Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – In the Cards, and Call to Arms

Station log: stardate 50929.4

Micheal Dorn directs this, the penultimate episode of the fifth season. It was written by Ronald D. Moore, from a story by Truly Barr Clark and Scott Neal. It debuted on 9 June, 1997.

This episode is a bit of a breather before the plunge into the season finale. It follows Nog (Aron Eisenberg) and Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton) as they attempt to cheer up Jake’s dad, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) by tracking down a mint condition Willie Mays rookie card.

The Dominion threat is still present, however, as they offer a non-aggression pact to Bajor.  This all weighs down on Sisko and Jake is determined to cheer him up… even if he doesn’t have the money to do it. There’s a fun little dialogue between Nog and Jake when they discuss currency and why humans don’t use it anymore.

It’s not going to be that easy for Jake and Nog because someone else has their hands on it now, but they may be able to reach a deal, though the man, Elias Giger (Brian Markinson), seems a little bizarre. And more trouble rears its head when both Kai Winn (Louise Fletcher) and the Dominion’s Weyoun (Jeffrey Combs) arrive on the station to conduct negotiations with one another.

While the Dominion side of the story is troubling, the Jake and Nog stuff works great, as they go on a hunt, and work trade after trade to get their hands on the card for Sisko.

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Station log: stardate 50975.2

Bajor and the Dominion sign a non-aggression pact (they also have one with the Romulans) which doesn’t bode well for the future of the Federation in this final episode of the season. Written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, this story first aired on 16 June, 1997, and prepared to plunge the Alpha Quadrant into war.

In an attempt to keep the Dominion from using the wormhole, Sisko arranges for it to be mined. Dealing out reprisals, the Dominion sends the Cardassians under Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) to launch an assault against the station.

There are great character moments, Rom (Max Grodenchik) and Leeta (Chase Masterson) get married, Garak (Andrew Robinson) and Dukat’s daughter, Tora (Melanie Smith) share a tender second, Dax (Terry Farrell) and Worf (Micheal Dorn) agree to get married should they survive, and soon the station is evacuated but for the Starfleet crew as the enemy begins to arrive, and the Second Battle of Deep Space Nine gets underway.

We are at war…. and left wondering what happens as we cling to an ending  that sees Starfleet leaving the station (disabled by Sisko’s command) for the Dominion backed Cardassians leaving Rom, Jake (!), Quark (Armin Shimerman), Kira (Nana Visitor) and Odo (Rene Auberjonois) behind.

We close on a shot of the Federation fleet arriving… and it is stunning!

Season six gets underway next week, as I continue to explore The Complete Series on DVD, now available from Paramount Pictures! The Human Adventure continues as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine boldly goes…

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