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Tribunal 

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

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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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The original title of this episode was "Dark Tribunal". See more »

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Kovat: Once again, justice will be done. Our lives will be reaffirmed, safe and secure. Here on Cardassia, all crimes are solved, all criminals are punished, all endings are happy. Even the poorest of our subjects can walk the streets in the dead of night in perfect safety. You're only one man; but your conviction will be a salutary experience for millions.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded (1991) See more »

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Tyranny never changes...
30 March 2012 | by 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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