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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 5.08a - By Inferno's light

Stardate 50564.2
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As the station prepares for a Dominion attack, the enemy fleet suddenly turns toward Cardassian space. Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) breaks formation and follows, apparently bent on taking on the enemy himself. The Deep Space 9 crew worries for his safety, until he reveals that he has spear-headed negotiations resulting in Cardassia's agreement to join the Dominion - with Dukat as Cardassia's leader.

In the Dominion internment centre, Martok (JG Hertzler), Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and Garak (Andrew Robinson) mastermind an escape plan that will require Garak to spend hours in a tiny crawl space reconfiguring a transmitter to beam them back to their runabout, while Worf (Michael Dorn) is forced to fight Jem'Hadar soldiers to prepare them for their battle against the Klingons.

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Terry Farrell .... Lieutenant Jadzia Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Major Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Marc Alaimo .... Gul Dukat
  • Andrew Robinson .... Garak
  • JG Hertzler .... Martok
  • Melanie Smith .... Tora Ziyal
  • Ray Buktenica .... Deyos
  • James Horan .... Ikat'ika
  • Carrie Stauber .... Romulan prisoner
  • Robert O'Reilly .... Gowron
  • Ira Steven Behr .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Hewitt Wolfe .... Screenwriter
  • Les Landau .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report


This episode is a teaser. It builds you up and up and up then throws a bucket of cold water over you. This is bad because it's frustrating in the short term, but it's good because it makes the climax (long term) even more intense.

Worf goes off: his strength of character and utter Klingon-Ness go ape. He battles Jem'Hadar after Jem'Hadar and beats them all. The Dominion's ultimate warrior falls before an outcast. The final victory over Ikat'ika (by refusing to yield) is glorious. Ikat'ika's dedication to the warrior code and final sacrifice is Klingon in its gloriousness (there's that word again!)

And that's what this episode and its companion are all about: the mettle of the Alpha Quadrant. The Dominion is used to being the big fish in a big pond; their space is vast, but now they are taking on a big fish in an equally big pond. And this fish don't eat no worms.

Andrew is great as a claustrophobe: it's written in every tremble, every shake, every bead of sweat. Alexander's weary imprisonment sends an ache through your bones. Nana's determination makes you shudder.

This is a cool conclusion to In Purgatory's shadow and a great precursor to the following two seasons... watch it!

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PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

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