Bashir tries to help a planet in the grips of a Dominion-engineered plague that guarantees a painful death.



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Bashir, Dax and Kira are on reconnaissance in the Gamma Quadrant, when they receive a distress call from the Teplan system. The message says their world has been attacked. But, when Bashir and crew land, they find a world in a state similar to earth's dark ages, nor does it look like they'd been recently attacked. The people seem in a state of hopelessness, as Bashir finds out all the planet's inhabitants suffer from a disease called 'the blight.' Once this world stood up to the Dominion, but as punishment, they introduced the disease. All people have lesions, and when the disease runs it's course ('quickened,' as they say), the infected die soon afterwards. The doctor's shocked to find the people turn to euthanasia when they have 'quickened'. A doctor, Trevean, provides a way out, and Bashir offers to help find a cure, but they're met only with skepticism. Only one pregnant woman, Ekoria, listens with interest. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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20 May 1996 (USA)  »

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The awfulness of the Dominion is amazing.
4 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Dr. Bashir and Jadzia Dax respond to a planet's calls for help in the Gamma Quadrant. However, when they land the see that the place has been a hellish mess for a long time. It seems that this once- great civilization offended their Dominion overlords and as punishment, the Dominion released a horrible virus upon them. This virus doesn't kill the people instantly but causes lesions. Eventually, and there's no predicting when, they proceed to a phase called 'the Quickening'-- with intense pain and death. However, the folks on the planet, despite the automated distress call, don't seem terribly concerned about finding a cure--they just accept that they are all going to die and that is that. In fact, instead of doctors, they have folks like Trevean (Michael Sarrazin) whose job it is to help expedite their deaths...peacefully. Can the landing party manage to come up with a cure--especially when the disease is so incredibly resistant to treatment?

This is an incredibly sad episode--certainly not what you could call a 'feel good' show. Fortunately, it IS still well worth seeing and is a wonderful example of just how amoral and nasty the Dominion can be.

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