Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 6, Episode 6

Sacrifice of Angels (3 Nov. 1997)

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)


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. However, the blockade is barely budging, and time is running out. Meanwhile, on Terok Nor (Deep Space 9), the resistance members are arrested, awaiting execution for trying to stop the minefield from being taken down. Although Quark and Ziyal rescue them, and 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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The poem that O'Brien and Bashir quote is 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. 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 »


Chief O'Brien: Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them, Volley'd and thunder'd...
Doctor Bashir: Storm'd at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of Hell, Rode the six hundred.
Nog: Whatever it is you two are reciting, I wish you'd stop!
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Once more unto the breach
2 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Battle to retake Deep Space Nine has finally begun and Rom is somewhat disturbed by O'Brien and Bashir reciting 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', it is a good thing he doesn't know what it is about. As they fight the enemy fleet it looks as if all may be lost until the Klingons arrive, although even then only the Defiant manages to slip through the blockade.

Back on the station Demar has rounded up Kira, Leeta and Jake; scuppering Kira's plan to destroy the station computer to prevent the Cardassians from bringing down the minefield. In a surprisingly brave move Quark and Ziyal break Kira and the others out of the holding cells. It looks like Rom will bring down the station's weapon system with moments to spare but he is too late. With the Dominion fleet heading their way Sisko takes the Defiant into the wormhole to intercept them. Here he has a conversation with the Prophets, they seem willing to help but ominously say his destiny is to be changed. With the Dominion fleet lost in the worm hole and weapons systems off line the Dominion and Cardassian forces order the evacuation of DS9; when Ziyal is killed by Damar Dukat has a breakdown and remains on the station while the others leave.

This episode was packed with action, it was impressive seeing the two huge fleets engaging in close quarters combat and while less spectacular is was fun to see Quark take out two Jem'Hadar soldiers to free the captives. Some of the best scenes where those between Dukat and Weyoun, Marc Alaimo and Jeffrey Combs are great in the roles. It was good to see Sisko retake DS9 the ending was tinged with sadness following Ziyal's death.

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