Jake, reporting from the front lines, sees what war truly is.

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Jake's traveling with Doctor Bashir, to write a report about his activities. It's different from what he expected though, all Julian talks about is prion replications, amino acid re-sequencing and quantum dynamics. Jake would rather write a report about the doctor battling Cartalian fever, for example and thinks that readers would relate to that more. Jake's wish for more action may come true when a distress call is sent in from the Ajilon Prime colony. They are under attack by the Klingons. They urgently need medical supplies and a doctor in a hospital near the front line. Bashir doesn't want to take Sisko's son with him, but Jake is able to convince him otherwise. Jake is delighted, but is the young reporter really prepared for the horror that is war? Meanwhile captain Sisko hears the Farragut will pick the two up the next day, but gets more anxious as time progresses. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The title is from a biblical quote Ecclesiastes 9:11: "Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all." See more »

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Jake Sisko: Some people say that you don't know what you're really made of until you've been in battle.
Doctor Bashir: Well, let me tell you, Jake. There are many situations in life which test a person's character. Thankfully, most of them don't involve death and destruction.
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Featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999) See more »

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Time for Jake to grow up a bit more...
5 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, Dr. Bashir is in a runabout doing whatever when they learn that the truce between the Klingons and Federation has broken down. As a result, a colony has been attacked and there are casualties. While Dr. Bashir would love to go help, he's hesitant because Jake, a non-com, is with him. However, Jake insists that they go--after all, he understands the risk and he's over 18. Plus, there is a part of Jake that wants to experience life since he has visions of being a brilliant writer. Instead of an exciting adventure, however, Jake finds that war sucks and makes you want to wet your pants!

This is a decent episode--not great, but decent. But it also made me think of a few things. First, Dr. Bashir is the only doctor anywhere near the colony? That seems very odd. Second, what Jake learns is amazingly obvious--especially if he'd read "The Red Badge of Courage". Decent but that's all.


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