Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 20

The Maquis (1)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 24, 1994 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • A well done part of a bigger puzzle.

    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.

  • Great concept, great writing, great acting.

    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.
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