Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 26

What You Leave Behind (2)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jun 02, 1999 on Syndicado



  • Trivia

    • After Dukat says "Farewell, Adami" in the fire caves, he is holding the Text of the Kosst Amojan in his right hand. A moment later, Sisko tackles Dukat over the precipice and the book has vanished. As we see both men plummet, Dukat is holding the book again.

    • Quark talks about the election of a new Kai. This makes sense because Winn is dead. But how does anyone know that? The only witnesses to her death were Sisko and Dukat. Sisko speaks to Kasidy later, but he only tell her what happened to him. He does not mention Winn. However, considering how long it would take for Kira to bring Odo to the Founders' Homeworld and return to Deep Space Nine (a few days' travel time at least), it is possible the Bajorans had come to the conclusion that Winn was dead, or at the very least were electing an interim Kai.

    • In the last closeup scenes with Weyoun and the Founder, you can see that Weyoun's right contact has moved out of place. His right eye appears to be looking upward, while the left is looking forward.

  • Quotes

    • Martok: Remember these are Cardassians lying dead at your feet. Bajorans would call this poetic justice.
      Sisko: That doesn't mean I have to drink a toast over their bodies.

    • Quark: (confidently to Kira after Odo refused to say a final farewell to Quark) That man loves me. Couldn't you see? It was written all over his back.

    • Sisko: You are pathetic!
      Dukat: Then why are you the one on your knees?
      Sisko: First the Dominion, now the Pah-Wraiths. You have a talent for picking the losing sides... (growls with pain)
      Dukat: Benjamin, please, we've known each other too long. And since this is the last time we will ever be together, let's try to speak honestly. We've both had our victories and our defeats. Now it's time to resolve our differences and face the ultimate truth: I've won, Benjamin. You've lost.
      Sisko: The Pah-Wraiths will never conquer anything. Not Bajor, not the Celestial Temple and certainly not the Alpha Quadrant.
      Dukat: And who's going to stop us?
      Sisko: I aaammm!!!!!!
      Dukat: (laughs) You can't even stand up.
      Winn: Then I'll stop you.

    • Female Shapeshifter: (after Weyoun is killed) I wish you hadn't done that. That was Weyoun's last clone.
      Garak: I was hoping you'd say that.

    • (last line of the series)
      Quark: The more things change... the more they stay the same.

    • Sisko: Sarah? Are you there? What happened?
      Sarah: The Emissary has completed his task.
      Sisko: But, the Pah-Wraiths?
      Sarah: You've returned them to their prison within the Fire Caves.
      Sisko: The book was the key, wasn't it?
      Sarah: To a door that can never be opened again.
      Sisko: And Dukat, is he dead?
      Sarah: He is where he belongs. With the Pah-Wraiths. Your time of trial has ended. You need to rest now.
      Sisko: Oh, I intend to... as soon as I return to Deep Space Nine.
      Sarah: That won't be necessary. You're with us now.

    • Dukat: Did you really think the Pah-Wraiths would choose you as their Emissary? Soon the Pah-Wraiths will burn across Bajor, the Celestial Temple, the Alpha Quadrant. Can you picture it? An entire universe, set in flames!!! To burn, for all eternity. The Prophets have sent me a gift... their beloved Emissary, set forth like an avenging angel to slay the demon.

    • Kira: This war's over. You lost.
      Female Shapeshifter: Have I? I think you will find that neither the Jem'Hadar, nor the Breen would agree with that assessment - they will fight to the last man.
      Kira: And what would that accomplish?
      Female Shapeshifter: Isn't it obvious? You may win this war, Commander, but when it is over I assure you that you will have lost so many ships - so many lives - that your victory will taste as bitter as defeat.

    • Female Shapeshifter: The war between the Dominion and the Federation alliance is now over.
      Ross: Four hundred years ago a victorious General spoke the following words at the end of another costly war: 'Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exhalation of triumph. From both we have learned... there can be no going back. We must move forward, to preserve in peace what we've won in war'.

  • Notes

    • Originally, Morn was going to deliver the final line of the series.

    • The music that plays as Odo and Kira say goodbye is the same that plays while Kira says goodbye to Bareil in the third season episode "Life Support".

    • During breaks, the cast took souvenir pictures and swapped autographs. The official wrap party was held at Modrian Hotel with James Darren singing The Way You Look Tonight.

    • This episode marks the deaths of Damar (Casey Biggs), the last Weyoun clone (Jeffrey Combs) and Kai Winn (Louise Fletcher) in that order.

    • Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf) and Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) are only actors to appear in the finales of both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), J.G. Hertzler (General Martok) and Mark Allen Shepherd (Morn) are the only actors, besides the regulars, to appear in both the pilot and finale of the series. This is the first of two Star Trek series finales in which Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun) appears. The second is the Enterprise finale "These Are The Voyages..." in which he plays Commander Shran.

    • Final episode of the Dominion arc, the longest running arc in Trek history, that began in season two's "Rules Of Acquisition".

    • In the original draft of the script, Damar still went down with all guns blazing, but without any lines. Distraught at the thought of a death without words, Casey Biggs asked Director Allan Kroeker for permission to improvise, hence his final words of "Keep...". When asked at conventions, Biggs admits he had no idea of how he was going to finish the statement.

    • Avery Brooks is the only regular to appear in every episode of the series.

    • The Dominion members use what appears to be an ink pen and paper when they sign the surrender.

    • Ira Steven Behr admits that it seemed fitting that Dukat, having been Sisko's foil and counterpart since the beginning of the series, become the Anti-Emissary.

    • This was the final episode of Star Trek to air before the death of DeForest Kelley on June 11, 1999.

    • Jadzia is not 'remembered' by any of the characters due to a dispute with Terry Farrell over the use of her image in the show, after Paramount used it without permission in "Penumbra".

    • During the 'farewell toast', many of the actors appeared out of costume. Including J.G Hertzler, Aron Eisenberg, Jeffery Combs, Max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs and Cecily Adams. The entire writing staff and Ira Steven Behr can also be seen.

  • Allusions

    • your victory will taste as bitter as defeat.
      The Founder is referring to what is known as a Pyrrhic Victory. It is when a victory has came at such a high cost that it doesn't differ from a defeat.

    • Battle of Thermopylae
      The holosuit program that Dr. Bashir and Ezri Dax decide to run, the Battle of Thermopylae, is a reference to the battle where a small band of Spartans led by King Leonidas defended a mountain pass against the vast Persian army. It is also depicted in the movie 300.

    • Where No Man Has Gone Before
      The scene in the fire caves where the Pah-wraith-possessed Dukat forces Sisko to kneel before him is very reminiscent of when Gary Mitchell, Kirk's original first officer who was corrupted by god-like power, forced Kirk to 'pray' to him, in that Original Series episode.

    • Admiral Ross: Today the guns are silent...

      Admiral Ross quotes a couple of passages from the speech of General Douglas MacArthur at the end of World War II on Sep.2.45 after the Japanese surrender.