Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) -Life Support, and Heart of Stone

Station log: stardate 48498.4

Ronald D. Moore pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Christian Ford and Roger Soffer. Debuting on 30 January, 1995, the story follows a number of story threads, Bashir (Alexander Siddig) attempts to save Vedek Bareill’s (Philip Anglim) life after a docking accident.

Kira (Nana Visitor) is anxious about the fate of her lover, while Kai Winn (Louise Fletcher) attempts to secure a peace treaty with the Cardassians.

Interwoven throughout this is the potential of a new love for Jake (Cirroc Lofton) with Leanne (Lark Voorhies) and a look at the differences between Ferengi and Humans as Nog (Aron Eisenberg) and Jake try to come to terms with their friendship, and girls.

Bareill attempts to advise Winn, even as he fights to recover, but Bashir warns him his condition may fail, and his life forfeit. The negotiations need him, but Bashir is intent on protecting his patient, as is Kira. But will Bareill make a decision that puts his people first?

And even if he does put his people first, will Winn use him as a scapegoat if things fall through. Bashir does everything he can, but in the end, even with the success of the treaty, Bareill must pass.

Which makes sense dramatically for Kira’s character it puts her through the emotional ringer and also frees her up for things that may happen in the future.

While not my favourite episode it does wrap up Bareill’s story line and has some fun moments with Nog and Jake.

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Station log: stardate 48521.5

Kira is the centre of this story written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe. It first aired on 6 February 1995.

Kira and Odo (Rene Auberjonois) are on their way back to the station when they engage in a pursuit of a Maquis vessel. When they land to search for it on a moon, things go sideways when Kira becomes trapped in a growing crystal formation.

Will Odo be able to get her out?

Meanwhile back on the station, Nog approaches Sisko (Avery Brooks) about writing him a recommendation for Starfleet Academy. He wants to be the first Ferengi in Starfleet.

Both stories prove to be fairly entertaining, one lets Nog grow as a character, and the other reveals Odo’s growing affection for Kira, as he comes right out and says he loves her.

While Odo is baring his soul to Kira (or is he?), Nog has a brilliant conversation with Sisko about his fate, his father, and his desire to join Starfleet. It’s a great bit.

The Human Adventure continues next week as I continue exploring the third season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Pictures.

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