Stardate 49263.5: The Defiant is on a mission into the Gamma Quadrant to meet with a representative from the Karemma, who have been trading with the Federation, using the Ferengi as intermediaries, and who protest the exorbitant fees and taxes, which are actually the result of a misunderstanding perpetuated by Quark. But then two Jem’Hadar ships arrive to punish the Karemma for meeting with the Federation. When the Defiant goes after the Jem’Hadar, who pursue the Karemma ship into the atmosphere of a gas giant, it is attacked and heavily damaged. Bashir and Dax are sealed into a turbolift shaft, Kira cares for a gravely injured Sisko, Worf learns a thing or two about command, and Quark and the Karemma representative must defuse an unexploded torpedo that has struck the ship.
written by David Mack & John J. Ordover
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: James Cromwell (Hanok), F. J. Rio (Muniz), Jay Baker (Stevens), Sara Mornell (Carson)
Notes: According to the original story outline, the Defiant was supposed to be stranded underwater rather than in the atmosphere of a giant gas planet.
LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover with notes by Earl Green