Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – Blaze of Glory, and Empok Nor

Station log: stardate unknown

Eddington (Ken Marshall) returns in this episode written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe that first aired on 12 May, 1997.

The Maquis are planning on launching a bio-weapon assault against Cardassia, who since their alliance with the Dominion has made things more desperate for the Maquis.

Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) must go after the former starfleet commander and persuade him to help stop the missiles before they can reach their target. Things are complicated by the fact that the missiles have been outfitted with klingon cloaking devices.

If the missiles find their target, the Dominion will seek retaliation… and could cause war for the entire Alpha Quadrant.

Back on the station, there’s a fun little b-story with Nog (Aron Eisenberg) as he settles into some security training, and has to learn how to deal with the klingons.

It’s the a-story that really captivates, though it’s rather troubling to think that Eddington may have been Canadian, as he talks about his lucky loonie. Beyond that though, the story is really thrilling, as Sisko and Eddington realize they have to trust one another, and Eddington makes a final decision regarding his actions.

Watching the two of them work together ends up being very enjoyable, as the delicate trust forming between them allows for a bit of a… friendship? to develop.

As the episode draws to its conclusion, you can tell the series is ramping up for something big and the Dominion is going to be a large part of it. War is on the horizon…


Station log: stardate 50901.7

Hans Beimler pens this episode from a story by Bryan Fuller that first aired on 19 May, 1997.

O’Brien (Colm Meaney) and his team, including Garak (Andrew Robinson) and Nog, are scavenging a sister station of DS9 for equipment, but soon begin to suspect that they are not alone, and that there may be a surprise or two left behind by the Cardassians.

While not necessarily a ‘Lower Decks’ kind of episode, we are introduced to a lot of characters on the Engineering team who we will no doubt not see again, but there is some fun moments and dialogue throughout.

There are some scares going on, as well as some fun shots of the Deep Space Nine sets and model, redressed to look like the ‘deserted’ Empok Nor. It seems the Cardassians have left something behind, there is a psychotropic drug in the air left to bring out the xenophobic and aggressive nature…

Garak is forced into action and has a few frightening moments, as he comes under the effects of the drug himself.

There are great character bits for O’Brien, Nog and Garak, and the series is heading to the conclusion of the fifth season on a truly high note!

Let’s see how the season ends next week, when the Human Adventure continues as my exploration of The Complete Series on DVD boldly goes…


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