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Life Support 

Dr. Bashir must use extraordinary measures to prolong Vedek Bareil's life long enough to allow Bareil to complete sensitive peace negotiations between the Bajorans and the Cardassians.


Reza Badiyi


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Philip Anglim ... Vedek Bareil
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Lark Voorhies ... Leanne
Ann Gillespie ... Nurse Jabara
Andrew Prine ... Legate Turrel
Louise Fletcher ... Kai Winn
Eva Loseth Eva Loseth ... Riska


A Bajoran transport with Vedek Bareil and Kai Winn aboard has an accident, and arrive at the station with Bareil critically injured. While Bashir tries do everything he can to save him, Kai Winn tells Sisko she and Bareil are involved in advanced peace talks with the Cardassians. The Cardassians are willing to pay reparations and even might be issuing a formal apology. Winn stresses the negotiations would have never come this far if it wasn't for Bareil and she'd be unable to complete them without Bareil's presence. Meanwhile Jake tries to cancel a game of dom-jot with Nog to go out with Leanne. Nog thinks Jake also found a girl for him, and Jake agrees to make it a double date. But things don't go as Jake has planned. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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30 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Odo mentions Nog and Jake being involved in a plot to break into a Tholian ambassador's quarters. Tholians are a hot planet species who require temperatures of at least 207 Celsius (404 F). See more »


Nog: [to Riska] Let's not make foolish conversation. Just sit there and look beautiful.
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Death with Dignity
13 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Vedek Bereil suffers plasma burns and damage to his internal organs. Dr. Bashir manages to pull off a miracle, managing to bring him from the brink of death. Unfortunately, he is badly damaged. The Kai is negotiating with the Cardassians and needs Bereil, so she selfishly keeps at him so she can use his experience and advice. But he is dying. This has to do with the idea of an honorable death versus an outside chance of survival.

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