Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 3

The Siege (3)

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 10, 1993 on Syndicado
8.7
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Stardate: 47143.9

Sisko is forced to evacuate the station when the war escalates and turns in favour of the terrorists.

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  • The Phantom Menace has nothing on Deep Space Nine's political intrigue

    7.5
    "The Siege" begins with a fast paced, intriguing story before slowing down about halfway through and throwing in some padding to enable the episode to fill its mandated duration. Unlike the first two parts of "The Circle Trilogy", this one shines the spotlight on the regulars and showcases the indisputable fact that the actors are becoming quite comfortable with their parts.



    As an episode by itself, "The Siege" doesn't reach the heights of its prequel ("The Circle"), but as a conclusion and piece of Deep Space Nine history, it's a solid offering that has some nifty special effects and nicely ties everything up.moreless
  • Topic: Politics/Divide & Conquer - Starfleet evacuates DS9 while the senior staff work to expose Cardassians supplying The Circle. Warning Label: peril, murder. Family Rating: PG+

    8.5
    Emotional responses were intrigued, excited and tense. The cat and mouse tactics throughout DS9 were fun to watch and contemplate.



    Series Impact: The fate of DS9 and overall control of the wormhole hang in the balance of the instablilty between Bajoran governments.



    # of Nine: Action 7, Drama 6, Suspense 6, Comedy 2



    Acting - good

    Scenery - OPs, Promenade, O'Briens' quarters, airlock, Bajoran Lunar 5 base, Bajoran monastery, Cargo Bay 6, ventilation shafts, Bajoran resistance sub-impulse raider, Quark's and Holosuite, Chamber of Ministers

    Sound - good

    Lighting - good

    Effects - great

    Costumes - very good

    Props - Quark's briefcase, Jadzia's phase coil inverter toolmoreless
  • A worthy, exciting ending.

    9.0
    A lot of the more sophisticated political stories are buried here for a fast-paced, action-packed episode - but that's OK.



    The story with Dax and Kira is lighter; despite a great action sequence, the chemistry between the characters (which had not been explored much through this point) is played for some great laughs.



    Back on the space station, things are a little more tense (though Chief O'Brien's love for combat rations generates plenty of amusement). The audience is kept as much in the dark as the invaders, making the final twist in the plot a surprise.



    The 2nd season would be relatively patchy relative to its successors, but episodes like this make it worthwhile.moreless
  • An explosive, action-packed finale to the second season's opening trilogy

    8.5
    While DS9 is invaded by the Circle making Sisko and crew insurgents in their own station, Kira and Dax must get to the chamber of ministers to provide evidence that the Circle is in league with the Cardassians.



    The riveting political machinations of the previous two episodes are resolved here with a rather simplistic but nevertheless well-done action piece. The tension builds beautifully, the pacing is spot-on, the directing is accomplished and the script shines with acerbic wit. The conclusion does feel slightly rushed following such great build-up and the death of Li Nalas seems like a bit of a copout but this is still an excellent episode.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

Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Colonel Day

Guest Star

Richard Beymer

Richard Beymer

Li Nalas

Guest Star

Stephen Macht

Stephen Macht

General Krim

Guest Star

Philip Anglim

Philip Anglim

Vedek Bareil

Recurring Role

Hana Hatae

Hana Hatae

Molly O'Brien

Recurring Role

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode concludes the first three part story arc in Star Trek history.

    • In this episode we learn that joined Trill are extremely allergic to insect bites, due to the delicate chemical balance between host and symbiont.

    • This is the first time we learn of Tobin, the second host for the Dax symbiont. He was described as someone who "barely had a sex life and (had) no imagination, but he knew phase coil inverters like no one else."

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jadzia: (disguised as a Bajoran Vedek) So, what do you think?
      Kira: Think?!
      Jadzia: (referring to the Bajoran nose ridges of her disguise) The nose!
      Kira: Oh! It's flattering.
      Jadzia: Thinking of keeping it.

    • Jadzia: Navigational sensors aren't functioning.
      Kira: No problem.
      Jadzia: No problem? Big problem. Without navigational sensors...
      Kira: We'll have to fly by the seat of our pants.
      Jadzia: Great. Seat-of-the-pants technology.
      Kira: You Starfleet types are too dependent on gadgets and gizmos. You lose you're natural instincts for survivial.
      Jadzia: My natural instincts for survival told me not to climb aboard this thing. I'd say they were functioning pretty well.

    • Sisko: Would you rather follow a polician or Bajor's greatest war hero?
      Li Nalas: I've done everything I can to help. I'd die for my people, but...
      Sisko: (interrupting) Dying gets you off the hook. Question is: are you willing to live for your people? Live the role they want you to play? That's what they need from you right now.

    • O'Brien: We can't just let the Cardies have the wormhole!
      Keiko: They can have the whole Gamma Quadrant, for all I care!

    • Jadzia: (freaked) Is that a spider or a dog?
      Kira: Palukoo. The Bajoran moons are full of them.
      Jadzia: I suppose they became your pets and you all sang songs about them around the campfire.
      Kira: No, we ate them.

    • O'Brien: Miracle of science, these little rations. Time-release formula of all the nutrients the body needs for three days. I love them - only thing I miss about the Cardassian front.
      Sisko: (taps his combadge) Sisko to all units. You can thank Chief of Operations Miles O'Brien for the menu this afternoon.
      Bashir: (sniffing his rations) Ugh...you've won no friends, here, Chief. Or should I say "Chef"?

    • Jadzia: The phaser locks are dead. There's no way to aim.
      Kira: Sure there is.
      Jadzia: I know. I know. Seat of the pants.
      Kira: With your eyes, Lieutenant! Not your... pants. Just aim at them and fire!
      Jadzia: You fly, I'll shoot!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Quark quotes the Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #31, "Never insult a Ferengi's mother" to Dr Bashir. The full quote is "Never insult a Ferengi's mother. Insult something he cares about instead." but this was revealed in the novel, Legends of the Ferengi.

    • Steven Weber is best known for his role as Brian Hackett on Wings.

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