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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.03b - Treachery, faith and the Great River

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Odo (René Auberjonois) is lured to a secret meeting site, where he finds himself face to face with Weyoun (Jeffrey Combs), the Vorta leader of the enemy Dominion. Weyoun announces that he's decided to defect and, in exchange for asylum, he promises to provide valuable information that could help the UFP win the war. After the two board Odo's runabout, the ship is hailed by the Cardassians. Odo is shocked when the monitor displays Weyoun standing beside Damar (Casey Biggs).

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Nicole de Boer .... Lieutenant Ezri Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Colonel Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Jeffrey Combs .... Weyoun
  • Casey Biggs .... Damar
  • JG Hertzler .... General Martok
  • Aron Eisenberg .... Ensign Nog
  • Max Grodénchik .... Rom
  • Salome Jens .... Changeling
  • Philip Kim .... Storywriter
  • David Weddle .... Screenwriter
  • Bradley Thompson .... Screenwriter
  • Steve Posey .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Wow.

This is a brilliantly presented episode where everyone loses and everyone learns that there's going to be a lot more lost before the season's out. The most important event (and the most curious) is the infection of the Great Link, meaning that all the Founders on this side of the wormhole are dying. In a sense this is good news for the UFP, because without the Founders anything could happen, but at the same time it is bad because it makes the Dominion forces more desperate.

Odo and Weyoun have some great scenes together - antagonistic, adoring, needing and nasty. Weyoun has always been a favourite of mine (all the Vorta are wonderfully evil, but the Big W especially - perhaps that's why he's in charge of the war), and it was good to see the character showing some flaws. That's the trouble with cloning, you can never be entirely sure what you're going to end up with.

Watch this episode: it sets up the ultimate season of DS9.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 8 March 1999

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Ultimate
Season 7 is the final season of Deep Space Nine. That is the same length as The next generation and 2.3 times the length of The original series, but nowhere near enough by my reckoning.

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