Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 11

Paradise Lost (8 Jan. 1996)

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When Starfleet institutes martial law to combat the Changeling Menace, Sisko begins to question if the Dominion is the real threat.

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All power has been cut and president Jaresh-Inyo finally agreed to Sisko and Leyton's request to put Earth under Martial Law. Starfleet security personnel is roaming the streets of every city. It's been four days since then, but still there's no sign of a Dominion invasion. Joseph Sisko decides to reopen the restaurant. Meanwhile Odo brings a strange security report to the attention of captain Sisko. Apparently Red Squad was demobilized just moments after the power was cut. While the two first think that it was to get them out of harm's way, new evidence pops up. Apparently the entire group of cadets was reassigned to field duty three hours later. Sisko gets very suspicious, especially after a Starfleet member asks him to immediately delete the report. He orders Nog to provide him the name of one of the members of Red Squad to conduct an interview. He doesn't like what the cadet tells him. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Captain Benteen commands the USS Lakota. These names allude to the Little Bighorn War of 1876 where Captain Frederick Benteen was one of the United States Cavalry commanders who fought against the Lakota Sioux, an American Indian nation. See more »

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After the Lakota opens fires on the Defiant, steam begins pouring onto the Defiant bridge. The device releasing the steam is visible. See more »

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Admiral Leyton: I have enough loyal officers to make a fight of it.
Captain Sisko: Who will you fight? Starfleet? The Federation? Don't you see, Admiral? You're fighting the wrong war! And as for your loyal officers, Benteen's already abandoned you. And she was closer to you than anyone. You've lost! Don't make anyone else pay for your mistakes.
[Leyton slowly gets up, takes off his rank insignia and lays them on the table]
Admiral Leyton: I hope... you're not the one making the mistake.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Homefront (1996) See more »

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Excellent Episode with Disturbing Parallels to Real Life
9 May 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Paradise Lost is the second part of a two part episode in which Captain Sisko is recalled to Earth after a changeling sets off a bomb on Earth killing about two dozen people. While Sisko begins working on new security measures for Earth to keep out Changelings, Earth's entire power grid shuts off and everyone begins to believe the Changelings are attacking. After there is no invasion, Sisko begins to suspect something is up. He eventually finds out the disturbing truth, one that is hard for him to even swallow!

This episode has many ties to what has happened in the United States after 9/11, even though it was written well before that happened. A peaceful society is turned upside down by an act of terror, and the government uses the fear that the act of terror creates in its citizens to further its own agenda. Some may disagree with this point of view, but to me it seems all too clear that this is eerily similar to real life. It is an excellent piece of writing by those who worked on this series and good lessons can be taken from it. Ten out of ten.


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