After being fired upon by a Cardassian vessel, Picard races against time to find out the facts behind the Cardassian commander's claim that the Federation attacked one of their outposts.

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The Federation is on the verge of war with the Cardassians after a Starship under the command of Captain Benjamin Maxwell attacks a Cardassian science outpost, destroying it and killing everyone there. Captain Picard is ordered to find Maxwell and take whatever steps necessary to stop him. The Cardassians are cautious and their captain, Gul Macet, doesn't quite believe Picard will hunt down one of his own. Picard for his part will do his duty but finds it hard to believe that a Starship captain would attack without reason. Chief O'Brien served with Maxwell and knows that his family was killed many years before in a Cardassian attack. He also knows that Maxwell is a very able captain who would not seek revenge. When Maxwell destroys a Cardassian cargo ship, Picard realizes he must be stopped before there is all-out war. Written by garykmcd

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Marc Alamo's physiology is the exact base that the Cardassian species is based on by make-up artists. See more »

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Another of "Chief" O'Brien's mystery rank. Previously his rank was spoken as Chief Petty Officer. In this episode we clearly see two solid gold pips on his collar, indicating a Lieutenant's rank. He is never referred to as anything but a CPO, but his collar jewelry keeps changing. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You don't care for the Cardassians?
Chief Miles O'Brien: I like them fine. It's just... Well, I know them. You learn to watch your back when you're around those people.
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References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »

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The Minstrel Boy
Performed by Colm Meaney and Bob Gunton
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Introducing the Bloody Cardies
9 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What really bugged me about this was that The Cardassians had been DROPPED into the Future History of Trek from basically out of nowhere. Not only had we never seen these ugly guys, suddenly O'Brien had this story about Setlik 3 he starts telling.

Apparently "The Cardassian War" had been over for a couple of years, when The Enterprise D first pulled out of The Utopia Plenicia Shipyards. But until this episode we had seen not hide nor hair nor even the spoons in their skulls.

Bob Gunton is Captain Benjamin Maxwell, who had been stuffing some Cardy-related emotions and now he is out of control, he goes into Cardy space and starts blowing up ships and space stations.

So as The D enters Cardy space and Gul Macet (Marc Alaimo) starts shooting at them, Picard is handed a worm can that he has to fix.

But in Maxwell's Mind, he is not doing anything wrong. In fact, the Cardassian War never ended for him.

The problem is, Maxwell is right, but he's going about it the wrong way. How do we deal with a guy named Maxwell? We need a guy named O'Brien. But before O'Brien can help Maxwell, he has to face his own prejudices- Which he does by finally sitting with a Cardy who is just trying to be friendly and drinking some Kanar with him- And admitting what the Cardy War had made him become.

It takes O'Brien sneaking onto Maxwell's ship and confronting him about Setlik 3. And a song:

"The Minstrel Boy to the War hath gone, In the ranks of death you will find him. His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him."

This song was used to define Miles Edward O'Brien for the rest of his stay on The Enterprise and also on Deep Space Nine.


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