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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[Kira and O'Brien are trying to get past a Cardassian control post in a runabout, masked as a Lissepian transport]
Major Kira: [to the control post, over comm] Gul Marayn is waiting on Cardassia IV to receive my shipment of rulot seeds. Any delay could ruin the entire crop, not to mention the Gul's mood.
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West Side Bajor Story
8 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This second of a Four-Parter - Because I consider this 'sode a continuation of S1E20 "In The hands of The Profit". Vedek Winn Adami was unable to murder Vedek Bareil, so she forms a sex-tryst with "First Minister Nixon" (Frank Langella). But what Winn and Jaro do not know, is that some other force has set up the whole thing, they created it, they maneuvered it into position. Who was it? Someone who knows the Bajorans, how they will act, what they will do, even what they want.

But all of this is unclear, because this story uncovers itself like Clouds Parting, or a Vision from The Prophets- Which Major Kira sees, but as usual the Prophets will not give information in any way that it can be made sense of immediately.

Quark is "Declaring Peace" with Odo in an attempt to confuse him. Quark's Boslik Freighter Captain "Rionoj" (Leslie Bevis) appears in the first of her three major appearances- She always shows up when something significant is going to occur- Like when she finds a Jem'Hadar "Baby" and when she sees Odo beginning to fall apart due to an infection from The Founders. But those are to come, we have not seen such dire events in these first introductory character building seasons of DS9. So here, she gives Quark a controversial Bajoran Earring.

An Earring belonging to Li Nalas - A Hero of the Bajoran Underground, who single handedly killed a hated Cardassian Military Officer - While he was in his whatever Cardassians call Underwear doing whatever Cardassians call Relieving Themselves. In Fact Li Nalas (Richard Beymer) hates the title given him, because he felt what he did was a cowardly act.

This earring sets all kinds of wheels in motion, Kira gets permission to break Li out of his Prison on "Cardassia Four" where O'Brien tries to "sell" her to John Fleck as a Cardassian, and she beats him black and blue. They free not just Li but about a dozen more Bajoran Prisoners.

Li is Celebrated when he gets back to DS9, and even Gul Dukat uncharacteristically "apologizes" for the imprisonment and sends the remaining Bajorans back, something which normally, he would never do. Why?

But then suddenly First Minister Jaro-Nixon appears on the Station, relieves Kira as Liason and gives her job to Li Nalas! And Kira goes down to Bajor to hang out with Vedek Bareil, who brings her to an Orb. But then she is Kidnapped.

Meanwhile, all kinds of graffiti starts magically appearing all over the station, Quark is attacked and almost has his Lobes torn off, and out of the blue all kinds of weapons start appearing in the hands of the group who is doing all of the tagging on DS9 - Called "The Circle" and within hours a full scale insurrection is surmounted on the surface of Bajor. A Starfleet Bean Counting, Pencil Pushing Admiral orders The Sisko to hand the station back to the insurrection.

But while this is developing, Odo "Fringes" out some rotting Bajoran/Danish fish - He deputizes Quark as a Spy to find out where all of these guns are coming from. He finds out, the answer to this is expected, and once this is known, The Sisko knows exactly what is Happening. So he decides to mount a small insurrection of his own: To Be Continued in West Side Bajor Story part II: The Wrath of Li Nalas.

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