Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 1

The Homecoming (26 Sep. 1993)

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Word that a previously thought dead Bajoran resistance legend is still alive sends Kira and Chief O'Brien to Cardassia IV to rescue him; meanwhile "The Circle", a sect of the Bajoran provisional government that is intent on wiping out alien influence, is sneaking into power.



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Episode credited cast:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Leslie Bevis ...
Tygarian Officer
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Peace Officer


Quark receives a Bajoran earring from a smuggler. She tells she received it on Cardassia IV. It needs to be delivered to Bajor and any Bajoran will immediately recognize it. Quark brings it to Kira. The earring is that of Li Nalas, one of the greatest war heroes of the resistance. She thinks he is being held captive on Cardassia IV and asks Sisko for a runabout since she doesn't get any support from the Bajoran government. Kira tells Sisko she believes he will be the leader Bajor is in desperate need of ever since Kai Opaka left. Bajor is on the verge of civil war as the terrorist group The Circle is getting more and more power. The Circle strives to get rid of all aliens on Bajor and they have extended their activities to the station already. Odo finds their logo graffiti-ed on a wall. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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[last lines]
Minister Jaro: [referring to Li] The Navarch needed to return here to assume his new post. He's been made the Bajoran liaison officer to Deep Space Nine.
Commander Sisko: I already have a liaison officer.
Minister Jaro: Not anymore, you don't. Major Kira is no longer assigned to this post. She's been recalled to Bajor.
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Return of a hero
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Season two of Deep Space Nine starts off well for the viewer but not so well for non Bajorans on the station when a group of ultra nationalists known as The Circle start activities on board. At first it is just acts of vandalism; painting their logo on a wall but later the escalate their activities and brand Quark with their logo. Around the same time The Circle's activities start Major Kira learns that a Bajoran war hero Li Nalas, who was presumed dead, is in fact still captive on Cardassia Four despite Cardassian assurances that all prisoners have been released. Kira goes to rescue him along with Chief O'Brien, they have a little trouble with the Cardassians but manage to rescue Li Nalas. Once back on the station he is not ready for his fame and confides in Sisko that his fame is based on an event which wasn't half as heroic as his supporters believe. Sisko tries to persuade him that sometimes the myth is more important than the truth... this leads to Li Nalas getting an appointment that could have major implications for a member of the DS9 crew.

This was a good season opener with good action scenes on Cardassia Four even if the planet was of the standard Californian desert variety. There was some nice humour too, Li Nalas's tale of how me killed an under-dressed senior Cardassian was both plausible and very funny. At the end we are left with a nice "to be continued" ending.

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