Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 3

The Siege (3)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 10, 1993 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

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

    "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.
  • 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+

    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 tool
  • A worthy, exciting ending.

    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.
  • An explosive, action-packed finale to the second season's opening trilogy

    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.
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