Stardate not given: “Bell” takes charge of the hostage situation, insisting that the sanctuary’s residents demand more than just a way out for themselves. He meets with a government official and demands that employment acts be reactivated that would allow the unemployed to be productive members of society, eliminating the need for the sanctuary districts. In the sanctuary, tensions rise between the hostages and their captors, and Sisko and Bashir have to keep both parties in check. When the government storms the sanctuary district, Sisko finds himself in the same position as Gabriel Bell did, according to the history books – he will mostly likely be killed in the raid and become a martyr.
Guest Cast: Jim Metzler (Chris Brynner), Frank Military (B.C.), Dick Miller (Vin), Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Preston), Al Rodrigo (Bernardo), Clint Howard (Grady), Richard Lee Jackson (Danny), Tina Lifford (Lee), Bill Smitrovich (Webb), Mitch David Carter (SWAT Leader), Daniel Zacapa (Henry Garcia)
Notes: Clint Howard appeared in one of the very earliest Star Trek episodes, as a child actor, in the role of Balok in The Corbomite Maneuver; he’s also the brother of acclaimed director (and Andy Griffith Show/Happy Days star) Ron Howard. Dick Miller previously appeared in the first season of Next Generation in The Big Goodbye. This was the final episode of Deep Space Nine’s brief stint as the only Star Trek series on television; Voyager premiered only a few days later on UPN.
LogBook entry by Earl Green