Sisko tries to resolve the Maquis crisis by preventing a war, freeing Gul Dukat and offering the defected Hudson the chance to return.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Drofo Awa


Sisko, Bashir and Kira have been taken captive by Cal Hudson. Once again the two commanding officers try to convince each other, but when Sisko refuses to join Hudson's cause, he stuns them. After returning to the station Sisko orders O'Brien to find Gul Dukat and decides not to tell Starfleet about Hudson. Meanwhile Odo has found out Quark's trade. He and Sisko interrogate the Ferengi and find out what he was selling. Then the Cardassian legate Parn arrives with a surprising message. Parn tells Central Command was indeed secretly smuggling weapons, but that this was the doing of Gul Dukat. Sisko and Kira don't believe it all and Sisko realizes that Hudson was telling the truth. Sisko aims for the best possible scenario: preventing a war, freeing Dukat and offering Hudson the possibility to return. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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1 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Jake Sisko does not appear. See more »


Major Kira's communicator badge is upside down, at one point. See more »


[last lines]
Commander Sisko: I just got a communique from Starfleet, congratulating me on my good work, and thanking me for preserving the peace with the Cardassians.
Major Kira: You deserve it. You prevented a war.
Commander Sisko: Did I? Or did I just delay the inevitable?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Preemptive Strike (1994) See more »


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A decent change of pace...and a shadow of things to come.
19 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the first of this two-parter, the Maquis (a splinter group of Starfleet who advocate confrontation and attack on the Cardassians) captured Sisko and his crew members who have located their hideout. Now, Sisko and company have a hard task--to stay loyal to their friends who are now in the Maquis, honor the peace accord with the Cardassians and follow their duty as Starfleet officers. Oddly, to do this, they need the help of Dul Dukat!!

Like the previous show, this one is exciting and violent--things the show was desperately needed! After a VERY cerebral first season, the show slowly gained some momentum due to violence! Yes, violence-- something they need to have conflict and excitement. While the BIG battles with the Cardassians are well into the future, this is a shadow of things to come.

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