Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 13

Return to Grace (5 Feb. 1996)

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Dukat returns, stripped of his prestige, to escort Kira to a Cardassian conference about the Dominion. But an attack by a Klingon raider may give Dukat a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of his government.

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Kira has been asked by Shakaar to attend a conference on a remote Cardassian outpost. The two governments will exchange intelligence about the Klingons. The Major will be personally brought to this location by Gul Dukat. Ever since he brought his half Bajoran daughter Ziyal to Cardassia, things haven't been going well for him. He was stripped of his rank and is now a simple freighter captain. But, so he ensures Kira, it is only a temporary setback for him. When Kira arrives in Cardassian space, the outpost has been attacked by a Klingon bird-of-prey. All the diplomats are dead. Kira suggests mounting an outpost disruptor on the freighter to go after the Klingons. While Kira wants revenge for the dead diplomats, Dukat sees this as the perfect opportunity to redeem himself. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The Klingons are not suspicious that the Cardassian ship they encountered some distance away has followed them to the same remote location. See more »

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Major Kira Nerys: I realize it's traditional for a Cardassian captain to take a percentage of the haul; but you are gonna have to shed a lot of traditions if you are serious about fighting the Klingons.
Gul Dukat: Some traditions are hard to break.
Major Kira Nerys: [knowing] You'll get used to it.
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Dukat declares war on the Klingon Empire
31 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Kira sets off for a conference to discuss the Klingon's actions she is shocked to find the freighter which is to transport her is captained by Gul Dukat. He has been demoted after returning to Cardassia with his half Bajoran daughter. When they get to the site of the conference they find that the site has been destroyed by a Klingon bird of prey which is still in the area. Gul Dukat attacks it but the weaponry on his ship is so feeble that it not only fails to damage the target but the Klingons just leave thinking it isn't even a worthy target. This turns out to be a mistake as under Major Kira's guidance they take the base's superior weapons to increase the freighter's fire power before hunting down the Klingon ship which during an audacious attack Dukat and Kira seize the bird of prey and transports its Klingon crew to the freighter which Dukat then destroys. With access to the Klingon database they learn where all Klingon vessels in the area and Dukat is determined to use that information to counter attack against the Klingons... even though his Government wishes to pursue only diplomatic efforts. As he prepares to wage war alone he returns Kira to Deep Space Nine along with his daughter.

This was a great episode which had plenty of action although that was secondary to the banter between Nana Visitor and Marc Alaimo as Kira and Dukat as he tries to recruit her to his cause. This episode is also notable as it is the first to feature Damar, played by Casey Biggs. Here he is just an unimportant character on Dukat's ship but he will become a major figure in later episodes.


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