Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 6

Starship Down (6 Nov. 1995)

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A damaged Defiant must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with two Jem'hadar ships inside a gas giant.



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Captain Sisko is asked to mediate on the Defiant between the Karemma and the Ferengi. Hanok, its representative, finds there's little profit in trading with them. Quark has made up all sort of non-existent fees and Sisko is not amused. Then two Jem'Hadar ships suddenly attack the Karemma ship. It tries to flee into a gas giant planet with dangerously high wind speeds, but the Jem'Hadar still follow. Sisko orders the Defiant to go after them to help the Karemma. With barely any sensors, and the phasers inactive, the crew must be creative. The situation brings contemplation. Kira reevaluates her relationship with Sisko as both captain and the Emissary, while Worf learns a few things about command. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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James Cromwell also plays a cameo of Zephram Chochrane in the Star Trek: Enterprise premier episode, "Broken Bow" (2001) and a Mirror Universe version of the same character "In A Mirror, Darkley: Part 1" (2003). See more »


[O'Brien has advised Worf earlier to go a little easier on the Engineering personnel]
Lt. Commander Worf: How long will the repairs take?
Stevens: Sixteen hours.
Chief O'Brien: Oh, you can do it in twelve.
Stevens: Twelve. Sure. No problem.
[walks off a little less enthusiastic]
Chief O'Brien: [to Worf] See? You can give 'em a little slack; but you can't take your hands off the reins.
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Sort of like an old submarine film...but in space.
28 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Starship Down" is an interesting episode and plays in many ways much like an old WWII submarine film. This is not a bad thing, as in the original "Star Trek", one of the very best episodes ("Balance of Terror") had a similar sort of style.

The Federation is trying to work with some folks from the Gamma Quadrant who want to break free of their Dominion masters. However, the Jem'Hadar show up and threaten to not only destroy the aliens' ship but the Defiant as well. To avoid this, the ships go into the atmosphere of a nearby planet--and here the sensors don't work very well and all four ships are running blind. So, like old submarines, they slink about--looking for an opportunity to destroy their enemies with only the simplest of weaponry.

This is a very simple and yet very gripping episode. It's one of the best of the season--mostly because plots like this are hard to screw up!

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