Kira spends time with Vedek Bareil on Bajor just as "The Circle" begins arming themselves from a mysterious source.



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Minister Jaro has Kira replaced by Li Nalas in security, and is surprised Sisko is not pleased by this. He tells Sisko the main reason for putting the war hero on the station, is the escalating unrest on Bajor. While Kira's friends from the station say goodbye, she gets a sudden visit from Vedek Bareil, who invites her to the Vedek monastery, which she accepts. Soon after her arrival at the monastery, Kira finds life there is not for her, and gets restless. Bareil then shows her the monastery possesses of one the Orbs of the Prophets. Meanwhile, Quark has some important information for Odo. He has heard the Kressari, normally botanical DNA traders, have been supplying weapons to The Circle. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The scene in Kira's quarters Director Corey Allen shot it in one continuous uninterrupted take. When the episode was edited together, the scene was intercut with various close-ups and reverse angles, but the master shot of the scene was one long take, something of which Allen was extremely proud. See more »


Prior to interrogating Kira Nerys, Minister Jaro Essa sits on a boulder, and it can be seen moving appreciably. See more »


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The annoying Bajoran saga, part two.
16 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the second episode in a three-part series about the Bajorans and their power struggles. It is also the first three-part series in Trek history.

When the show begins, Major Kira is spending time with Vedek Bareil. She hates meditating and he introduces her to the 'third orb' and she has some goofy visions. Then, the scene switches back to DS9 and Quark, oddly, is quite helpful in uncovering a plot by someone to arm Bajoran dissidents and help perpetuate chaos on Bajor--and considering how annoying and unlikable the Bajorans generally are on the show, this will NOT be hard to do! When the action (such as it is) switches back to Bajor, Kira learns who is behind some of the plotting against the provisional government (hint: he has a really cool voice).

Overall, while I did dislike the Bajorans (as usual), it was a better episode than episode two--mostly because the Commander and his Starfleet staff began to behave sneaky and proactive. Interesting and it does start to get interesting here...that is apart from the silly religious visions at the beginning of the show.

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