Kira is kidnapped and taken to Empok Nor by a member of a Pah'Wraith cult and discovers the group leader is Gul Dukat.


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Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Norman Parker ...
Vedek Fala
Jason Leland Adams ...
Mark Piatelli ...


Kira is kidnapped and taken to Empok Nor by a member of a Pah'Wraith cult and discovers the group leader is Gul Dukat.

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25 November 1998 (USA)  »

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This episode was inspired by the Heaven's Gate cult led by Marshall Applewhite. In March of 1997, Applewhite and 38 other members (including the brother of Star Trek (1966)'s Nichelle Nichols) committed suicide, believing they were aliens and their bodies would be transported to a space ship hidden behind a passing comet. The group has an official website, which is still accessible today. See more »


[last lines]
Colonel Kira: I know this is gonna sound crazy; but I think Dukat convinced himself that he was doing what the Pah-wraiths wanted.
Odo: Who knows? Maybe he was.
Colonel Kira: Either way, he believes. And that makes him more dangerous than ever.
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I liked this side of Dukat...
27 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this episode begins, a Vedek friend of Colonel Kira's shows up on DS9 and he soon arranges to meet with her. However, completely unexpectedly, he has her transported off the station and onto an abandoned station far away. Here is the weird part. At Empok Nor, there is a cult of Bajorans that worship the Pah-Wraiths (beings who are sort of like demons) and their emissary is Dukat!! In this role, Dukat is all smiles, joy, forgiveness and love--which the Colonel knows is a pile of crap since this IS Dukat!! But oddly his followers believe in him completely--as completely as any cult you could find anywhere. Eventually, however, the smooth-talking Dukat ends up creating his own downfall. So how does he handle this? Yep--he arranges for a mass ritual suicide! Can the Colonel possibly stop these idiots from offing their sorry selves and get them to understand that the Pah-Wraiths are NOT the true gods of Bajor and that Dukat is just an opportunistic wiener?

I liked this episode a lot--particularly towards the end when Dukat suggests mass suicide! It was very timely in light of the recent mass suicides of the Heaven's Gate cult and it also opens up even more possibilities for Dukat to be a self-serving and evil slug. For more of this sort of nonsense which I love, be sure to watch the series to its conclusion, as Dukat and his insane message gathers a really, really interesting follower!

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