Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 22


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 06, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 51825.4 Nog and Jake are rescued by the U.S.S. Valiant when their ship is attacked by the Dominion while on their way to Ferenginar. The crew of the Valiant consists of the Starfleet Cadet corps known as 'Red Squad,' an elite band of cadets, after the main crew were killed when the Dominion War broke out. They decide to complete their mission, which Jake sees as suicide.


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  • Star Trek 90210

    Taking place mostly off the station (on the Defiant set, representing its sister ship, the Valiant), this Jake & Nog episode introduces us to a young, eager crew that lacks the experience we're used to seeing in Star Trek. (Interestingly, the idea of a cadet crew has a long history in Star Trek, being the original idea that developed for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Paramount's first idea for Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was also rumored to be the premise of Voyager, with some fans calling it Star Trek 90210, before the true details of the show were released. It later, of course became the backbone of Star Trek's 2009 reboot). It's a fun area of turf to explore for Ron Moore, who, like Nog, was an officer in his youth (in the Navy) before, like Jake, he decided he didn't want to be one and became a writer instead. The background allows him to effectively write both characters, using them to describe the opposing viewpoints of their situation. Unfortunately, Moore makes things a little too black and white, painting Red Squad (played by a capable guest cast) a little too harshly as arrogant fanatics as opposed to intelligent, capable cadets. Meanwhile, Jake, instead of presenting one of several compelling arguments why the Squad is headed down the wrong path, plays the "my Dad is Commander Sisko" card instead, a ploy doomed to fail. (Perhaps this is why Lofton mails in his performance while Eisenberg gives more of an It all leads to a predictable second half, with the episode's Lord of the Flies message about mindless ambition coming through a little too loudly before a convenient climax.moreless
  • An interesting twist. A great Nog and Jake episode.

    This episode tackles an intriguing concept - how do young adults, even those trained as soldiers, handle the stress of war? This episode answers that question, fairly or unfairly, in a grim fashion: without the wisdom and humility of experience, the arrogance and rawness of youth is doomed to failure.

    The characters of Red Squad are generally unremarkable, though they do manage to convey the inevitable nervousness of brilliant youngsters in way over their heads. There is an exception for Nog and Jake's young friend. But in the end, it's Nog and Jake - still friends, but no longer children - who provide the emotional depth that carries this episode. It's their presence that turns the Valiant's demise into tragedy.moreless
  • Interesting idea. Hard to get away from the notion of kids playing grown-ups! A decent enough story, but the execution should have been alot better.

    Another Dominion War off-shoot episode sees Jake and Nog rescued by the Defiant's sister ship - Valiant.

    I guess the name is supposed to be a allusion to the crew who manned.

    The plot is your basic account of a ship and her crew caught up into the daily struggles at the frontline. The twist is that it is shown from the viewpoint of children, even if they are members from the fabled Red Squad. Starfleet's elite trainee unit. There are two main area's of conflict which drive the drama in this episode. The first is the crew's mission to destroy a new Dominion Class Battleship. This provides the action. It really is one BMF ship! The other is Jake's conflict with the Captain and crew, and their conflicting points of view. This provide some emotional drama. There are other little points of intrigue dotted throughout, like the captain's use of stims. And other subjects are touched upon, such as bullying of the junior crewmen buy their arrogant superiors. While the blind following of orders demonstrates some aspect of fanaticism.

    Locations were limited to the Defiant set, which is to be expected. Though the battle effects were a plus. In amongst decent screenplay and dialogue, I got the feeling that there were deeper issues being touched upon, in this episode. Perhaps, a slight nod towards the child soldiers fighting in third world countries?! Though it stays within the strict confines of ST threshold for being political.

    Ultimately though, it communicates itself as somewhat patronising. The build up towards the final battle is palatable, even if the ending weak.

    Intrigue is also built up through Jake's scrapes with the Captain, first officer and even Nog. Though it just never reaches the levels of other episodes, with the adult characters. Which is a shame. Perhaps that has something to do with the ages of the actors. (Or perhaps thats just me!)

    Interesting idea. Hard to get away from the notion of kids playing as grown-ups! A decent enough story, but the execution should have been alot better.moreless
  • A remnant crew of cadets commands a clone of the Defiant on a suicide mission.

    A discredit to the Star Trek franchise. I'm sorely disappointed. I'm a big Star Trek fan, so I can usually find the good in any episode. But this bunch of amateurs make worse actors than their characters did a crew of a starship. How this one got past the producers is beyond me. Seriously, I've seen better fan fiction videos than this. The writing isn't the worst thing I've ever seen, but it's nothing to be proud of. Makes me kind of sad, because Mike Vejar has directed some great episodes of a lot of great series. But this simply isn't one of them.moreless
  • The crew of the Valiant try to pull of a \"Voyager\" but sadly fail miserably.

    This is another excellent episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

    It begins with Jake and Nog being picked up by the U.S.S. Valiant after being attacked by the Jem\'Hadar only to find the ship crewed by Academy Red Squad cadets.

    The cadets were on a training missing when all of the regular officers were killed and Tim Watters was given a field commision to Captain and promoted other Red Squad members as needed. He even took over the assignment that

    However, their lack of actual experience prevents them from making the nessecary repairs to the ship. Nog helps them to get their ship running and the Valiant manages to find the Dominion Battle Cruiser they had to find.

    But instead of being smart and going home, the crew finds and apparant weakness in the Cruiser\'s design and decides to exploit it using a risky plan involing modified torpedoes. Jake tried to offer his opinion on the matter but he is drowned out by Watter who appeals to the ego of the cadets buy saying that Red Squad can do anything. Even Nog will not listen to his former friend.

    Soon the preparations are complete and the Valiant attacks the Dominion ship. Due to the inability to use torpedoes (since they are loaded with the special torpedoes) they take a beating before they even come into range of their target.

    They eventually do and the Valiant launches its torpedoes which manage to hit their target. The ship is caught in a fiery explosion and the cadets cheer. But their celebration is short lived and too early as the Dominion ship has not been destroyed.

    Unprepared for this outcome the Valiant is targeted by the Battle Cruiser in retaliation and destroyed. Only one escape pod containing Jake, Nog and Collins makes out alive and is rescued by the Defiant.

    On the Defiant the trio discuss what happened and Jake decides to write a story about it. Nog feels that Watters was a bad captain and got a good ship with a good crew killed. Collins feels that Watters was a great captain and that Red Squad failed him. Nog feels that Jake should put both opinions in his story and let readers decide for themselves.

    I really liked this episode as it shows just what overconfidence can do with people. These cadets think they can handle anything and as a result their arrogance blinds them to the truth.

    I cannot help but see a similarity to Star Trek Voyager. Janeway often goes on similar missions (such as in Unimatrix Zero or Dark Frontier) but always manages to survive.

    Of course I want the good guys to win but Voyager does it with so much ease that the whole show becomes rather unrealistic and boring to watch as you know it will all be just fine when the end credits roll over the screen.

    At least Deep Space Nine (and Enterprise, for that matter) kept viewers surprised and that was a major asset. And so are episodes like Valiant.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Paul Popowich

Paul Popowich


Guest Star

Courtney Peldon

Courtney Peldon


Guest Star

David Drew Gallagher

David Drew Gallagher


Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg


Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Federation Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: When Nog enters the forward section of the runabout, just before he and Jake leave the Starbase, the rear compartment's doors close behind him. Then, as the Jem'Hadar fighters approach, the door is open.

    • Nitpick: Dorian Collins says she is from Tycho City on Luna (the Moon). She pronounces it "tie-ko", but it is actually pronounced "tee-koo" because Tycho Crater is named after Tycho Brahe, the Danish astronomer who discovered it.

    • Nitpick: What happened to the official diplomatic message from the Federation Council to the Grand Nagus? Did Nog just forget about it?

    • Some of the Valiant crew must be pulling double duties due to personel shortages. Collins also works in the sickbay.

    • Nitpick: Nog must be quite the medical observer. He tells Collins that everyone was dead on the bridge, without checking a single person.

    • Goof: In several exterior shots of the Valiant, the Defiant's NX-74205 registry can be seen on the hull instead of Valiant's NCC-74210.

    • Goof: When Nog takes evasive action in the runabout to avoid the Jem'Hader fighters, the front of the runabout set where the front windows were removed for filming can be seen as the camera swings to simulate the movement of the ship.

    • Nitpick: Why did the Valiant have an acting Chief Petty Officer? A CPO is a non-commissioned officer. A non-com is an officer who is given a position of authority by a commissioned officer, like Chief O'Brien. None of the other Red Squad cadets had finished their Academy training, but all had ranks of commissioned officers. Collins was a Starfleet cadet as well, and therefore shouldn't be the only one with a non-com rank.

    • Goof: Nog is promoted to Lieutenant Commander by the Red Squad captain, but his rank pips only show him to be a Lieutenant.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jake: If we keep going in this direction, we'll run into Cardassia Prime. And that won't be any fun at all.

    • Jake: I don't even know who you are anymore.
      Nog: I'm the chief engineer of the starship Valiant.
      Jake: I'll have them put that on your tombstone.

    • Collins: You know, the sun only comes up once a month on the Moon. Every lunar morning, my father and I would put on suits and... hike out across the Sea of Clouds. We'd stop at this collection of boulders on the western rim and wait for the sun to come up. Dawn is so... shocking on the Moon. One minute you're in the darkest night you can imagine, and then in the next instant, the sun lifts up and this glorious, pure light just explodes across the surface. I felt like I met God every morning.

    • Nog: You gonna write a story about all this?
      Jake: Probably.
      Nog: What are you going to say?
      Jake: What do you think I should say?
      Nog: That it was a good ship, with a good crew, that made a mistake. We let ourselves blindly follow Captain Watters, and he led us over a cliff.
      Collins: That's not true. Captain Watters was a great man.
      Jake: Dorian, he got eveyone killed.
      Collins: If he failed, it was because we failed him.
      Nog: (to Jake) Put that in your story too. Let people read it, decide for themselves. (to Collins, as he gives her his Red Squad insignia) He may have been a hero. He may have even been a great man. But in the end, he was a bad captain.

    • Nog: You don't understand because you've never put on one of these uniforms. You don't know anything about duty or honor or sacrifice or any of the things that make up a soldier's life. I'm part of something larger than myself. All you care about is you.
      Jake: That's right! I care about Jake Sisko and whether or not he's going to be killed by a bunch of delusional fanatics looking for martyrdom!

    • Jake: Can I say something?
      Farris: You are not a member of this crew!
      Watters: Let him speak.
      Jake: You probably all know who my father is - Benjamin Sisko. So you know I'm not exaggerating when I say that he's considered to be one of the best combat officers in the fleet. And I'm telling you right now that even with the entire crew of the Defiant with him... my father would never try to pull off something like this. And if he can't do it... it can't be done.
      Watters: We're Red Squad, and we can do anything!

    • Watters: We've had to maintain strict radio silence ever since the war began. The orders were addressed to Captain Ramirez, but since he's dead, the mission is now mine. And make no mistake, I will carry out that mission... or die trying.

    • Collins: (to Jake) We're all supposed to be leaders - that's what the Academy trains us to be. No, Tim Watters is more than that, he's... he's the captain.

    • Jake: I don't get to see the Nagus?
      Nog: Now, why would you want to see the Nagus?
      Jake: My father asked me to... say hello and... to give the Nagus his best wishes.
      Nog: You'll have to do better than that.

    • Odo: Having a bad day?
      Quark: Like you care.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The Valiant tracks a Dominion battleship traveling at warp 4.7, and the First Officer looks at a display labeled "Fwd Targeting Scanners 4751". Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.

    • This episode marked the final appearance of the runabout USS Shenandoah. As far as we can see, it is left in Dominion space.

    • Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) does not appear in this episode.

    • David Gallagher reprises his role of Riley Shepard, the Red Squad Cadet from season 4's "Paradise Lost".

    • When Ira Steven Behr was developing the Defiant, the original name was the Valiant.

    • The original script was to have Kira with Nog instead of Jake. According to Ronald Moore, Kira was replaced with Nog because " couldn't believe that Kira wouldn't kick every one of their asses and take back the ship single-handedly."