Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 5

Second Skin (24 Oct. 1994)

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Kira finds herself on Cardassia as a Cardassian. She is told she is called Iliana Ghemor and was a Cardassian spy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Chief O'Brien (credit only)
Tony Papenfuss ...
Cindy Katz ...
Christopher Carroll ...
Gul Benil
Freyda Thomas ...
Alenis Grem


Kira is contacted by Alenis Grem of the Bajoran Central Archives. She is doing a research on the former Elemspur detention center. Grem has proof Kira was once detained there, but she is sure that isn't true. When the only remaining living inmate recognizes her, Kira decides to travel to the Archives to sort things out. But she never arrives. While the crew searches for her, Kira awakes on Cardassia. She's been turned into a Cardassian and is told she served as a spy on Bajor, whose long term memory was altered to avoid discovery. Her name is Iliana Ghemor, daughter of legate Tekeny Ghemor. While she denounces the thing as preposterous as first, she starts having serious doubts when Entek of the Obisidian Order provides more and more convincing proof. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Major Kira: [on Garak] Don't worry, he's on our side - I think.
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Edited from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Duet (1993) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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The Obsidian Order: Best Hackers of the Trek 'Verse
10 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This ep innocently starts out with Kira investigating a conundrum. A Conundrum which the Cardy Obsidian Order initiated using 20th century hacking skillz.

The Cardies must have left many puters on Bajor, and one of them had the records of the "Elemsberg Detention Center" (a highly unlikely name for either a Cardy or Bajoran facility). Actually, it was the Bajoran Central Archives- basically, the planetary Mainframe. It amazes me how EASILY the Cardies invaded those Bajoran PCs, we'd think that in the future, they would not use the same Puter conventions we use - Local storage facilities and independent operating systems in workstations. Even Windows 8 is now veering toward an "Appliance Based" system, where the user's files will be stored not on the local, Mechanical Hard Drives, but on a remote server. We know that federation uses some kind of "Data Crystals" - This is similar to storing info on Flash Drives. Soon, we will have Hard Drives that are wholly non-mechanical - As a matter of fact, there are many Solid-State storage devices being sold today - Eventually the prices will drop and more people will use them.

But on Bajor, it has been three years since the Cardies left the planet in ruins... So we must imagine that the Bajoran Techs have "Paper Clipped, Taped and Glued" together many Systems out of the wrecked systems the Cardies left.

Kira is way too easily tricked into leaving the station, and she is then kidnapped by a Cardy Agent- One that looked like the same species as Ty Kajada (Julie Caitlin Brown) from the season one ep "The Passenger" - So the Cardies are using 3rd parties to infiltrate DS9.

This ep explores the intricacies of The Obsidian Order and we learn now, that "Plain Simple Garak" is neither Plain nor Simple, he's a former member of the Obsidian Order.

A great 'Sode, but wracked with various statements that will come into question in later 'sodes - Kira's father did of course get killed fighting the Cardies, but her Mother had a fate different than the fate Kira tells the Obsidian Order agents. We do not know at this time what Gul Dukat reveals to Kira about her mother... So table that for a later (6th Season) 'Sode.

What is of import here, is that it is revealed that the Cardies have photographic memories, and also that the cardies use Intrigue more than Brute Force to obtain objectives. So in fact we learn a LOT about Cardies in this Ep and especially Garak.

Ultimately, Kira herself is not the target for the Obsidian Order. Who is? Watch this Ep and find out! But when you do it, you will have to take all of the 20th century computer-isms for granted. Take it from me, it is NOT so easy to gain entry to computers on a network! But yet we've seen, Kirk, Riker, Worf, even Picard as well as Data enter computers "at will" during the reign of Trek. It is simply, if you take it too seriously, you will lose the ability to enjoy some of the other more interesting things about both the Series of DS9 and this particular 'Sode!

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