Capt. Sisko and his away team volunteer to stay with a besieged unit at an isolated outpost.



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Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Lt. Nadia Larkin


Capt. Sisko and his away team volunteer to stay with a besieged unit at an isolated outpost.

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18 November 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Actress Annette Helde also played a guest role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Visionary (Karina), and also Star Trek: Voyager, Scientific Method (Takar). See more »


When firing a weapon like the phaser that is basically a "continuous stream" laser beam weapon, why fire it in short, brief bursts only (like a conventional cartridge firearm), as the Starfleet officers due during the battle? Firing in this manner allows the oncoming Jem'Hadar soldiers to dodge & duck the plasma bursts, and also gives them time between shots to find cover & return fire. Unfortunately, just like conventional weapons, phasers have a limited supply of ammunition (energy). If continual fire were used, their power packs would be drained too fast. See more »


Vic Fontaine: I wish I was going on the supply run with you. I could make some personal appearances, sing a few songs, tell a few jokes - you know, put on a regular USO show.
Doctor Bashir: I'm afraid there are no holosuites where we're going.
Vic Fontaine: Rom's right - life can be unfair. You know, pally, sometimes being a hologram can be a real pain in the asymmetric photons.
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Some of the DS9 crew members get their hands dirty.
27 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" is unusual in several ways. Instead of the usual two plots, there is only one. Additionally, the show is grittier and more violent than usual.

There is a Federation base on AR-558--a place that used to be under Dominion control. It's recently been under siege for some time and the Federation troops there are disheartened and beaten up pretty badly. So, when Sisko and some of his folks arrive, they are very welcome. But the task of keeping this base seems impossible, as only about a third of the original troops are alive.

An interesting guest star in this one is Billy Mumy, as he was once a regular on "Lost in Space" and was a regular on "Babylon 5" when he made this guest appearance. Overall, a decent episode, though I did feel their attempt to be grittier still felt amazingly sanitized compared to real warfare. Still, it's worth seeing.

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