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



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
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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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Robert Stromberg of Illusion Arts, Inc. created the matte painting of the city of Cardassia Prime. See more »


Commander Sisko: Chief O'Brien.
Chief O'Brien: Yes, sir?
Commander Sisko: You're on leave. Please, disembark the station!
Chief O'Brien: Aye, sir.
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Incredibly Childish Writing
4 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the worst episodes of Deep Space 9. The writers portray the Cardassian courts as completely ridiculous. A true dictatorship show-trial is a clever and sophisticated affair- It's designed to fool people. The court portrayed here is a bumbling nonsense that makes the Cardassians look like weak fools (which they are not).

I have absolutely NO idea what kind of idiot it takes to write an episode as childish and badly written as this one. The whole thing makes no sense at all. And I can't be bothered elaborating on it, as it's already wasted enough of my time.

The writer of this episode clearly didn't do ANY research into real show-trails or the politics of real dictatorships.

I also note by the rating my review has so far received that the crazy Star Trek fanboys are on the case.

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