Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 24

Shakaar (22 May 1995)

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News arrives that Kai Winn has also become Bajor's political leader. She asks Kira to negotiate with an old resistance friend about returning soil reclamators.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Lenaris Holem
John K. Shull ...
Security Officer (as John Kenton Shull)


Sisko gets an urgent message from Bajor and delivers some bad news to Kira. Kalem Aprem, First Minister of the Provisional Government, has died from a heart attack. Kira is very upset to hear spiritual leader Kai Winn has already been appointed as successor. Kira is concerned about the future of Bajor and she can't shake the feeling that giving Winn control of the government is a mistake. Suddenly Winn visits the station to see Kira. She has a favor to ask. Shakaar, the leader of Kira's resistance cell during the Cardassian occupation and now farmer, refuses to return some government-loaned soil reclamators. They are used to detoxify soil poisoned by the Cardassians. Winn wants to use them in the Rakantha province, once Bajor's most productive farmland. She thinks this will once again make export possible, increasing Bajor's changes of being accepted into the Federation. Kira agrees to talk to Shakaar. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Major Kira: It's a free election. If you wanna run, go ahead, but if you do, this entire incident is gonna be made public. And when the people know the real facts, when they know that you risked a civil war over a couple of pieces of farm equipment, they're never gonna trust you again. You'll still be Kai, the spiritual leader of Bajor. But your days in this office are numbered. So if I were you... I'd start packing.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Crossfire (1996) See more »


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The Kai tries to get power
7 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kira is not too happy when she learns that the Bajoran political leader has died and it looks as though Kai Winn will take the job. She soon finds her self asked to help the Kai by getting some farmers to give up some essential equipment to give it to another province. She is asked as Shakaar, the farmer's leader, is somebody she knew during the uprising against the Cardassians during the occupation. Kira persuades him to enter into negotiations with the Kai but she betrays them by sending police to arrest him. Kira helps him escape and joins the former rebels as they head into the mountains to avoid the security forces sent after them. When Kira and Shakaar surround their pursuers but instead of attacking they approach the leader and talk him into helping insure that the Kai never takes political power.

While this action in this episode was entertaining enough I don't find the episodes centred on Bajoran politics to be the most interesting. Even the secondary story about Chief O'Brien having a winning streak at darts which Quark started running a book on wasn't particularly funny. This wasn't a bad episode but it wasn't that good either.

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