Sisko and his crew crash on a barren world when their commandeered Jem'Hadar ship is shot down. They encounter Jem'Hadar who crashed there earlier, and have taken Nog and Garak hostage in exchange for medical aid for their Vorta overseer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Commander Worf (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Paul Eckstein ...
Limara'Son (as Paul S. Eckstein)
Lilyan Chauvin ...
Vedek Yassim


In the episode outline on the page it says the following: "After a daring mission, the runabout crew is stranded on a remote planet, surrounded by a nebula, where Nog and Garrack are captured and offered as trade for the doctor to aid the enemy's injured Vorta". Specifically, it is not a runabout, ie, "runabout crew", it was a captured Jem H'Dar warship, which was being used by the crew... Written by Tombo1984

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6 October 1997 (USA)  »

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During filming at a rock quarry in Sun Valley, temperatures reached as high as 128 °F/53 °C. It was the hottest period in that part of the country in over ten years; so hot that the makeup was melting on-camera. If you look closely, you can see the eyes of the Jem'Hadar are quite red, due to the makeup dripping into the actors' eyes as it ran off their foreheads. See more »


When Sisko is comforting Dax and referring to the cavern as a "hotel", he tells her they have "24 hour room service". The Starfleet time scale has a 26 hour day. The Starfleet invented the Stardate to count Time, Bajor just has a 26 hour cycle while orbiting it's Sun, the Earth for example has still a 24 hour long day See more »


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Captain Sisko: Captain's log, supplemental - O'Brien needed three days to restore main power to our commandeered Dominion ship. But he's not going to get them. Sensors have detected two Jem'Hadar fighters heading our way, and without main power our chances of survival are slim to none.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: To the Death (1996) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Yet further proof that the Vorta are scum!
18 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Members of the DS9 staff are off world--exploring planets in the Gamma Quadrant in order to see if any of them have mining potential. While they are on one perspective planet, they find a Jem'Hadar ship that has crashed. Everyone on board appears to be dead and Sisko is thrilled that they can salvage the ship to see what makes it tick. Not surprisingly, soon a Jem'Hadar ship lands and they want possession of the ship that crashed. Odd, however, is that the Vorta representative does NOT order the Jem'Hadar soldiers to just attack. Her caution and desire to use trickery is unusual. After all, just destroying the wreck SHOULD end their problem, right? Well, not exactly, as there IS something of great value aboard---but what is it?!

I think the reason I loved this one is that it is a wonderful example of why the Vorta are complete and total scheming scum. How? See the show--you'll see what I mean in this tense and well-written show.

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