.
The Cardassian Union logo in the Dominion control room is flipped from left to right, placing the yellow section and black circle on the wrong sides.
Normally we see command codes for a ship released from one officer to another, after the officer transferring gives the command and the receiving officer gives their vocal acknowledgement. Here we see Ross giving the command but there is no acknowledgement from Sisko, an obvious oversight of the writers.
O'Brien: (referring to Bashir and Ezri failing to get together) I don't get it. He's interested, she's interested, what's the problem?
Worf: He is an overgrown child. And she is very... confused.
O'Brien: (shrugging) It could still work.
Quark: (ranting about the changes in Ferengi society) And don't even get me started about this whole 'labor rights' thing! What have we come to if you can't demand sexual favors from the people in your employ?!
Zek: My mind is made up, Quark. Whining and complaining won't do anything.
Quark: I won't have anything to do with what you're doing to our once proud civilization. A man can only be pushed so far. If you want me to be Nagus, you're going to have to let me do things my way.
Ishka: Who wants you to be Nagus?
Weyoun: (on a computer screen) And thanks to the heroic efforts of Gul Revok, Damar was lured into Cardassia to meet with five other traitors, but his co-conspirators were killed before they could begin plotting against the people of Cardassia. And Damar himself was killed while trying to penetrate our defense perimeters in a stolen Dominion vessel. I'm also...
Kira: At least they're not looking for us anymore.
Weyoun: (on computer screen) ... that just hours ago, action on information obtained by our intelligence operatives, our brave troops began a coordinated assault on Damar's terrorist bases. From Atbar Prime to Regulak IV, from Simperia to Quinor VII, our forces eliminated a total of eighteen rebel bases. With the rebellion crushed, nothing can impede our march to final victory. Truly, this is a great day for the Dominion.
Sisko: The Federation Council considered giving the Founders the cure, and they decided against it.
Odo: Then they're abetting genocide?
Sisko: I don't condone what Section 31 did, but the Founders started this war, not us. Giving them the cure would strengthen their hand, and we can't do that. Not when there are still millions of men and women out there putting their lives on the line every day.
Odo: Well, I can see there is no use protesting. The decision's already been made. (walks towards the exit)
Sisko: Odo, I wish I didn't have to say this, but I need to know you're not going to take matters into your own hands.
Odo: (sighs) You have my word.
Sisko: That's all I needed to hear.
Odo: Interesting, isn't it? The Federation claims to abhor Section 31's tactics, but when they need the dirty work done, they look the other way. It's a tidy little arrangement, wouldn't you say?
Bashir: When I first discovered that you had become infected with the morphogenic virus, I assumed that you contracted it from the Founders.
Odo: Didn't I?
Bashir: No. The fact is it was you who transmitted the disease to them.
Odo: (shocked) But... how did I get it?
Bashir: You were deliberately infected.
Odo: By whom?
Bashir: Section 31. They used you as a carrier hoping you would pass on the disease to the Founders. I'm sure you were never meant to develop symptoms, but...
Odo: I don't care if they never meant to kill me or not. The reality is the Federation set out to destroy my people.
Bashir: (defensively) Section 31 isn't a part of the Federation. They're a rogue organization...
Odo: Don't split hairs with me, Doctor! They used me as an instrument to try to commit genocide. Now, we may be at war with the Founders, but that's no excuse.
Quark: All right. You want Rom? You can have him. In fact, you deserve him. He's perfect for this new workers' paradise of yours. He can save the environment and levy all the taxes he wants. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, the Ferenginar that I knew doesn't exist anymore. No, I take that back. It will exist, right here in this bar. This establishment will be the last outpost of what made Ferenginar great - the unrelenting lust for profit! Broik, water the drinks. M'Pella, rig the dabo table! Rom, I want to buy back the bar.
Rom: That's all right, brother. I'll give it to you.
Damar: Citizens of Cardassia! Hear me! The Dominion told you that the rebellion has been crushed. What you have seen here today proves that that is yet another lie! Our fight for freedom continues, but it will take place here in the streets! I call on Cardassians everywhere, to rise up! Rise up and join me. I need you to be my army! If we stand together, nothing can oppose us. Freedom is ours for the taking!!!
Quark: Taxes go against the very spirit of free enterprise. That's why they call it 'free'.
Quark: Blessed Exchequer, forgive us. Your children have gone astray.
This episode marks the end of the eight episode long arc; the longest of all Star Trek series.
In this episode, Jeffrey Combs plays two different characters, namely, Weyoun and Brunt. This is an extremely rare occurence for any Trek series.
Although he only keeps it for a short period of time, Rom finally achieves his life long dream of owning Quark's bar.
Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.
DS9 is given a new Defiant-class starship, the USS Sao Paulo (NCC-75633). Capt. Sisko received a special dispensation from the Chief of Starfleet Operations to change the vessel's name to USS Defiant. (The ship's registry number remained the same, although in many exterior shots you can see the previous Defiant's NX-74205 number. This is merely due to the fact that many shots of the ship are reused to save money, and also because the CGI department didn't have time to adjust the model of the Defiant for the new registry. It would only be seen in this episode and the following two-hour final).
The character Legate Broca is introduced here as the brief head of the Cardassian Union.
Vaughn Armstrong (Seskal) and Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun/Brunt) would later appear in the Enterprise episodes, "Shadows Of P'Jem" and "Cease Fire" together. They played Admiral Maxwell Forrest and Shran respectively.
This episode marks the final appearance of several Ferengi and Ferengi-related characters, including Max Grodenchik as Rom, Wallace Shawn as Zek, Chase Masterson as Leeta, Cecily Adams as Ishka, Tiny Ron as Maihar'du, and Jeffrey Combs as Brunt (though the latter returns as Weyoun in the next episode).
David B. Levinson (Broik) and Cathy Debuono (M'Pella) were background players and stand-ins for several episodes. This is first episode in which they have lines.
Julianna McCarthy reprises her role as Mila, from the third season episode "Improbable Cause".
Zek retires as Grand Nagus and names Rom as his successor.
The Dogs Of War
The title is a quote from Scene 1, Act III of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The full line is "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war!"
When Garak shouts "Freee-dom!" after the explosion on Cardassia, it is pretty clear that Andrew Robinson has seen Braveheart and he and the other Cardassians are hamming it up a little bit in an homage to Mel Gibson's William Wallace character.
Quark: ...the last outpost of the true Ferengi Alliance.
"The Last Outpost" was a first season episode of the Next Generation that marked the first ever appearance of the Ferengi, and Armin Shimmerman, who plays Quark, played a Ferengi in that episode.
The São Paulo's motto was "Give me Liberty or give me Death...", a quote by Patrick Henry. The ship was "named for the people of Brazil."
Quark: I will not preside over the demise of the Ferengi empire.
This appears to echo Winston Churchill who, in a speech opposing the independence of India, said, "I was not elected to preside over the demise of the British empire."
Quark: The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther!
When Quark is complaining to Rom about becoming the Grand Nagus, his line mirrors Captain Picard's line about the Borg from Star Trek: First Contact.
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