Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 10

Homefront (1 Jan. 1996)

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Sisko travels to Earth when a bombing at a Federation conference is determined to be the work of Changelings.

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The wormhole is showing erratic behavior by sudden openings and the Bajorans think it's a message from the prophets. Then grave news arrives on Deep Space Nine. There has been a bombing with 27 dead in Antwerp and a changeling has been spotted on the crime scene. The thing most feared has happened: the changelings have reached Earth. The Sisko's and Odo travel to Earth and admiral Leyton makes Sisko acting head of Starfleet Security on Earth. The captain's first task is to convince the president of the Federation, Jaresh-Inyo, to implement harsh security measures. The changelings aren't Sisko's only problem. He also has to deal with his stubborn father, who refuses to follow doctor's advice. Jake meets with Nog who tells him he has problems at the Academy. He doesn't seem to be accepted by a group of elite cadets known as Red Squad. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Sisko notes the names of some of the officers whom he served with on the U.S.S. Okinawa: Daneeka, McWatt, Snowden, Orr, and Moodus. All of these are the names of characters in Joseph Heller's book "Catch 22". See more »

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President Jaresh-Inyo: It took centuries for Earth to evolve into the peaceful haven it is today. I would hate to be remembered as the Federation president who destroyed Paradise.
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The one where Starfleet suffers a case of major paranoia...
15 October 2006 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Homefront'

Season four, episode eleven

This claustrophobic episode, and it's sequel 'Paradise Lost', are one of the first inklings in the DS9 series that the mood is going to turn much darker as the show develops, taking it away from the previously conceived idea that life in the twenty-fourth century Trek verse is a perfect utopia. The episode sees Sisko and Odo arriving on Earth where Starfleet Command has asked for their expertise in helping Starfleet Security prepare contingencies to protect Earth as they believe the Founders have have infiltrated the Federation.

Aside from seeing more of Sisko's personal life in the form of meeting his chef father Joseph, what made this episode so good was watching as Federation Earth seemed to crumble as they prepared to face this new threat from within. After nearly four centuries on peace on the planet, I imagine the high levels of paranoia, fear and anxiety as people began to distrust even those close to them is exactly how humans would react despite claims they have moved passed such immature behaviour expected more from a 'barbaric' twenty-first century human. It also has hints, which link to how the Federation would eventually win the war, over why unity is more important than division. After all, the Founders were able to ravage the Alpha Quadrant by dividing up old alliances and casting doubt among various races.


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