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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.08a - Inter arma enim silent leges

Stardate around 52300
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Episode propaganda

On the eve of Doctor Bashir's (Alexander Siddig) departure for a conference on the Romulan homeworld, he's visited by Sloan (William Sadler), the director of Section 31, a secret and unsanctioned extremist entity within Starfleet Intelligence. Sloan asks a reluctant Bashir to gather information on the Romulan leadership. Bashir reports the request to Sisko (Avery Brooks), who worries that although Starfleet command has officially condemned Section 31, someone in its membership may actually be protecting the group. After consulting with Admiral Ross (Barry Jenner), Sisko advises Bashir to play along with Sloan in order to determine Sloan's motivations...

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
  • Barry Jenner .... Admiral Ross
  • William Sadler .... Sloan
  • Andrew J Robinson .... Garak
  • Adrienne Barbeau .... Senator Cretak
  • John Fleck .... Koval
  • Hal Landon Junior .... Neral
  • Ronald D Moore .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • FYI: The title is Latin for "In times of war the truth is silent"
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Remember Inquisition? Bashir was investigated for being a Dominion saboteur and it all turned out to be a sham so that Section 31 could see if he had the right stuff? They're ba-ack!

Just as I predicted.

Anyhoo, be prepared for an episode that is even dirtier than its progenitor. The murky waters of interstellar politics, personal power politics, double crosses, dupes, deceit and a whole heap of conversations that never happened get stirred up so all the bottom dwelling muck-rakers can come to the surface (like that metaphor?).

Sloan is the UFP bad boy, back to mete out his particular brand of justice, but on whom will the sword fall? There's a mystery here, and everything is not what it seems. The tale twists like a post-ganglionic fibre and Alexander plays Bashir's naïvety, resourcefulness and pain to the hilt (hilt: geddit?).

This is a zesty episode that leaves you hankering for more, the way all good episodes do. Watch and enjoy.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 7 August 1999

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