Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 14

In Purgatory's Shadow (10 Feb. 1997)

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A coded message from the Gamma Quadrant leads Garak to believe his mentor, Enabran Tain, is still alive. He and Worf seek him out, only to discover something much worse: a Dominion invasion fleet poised to attack the Alpha Quadrant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Sisko (credit only)
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A coded message from the Gamma Quadrant leads Garak to believe his mentor, Enabran Tain, is still alive. He and Worf seek him out, only to discover something much worse: a Dominion invasion fleet poised to attack the Alpha Quadrant.

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This is Melanie Smith's first appearance as Ziyal, after the character had been portrayed by two different actresses in previous installments. See more »


Enabran Tain: Elim - remember that day in the country? You must have been almost five.
Elim Garak: How can I forget it? It was the only day.
Enabran Tain: I can still see you... on the back of that riding hound. You must have fallen off a dozen times. But you never gave up.
Elim Garak: I remember limping home... You held my hand.
Enabran Tain: I was very proud of you... that day...
[he dies]
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References Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Prelude to war
7 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a coded Cardassiam message is received from the Gamma Quadrant Garak is asked to help decode it, it seems as if it was nothing of consistence though when he says it is just a communication from an exploration vessel. This being Garak of course it was far from trivial but a message from his presumed dead mentor Enabran Tain. He attempts to steal a runabout but is caught by Dr. Bashir who takes him to to Captain. Garak manages to persuade him that the signal should be investigated as there are also Federation personnel missing in the Gamma Quadrant. Soon Garak is on his way accompanied by Worf. Approaching Dominion territory they enter a nebula to avoid detection, unfortunately the nebula contains a Jem'Hadar fleet which is so large that it can only be preparing for an invasion of the Alpha Quadrant. Before capture they manage to send a warning which while garbled is clear enough for the people on DS9 to know they must act fast if they are to prevent an invasion; this will entail blocking the wormhole which would trap Garak and Worf on the wrong side. These two find themselves in a Dominion prison where they learn Enabran Tain is alive along with Klingon General Martok, somebody else they know is there too, Doctor Julian Bashir and he has been there for two months, clearly the one on DS9 must be a changeling and there in no guessing what he may have done in those two months.

This was a great episode, which wasn't a surprise as Garak played a major part in the story and Andrew Robinson is great in the role. I was really surprised when the Dr. Bashir was revealed on the station was revealed to be a changeling, it would be interesting to re-watch the preceding episodes to see if there were any clues, I certainly didn't suspect a thing. As this episode ends it is clear that the DS9 story has entered a new phase as the times of relative peace end and the long war with the Dominion begins.

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