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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Great episode, but we need to talk about the elephant in the wormhole
20 October 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Action-wise, this is certainly one of the best episodes of DS9. But it also has character development, ties well with the previous episodes, and the ending is excellent, thanks to the fact that Marc Alaimo's Dukat always seems to steal the show - and here he is given a lot to work with.

However, I can't give the episode more than a 6, when the major plot development depends on the most childish, disappointing, "oh god they can't possibly use that" deus ex machina imaginable (by literally anyone who has seen the show).

Let's just say that even if Q just appeared without warning or reason and decided to help the Federation, it would be a better solution. It is inconceivable that the people who wrote this otherwise fine episode came up with this predictable and woefully unconvincing magic trick to turn the tide of the war.

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