Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – The Die is Cast, and Explorers

Station log: stardate unknown

Ronald D. Moore pens the conclusion to last week’s cliffhanger in this episode that first aired on 1 May, 1995.

Tain (Paul Dolley) with Garak (Andrew Robinson) at his side, along with an uneasy alliance with the Romulans prepares to enter the Gamma Quadrant through the wormhole in their search for The Dominion to perform a first strike upon them.

Sisko (Avery Brooks) violates Starfleet orders as he and his crew take the Defiant and attempt to rescue their security officer, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) who is still being held by Tain.

Leland Orser is in the guest cast as the Romulan Lovok, and Kenneth Marshall returns as Security Officer Eddington, who is less than thrilled that Sisko and the rest are so casually ignoring Starfleet orders and going after their friend.

This is an exemplary episode, and features a fantastic sequence that sees Garak torturing Odo who is unable to shapeshift, as Garak is keeping the room he is in in quantum stasis. The sequence brings into question whether Garak is still the same person he was, delighting in his work, or has he changed in his time on DS9.

And it’s a stunning revelation to see the Cardassian Romulan fleet stumble into the Dominion trap… not to mention an additional reveal halfway through the battle.

This one is fantastic, and it continues setting up the arc of the season, not to mention a large portion of the series, as it escalates the situation with The Dominion.

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Station log: stardate unknown

Rene Echevarria pens this episode that first debuted on 8 May 1995.

Sisko, intent on proving a theory that Bajorans could have traveled to Cardassia without the power of warp drive builds a replica of a centuries old starship, a solar sailer, and sets out into the universe.

There’s a fun b-story with Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and Jake (Cirroc Lofton) hints at the literary career that will impact his character, as well as the fact that he is a boy growing up into a man, and moving away from his father, despite the love that still unites him.

The episode has a couple of firsts including the appearance of Sisko’s beard, there is a mention of Kassidy Yates and Chase Masterson’s Leeta shows up.

This ends up being a solid episode, but how do you compare to what just came before it? Anything that followed the previous episode is going to seem like a step down. This one is just a fun, relaxing tale of father and son, and a journey of discovery.

The Human Adventure continues Tuesday when I continue my voyage home with Voyager: The Complete Series, and Thursday as I explore Deep Space Nine: The Complete Series, both available on DVD from Paramount Pictures now.

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