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

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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 »

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[Quark provides Nog with a ration pack]
Quark: Here. You need to keep your strength up.
Nog: Thanks, Uncle, but I can get my own food.
Quark: What's the matter? Afraid of looking weak in front of the Humans?
Nog: I want to earn their respect, if that's what you mean.
Quark: At the price of your soul?
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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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