Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 23

The Quickening (20 May 1996)

TV Episode  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 424 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

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



(based upon "Star Trek" created by), (created by), 2 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video


IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 11 Aug 2012
a list of 3699 titles
created 17 Oct 2012
a list of 163 titles
created 16 Nov 2013
a list of 2694 titles
created 19 May 2014
a list of 63 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Quickening" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Quickening (20 May 1996)

The Quickening (20 May 1996) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
« Previous Episode | 94 of 173 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Ellen Wheeler ...
Dylan Haggerty ...
Heide Margolis ...
Alan Echeverria ...


Bashir, Dax and Kira are on reconnaissance in the Gamma Quadrant when they receive a distress call from the Teplan system. The message tells their world has been attacked. The three land and find a pauperized world that doesn't look like it was attacked recently though. The people seem depressed. Bashir finds out all the people suffer from a disease called the blight. Once their world stood up to the Dominion and as punishment they introduced the disease. All people have lesions and when they get infected, they die. The doctor is shocked to find out the people turn to euthanasia when they have 'quickened'. A doctor, Trevean, provides a way out. Bashir offers to help find a cure, but finds only skepticism. Only one pregnant woman, Ekoria, listens with interest. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis





Release Date:

20 May 1996 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This takes place in 2372. See more »


In the beginning of the episode when Worf walks in holding the Quark mug from the Defiants mess hall he's holding it sideways. When he demonstrates it holding it sideways plays the music, but it didn't when he walked in. See more »


Ekoria: Maybe you should go home. Maybe my people don't deserve your help.
Doctor Bashir: Oh, they've just been suffering so long, they've lost hope that things can be better.
Ekoria: It's more than that. We've come to worship death. - I used to wake up and look at myself in the mirror and be disappointed I hadn't quickened in my sleep. Going to Trevean seemed so much easier than going on living.
See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How often do you re-watch DS9? Toffeepop
Keep watching, they said. It gets better, they said. insanecatposse
Drinks mclain-dave
IMDb rating still at 7.9 DSNFan
Changelings and mass SvullomRektorum
Avery Brooks / 'actor'? martin-sem84
Discuss The Quickening (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: