The Federation attacks DS9 in hopes of keeping the mine field at the wormhole intact, while the Dominion waits entrance to the Alpha Quadrant from the other side.



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Operation Return has begun. The goals: to get through the Dominion/Cardassian blockade; to retake Deep Space 9; and to stop the Dominion from destroying the minefield blocking the wormhole. But the blockade is barely budging, and back on Terok Nor (Deep Space 9), the resistance members are arrested, awaiting execution. Although Odo comes to his senses, are the resistance, and the Defiant, too late to stop the Dominion reinforcements? Written by movieguy3

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3 November 1997 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2374. See more »


After Sisko says "Evasive maneuvers, Pattern Omega. We're going through.", there is a flash on the bridge from enemy fire. During the flash, if you look closely, there is a ship diagram of an Excelsior-class ship in the background behind Sisko on the left side of the screen. Defiant is not an Excelsior-class starship. See more »


Weyoun: [when the Federation is about to retake Deep Space Nine] Time to start packing!
Female Shapeshifter: Contact our forces in the Alpha Quadrant. Tell them to fall back to the Cardassian territory. It appears this war is going to take longer than expected.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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16 May 2014 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

So surprising that there is only one review for this episode, this episode which is possibly one of the best pieces are Star Trek ever made. Not going to give anything away but watch this with Favour The Bold, not sure why they made them 2 parts as together they stand up well as 90 min of awesomeness the like of which has seldom been seen before in Star Trek history.

The story here is brilliant, full of action, lots of loose ends tied up, lots of characters finding their own true courage and realising what it is they really believe in and what's important to them.

Superb acting throughout, especially Dukat and the Vorta. The action sequences are some of the best ever seen in Star Trek and you'll wish they went on for longer. Yes the shields weren't animated but folks this was 1997 and CGI power is nothing like it is today.

If they ever make a new Trek series then they should take the best elements of TNG and DS9, mix them up and you'll have a guaranteed success. It's hard to choose between DS9 and TNG but those two certainly are way ahead of the other three series, and this is one of the best episodes of them all.

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