Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 20

The Maquis: Part 1 (24 Apr. 1994)

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The destruction of a Cardassian ship leads Sisko, Dukat, and Sisko's old friend Cal Hudson to the fact that there is an unofficial war between the Maquis and the Cardassians.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Samuels (as Michael A. Krawic)


The Cardassian freighter Bok'Nor is blown up while leaving Deep Space Nine. It doesn't look like an accident. While both the Federation and Bajor expect retaliation by the Cardassians, they haven't even made contact. Then Commander Calvin Hudson arrives to discuss the tense situation. He is attaché to the Federation colonies in the Demilitarised Zone and a good friend of Sisko. Hudson tries to convince Sisko giving away territory to the Cardassians was a bad idea and that the Federation colonists on the Cardassian side are abandoned. Sisko still believes the treaty was a reasonable compromise. When he returns to his quarters, he is surprised to find Gul Dukat. Gul Dukat tells Federation citizens were responsible for the attack and wants to show him something in the Demilitarised Zone. After arriving the two receive a distress call from a Federation merchant vessel under attack by Cardassians. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Major Kira: Commander, we just received a general subspace transmission from somewhere in the demilitarized zone. A group there is taking credit for the kidnapping of Dukat. They're calling themselves... 'the Maquis'.
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The prospect of war
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When a Cardassian ship explodes as it leaves DS9 the is concern that the action could lead to renewed hostilities between Cardassia and Bajor. With a fear of hostilities in the air Commander Calvin Hudson, from the demilitarised zone along the border between Federation and Cardassian space. He is an old friend of Sisko's and it soon becomes clear that he is not happy with the treaty between the two sides that left several colonies on the wrong side of the new border. Surprisingly there is no official comment from the Cardassians although Gul Dukat turns up in DS9 and suggests that Sisko accompanies him to the border colonies. On the way they come across Federation ship which is being attacked by Cardassians who refuse to answer even when ordered to do so by Dukat. It looks as though the colonists on both sides are trying to start their own private war. When they arrive at the colony tensions are high; a Federation colonist has confessed to the destruction of the ship but as he is now dead and the confession was made after an interrogation the colonist claim he only confessed as he was tortured. With nothing resolved they return to the station but soon Dukat has been kidnapped by a Vulcan woman and a man dressed as a Federation security officer. While Sisko was away we had seen the Vulcan attempting to negotiate an arms deal with Quark.

This was a decent episode which had an intriguing mystery and a nice cliff hanger ending. While the main story is good the scenes between Quark and Sakonna, the Vulcan woman are the most fun, he is clearly interested in her and she doesn't appear to be totally disinterested in him.

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