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Dramatis Personae 

The entire station's command staff, save Odo, become power hungry and vie to defeat each other by forming secret alliances and plotting assassinations. Odo tries to figure out the cause of this mysterious behavior.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Tom Towles ... Hon'Tihl
Stephen Parr Stephen Parr ... Valerian
Randy James Randy James ... Guard (as Randy Pflug)
Jeff Pruitt ... Ensign


Kira has found out a Valerian ship, known for transporting dolamide, used in Cardassian weapons, to Bajor, is about to dock at DS9. She is convinced the Valerians are still trading the stuff and wants to deny them, but Sisko disagrees with her. He is only prepared to let Kira take action when she provides evidence. Meanwhile a Klingon ship returns early from a mission in the gamma quadrant. It explodes in front of the station and a Klingon who managed to beam aboard dies almost instantly. Odo tries to find out what happened, but after he experiences some weird pain that causes his head to split in two, he notices something has happened to the crew. All over the ship people seem very adamant to choose sides between Kira and Sisko. It looks there's a mutiny as Kira has plans to get rid of Sisko and tries to get as much support as possible. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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30 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dramatis personae is a Latin phrase meaning "the masks of drama" and is used to refer to the characters represented in a dramatic work. See more »


When O'Brien and Sisko are escaping from Kira and the others. Sisko throws his communicator on the floor and tells O'Brien to do the same. Later when they are in the cargo bay Sisko is standing behind some crates and the communicator appears and disappears from his tunic See more »


Chief O'Brien: Anyone who's against Sisko is against me.
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Quite a Nice Change of Pace
28 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When a Klingon vessel explodes and the sole crew member dies on the space station, strange things begin to happen. Sisko and O'Brien become allies against a mutiny put in motion by Kira and the Bajorans. Things get ugly as others on the ship begin to ally themselves with either faction. Kira is particularly ruthless in her activities. Since Odo doesn't seem to be affected, he gets wind of the strangeness and must figure a solution. Well paced and interesting in its scope and resolution.

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