Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 24

The Collaborator (22 May 1994)

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Vedek Bareil is targeted by fellow Kai candidate Vedek Winn as having been a collaborator with the Cardassians during the Occupation.

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The election day for the new Kai is approaching and both Vedek Bareil and Vedek Winn are on the station. Bareil is especially interested in Kira's vote, Winn has a completely different agenda. She is awaiting the arrival of secretary Kubus Oak. He was special liaison between Cardassians and the Bajoran government. After the occupation the collaborator fled to Cardassia. Kira and Odo are determined to make sure he gets the proper sentence. Then suddenly Winn wants to leave the station with Oak. She accessed information about Prylar Bek, another Bajoran collaborator, who hanged himself after he gave away the location of a rebel base in the Kendra Valley. Winn tells her Kubus gave away the name of the person really responsible for the massacre: Vedek Bareil. Kira tries to find the truth. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This episode contains the first (albeit subtle) reference to Odo's feelings for Kira. Pay attention to Odo's body language around the 27 minute mark. See more »

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Odo: You humanoids - when it comes to emotional attachments, you never see the obvious.
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Major Kira is an idiot

It's only season 2, I know, but I'm starting to get tired of this series' dabblings into sheer stupidity. Major Kira, the highest ranking Bajoran on Deep Space Nine, has proved to be an insufferable moron for most of the series. Her part thus far has apparently been to be the fanatic of the ensemble crew.

The problem with her is that she rarely, if ever, gets her comeuppance, in the way Quark would for doing less than she does.

In this episode, it's revealed that a Bajoran collaborator has come to DS9 and reveals that another collaborator was behind a massacre of a resistance cell during the Occupation of Bajor.

So Major Kira goes on a crusade to find out who it is, including at the very least breaking several laws, getting Quark to hack into the Vedek's security system, and finds out that it's potentially her lover, Vedek Bareil who was the collaborator.

When confronted, Bareil admits it was him, and that he gave the Cardassians the location of the resistance cell because they were threatening to destroy several villages and murder thousands of Bajoran civilians.

MAJOR KIRA WILL HAVE NONE OF THAT, THOUGH! She snarls and condemns him with the same amount of dogmatic narrow-minded insistence of a religious fanatic, not even bothering to give second-thought to her condemnations and anger given that he was FORCED AGAINST HIS WILL BY THE CARDASSIANS OR ELSE THEY WOULD MURDER THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT BAJORANS. To her, he's a collaborator, and that's that.

So he takes the fall publicly, only for her to discover that it was actually Kai Opaka (the Bajoran equivalent of the Pope, who they left on a planet in the Gamma Quadrant to bring peace between two warring peoples) who told the Cardassians, because of the same reasons Bareil claimed, and because her own son was in the cell that she knew the location.

OF COURSE, SINCE SHE WAS GREAT AND ALMIGHTY KAI, MAJOR KIRA IS NO LONGER ANGRY AND FORGIVES THIS ACTION! Perhaps ironically, producer Ronald D. Moore also created the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, which had an almost identical situation in the 3rd season involving the human resistance fighters labeling collaborators as undeniable traitors and enemies of mankind, regardless of who they are or why they're doing it.

This lead to Ellen Tigh "collaborating" with the Cylons in order to free her husband, who was one of the leaders of the resistance, in order to help the resistance.

In Battlestar Galactica, this is handled with great drama, care, and realism, with the collaborators given genuine reasons for collaboration, ranging from secretly helping the resistance, to having no choice, to just being pawns and tools. The actions of the resistance fighters are treated with the proper level of disgust, viciousness, and barbarity, even after the occupation of New Caprica, when they begin targeting SUSPECTED collaborators, finding evidence, and murdering them without trial.

By contrast, this episode handles it in purely black and white terms. The collaborators are bad and wrong, even if they aren't evil people, and Major Kira is good and right, even if she's breaking the law to uncover who was a collaborator.

Idiotic.


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