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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 6.09b - Inquisition

Stardate around 51700
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Episode propaganda

When a team of Starfleet special investigators arrive on DS9, Bashir (Alexander Siddig) finds himself arrested and charged with spying for the Dominion. Under scrutiny his service record becomes open to interpretation and his defence ambiguous. As the allegations gain weight, even Sisko (Avery Brooks) begins to question the Doctor's integrity...

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf, Director
  • 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
  • William Sadler .... Sloan
  • Jeffrey Combs .... Weyoun
  • Samantha Mudd .... Chandler
  • Benjamin Brown .... Kagan
  • Bradley Thompson .... Screenwriter
  • David Weddle .... Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

This dirty and bloody conflict between the UFP and the Dominion just keeps getting darker and darker. And I like it!

While Starfleet beat-ups are nothing new (remember the Next generation episode The drumhead?), what's good about this episode is that it's really dirty and really nasty and no-one comes out of it unstained. Julian goes through this huge journey, and comes out the other side (you didn't think they were getting rid of a major character at this stage, did you?) a lot more grown up than he was before. There was a time when I cringed whenever a Julian episode was on, but no more. Since his dark secret came out, he's been much more interesting.

The revelation of Section 31 - the UFP equivalent of the Tal Shiar and the Obsidian Order - is astounding. This means that dark forces are at work within Starfleet, just like The Orion Syndicate is at work within the UFP, albeit for different ideals. This will crop up in later episodes, you can be sure of that.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 13 October 1998

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