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The Homecoming 

Word that a previously thought dead Bajoran resistance legend is still alive sends Kira and Chief O'Brien to Cardassia IV to rescue him; meanwhile "The Circle", a sect of the Bajoran provisional government that is intent on wiping out alien influence, is sneaking into power.


Winrich Kolbe


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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
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Richard Beymer ... Li Nalas
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Michael Bell ... Borum
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Leslie Bevis ... Freighter Captain
Paul Nakauchi ... Tygarian Officer


Quark receives a Bajoran earring from a smuggler. She tells she received it on Cardassia IV. It needs to be delivered to Bajor and any Bajoran will immediately recognize it. Quark brings it to Kira. The earring is that of Li Nalas, one of the greatest war heroes of the resistance. She thinks he is being held captive on Cardassia IV and asks Sisko for a runabout since she doesn't get any support from the Bajoran government. Kira tells Sisko she believes he will be the leader Bajor is in desperate need of ever since Kai Opaka left. Bajor is on the verge of civil war as the terrorist group The Circle is getting more and more power. The Circle strives to get rid of all aliens on Bajor and they have extended their activities to the station already. Odo finds their logo graffiti-ed on a wall. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Commander Sisko: I saw you, in front of the crowd on the promenade. They look at you, and they see strength, and honor, and decency. They look at you and they see the best in themselves.
Li Nalas: But it's all based on a lie.
Commander Sisko: No - it's based on a legend. And legends are as powerful as any truth.
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A hero returns
9 November 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The problems of Bajor intrude big time on the operations of the space station in this season 2 opener. There's a nativist group causing trouble on the planet and they keep putting up threatening graffiti on the station to let the Federation know, not too subtly they want all foreigners out. The provisional government looks like it might fall.

That is when Nana Visitor gets word that a long supposed dead Bajoran hero of the resistance is really still being held by the Cardassians at a labor camp. With Avery Brooks's unofficial blessing she and Colm Meaney rescue him and several other prisoners.

Her work rescuing Richard Beymer didn't quite get the results she wanted. The Bajoran prime minister Michael Bell who is a real piece of work gets her recalled to Bajor and Beymer in her job at DS9. He fears Beymer's popularity might also be a threat to his position,

This episode and for the rest of the series run we got more and more involved in Bajoran and Cardassian politics and culture. As for Beymer he levels with Avery Brooks in that his heroism was not quite as heroic as legend has made it out. But when the legend becomes fact.................................

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