Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 5

Cardassians (24 Oct. 1993)

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Political heat rises on the station as Bajorans enter the station with orphaned Cardassians they have adopted.

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Dr. Bashir is talking with Cardassian tailor Garak when suddenly a Bajoran man with a Cardassian boy enters the bar. Garak tries to approach the boy but he seems very afraid and bites him. Rugal is a war orphan left behind by the Cardassians after the occupation as many others and was adopted by Bajorans. Just a minute after Bashir tells Sisko, he gets contacted by Gul Dukat. He seems very concerned about the orphans on Bajor and wants to rectify the situation. He is concerned the Bajorans are manipulating them into thinking the Cardassians are bad and asks for an investigation. While Rugal's Bajoran father tells he's been treating the boy well and Rugal seems to prefer staying on Bajor, an alien, Zolan, contradicts that story. Meanwhile Garak thinks the situation is a bit too coincidental and starts his own private investigation with Bashir. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Garak the Cardassian tailor (Andrew Robinson) is seen for the first time since his initial appearance in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993). See more »

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Kotan Pa'Dar: Mister O'Brien, I know very little about Human culture, I don't know how you view the family.
Chief O'Brien: We'd do almost anything to protect our families. I've a daughter myself; she's four - the same age your son was when you lost him.
Kotan Pa'Dar: Then I expect you can imagine what I'm feeling right now. On Cardassia, family is everything. We care for our parents and children with equal devotion. In some households, four generations eat at the same table. Family... is everything.
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A welcome return for Garak
5 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode seems a welcome return for the Cardassian Garak who Dr. Bashir is convinced is more than just a tailor, something Garak's denials only seem to confirm. As the two of them are enjoying a meal a Bajoran arrives with a Cardassian child. When Garak goes over to say hello to the child but ends up getting bitten by the boy. No sooner has the incident been reported to Commander Sisko than he gets a message from Gul Dukat on Cardassia saying it is time that orphans left on Bajor after the occupation to come back. The problem is the boy doesn't see himself as Cardassian, in fact he has been brought up to despise his own race. While the decision is being made he is put in the care of Chief O'Brien and Keiko. It turns out the boy isn't actually an orphan, his father, a senior Cardassian, believed him dead after an attack on his house. This father understandable wants his child back as much as his adoptive father wants to keep him. While Sisko must decide what to do with the boy Bashir and Garak head to Bajor to find the records of the adoption and discover why Dukat is so interested in the case.

Andrew Robinson steals the show as Garak, it is not surprising that the creators brought him back after his single episode in the first season. Without him this might have been just another issue of the week episode.


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