Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 2

Past Prologue (10 Jan. 1993)

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Tahna Los, a former Bajoran terrorist during the Occupation, asks Sisko for asylum on DS9. Meanwhile, the station's last Cardassian inhabitant, Garak, possibly a former spy for the Cardassian government, proves an interesting mystery to Dr. Bashir.



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
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Richard Ryder ...
Bajoran Deputy


While the last Cardassian on the station, tailor Garak tries to become friends with Dr. Bashir, a Bajoran vessel approaches the station at high speed, followed by a Cardassian ship. The Bajoran, Tahna Los, gets beamed onto DS9 just in time before his ship is blown up and asks for asylum. Benjamin Sisko seems reluctant, but major Kira Nerys knows him. He's a member of the Kon Ma, a terrorist organization fighting Cardassia, but also accused of crimes against Bajorans. Upon his promise that he no longer wants to be a Kon Ma, Sisko decides not to hand him over to the Cardassians, while Kira works on getting amnesty from the government for Kon Ma Members. Then two female Klingon outcasts, Lursa and B'Etor arrive at the station. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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In Katharyn Powers original script, Kira and Tahna were to be lovers, but Michael Piller decided that this was a television cliché. Powers' version also had Tahna turning his back on terrorism and attempt to forge peace with the Cardassians, before being killed by his own people. See more »


Commander Sisko refers to the Cardassian ship's commander as Gul Danar. However, the Gul never introduces himself by name any time during the episode. See more »


Major Kira: Maybe there are still wars to be fought, and I'm just making a fool of myself doing what 'm doing here.
Odo: It sounds like you're trying to talk yourself into something - or out of something?
Major Kira: Either way I have to betray someone.
Odo: The only important thing is not to betray yourself.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Firstborn (1994) See more »


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Is this episode 2 or 3? I dunno...
9 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is listed as episode 2 on IMDb. However, when shown on Netflix, it's listed as episode 3. I really am not sure which is which--perhaps you know for sure.

When the episode begins, the tailor, Garak, is introduced as he works hard to build a relationship with Dr. Bashir. He's obviously a Cardassian spy--but why would he foster this relationship with the Doctor? At the same time, an old associate of Major Kiera in the Bajoran underground is headed towards Deep Space 9--with the Cardassians in hot pursuit. When he asks for asylum on base, what is Sisko to do? And, why did he arrive here? Well, it gets even more interesting when two Klingons arrive. How will these three players' stories intersect? See the show.

The main reasons for this episode are to further explore Major Kiera's dilemma of divided loyalties as well as to introduce a semi-regular character, Garak. All in all, rather exciting and worth seeing--and a lot better than the dull and artsy premier episode.

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