Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Homecoming, and The Circle

Station log: stardate unknown

Ira Steven Behr pens the season two opener from a story by himself and Jeri Taylor. We returned to the station on 26 September, 1993.

Kira (Nana Visitor) and O’Brien (Colm Meaney) venture to a Cardassian world when the Bajoran major receives word that a resistance hero is being held there.

Meanwhile on Bajor, a sect of the provisional government, known as The Circle, who are working to eradicate any outside influence, including that of the Federation, on their new government.

Rescuing Li Nalas (Richard Beymer) Kira and O’Brien return to the station where Sisko (Avery Brooks) welcomes him, and advises him that they may need some help in leadership with Bajor.

There are machinations and plans at work, and Minister Jaro (Frank Langella), a Bajoran politician is using every opportunity he can to cement power.

The Circle continues to exert his xenophobic tendencies by committing acts of violence to drive aliens out.

It’s a strong episode, and shows that it is a very different vehicle than The Next Generation, and that the universe isn’t as peaceful and at ease as we used to believe and maybe Nalas doesn’t want to be involved because he is not the legend that Bajor believes he is.

But he may not have a choice when Jaro reassigns him to DS9, ending Kira’s tour of duty there causing the episode to close with a To Be Continued…

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Station log: stardate unknown

Peter Allan Fields pens the second episode, which aired 3 October, 1993,  in the trio of episodes that launched the second season with its sweeping story of Bajoran politics, the rise of the xenophobic organisation known as The Circle.

Sisko goes head to head with Minister Jaro over Kira’s reassignment, and Nalas instalment as his new liaison officer.

Sisko and the station’s security chief, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) begin an investigation into The Circle, and begin to learn who is behind the movement.

Vedek Bareil (Philip Anglim) invited Kira to stay with him at a monastery to gather herself before her next assignment, and there’s a nice connection between the two, even as Kira makes a discovery about the monastery.

Odo during the course of his own investigation and some help from Quark (Armin Shimerman), discovers that traders have been supplying The Circle with weapons.

Things seem to be escalating towards violence and political maneuvering.

Vedek Winn (Louise Fletcher) makes another appearance, and the character continues to be sanctimonious, self-righteous, and completely untrustworthy, to say nothing of being not remotely likeable.

Events develop quickly, Kira is kidnapped by the Circle, whose leadership is revealed, and Sisko leads a group to the Circle’s hidden headquarters, which in turn leads us to another cliffhanger, a violent coup across Bajor, the non-interference Prime Directive, and the removal of Starfleet from Deep Space Nine. And I’ll have to wait until next week to see how that gets resolved.

The Human Adventure continues next week with Deep Space Nine, as I continue to explore The Complete Series on DVD, available now from Paramount Pictures.

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