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

The Quickening (20 May 1996)

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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 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 (

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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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