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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  • 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.