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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.



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Lieutenant Dax
Freighter Captain
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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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Frank Langella's (Minister Jaro Essa) performances in this episode, "The Circle" and "The Siege" are uncredited at the actor's own request as he did the show for his children, not for exposure or money. See more »


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Chief O'Brien: [on the graffiti of the Circle on DS9] If they think scrawling a few signs is gonna get rid of us, they got another thing coming.
Commander Sisko: Right now, they're just trying to show us that we're vulnerable.
Odo: I wouldn't be overly concerned, Commander; this section is a low security area.
Commander Sisko: As of now, Constable, there are no low securities on this station.
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The first three-part episodes in the history of the franchise.
16 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

"The Homecoming" is the first in a three-part series on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9"--and it's the first three-parter in the history of all the Trek shows.

When the episode begins, word that the great Bajoran resistance leader, Li Nalas, is alive and being held in a Cardassian prison-- even though just about everyone thinks he's dead. Because he can be a unifying force on a chaotic Bajor, Major Kira and O'Brien sneak onto the base and rescue the guy. There are two serious problems-- this is all WAY too easy (a serious plot hole) and the guy doesn't want to be a leader as he doesn't think he's done anything to earn it. By the time the episode ends, big changes are coming as Kira is sent by her government into an early retirement and Li Nalas takes her job on Deep Space 9! And, many of the Bajorans are now raring to kick EVERYONE out of the base and their planet!

As I mentioned above, one of the huge problems is that two folks EASILY enter a prison camp and rescue Li Nalas--something that just doesn't make sense unless the Cardassians WANT Nalas to be rescued--yet NO ONE questions this! Additionally, the show further solidifies my hatred of the Bajorans- -one of the most annoying, aggressive and xenophobic people in the Trek universe--which is made worse since they are an omnipresent force on the show! Fair at best.

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