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The Maquis, Part I 

The destruction of a Cardassian ship leads Sisko, Dukat, and Sisko's old friend Cal Hudson to the fact that there is an unofficial war between the Maquis and the Cardassians.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 7 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
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Tony Plana ... Amaros
Bertila Damas ... Sakonna
Richard Poe ... Gul Evek
Michael Krawic ... Samuels (as Michael A. Krawic)
Amanda Carlin ... Kobb
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Bernie Casey ... Commander Calvin Hudson


The Cardassian freighter Bok'Nor is blown up while leaving Deep Space Nine. It doesn't look like an accident. While both the Federation and Bajor expect retaliation by the Cardassians, they haven't even made contact. Then Commander Calvin Hudson arrives to discuss the tense situation. He is attaché to the Federation colonies in the Demilitarised Zone and a good friend of Sisko. Hudson tries to convince Sisko giving away territory to the Cardassians was a bad idea and that the Federation colonists on the Cardassian side are abandoned. Sisko still believes the treaty was a reasonable compromise. When he returns to his quarters, he is surprised to find Gul Dukat. Gul Dukat tells Federation citizens were responsible for the attack and wants to show him something in the Demilitarised Zone. After arriving the two receive a distress call from a Federation merchant vessel under attack by Cardassians. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Did You Know?


At the suggestion of director David Livingston, costume designer Robert Blackman originally designed a much more revealing outfit for Sakonna than seen in the final product. However when Rick Berman saw it, he told Blackman to tone it back somewhat. Blackman still likes the outfit that Sakonna wears however, as it shows off actress Bertila Damas' figure and is a much sexier look than ever seen on a Vulcan. See more »


Part 5 begins with a scene of buildings and about a dozen people walking in a plaza. Part 6 of the follow-up episode begins the same way, with all the same people making the same movements, but with different lighting. See more »


Cal Hudson: [of Dax] That woman knows more about me than any woman ever has. More than my wife even.
Commander Sisko: Tell me about it.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Prelude to War
9 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A Cardassian transport with 75 aboard is destroyed by people from the Federation. The cease fire that has largely benefited the bad guys is under the control of Sisko and Starfleet. But someone has taken matters into their own hands and set the table for a war. If you have that mindset, you will embrace these guys. The ending to this sets up some very dicey stuff, leaving Sisko to confront his duty.

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24 April 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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