Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 20

The Maquis (1)

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 24, 1994 on Syndicado
8.4
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Stardate: 47802.3 A band of Cardassian-hating militants known as the 'Maquis' starts attacking Cardassian ships.

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  • A well done part of a bigger puzzle.

    8.5
    The politics from Star Trek The Next Generation ("Journey's End") spill over into Deep Space Nine in this two parter before a followup on The Next Gen ("Preemptive Strike"). It's all preparation for the launch of Voyager, of course.



    Deep Space Nine does its part, putting forth an entertaining two parter that lays the ground work for future stories but is entertaining in its own right. The two parts are Sisko episodes, and the first literally begins with a bang before turning into a tense political thriller. "Part 1" doesn't spend a lot of money, but it does attempt to create a large scope on a small budget by using the dialogue and tactical displays to make it seem like more is going on than we actually see. (It also steals an establishing shot of a colony from its sister show, Enhancing the scope is a plethora of guest stars, giving us Attache Hudson, Gul Evek, Sakonna, Amaros, and Gul Dukat. The latter is the breakout character, with Alaimo (Dukat) and Brooks (Sisko) finally given time together to develop the relationship between their characters. Dukat becomes more three dimensional and becomes interesting as a result, leading to many more appearances in the series, and Sisko (along with the audience) is put in a difficult position of hearing two different viewpoints of what's going on, which makes the situation more difficult to gauge. The remainder of the guest stars each contribute to the plot in a small ways without overstaying their welcome, with Bernie Casey being the most notable and memorable. Of the regular cast members (apart from Sisko) Quark gets the most screen time in a B story where he does business with (and tries to get pleasure from) a Vulcan. Both this and the main story are full of surprises and are sure to keep the viewer on the edge of his or her seat.

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  • Great concept, great writing, great acting.

    8.5
    Marc Alaimo's presence as Gul Dukat kind of snuck up on you - he was such an integral part of the series later on that you assumed he'd always been there. But in fact, he was a negligible part of the first season and only a moderate one up until this point. We'd gotten a better look at the character in "Cardassians" and "Necessary Evil", but it's here that he's defined for the rest of the series - a bad guy with just enough moral ambiguity to test the viewer. Murderous war criminals can also be friendly family men.



    The interplay between Dukat and Sisko carries the episode, and it's amazing to what degree they click on their first at-length encounter. Kira has a nice turn as Sisko's conscience. Cal Hudson isn't particularly sympathetic, and it's no big loss that he was eventually replaced by the far superior Eddington.



    Overall, out of the two-parter, this is the superior half. The writers dribble out information bit by bit, keeping the viewer on his/her toes.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey

Cal Hudson

Guest Star

Tony Plana

Tony Plana

Amaros

Guest Star

Bertila Damas

Bertila Damas

Sakonna

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: After hearing the confession from officer Samuels, Sisko tells Hudson that the Cardassians were aiding Bajoran extremists through the Yiridians. In fact, the third party was the Kressarians.

    • One of the Maquis at the meeting between Commander Hudson and Gul Evek is a colonist of Dorvan V who had appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Journey's End" only a month earlier.

    • Rule Of Acquisition #214: Never begin a business negotiation on an empty stomach.

    • Goof: When Dukat was rendered unconscious by a phaser stun and is dragged through the doorway, you can see him moving his legs and helping his captors 'walk' him over the steps.

    • Goof: As Sisko and Dukat walk down the Promenade after returning from Volon II, the side of Dukat's uniform is loose and flaps around in front of his right arm.

    • Nitpick: Aboard the runabout, Sisko turns off Dukat's flight controls supposedly so he can't memorize the layout, but every other console on the ship is still active and easily visible to Dukat.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dukat: A good interrogator doesn't allow his subject to die; you lose the advantage.

    • Sisko: (angry) I've got people out there killing people, Major. You suggest I turn a blind eye to that?
      Kira: Don't they have a right to defend themselves?
      Sisko: They've crossed the line!
      Kira: If Starfleet is unwilling to defend them in the Demilitarized Zone...
      Sisko: They chose to live with the Cardassians!
      Kira: Well, I didn't! But I lived with them for twenty-six years before the liberation came. Every Bajoran lived with them in constant fear. I know what those colonists are going through. Most of all, I know the Cardassians can't be trusted to keep their side of the bargain in this treaty.
      Sisko: So, you'd suggest the Federation shouldn't keep our side of the bargain either, perhaps by arming these colonists?
      Kira: I can't answer that, Commander. But I can tell you one thing for certain - the Cardassians are the enemy, not your own colonists. And if Starfleet doesn't understand that, then the Federation is more naive than I already think it is.

    • Sakonna: Very well, I will attempt to respect some of your cultural idiosyncrasies. I will drink the wine, but I won't dance.
      Quark: Maybe you'll change your mind after you drink the wine.
      Sakonna: No, I won't.

    • Hudson: I'm glad to see you had no trouble finding us, Ben. It seems that one disaster after another keeps bringing us back together again.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Maquis

      The Maquis were a French resistance group, opposed to the German occupation of France, during World War II. They were a guerilla force that assisted the allies in defeating the German's in France by destroying key German military targets. The word "Maquis" came to be known as "armed resistance fighter."

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