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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.04a - Once more unto the breach

Stardate around 52190
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Episode propaganda

To Worf's (Michael Dorn) surprise, he is paid a visit by Kor (John Colicos), an ageing Klingon dahar master. Kor admits that his ambition has earned him countless enemies, and that consequently he has been unable to secure the command of a ship. Worf promises to find him a military command, and approaches General Martok (JG Hertzler) with the request - which is angrily refused. Martok explains that years earlier Kor had denied him officer status because he was descended from a common house. Undaunted, Worf appoints Kor as a third officer on the Ch'Tang, Martok's flagship, where he is treated with awe by the crew - much to Martok's chagrin.

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
  • John Colicos .... Kor
  • JG Hertzler .... General Martok
  • Neil Vipond .... Darok
  • Nancy Youngblut .... Kolana
  • Blake Lindsley .... Synon
  • Ronald D Moore .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

By the goddess! What special effects where those?!?

Hold onto your hats because this episode has effects that make Call to arms look like the video your uncle made of your kid sister's birthday party at McDonald's. All praise the mighty CGI!

The rest of the episode is pretty much an excuse for getting the special effects on screen. The redeeming feature is finding out what happened to Kor after the battle with The Albino. There is some interesting stuff on Klingon culture (almost the whole time is spent with them on their heroic raid into Dominion space) but all good Trekkies know what is going to happen: the past-it war hero wants to get back in the saddle, is refused because he's past-it, but eventually redeems himself by finding glorious death in battle. I was waiting for John Wayne to pop up at any time, apart from the bits where there were special effects.

Despite the cliché, this episode is definitely worth watching more than once. There is a momentary shot from below DS9 with Martok's fleet passing underneath and UFP ships passing overhead. It's absolutely stunning.

*Sigh*

And as you will all be aware, I have an aversion to mixing Star trek and Shakespeare. However, just this once, I forgive them the title of this episode, from Henry IV.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 5 April 1999

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