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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 6.11a - The Reckoning

Stardate around 51840
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

When his name is discovered on a 30,000-year-old Bajoran religious artefact, Sisko (Avery Brooks) removes the stone tablet from its sacred resting place. Contravening the wishes of Bajor's spiritual leaders, and against his own better judgement, Sisko unleashes spiritual forces that threaten to destroy his station, his friends, and his own son...

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
  • James Greene .... Koral
  • Louise Fletcher .... Kai Winn
  • Harry Werksman .... Storywriter
  • Gabrielle Stanton .... Storywriter
  • David Weddle .... Screenwriter
  • Bradley Thompson .... Screenwriter
  • Jesus Salvador Trevino .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Starfleet isn't the only one who is made uneasy by the Bajoran religion.

While Bajoran politics are always go for a good story, their religion keeps getting bogged down in spiritobabble. This episode is, unfortunately for those of us who are recovering from a recent operation and desperately require quality entertainment, at best a bridging story. Perhaps sometime in the next season there will be a resolution, but don't hold your breath. After all, this story has been 32,000 years in the making.

The script has the unsettling feel of having been cobbled together out of left-over bits from the DS9 bible. It's disjointed, rough, predictable and long. The redeeming feature is that Kira's and Odo's relationship is growing nicely and Nana's portrayal of a prophet incarnate is pretty damned good, too. It's amazing what a bit of eye-liner will do.

But all in all, this is a definite low point for the people at Paramount. Not that that will stop you from watching it, but don't get your hopes up.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 11 November 1998

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