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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 6.13b - Tears of the Prophets

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Episode propaganda

Faced with an ultimatum from Starfleet, Sisko (Avery Brooks) ignores the guidance of the Prophets and leaves DS9 to lead the Alpha Quadrant in the invasion of Cardassia. As the full force of the Dominion military is engaged, the vulnerable station is left at the mercy of the vengeful Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) with devastating consequences...

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 J Robinson .... Garak
  • Jeffrey Combs .... Weyoun
  • David Birney .... Letant
  • JG Hertzler .... General Martok
  • Aron Eisenberg .... Ensign Nog
  • Casey Biggs .... Damar
  • Barry Jenner .... Admiral Ross
  • James Darren .... Vic Fontaine
  • Ira Steven Behr .... Screenwriter
  • Hans Beimler .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Season finale.

When Season Five ended Trekkies everywhere rejoiced in the glorious war that was to come. Little did they know that the darkest days of the UFP were upon them, darker than the first encounter with The Borg. This episode is the encapsulation of the months of bitter fighting, of friends lost, of values betrayed.

It also delves into the Bajoran belief system, creating a spiritual crisis that makes the Cardassian occupation look like a momentary indecision. You are invited to see the consequences of previous episodes; Pah-Wraiths (and I do wish that Paramount would settle on a spelling) were a necessary evil to balance the beneficence of the Prophets/wormhole beings. Here, you will see why. The depths of Kai Winn's betrayal are just beginning to be plumbed.

The ease with which certain things occur (such as Dukat being able to beam onto DS9 without detection and the technobabble induced victory by Starfleet) are annoying, as always, but the end which these means create more than justifies their use.

I had a funny feeling when I saw Jadzia that she wouldn't last the episode (that's one of the joys of being a temporally nonlinear being) but her death was still incredibly wonderful. It's a brave and brilliant move to kill a popular character in an established series (Just ask Bobby Ewing. Or Kenny!). Of course, there is always the danger that the Prophets may restore her, but you can always hope.

Congratulations to all involved on a miserable and depressing victory.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 1 December 1998

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