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: He got so quiet... toward the end. I-I could hear him whispering things - his wife's name, Iliana's, even mine. Then the pain just got too much for him and he just lay there, breathing. And at the end of every exhale... there was this pause, and I thought, "That's it. It's over." Then he'd force another breath. And another... I started counting them. One hundred... two hundred... three hundred... He fought for every last second. I don't think he even knew that I was there.
Doctor Bashir: He knew. You gave him...
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Death of a good Cardassian
14 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with a surprise; Kira is waiting for a guest to arrive and it is clearly somebody she holds in the highest regard; it turns out that the man in question is a Cardassian. He has come to Deep Space Nine because he is dying and wishes to tell Kira everything he knows that will damage his enemies back on Cardassia. He must have important secrets as no sooner is he on the station Gul Dukat is demanding his extradition and when this doesn't happen immediately he turns up on the station along with Weyoun and a Jem'Hadar warship. When this does not intimidate Sisko into handing him over Dukat tell Major Kira about an incident many years before where her friend was involved in an attack on a Bajoran monastery. Hearing this she is disappointed and does not wish to speak to him again even though he was in a very junior position at the time. Interspersed with the main story we see flashbacks to Kira's time in the resistance when her father was mortally wounded but she wasn't there when he died as she went off on a mission.

This was a fairly good episode; Nana Visitor did a good job as Major Kira and Jeffrey Combs was entertaining as always playing Weyoun. I thought it was good that we didn't hear too much detail of what information was passed on as that way we can imagine just how damaging in might be.

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