The station goes into lockdown and the crew is endangered when an old Cardassian security program is accidentally activated.



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Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)


O'Brien and Jake are preparing one of the old ore processing units to convert it for use as a deuterium refinery. Sisko checks up on them, just as Jake finds a strange file in the database which can't be deleted. O'Brien accidentally trips a Cardassian security alert, and must enter a password, but fails. Suddenly, the room's locked down, and a recorded message from Gul Dukat appears on view screens, warning the 'Bajoran workers' to surrender, or face consequences. But their troubles, and that of the station's, are far from over. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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7 November 1994 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2371. See more »


When Jake is crawling through the ore chute and Sisko and O'Brien are talking with him, when they tap their communicators the activation sound is consistent with Bajoran communicators, not Starfleet. See more »


[last lines]
Quark: [checking out Odo's files] "A self-important con artist who's nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is." That's your official security evaluation of me?
Odo: Quark, I told you to stay away from the computer.
Quark: Two hours ago, you told me I was the most devious Ferengi you ever met.
Odo: I thought we were going to die. I was trying to be nice.
Quark: Name one Ferengi who is more devious than I am.
Odo: Grand Nagus.
Quark: All right. Name another.
Odo: DaiMon Tye.
Quark: One you personally know.
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A neat idea but it did seem to take a LONG time to get to the finale...
21 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While doing some routine work on the station, a long-hidden program is activated. It seems that an old Cardassian program designed to handle rebellions by Bajoran slaves on the station was hidden in the system and has just begun broadcasting warnings from Gul Dukat. The warnings indicate unless the rebellion is stopped immediately, stern measures will result. The stern measures mean a release of poison gas! So, as the Commander and crew try to turn off the program, they need to keep moving in order to prevent from being killed. Eventually, however, the real Dukat arrives and he thinks this is all very funny. Well, by the end, the joke is on him. See this one and see what I mean.

The idea for this show is pretty novel and generally good. However, it is hard to sustain this for the entire program and eventually it becomes a bit overlong. An excellent idea but one that was difficult to sustain for so long.

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