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.