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Tahna Los, a former Bajoran terrorist during the Occupation, asks Sisko for asylum on DS9. Meanwhile, the station's last Cardassian inhabitant, Garak, possibly a former spy for the Cardassian government, proves an interesting mystery to Dr. Bashir.


Winrich Kolbe


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
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 (credit only)
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Jeffrey Nordling ... Tahna
Andrew Robinson ... Garak
Gwynyth Walsh ... B'Etor
Barbara March ... Lursa
Susan Bay Nimoy ... Admiral (as Susan Bay)
Vaughn Armstrong ... Gul Danar
Richard Ryder Richard Ryder ... Bajoran Deputy


While the last Cardassian on the station, tailor Garak tries to become friends with Dr. Bashir, a Bajoran vessel approaches the station at high speed, followed by a Cardassian ship. The Bajoran, Tahna Los, gets beamed onto DS9 just in time before his ship is blown up and asks for asylum. Benjamin Sisko seems reluctant, but major Kira Nerys knows him. He's a member of the Kon Ma, a terrorist organization fighting Cardassia, but also accused of crimes against Bajorans. Upon his promise that he no longer wants to be a Kon Ma, Sisko decides not to hand him over to the Cardassians, while Kira works on getting amnesty from the government for Kon Ma Members. Then two female Klingon outcasts, Lursa and B'Etor arrive at the station. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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10 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode features five characters who also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987): Chief O'Brien, Dr. Bashir, Lursa, B'Etor and Morn. See more »


Commander Sisko refers to the Cardassian ship's commander as Gul Danar. However, the Gul never introduces himself by name any time during the episode. See more »


Commander Sisko: [of Lursa and B'Etor] We've heard they've been trying to raise capital to rebuild their armies. But what are they doing here?
Odo: Sitting. They went straight to Quark's, but not for the gambling - huh - and certainly not for the food. They're just... sitting.
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Whose Side Are You On?
23 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When a Bajoran terrorist shows up, Kira is conflicted, having been involved in revolutionary activities. Unfortunately, this guy has become a megalomaniac and is extremely dangerous. Conflict develops between Kira and Sisco and Kira. Meanwhile, Garak the tailor is introduced and entreats the Doctor to become his friend. Soon a couple of Klingon women show up and begin to bargain a serious weapon. Sisco is still learning the ropes, so he feels he must be absolutely fair in every situation, not totally trusting Odo's judgment and recognizing that Kira is a loose cannon. Some really significant bonds are formed in this episode.

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