Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 25

Tribunal (5 Jun. 1994)

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Chief O'Brien goes through the horrific Cardassian judicial system when he is charged for an unknown crime.



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Julian Christopher ...


Chief O'Brien is preparing for a vacation with his wife Keiko, but has a hard time to leave things in the hands of others. Just after Sisko orders him to disembark, he runs into an old friend. It's Raymond Boone, whom he served with on the Rutledge. He left Starfleet eight years ago and moved to a colony on the Cardassian side of the demilitarized zone. O'Brien hasn't much time to talk to him and leaves with his wife in a runabout. Barely underway a ship suddenly approaches. O'Brien is arrested by the Cardassians for a crime. They refuse to tell him what he did wrong and transport him to undergo a trial. After a painful preparation a Cardassian Juror, Archon Makbar, makes it absolutely clear his guilt is already established and the trial is only a formality. Odo manages to get on O'Brien's defense team as Nestor, while the crew on the station do their best to come up with useful information. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This is the first episode of DS9 to be directed by a cast member. Avery Brooks in this case. See more »


[O'Brien has been arrested by the Cardassians]
Commander Sisko: May I speak with him?
Makbar: That is not possible.
Commander Sisko: May I see him?
Makbar: Commander...
Commander Sisko: May I be assured that he is well and being treated properly?
Makbar: Mr. O'Brien is being treated with great care and respect.
Commander Sisko: Good. Because if he is not, I will hold you personally responsible. And if that sounds like a threat, it is.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded (1991) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Tyranny never changes...
30 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good keeps getting better; evil stays the same. Any era, any generation can appreciate the truth in this episode. Maybe some in the spoiled halcyon or bubble periods didn't get it as widely, but the rest of us did. Fantastic exploration of authoritarianism, justice, and the human journey. Season 2 really ratcheted up the writing and direction of the actors. The great casting (and guests) were being utilized well beyond the clunky, immature, amateurish, simplistic first season. There's meat on them bones finally. Even the editing and pacing was vastly improved during season 2. You would be forgiven for discounting DS9 in season 1, for the stilted, Star Wars prequel-like delivery, or the borderline-black exploitation & soap opera cutting style. The costumes became more detailed and they slightly reduced the overly-groomed and uniform, carpeted look in every scene. The religious overtones and post-Roddenberry "predestination" aspects are still difficult to swallow, but that story thread is punctuated by episodes like this.

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