Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 19

Ties of Blood and Water (14 Apr. 1997)

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When a Cardassian official that thinks of Kira as his daughter is dying, he agrees to reveal all he knows to her. But the experience dredges up Kira's memories of her own father's death.



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When a Cardassian official that thinks of Kira as his daughter is dying, he agrees to reveal all he knows to her. But the experience dredges up Kira's memories of her own father's death.

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Major Kira: [sobbing] I missed my father's death by less than an hour. Did you know that? Less than an hour! I always told myself that it was... bad luck, bad timing - will of the Prophets. But the truth is... I didn't have to go when I did. I could have stayed a while longer. I saw my chance to get out and I took it... I saw so much death during the Occupation, I felt so much pain... But my father... he was my strength. And I... I couldn't stand to see that strength slipping away. So I ran.
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18 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Back in 1994, Major Kira was kidnapped and made to look just like a Cardassian. It was all part of a plan to trick an old Cardassian named Ghemor. Both survived the episode and the plot was uncovered- -but Kira maintained friendly relations with Ghemor--and was in some ways was like a second daughter to him. Here in season 5, Ghemor is back--and he's dying. He's returned to see Kira because he wants her to be with him during his dying days and she seems very willing- -at least at first. What gives?

This is a particularly poor episode for Major Kira, as her character seems so incredibly poorly written. Her actions through much of the show just seemed bizarre and violated who the character had so far been through the series. Because of this inconsistent writing, I think this is among the poorer episodes of the series.

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