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

Cardassians (24 Oct. 1993)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Adventure | Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 433 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 2 critic

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



(based upon "Star Trek" created by), (created by), 4 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Debut's Today!

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1980 titles
created 29 Nov 2011
a list of 7207 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
a list of 26 titles
created 10 Aug 2012
a list of 2896 titles
created 17 Oct 2012
a list of 173 titles
created 10 Nov 2013

Related Items

Search for "Cardassians" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Cardassians (24 Oct 1993)

Cardassians (24 Oct 1993) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
« Previous Episode | 24 of 173 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Robert Mandan ...
Vidal Peterson ...


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 (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis





Release Date:

24 October 1993 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This takes place in 2370. See more »


Rugal: I wish I wasn't Cardassian.
See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Zabo Stew: Is it Green Jello?
22 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No, it's Not! Cardassian Food seems to be the most disgusting glop ever shown on Deep Space Nine.

But there is more to this ep than what Cardassians eat. For instance, If we sliced open Gul Dukat, would his innards glow fluorescent, transparent Green like Zabo Meat? One Wonders. Leave it to Keiko O'Brien to find the most disgusting food in the Replicators on DS9 and serve it up and even EAT it. EEEE-YECCH.

Garak is enjoying his "Hot Fish Juice" or whatever icky and smelly beverage Cardassians drink in lieu of Coffee - And he is joined by Doctor Bashir, when a Bajoran man and a Cardassian Child sit down across from them at the Repli-Mat. The Inquisitive Garak is rewarded with a nasty bite on the hand by the child "Rugal" (Vidal Peterson of Something Wicked This Way Comes) for his trouble.

And so we have the story of the "War Orphan" Rugal. The Sisko starts an investigation because it had been heard that Rugal was being tortured by his Bajoran FosterParent "Proka" (Terrence Evans). But Rugal claims not - And so this sets Garak on a small investigation of his own, for which he obtains the midnight assistance of Doctor Bashir and a Runabout to Bajor, where he looks into why this Child, or any Cardassian Children for that matter would be left on Bajor after the end of the Cardassian Occupation? Apparently Rugal had been adopted by Proka as a small boy. As much as Proka professes his love for Rugal, "Plain Simple Garak" discovers malicious intent. It seems that Rugal's biological, Cardassian Father "Kotan Pa'Dar" (Robert Mandan of "Soap") is a Cardassian Political Leader - And as it turns out, Gul Dukat's Political Rival- And it was Gul Dukat that made sure Rugal was lost in the first place.

This ep Explores the Cardassian and Bajoran family customs as well as Keiko O'Brien's propensity to eat bizarre and oddly coloured ethnic foods (and apparently ENJOY them!). It is the welcome return of Andrew Robinson to Deep Space Nine. Or should I say, Deep Space Slime? As in Bowl Of.

I also wonder if Garak occasionally has a bowl of what looks like Bright Green Jello, dropped into Anderson's Split Pea Soup? The whole concept of Cardassian Food is rendering me rather ill at the moment so excuse me a minute while I visit my bathroom...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Avery Brooks / 'actor'? martin-sem84
Totally creeped out by the Trill EndlessBob
LGBT episodes in Star Trek devinkydd
rate the seasons doctorbenjiphd
How Many Times Have you Re-watched? jfflyl
Cardassians - not so bad? jamotide
Discuss Cardassians (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: