Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 21

The Maquis (2)

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 01, 1994 on Syndicado
8.4
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Stardate: 47805.1 Sisko's friend, Commander Cal Hudson, resigns from Starfleet to join the Maquis in their fight against the Cardassians.

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  • Sisko V. Hudson

    8.0
    Adding a couple more guest stars, Part 2 is even more talky than the Part 1 although the writers keep things interesting by continually moving the story forward through the dialogue. Quark even gets to finish up his B story with the Vulcan gunrunner. And as the episode approaches its conclusion, big money is finally thrown onto the screen in the form of a space battle with some nice special effects for 1990s television.



    The central character is again Sisko, with Avery Brooks pairing up with each of the major guest stars in a succession of scenes. The guests including Natalija Nogulich as Admiral Nechayev give Brooks some generous performances to play off of, and with each new scene, the plot becomes more personal and Brooks becomes more intense. (I do have to wonder why Legate Parn comes all the way to Deep Space Nine for a two minute conversation where he basically says, "The Cardassian government doesn't really care about Even without the security concerns on the station... where the Federation apparently can't stop renegades from beating Cardassians and dragging them away... it would seem that this exchange would be more suited for a subspace transmission. But this visit does give us a funny moment. When Parn concludes his meeting with Sisko, he steps through an airlock and then turns around as the door rolls shut as if it's a turbolift. I wonder how long it takes him to realize the floor isn't going anywhere?)



    While the resolution of the episode will probably not leave the viewer feeling a sense of closure, he or she can be comforted, knowing the loose threads will be dealt with in the future ("Blaze of Glory").

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  • Not as good as part 1, but worth watching.

    8.0
    I've heard some DS9 fans say the show didn't really get good until after the Dominion arc started, but I don't think that's true. In fact, starting with "Blood Oath", the show was on a roll that would run right through the remainder of season 2. (Compare it to the weak stretch that TNG suffered from around the same time. Night and day.)



    Even more than part 1, Marc Alaimo's Dukat dominates the proceedings. We get plenty of fireworks between him and Sisko, but also the first budding of the rich "relationship" he would have with Kira. There's some serpentine Cardassian politics thrown into the mix. Sisko's "easy to be a saint in paradise" speech is superb, though Avery Brooks lapses a little into the overacting that bugged me on occasion.



    The only drawbacks, really, are some slow parts when actual Maquis characters appear onscreen; Quark's flirtations with the Vulcan rebel are just not that interesting.



    In what was already a DS9 trademark, the episode ends with no easy answers.moreless
  • Forget what has been, the show can start for real.

    8.0
    The show begins. let us forget the previous 39 episodes (with a few good exceptions) and look forward. First the Maquis and then the dominion, we have much to look forward to. Only when these plot-arcs begin can the show start to compare with the other ST series.





    This episode was good. exciting and good writing. The only problem i have with it are that i would like more backroundstory what the conflict are about. I thought about this when i saw voyager too. what are the fight about, when normal and intelligent people like the maquis in Voyager and the ones here risk it all for the fight. A border dispute? i dont buy it. they cant have lived there for so long and there are a big risk that what they do will result in a war that could affect the whole federation. Dont get me wrong, i love the idea of a resistence organisation within the holy federation that arent afraid of taking up arms against an enemy. My problem is that they should have painted a better and more beleivable picture why the Maqui was created.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

Tony Plana

Tony Plana

Amaros

Guest Star

John Schuck

John Schuck

Legate Parn

Guest Star

Bertila Damas

Bertila Damas

Sakonna

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This episode was considered by writer Ira Steven Behr to be the first in a series of episodes designed to take a darker look at the utopian Federation that Gene Roddenberry had created.

    • Nitpick: Dukat claims that the Zeppolite freighter can reach a top speed of warp 9.8. This is an astonishingly high speed for a civilian freighter, given that state of the art Starfleet ships of the era (Enterprise-D, Voyager) have similar top speeds.

    • Ferengi Rule Of Acquisition #3: Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to.

    • Dukat's statement of "On Cardassia, the verdict is always known before the trial begins" was our first indication of the Cardassian legal custom of "guilty even if proven innocent" and became the inspiration behind the episode "Tribunal".

    • Goof: In Sisko's office, Kira's Bajoran comunicator is upside down.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Quark: Vulcans are a species that appreciates good ears.

    • Dukat: Anyone can blow up a ship. Hah! But to look your enemy in the eye, knowing that you will remember his face for the rest of your life... that takes a stomach much stronger than you'll ever have.
      Amaros: We'll see about that.
      Sakonna: No. He's right. We do not possess the Cardassians' gift for inflicting pain. Nor would we want such a gift.

    • Kira: (talking about Dukat) Why risk our lives over someone who has caused so many deaths? The way I see it, he's geting exactly what he deserves.
      Sisko: The Central Command wants him dead. That's reason enough for us to want him alive.

    • Quark: Sakonna was in the market for certain items which I was able to obtain for her. At a considerable discount, I might add.
      Sisko: What items?
      Odo: We're waiting.
      Quark: Let's see, where to begin? She wanted some deflector shields... navigational arrays... maybe... a couple of hundred photon torpedoes...

    • Sisko: You know what the trouble is?
      Kira: No...
      Sisko: The trouble is Earth.
      Kira: Really?
      Sisko: On Earth there's no poverty, no crime, no war. You look out the window of Starfleet headquarters and you see... paradise. Well, it's easy to be a saint in paradise. But the Maquis don't live in paradise. Out there, in the Demilitarized Zone, all the problems haven't been solved yet. Out there, there are no saints... just people. Angry, scared, determined people who are going to do whatever it takes to survive. Whether it meets with Federation's approval or not.

    • Dukat: How barbaric. On Cardassia, the verdict is always known before the trial, and it's always the same - guilty.
      Sisko: Then why bother with the trial?
      Dukat: Because the people demand it. They enjoy watching justice triumph over evil every time. They find it... reassuring.
      Sisko: What if you try an innocent man by mistake?
      Dukat: Cardassians don't make mistakes.

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