Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 7, Episode 8

The Siege of AR-558 (18 Nov. 1998)

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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 isolate outpost.

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18 November 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the most controversial episodes ever made, for the way it shows the harsh realities of war in such an unflinching manner. The director, Winrich Kolbe was a Vietnam veteran, and used his experience when directing the episode. In essence, people fighting and killing each other for a piece of land not worth the blood that's shed. See more »


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The other side of Starfleet
25 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We are all used to the immaculate uniforms, powerful starships, and the cold harshness of combat in space portrayed in this series. But this episode shows the other side of the war, and portrays it with a realistic edge that I found surprising and mesmerizing.

Somehow this episode positively nailed the atmosphere of soldiers doing the grim business of holding on to an objective in a place that will be forgotten by everyone except for those who were there - like so many other places in so many other wars. Everyone has lost a friend, everyone is scared and angry and everyone is doing their job with an air of fatality that is riveting. For the most part, the enemy are an unseen force that everyone knows is equally determined and skilled, and of course they must be dealt with.

I particularly enjoyed Quark's role in this episode, an outspoken outsider who begins to understand more and more what his nephew and the other starfleet personel go through just because of orders and circumstance.

This is a great episode that shows a rougher side of life in the future, and a rougher side to the characters we are so familiar with. This is some great writing, acting, and directing - the tense moments and 1000 yard stares really made this a fine episode for contemplation.

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