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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The writers chose Nog, Quark, Bashir and Ezri to carry the story because they had next to no fighting experience. Unlike Kira, Worf and O'Brien, who had all been in battle and knew how to handle themselves in a fight. The writers were keen to see the reactions of people who didn't know how to handle themselves in a fight. See more »


Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.
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Grittier than usual episode
7 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a particularly good episode of DS9 which concentrates on the action which is far grittier than most Star Trek episodes. It looks like the crew of the Defiant are just going out on a routine resupply mission, so routine that Quark has joined them to scout out business opportunities for the Ferengis. As they approach their destination they are attacked by a Dominion ship suggesting the area isn't as safe as they thought. Once on the ground they find things are much worse than they thought; the base is down to about a third of its original strength and it appears that some of the troops there have been in combat too long and are beginning to either cracking up or enjoying them selves a bit too much.

While they are on the ground the Dominion attacks and Capt. Sisko decides that he and the rest of the landing party will stay and fight along side the other troops. This means Dr Bashir, Ezri and Nog must experience ground combat for the first time and one of them will sustain a serious injury which may effect them for the rest of their life.

I found this to be a great episode, normally one feels the main crew will walk away from all situations unscathed but here there is a greater sense of danger. It also lacks a more humorous second story line that many episodes do.

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