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Starship Down 

A damaged Defiant must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with two Jem'hadar ships inside a gas giant.


Alexander Singer


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
James Cromwell ... Hanok
F.J. Rio F.J. Rio ... Muñiz
Jay Baker ... Stevens
Sara Mornell ... Sarita Carson


Captain Sisko is asked to mediate on the Defiant between the Karemma and the Ferengi. Hanok, its representative, finds there's little profit in trading with them. Quark has made up all sort of non-existent fees and Sisko is not amused. Then two Jem'Hadar ships suddenly attack the Karemma ship. It tries to flee into a gas giant planet with dangerously high wind speeds, but the Jem'Hadar still follow. Sisko orders the Defiant to go after them to help the Karemma. With barely any sensors, and the phasers inactive, the crew must be creative. The situation brings contemplation. Kira reevaluates her relationship with Sisko as both captain and the Emissary, while Worf learns a few things about command. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Survival and Ingenuity
21 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a plain old adventure film in the classic style. It is survival by the seat of your pants. When the Defiant is confronted by the new enemy as she is about to rendezvous with another ship, Sisko is injured and a couple red shirts are killed. The main crew must each approach things from a new perspective, including a couple engineers who are under the gun. The best part is a storytelling session where Sisko lies on the brink of death. Kira does all she can to get him to hold on. Nicely done.

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6 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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Dolby SR



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1.33 : 1
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