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Second Skin 

Kira finds herself on Cardassia as a Cardassian. She is told she is called Iliana Ghemor and was a Cardassian spy.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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 (credit only)
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Andrew Robinson ... Garak
Gregory Sierra ... Entek
Tony Papenfuss Tony Papenfuss ... Yeln
Cindy Katz ... Yteppa
Lawrence Pressman ... Ghemor
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... Gul Benil
Freyda Thomas Freyda Thomas ... Alenis Grem


Kira's contacted by Alenis Grem of the Bajoran Central Archives, who's doing research on the former Elemspur detention center. Grem has proof Kira was once detained there, but she's sure it isn't true. When the only remaining living inmate recognizes her, Kira decides to travel to the Archives to sort things out. But she never arrives. While the crew searches for her, Kira awakes on Cardassia. She's been turned into a Cardassian, and is told she served as a spy on Bajor, whose long term memory was altered to avoid discovery. Her name is Iliana Ghemor, daughter of legate Tekeny Ghemor. Though she denounces the situation as preposterous as first, she starts having serious doubts when Entek of the Obisidian Order provides more convincing proof. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This is the first episode of the series to have music composed by David Bell. See more »


When Kira/Iliana smashes the mirror with her hand, it shatters just before her hand hits it. See more »


[Kira gives Ghemor back his wife's bracelet, but after looking at it for a moment, he places it back in Kira's hand]
Ghemor: No. I want you to have it. You may not be my daughter. But until I find Iliana, you're the closest thing I have to family.
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Edited from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Duet (1993) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Quite Dull
10 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Kira is at the center of all this. She is altered to look like a Cardassian so she can be used to get information. She is made to think she was held in a prison camp. A man who lost his daughter is made to think she is the missing one. The forces move in. Garak gets off the space station for the first time in years, which is interesting.

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24 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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