Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – The Siege, and Invasive Procedures

Station log: stardate unknown

Michael Piller writes the concluding part to the season opening trilogy of episodes. It first debuted on 10 October, 1993.

Commander Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his Starfleet crew are dealing with the request that they evacuate the station, while The Circle, the Bajoran xenophobic activist party is revealed to be receiving their arms from their mortal enemies, the Cardassians.

All the characters are dealing with the imminent loss of the station, Quark (Armin Shimerman) is selling seats on the evacuation seats, Jake (Cirroc Lofton) and Nog (Aron Eisenberg) are worried this will affect their friendship, and Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney) and his wife Keiko (Rosalind Chao) are caught up in a struggle between loyalty to the mission and the family.

The Bajoran forces, led by loyal representatives of Minister Jaro’s (Frank Langella) The Circle, including General Krim (Stephen Macht) and Colonel Day (Stephen Weber) arrive on the station, and dive right into the conflict as the Starfleet crew stage guerrilla tactics to delay any advances they can claim.

Meanwhile on one of the Bajoran moons, Dax (Terry Farrell) and Kira (Nana Visitor) are working on a plan.

Before the episode ends, alliances will be revealed, lives lost, and Bajor’s freedom may hang in the balance.

This is a great end to the season opener, it’s involved, develops all of the characters, as well as the universe and things they are dealing with. This is a superior episode, and shows that serialised stories are quite at home in the Trek Universe.

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Station log: stardate 47182.1

As the DS9 crew reclaim their post, trouble arrives for Dax and her trill symbiont. Written by John Whelpley and Robert Hewitt Wolfe from a story by Whelpley, this episode first aired on 17 October, 1993.

A desperate band arrives on the station and causes a number of problems, all because of Verad (John Glover), a trill who is there to claim Jadzia Dax’s symbiont. He’s aided by a pair of Klingons and an alien woman. Verad is rather timid, but he is intent on joining with the Dax trill.

Odo (Rene Auberjonois) is captured and contained, and the rest of the crew are taken just as quickly. And what will happen when they learn that Quark helped them get aboard the station?

Things don’t pan out for Verad and his companions as well as he hoped, especially when the symbiont joins with him. While Jadzia lays in sickbay, growing worse and worse, Verad tries to adapt to his new existence.

But will Sisko let that happen? Is his friendship with the symbiont more powerful than his friendship and loyalty to Jadzia?

This was a fun episode, and John Glover is always great, and I love watching he and Brooks go toe to toe.

Next week the Human Adventure continues as I dive deeper into Season Two of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series, now on DVD from Paramount Pictures.

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