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

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Quark states one of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition (#285) to be; "No good deed ever goes unpunished." A line attributed (here on Earth) to Oscar Wilde.
Writer Gary Holland was surprised at how Odo reacted to finding out that Kira loved Bareil, as that was not how he had written the scene.
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This marks Camille Saviola's (Opaka) first appearance since her character chose to remain in the Gamma Quadrant.
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This was the final episode of DS9 to air during the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). The TNG finale, Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994), aired between this episode and the next one Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Tribunal (1994). In late 1994, DSN was the sole carrier of the Star Trek franchise, until the debut of Star Trek: Voyager (1995) in January 1995.
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This is the first episode in which the Bajoran Occupational Government is mentioned. It was previously implied that the Cardassians simply eliminated the Bajoran government altogether during the Occupation of Bajor. The Ilvian Proclamation, which sentenced all collaborators to exile, is also revealed.
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The name of Kai Opaka's son was never revealed in the episode, although he was called "Fasil" in the Star Trek: Terok Nor novel Night of the Wolves.
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According to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, there are several Watergate parallels in this one: for example, when Quark helps Kira bypass the security lockouts, and the Prylar Bek character, whom the Companion claims is based on John Dean.
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The visible tension between Winn and the crew of DS9 is left over from Winn's attempt to stop Keiko O'Brien teaching secular science to Bajoran schoolchildren. During a visit to the station, Winn coerced a Bajoran engineer to try to kill Vedek Bareil, who opposed Winn's way of thinking and threatened her popular support. However, as there was no evidence to prove her involvement, she was never indicted.
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This takes place in 2370.
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Gary Holland's original idea involved an elderly male Bajoran who had been living on Cardassia for many years and who wanted to return home to Bajor. It is thought this Bajoran has some kind of dark secret, and Kira is assigned to find out what it is. At first, it seems the secret may be the man murderered Kira's father. It later transpires the actual murderer is in fact his daughter, and he is covering up for her.
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Tom Villard, who portrays Pylar Bek, passed away from AIDS in November 1994, less than six months after this episode aired.
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Julian Bashir and Jake Sisko do not appear. Benjamin Sisko only appears in his discussion with Winn.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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.

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