Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) -For the Uniform, and In Purgatory’s Shadow

Station log: stardate 50485.2

Peter Allen Fields pens this episode that first screened on 3 February, 1997. When Eddington (Kenneth Marshall) resurfaces, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) sets off in dogged pursuit of his former security officer, not only for the uniform, but for the perceived humiliation he suffered at being out maneuvered by the Maquis leader.

But it’s not going to be easy. If Sisko wants to catch a rogue, he’s going to have to think and perhaps act like one.  But how far will he go?

The Defiant sets off in pursuit of Eddington’s ship, only to be shutdown by a computer virus Eddington installed, but even that won’t slow Sisko down. He wants Eddington, and his own ethics and morals may not stop him, leading him to a troubling decision and action.

I love the scene with Sisko and Dax (Terry Farrell) when he vents his anger over the events surrounding Eddington and his current orders, which include not going after his former officer.

In fact there are a lot of solid character moments and ideas throughout this episode, and it shows that this season, this series, has really got its feet under it, and is doing some incredible things.

And all the stuff with the crippled Defiant going after Eddington, and the relaying of the orders (through Nog (Aron Eisenberg)), and all the dialogue as she leaves Deep Space Nine… I can’t help but love it. It reminds me of a good submarine movie.

We’re introduced to a holo-communicator, which is kind of cool, and gets away from using the viewscreens.


Station log: stardate unknown

Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe write this episode the debuted on 10 February, 1997. And what they deliver us is a great Worf (Micheal Dorn) and Garak (Andrew Robinson) story.

When a coded message arrives from the Gamma Quadrant there is evidence that Garak’s old mentor, and Cardassian spymaster, Enabran Tain (Paul Dooley) is alive and well. The pair are thrown together to investigate the transmission’s origin, and come across a stunning revelation.

It’s fun having these two paired together, as they often don’t even share scenes together.

In terms of continuity, there is follow-up between Dukat (Marc Alaimo) and Kira (Nana Visitor) about his daughter. Something that helps fill out the characters and the world. But the reveal was the real kicker!

There’s a Dominion fleet waiting to attack the Alpha Quadrant, and they also run an interment camp where Worf, Garak and others are being held… including Doctor Bashir (Alexander Siddig)?!?! But that means the Bashir on the station…

The threat of the Jem’Hadar and the Changelings continues to grow and rockets us towards a cliffhanger…

Next week comes the conclusion to this important episode, and even more as I continue to explore The Complete Series on DVD available now from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…



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