Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 26

Call to Arms (16 Jun. 1997)

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With the continuing battalions of Jem'Hadar entering the Alpha Quadrant in preparation for war, Sisko decides to mine the wormhole to prevent further troop movement. This provokes a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)


With the continuing battalions of Jem'Hadar entering the Alpha Quadrant in preparation for war, Sisko decides to mine the wormhole to prevent further troop movement. This provokes a confrontation between the Dominion and the Federation, forcing Sisko to abandon DS9. Written by Anonymous

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During the episode, Worf states that the Defiant will be unable to raise her shields when deploying the mines. During the battle, three Jem'Hadar ships attack the Defiant, and the vessel's shields are clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
[Rom and Leeta are looking at one of many potential wedding dresses for Leeta]
Rom: What do you think?
Leeta: I don't know. What do you think?
Rom: I like it. Don't you?
Leeta: Rom, it's two handkerchiefs and a loin cloth!
Rom: I suppose we could lose the handkerchiefs.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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A prelude to war
23 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the fifth season of Deep Space Nine comes to a close things are looking bleak; more and more Dominion ships are coming through the wormhole and heading to Cardassia. To make matters worse an increasing number of Alpha Quadrant races are signing non-aggression treaties with the Dominion. Knowing that the peace will not last Sisko decides to start the war before the Dominion can amass an unbeatable force in the Alpha Quadrant. To do this they start to mine the opening of the wormhole. As soon as they start the Dominion launch an attack on the station and it is a race against time to finish laying the mines before the Dominion can get through the defences and prevent it being completed. It isn't all doom and gloom though; Rom finally marries the beautiful Leeta and Worf and Jadzia get engaged although by the end of the episode both couples are separated and the Federation have been forced to abandon Deep Space Nine.

This was a great season finale with a fine cliff hanger ending, the station may have fallen but Sisko has left a subtle message to let Gul Dukat know he intends to return. The battle scenes were amongst the best seen in any Star Trek episode to date as a large Dominion fleet takes on the station's defences. As good as the action was the size of the Federation Fleet that the Defiant joins in the closing scene suggests that even larger battles will be seen in the next series.

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