Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 9

Defiant (21 Nov. 1994)

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Thomas Riker, impersonating Will Riker, steals the Defiant in order to fight with the Maquis. Sisko assists Gul Dukat on Cardassia Prime to prevent the ship from entering Cardassian territory.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Tricia O'Neil ...


It's very busy on the station and Kira hasn't even got time to read reports. Now Starfleet also requests a complete report on the computer calibration subroutine. When Bashir asks for a runabout that isn't available to get medical supplies, she snaps. Bashir notices she's overworked and orders her to rest. Not liking it all, her mood becomes better when she meets commander Will Riker from the starship Enterprise in the bar. He has three months of leave and is on his way to the pleasure planet Risa. She seems to really like him and only the thought of Bareil is holding her back. At the end of the next day she runs into him again and offers him a tour of the facility. Riker asks immediately if he can take a look at the Defiant. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Thomas Riker calls the Defiant a "tough little ship"; William T. Riker later calls it the same thing in Star Trek: First Contact. See more »


Thomas Riker: [of the Defiant] Tough little ship.
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Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


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Wow...Thomas Riker is a real insecure jerk...
21 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, Commander William Riker arrives at Deep Space 9. However, it turns out that it's NOT William but his identical version, Thomas (to see more about this, see "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Second Chances"). Years before, due to a weird transporter incident, two Rikers were created and one was left alone on a planet for several years. This stranded one is different--and perhaps has a strong need to differentiate himself from his identical counterpart. While he says he's there for a visit, Thomas is actually there to steal the defiant for the Maquis. After all, he IS exactly like William down to his DNA, so it should be easy for him to obtain the craft for his co-conspirators. What's next? See the show.

All in all, this is a pretty good episode though the resolution to the problem seems to come too easily and too quickly. There really could have been a LOT more tension and action--and the show is neat but incredibly restrained.

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