Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – To the Death, and The Quickening

Station log: stardate 49904.2

LeVar Burton directs this episode with a script by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe. It first debuted on 13 May, 1996.

A devastating attack by Jem’Hadar renegades destroys one of the station’s docking pylons in a raid, and Sisko (Avery Brooks) leads his crew aboard the Defiant in pursuit. When they come across a disabled Jem’Hadar ship commanded by the Vorta leader Weyoun (Jeffrey Combs!). Amongst his men is Brian Thompson (typecast again).

The Defiant forms an uneasy alliance with them to go after the renegades, who have discovered an Iconian gateway (last seen in Next Generation’s The Contagion). Weyoun reveals the threat that may occur should the Jem’Hadar find a way to make the gateway work, and the uneasy team has to go on an assault to stop them.

We learn more about the Dominion and none of it is good. These guys are scary.

The episode is also filled with some wonderful character beats that would have seemed out of place a couple of years ago, but works perfectly here.

This is a great action-packed episode, the series has really found its footing and the serialized storytelling definitely plays to the show’s strengths. We also know that as the Dominion threat grows greater, that we are drawing closer to the end of the season.

We are also very deep into episodes that I have never seen before. I just seemed to always stall around the beginning of season four, which is crazy, because this season has been pretty awesome!


Station log: stardate unknown

Naren Shankar pens this episode that is directed by Rene Auberjonois, and first aired on 20 May, 1996.

This is a Bashir (Alexander Siddig) story that sees the doctor working in the Gamma Quadrant in an attempt to stop a plague that has infected the inhabitants of a remote planet that dared to resist the Dominion.

He and Dax (Terry Farrell) are determined to stay and find a way to save the sick, who are born infected with the plague, known as the blight, and can die from it at anytime when they quicken.

This is a gentle, quieter episode than its predecessor, but still adds to the Dominion story, by showing how cruel they are, and make them an even more terrifying threat. It also shows that while Bashir can be impulsive and goofy when it comes to other things, he is a helluva doctor and brilliantly idealistic.

I truly love how this episode plays out.

Next week, we come to the conclusion of Season Four as I explore Star Trek: Deep Space Nine The Complete Series on DVD, now available from Paramount Pictures.





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