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").