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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" The Collaborator (1994)

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Time for a new Kai

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
1 April 2010

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As the time approaches for Bajor to elect a new Kai, the most likely candidate is Vedek Bareil, known to be the personal choice of the former Kai and a very close friend of Major Kira. When a man who collaborated with the Cardassians is caught trying to get back to Bajor he claims that Bareil may have been involved in an act of treason which led to the deaths of many Bajoran rebels. When Vedek Winn invites Kira to investigated the claims she accepts expecting that as the evidence emerges it will prove her friend's innocence. As her investigations go deeper she is shocked to discover that the evidence suggests that Bareil was indeed guilty of treason.

While this episode didn't contain any real action it was an interesting look at the religious politics of Bajor and had a rather surprising twist at the end. Louise Fletcher does a good job as Winn despite being a relatively minor character at this point in the series.

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Apparently Oscar Wilde was a Ferengi!

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
19 December 2014

This is another episode with the dreadfully evil Vedek Winn (Louise Fletcher). This snake-like religious leader is one of the more deliciously evil characters on "Deep Space 9"--and her interludes are always welcome.

When the show begins, the Bajorans are about to elect a new Kai-- their highest office for their religious leaders. While Vedek Bariel is a nice guy and clearly the person that the station members would like elected to become Kai, Winn is naturally up to something and is scheming to eliminate him as a candidate. Oddly, her evil schemes necessitate the help of Major Kira--an odd thing as she is Bariel's lover and truly hates Vedek Winn.

This is an interesting episode because so much of what happens here isn't apparent until much later in the series--much later. Why Winn MUST become Kai is something you'll just need to see in this excellent and slimy episode. Well worth seeing.

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Major Kira is an idiot

Author: Andariel Halo ( from Here
20 June 2010

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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.


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