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The Circle 

Kira spends time with Vedek Bareil on Bajor just as the Circle begins receiving arms from an unknown source.


Corey Allen


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
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Richard Beymer ... Li Nalas
Stephen Macht ... General Krim
Bruce Gray ... Admiral Chekote
Philip Anglim ... Vedek Bareil
Louise Fletcher ... Vedek Winn
Mike Genovese ... Zef'No
Eric Server ... Peace Officer


Minister Jaro has Kira replaced by Li Nalas in security, and is surprised Sisko is not pleased by this. He tells Sisko the main reason for putting the war hero on the station, is the escalating unrest on Bajor. While Kira's friends from the station say goodbye, she gets a sudden visit from Vedek Bareil, who invites her to the Vedek monastery, which she accepts. Soon after her arrival at the monastery, Kira finds life there is not for her, and gets restless. Bareil then shows her the monastery possesses of one the Orbs of the Prophets. Meanwhile, Quark has some important information for Odo. He has heard the Kressari, normally botanical DNA traders, have been supplying weapons to The Circle. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Director Corey Allen shot the scene in Kira's quarters in one continuous uninterrupted take. When the episode was edited together, the scene was intercut with various close-ups and reverse angles, but the master shot of the scene was one long take, something of which Allen was extremely proud. See more »


Some would say that it would be inappropriate for Vedek Bareil to invite Kira (or any woman) to a monastery. A monastery is, by definition, a place where men can be free of the distractions women provide for men. However, this takes place in the Bajoran culture. As such, a monastery there is a different type of religious retreat, and the genders are free to mix. Even Vedek Winn was there. See more »


Krim: Commander Sisko... You told me about the Kressari before you asked the favor regarding Kira... You could've tried to trade that information... for the favor.
Commander Sisko: I wouldn't do that.
Krim: I'll remember that about you.
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It's a War
28 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Circle is a self serving group of terrorists led by a man everyone initially trusted. The goal is to drive the Federation and all non-Bajoran persons out. This, of course, would make the average Bajorans vulnerable once again to the Cardassians. Kira is a soldier. I didn't like her at first, but she is a formidable entity. Due to political reasons and the Prime Directive, the Federation finds its hands are tied. But Sisko will do what he can without disobeying orders. This is a real thriller and I believe it goes on for a couple more episodes.

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