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Past Prologue 

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 »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles 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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In "The Ascent", Jake writes a story called "Past Prologue". See more »


When Gul Dunar enters Sisko's office, you can clearly see sweat dripping down from his right ear. Clearly Vaughn Armstrong was sweating profusely underneath the makeup and lights. See more »


Doctor Bashir: You're very kind, Mr. Garak.
Garak: Oh, it's just Garak - plain, simple Garak.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Haven (1987) See more »


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What do we do with a Bajoran exile?
11 October 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The new relationship and command structure of DS9 gets a test here as Nana Visitor and Avery Brooks are at odds over how to handle the arrival of former Bajoran freedom fighter Jeffrey Nordling coming to DS9 with some Cardassians in hot pursuit. They want him for terrorist acts, Nordling wants asylum.

There's more to it than that. The infamous Klingon Douras sisters also arrive at DS9. And Andrew Robinson shows how his rather intriguing character Garak the Cardassian tailor has his fingers in many pies.

Confrontation scenes between Sisko and Kira are key here and well done.

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