Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 6, Episode 22

Valiant (6 May 1998)

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Jake and Nog's runabout come under attack from the Jem'Hadar, and are rescued by the Valiant, a ship manned by Red Squad, a elite group of young Starfleet cadets.

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Jake and Nog's runabout come under attack from the Jem'Hadar, and are rescued by the Valiant, a ship manned by Red Squad, a elite group of young Starfleet cadets.

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Nog is promoted to chief engineer of the starship Valiant "with a rank of lieutenant commander". However, Nog is seen wearing the rank pips for Lieutenant Jr. Grade after his promotion, not Lieutenant Commander. See more »

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[Jake and Nog are having an argument about Watters' command decisions]
Jake Sisko: I feel like I'm having a conversation with one of the bulkheads!
Nog: You don't understand, because you've never put on one of these uniforms. You don't know anything about sacrifice, or honor, or duty, or any of the things that make up a soldier's life. I'm part of something larger than myself. All you care about is you!
Jake Sisko: That's right. All I care about is Jake Sisko and whether or not he's gonna be killed by a bunch of delusional ...
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The arrogance of youth
24 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Jake joins Nog ion what should be a routine flight to Ferenginar he doesn't expect that they will run into a squadron of Jem'Hadar fighters. It looks like they are doomed but a Star Fleet ship comes to the rescue; the USS Valiant. The Valiant is identical to the Defiant but its crew is a group of cadets. They were on a training mission when the war with the Dominion began and their regular officers were killed in combat. Star Fleet is unaware that the ship is only crewed by cadets but they are continuing with the mission to discover a secret Dominion ship. The Valiant's captain makes Nog their chief engineer as he has experience with the identical Defiant and knows a few tricks to improve performance. While the cadets act professionally it is clear that the stress of the situation is getting to them; one starts to cry after talking about home with Jake and the captain can't sleep and is secretly taking pills. They manage to find the Dominion battleship but instead of returning to the Federation with the valuable information the captain arrogantly believes they can take it out themselves; a decision that will lead to the loss of the Valiant and most of her crew.

When we first came across the ship crewed entirely by cadets I thought we were in for a group of Wesley Crusher types: teenagers excelling in an adult world in situations where adults had difficulties but thankfully they weren't like that. They clearly didn't have the maturity to correctly analyse the situation and most of them ended up dead because of it. This prevented the episode from being cliché and gave it a realistic and exciting conclusion.


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