The Wounded

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 44429.6: Captain Maxwell of the U.S.S. Phoenix has severed contact with Starfleet and the Phoenix has been raiding the vessels of Cardassians, a race once at war with the Federation but now peaceful under an uneasy treaty. Picard discovers that Captain Maxwell believes he has good reason to continue these attacks.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Jeri Taylor
story by Stuart Charno & Sara Charno and Cy Chermak
directed by Chip Chalmers
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Bob Gunton (Captain Ben Maxwell), Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Marc Alaimo (Gul Macet), Colm Meaney (O’Brien), Marco Rodriguez (Glinn Telle), Time Winters (Glinn Daro), John Hancock (Admiral Henry)

Notes: This episode introduces the Cardassians, who would later be seen in Ensign Ro and Chain Of Command, and would become central to the mythology of the spinoff series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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Ensign Ro

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 45076.3: Admiral Kennelly assigns the Enterprise to help resolve tensions with the Bajora, an isolated, once-advanced race whose territory was long ago taken by the Cardassians. Since then, the Bajora have carried out terrorist attacks on the Cardassians, and now, according to Kennelly, the Bajora have traveled outside their own system and attacked a Federation outpost. The Enterprise is to contact the Bajoran terrorist leader Orta and offer serious discussions after years of sympathetic talk and no action. Ensign Ro Laren, herself a Bajoran – recently court-martialed but pulled out of prison by Kennelly – is assigned to the Enterprise. Ro is an abrasive officer who does not want to be on the ship or the mission. She does, however, tell Picard to contact Keeve, leader of a Bajoran colony that has no technology and isn’t even able to adequately feed or clothe its own people. On another planet, Picard contacts Orta – after being abducted by Orta’s guards – and discovers that the Bajora do not have the resources to attack anything beyond their own system. Ro then reveals to Picard that Kennelly is aware of this, and that she and the Enterprise are being used by the Cardassians to quietly get rid of the Bajora “threat” by escorting them straight into the Cardassians’ line of fire.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Rick Berman and Michael Piller
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro), Cliff Potts (Admiral Kennelly), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Scott Marlowe (Keeve Falor), Frank Collison (Gul Dolak), Jeffrey Hayenga (Orta), Harley Venton (Transporter Technician), Ken Thorley (Mr. Mot), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: Michelle Forbes was later offered the chance to bring Ensign Ro to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a regular, but she opted to pursue a film career instead, and the character of Major Kira Nerys was created to fill the gap.

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Chain Of Command Part I

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46357.4: Near the border of Cardassian space, Picard is unexpectedly reassigned by Starfleet. There are indications that the Cardassians are mobilizing for war with the Federation. Picard, Dr. Crusher and Worf get ready for a mission they can’t speak about to anyone. Captain Jellico, now in command of the Enterprise, doesn’t score any points with the crew in his unusual demands that the ship be made combat ready. En route to Celtris III Picard tells Worf and Dr. Crusher that the Cardassians may be perfecting a nearly invincible new form of biological warfare. Meanwhile at the border, Jellico begins talks with Cardassian representatives which confuse them and the Enterprise’s officers. On Celtris III, Picard’s team find themselves in a trap. Crusher and a wounded Worf escape a Cardassian ambush, but Picard is captured and taken to Gul Madred, who has alarming foreknowledge of their attempt to gather intelligence. And the interrogation of Picard begins…

Order the DVDsteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by Frank Abatemarco
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Ronny Cox (Captain Jellico), Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Alina Nechayev), John Durbin (Gul Lemec), Lou Wagner (DaiMon Solok), David Warner (Gul Madred), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Chain Of Command Part II

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46360.8: Cardassian representative Gul Lemec reveals to Jellico that Picard has been captured on Celtris III. Under interrogation by Gul Madred, Picard is tortured in the Cardassians’ attempt to find out more about the defenses of Minos Korva, a planet once sought by the Cardassians in their war with the Federation. On the Enterprise, Jellico prepares for all-out war in the event of a collapse of diplomatic relations, but meets with open disapproval from Riker. Jellico relieves Riker of his duties and continues to deny that Picard’s mission was ordered by Starfleet, which disqualifies Picard from the terms of the Federation-Cardassian treaty concerning fair treatment of prisoners of war. Picard resists further torture but is pushed to the limits of his endurance while Gul Madred continues to question him about Minos Korva, of which Picard knows nothing. Meanwhile, Jellico confronts the Cardassians and calls their bluff after discovering a flotilla of their warships hiding near Minos Korva. He successfully demands a withdrawal and the release of Picard. Returned to the Enterprise, Picard resumes command, but all is not normal after his experience at the hands of the Cardassians.

Order the DVDswritten by Frank Abatemarco
directed by Les Landau
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: David Warner (Gul Madred), Ronny Cox (Captain Jellico), John Durbin (Gul Lemec), Heather Lauren Olsen (Jil Orra), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Emissary

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 46379.1: Commander Ben Sisko and his son Jake, both survivors of the Wolf 359 Borg massacre, arrive at the planet Bajor as part of a Starfleet team taking over the abandoned Cardassian space station Deep Space 9. The station, which was intentionally damaged by the Cardassians before they left it behind, is being pieced together by newly-transferred Operations Chief O’Brien from the Enterprise. Sisko also meets Major Kira, his Bajoran first officer who doubts the ability of the provisional government of Bajor to avert a civil war and trusts the Federation even less; Odo, a mysterious shapeshifter in charge of station security; and Quark, the suspicious Ferengi kingpin who’s eager to get out of town before the regulatory hand of the Federation clamps down on his shady “business” affairs.

Sisko is summoned to the Enterprise for a briefing with Captain Picard, whom he still remembers as the man responsible for the death of thousands, including Sisko’s wife, in the Borg invasion attempt. Picard gives Sisko the Federation’s orders regarding management of Deep Space 9 – to do everything, short of violating the prime directive, to get the struggling Bajora back on their feet so they can join the Federation. Sisko, however, is considering resigning from Starfleet to raise his son in a better environment. Soon afterward, the Enterprise departs to undertake other duties as the station’s new doctor, the brilliant but inexperienced Julian Bashir, and science officer Jadzia Dax arrive. Dax, a Trill who has lived in a number of bodies, is an old friend of Sisko’s. Sisko, at the suggestion of Kira, travels to Bajor and visits Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Opaka, who tells Sisko that he is to be the emissary of the people to the temple of their gods. Opaka reveals an Orb, a mystic object of a type which has appeared throughout Bajoran history. The Orb envelops Sisko in a brief recollection of his first meeting with his wife, and then releases him. Opaka gives him the Orb, and the news that Sisko – whether he likes it or not, whether he even knows it or not – will find the temple. He returns to Deep Space 9 and hands the Orb over to Dax for further study.

The Cardassians return, ostensibly to make use of the station’s amenities. Dax discovers that reports of the Orbs’ appearances correspond to a certain area of space near Bajor. She and Sisko set out in a Federation Runabout to investigate, and stumble across a wormhole that shoots them 70,000 light years across the galaxy. Trying to return to the station, their ship is halted. Dax is taken back to the station by an Orb, while Sisko is kept and studied by noncorporeal beings who built the wormhole. These beings have no conception of linear time, existing simultaneously in the past, present and future, and they ask Sisko questions about the ephemeral nature of humans, which they do not comprehend. Dax, back on Deep Space 9, fills the crew in on details of the wormhole. Major Kira orders O’Brien to shift the station’s position so that it stands in front of the wormhole. A Cardassian ship, however, enters the wormhole, but is damaged by the wormhole life forms. When another Cardassian flotilla arrives and finds no sign of the missing ship, they threaten to open fire on Deep Space 9 unless Kira agrees to surrender the station. In the wormhole, the aliens’ study of Sisko reaches an end when they discover the human drive for knowledge, and they are puzzled by Sisko’s inability to get over the death of his wife.

At the station, Kira’s brinksmanship abilities and her feisty confrontations with the Cardassians result in a firefight, damaging the station heavily. The solution to the confrontation lies with Sisko, if he can overcome the wormhole beings’ manifestations of his inner barriers and escape from the wormhole.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Avery Brooks (Commander Benjamin Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Siddig El Fadil (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Lt. Jadzia Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller
directed by David Carson
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard/Locutus of Borg), Camille Saviola (Kai Opaka), Felecia M. Bell (Jennifer Sisko), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Joel Swetow (Gul Jasad), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Stephen Davies (Tactical Officer), Max Grodenchik (Ferengi Pit Boss), Steve Rankin (Cardassian Officer), Lily Mariye (Ops Officer), Cassandra Bryam (Conn Officer), John Noah Hertzler (Vulcan Captain), April Grace (Transporter Chief), Kevin McDermott (Alien Batter), Star Trek: Deep Space NineParker Whitman (Cardassian Officer), William Powell-Blair (Cardassian Officer), Frank Owen Smith (Curzon Dax), Lynnda Ferguson (Doran), Megan Butler (Lieutenant), Stephen Rowe (Chanting Monk), Thomas Hobson (young Jake), Donald Hotton (Monk #1), Gene Armor (Bajoran Bureaucrat), Diana Cignoni (Dabo Girl), Judi Durand (Computer Voice), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: John Noah Hertzler is also known as J.G. Hertzler, who would return later in the series in the role of General Martok.

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The Chase

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46731.5: Professor Galen, Picard’s beloved archaeology professor from his days at Starfleet Academy, comes aboard the Enterprise in an attempt to recruit Picard for a private expedition, the conclusion of which Galen claims to have profound implications for the entire galaxy. Picard regretfully turns down Galen’s offer, but later finds himself taking up the professor’s work when Galen’s ship is unexpectedly attacked and destroyed. Following his late mentor’s vague leads and secretive trails, Picard takes the Enterprise to distant worlds, attempting to piece the puzzle together. But it is discovered that others – a great variety of others, at that – are also attempting to finish Galen’s work, and the end result could be a secret of vast power.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Joe Menosky
story by Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore
directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Salome Jens (Humanoid), John Cothran, Jr. (Nu’Daq), Maurice Roeves (Romulan Captain), Linda Thorson (Gul Ocett), Norman Lloyd (Professor Galen)

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Duet

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A Federation freighter arrives and delivers a passenger who needs medical attention. At the mention of the passenger’s disease, Kira realizes that whoever it is, they were at a forced labor camp operated on Bajor by the Cardassians which Kira helped to liberate years ago. But the patient turns out to be a Cardassian. Kira places him under arrest and, against Sisko’s advice, interrogates him. Under questioning, the Cardassian suddenly proclaims himself to be Gul Darhe’el, who commanded the labor camps and authorized genocidal killings of Bajorans. Kira, along with the Bajoran provisional government, takes a more vested interest in proving him guilty of past atrocities…even if he isn’t who he says he is.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Peter Allan Fields
story by Lisa Rich & Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci
directed by James L. Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Harris Yulin (Marritza), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Ted Sorel (Kaval), Tony Rizzoli (Kainon), Norman Large (Captain), Robin Christopher (Neela)

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The Homecoming

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A visitor to DS9 gives Quark the earring of a legendary Bajoran POW, and Quark hands it over to Kira. Kira recognizes it as the one belonging to Li Nalas, the greatest freedom fighter in Bajoran history and legend. Kira convinces Sisko to loan her a Runabout – and Chief O’Brien as pilot – to travel to Cardassia IV. Recovering Li Nalas and a handful of other Bajorans from a forced-labor camp, Kira and O’Brien rush back to DS9. Though the Bajoran provisional government officially condemns Kira’s cabalier rescue operation, the Bajorans on the station and everywhere rejoice in Li’s return. Sisko hopes Li can reunite the gradually dissolving Bajoran government, which is splitting into many factions, including the extremist reactionary Circle, isolationists who mean to evict all non-Bajorans from Bajor or DS9. The Circle is, in fact, beginning to make its presence known aboard the station, as is Li Nalas, when he winds up replacing Kira as the Bajoran liaison officer on DS9.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Avery Brooks (Commander Benjamin Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Siddig El Fadil (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Lt. Jadzia Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ira Steven Behr
story by Jeri Taylor and Ira Steven Behr
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Richard Beymer (Li Nalas), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Michael Bell (Borum), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Frank Langella (Minister Jaro), Leslie Bevis (Freighter Captain), Paul Nakauchi (Tygarian Officer)

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The Circle

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Kira has been recalled to Bajor, and accepts an invitation from Vedek Bareil to spend some time at his monastery. There, she encounters the Third Orb, which gives her a strange vision including Dax, Vedeks Winn and Bareil, Minister Jaro, and the Bajoran Chamber of Ministers. In the meantime, as Li Nalas tries to fit into his role as DS9’s first officer, the crew stumbles across evidence that the Circle is not just an isolated faction, but is instead a well-organized and surprisingly well-armed movement which is waiting in the wings to overthrow the provisional government of Bajor by force. Unknown to the Circle’s members, however, they are being provided weapons by the Cardassians, who anticipate correctly that Starfleet will order Sisko and all other Federation personnel to evacuate DS9 and leave Bajor to its own political machinations, wide open for a renewed Cardassian occupation. The Circle launches assault ships to take over the station, and many of the Starfleet occupants have no choice but to stay behind and fight for their survival.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Peter Allan Fields
directed by Corey Allen
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Louise Fletcher (Vedek Winn), Richard Beymer (Li Nalas), Stephen Macht (Krim), Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Frank Langella (Minister Jaro), Bruce Gray (Admiral Chekote), Mike Genovese (Zef’no), Eric Server (Peace Officer), Anthony Guidera (Cardassian)

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The Siege

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: DS9 is being abandoned, and everyone from the Starfleet contingent to civilians are evacuating to various places of safety. In the meantime, Sisko and some others decide to stay and fight it out with the Bajoran assault squadrons. Kira is determined to get proof of the Cardassians’ interference in Bajoran affairs to the Chamber of Ministers, even if it means walking into the assembly and showing the evidence to them herself. Li tells her where to find hidden fighter craft left over from the Cardassian occupation, and with Dax’s help, Kira sets out on her mission. Bajorans General Krim and Colonel Day, along with several shiploads of soldiers, take over the station, cautious because there is no resistance. Sisko, Li, Odo, and many other crew members begin to wage guerilla warfare upon DS9’s new occupants. Kira and Dax, after a quick dogfight with Bajoran assault ships, crash-land on Bajor and are rescued by Vedek Bareil, who gets them into the Chamber of Ministers with the damning evidence intact. As the Circle’s popularity dissolves before the eyes of its high-ranking supporters, the Bajoran troops on DS9 are ordered to stand down – but some of them insist on bearing a deadly hatred that will cost the Bajora one of their greatest legends.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Michael Piller
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Louise Fletcher (Vedek Winn), Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Steven Weber (Day), Richard Beymer (Li Nalas), Stephen Macht (Krim), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Frank Langella (Minister Jaro), Katrina Carlson (Bajoran Officer), Hana Hatae (Molly)

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Cardassians

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 47177.2: A Bajoran man arrives on DS9 with his adopted son, a young Cardassian who was abandoned when his people withdrew from Bajor. This draws the attention of the Cardassian government, particularly Gul Dukat, who claims he is eager to solve the dilemma of Cardassian war orphans left behind on Bajor. DS9’s resident tailor, Garak, seems to find Dukat’s sudden pledge to resolve the abandoned children’s situation ironic, since the boy in question is really the son of one of the civilian assembly who voted to pull the Cardassian military out of Bajoran space – one of Dukat’s political adversaries. Sisko and Dr. Bashir, aided and abetted by Garak’s cryptic advice, must decide the fate of the Cardassian youth, possibly deciding the end result of an internal power struggle whose combatants couldn’t care less about the boy’s situation.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by James Crocker
story by Gene Wolande and John Wright
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Andrew Robinson (Garak), Robert Mandan (Kotan Pa’Dar), Terrance Evans (Proka), Dion Anderson (Zolan), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Sharon Conley (Jomat Luson), Karen Hensel (Deela), Jillian Ziesmer (Asha)

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Necessary Evil

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 47282.5: Quark is hired to retrieve a list of names hidden on DS9 by a Bajoran five years ago, but when he gets curious about the list’s contents, a Bajoran man enters his bar and shoots him. As Quark fights for his life in the infirmary under guard, Odo realizes that this incident is somehow linked to the murder of a Bajoran five years ago, when Odo was assigned to investigate his first crime on DS9 by Gul Dukat. The Bajoran whose murder Odo never solved turns out to be the husband of the woman who paid Quark to get the list. Five years ago, she accused Kira of the crime, claiming that the then-resistance fighter was having an affair with the woman’s husband. Though the woman is currently involved in some suspicious activities, she was correct in one of those assumptions.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Peter Allan Fields
directed by James L. Conway
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Katherine Moffat (Pallra), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Robert Mackenzie (Trazko)

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Lower Decks

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 47566.7: A promotion is nearing for one of a group of four friends who are junior officers aboard the Enterprise. Sito, a Bajoran ensign who was involved in the Nova Squadron accident cover-up at Starfleet Academy with Wesley Crusher, is neck-in-neck for a promotion to Ops with the ambitious Lavelle, who is attempting to make a favorable impression on Commander Riker. Vulcan Ensign Taurik is an engineering specialist whose duties of late have grown mysterious, as have those of Nurse Ogawa, who is also due for a promotion. The Enterprise is undertaking a top secret mission, the true purpose of which is unknown to the four friends – though each of them has a piece of the puzzle, and a part to play, in this critical event.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Renè Echavarria
story by Ronald Wilkerson and Jean Louise Matthias
directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Dan Gauthier (Ensign Lavelle), Shannon Fill (Ensign Sito), Alexander Enberg (Ensign Taurik), Bruce Beatty (Ben), Don Reilly (Joret), Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa)

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Profit and Loss

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A damaged Cardassian starship docks at DS9 and its pilot makes an urgent request for repairs so she and her passengers can continue on their way as soon as possible. She turns out to be Natima, a member of the Cardassian anti-military underground and an old lover of Quark’s from seven years ago. Her ship has been damaged while trying to escape from the Cardassians with her precious cargo: followers of her pacifist movement. Quark is overjoyed to see Natima again, but her own enthusiasm about the reunion seems much more restrained. Garak, the station’s only remaining resident Cardassian, is also happy to see Natima – but only in the same way that a hunter revels at the sight of prey…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus
directed by Robert Weimer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Mary Crosby (Natima), Andrew Robinson (Garak), Michael Reilly Burke (Hogue), Heidi Swedberg (Rikelan), Edward Wiley (Gul Teran)

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Journey’s End

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 47751.2: Wesley Crusher, on a sabattical from Starfleet Academy, has returned to the Enterprise in an attempt to recoup his energies in time to graduate. He is troubled by something which he has yet to reveal to anyone, but more pressing matters are on the mind of Picard and the crew as Starfleet orders the Enterprise to evacuate or otherwise remove a colony of Native American Indians who have settled on an isolated planet to preserve their culture. This planet is now due to be handed over to the Cardassians according to the terms of a treaty which realigns the borders of Federation and Cardassian space, and the Indian colonists will no longer be welcome. Tired of their history of being displaced by territorial bureaucracy, the Indians of Dorvin V decide to reshape the borders themselves to protect what they hold sacred – and they find a sympathizer in Wesley, who jeopardizes his Starfleet career to help them and learn more about them.

Order the DVDswritten by Ronald D. Moore
based upon material by Shawn Piller and Anatonia Napoli
directed by Corey Allen
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher), Tom Jackson (Lakanta), Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev), Ned Romero (Anthwara), George Aguilar (Wakasa), Richard Poe (Gul Evek), Eric Menyuk (The Traveler), Doug Wert (Jack Crusher)

Notes: The creation of a demilitarized zone encompassing several Federation and Cardassian colonies has repercussions in the two-part Deep Space Nine story The Maquis, which itself provides a lead-in to Preemptive Strike and Star Trek: Voyager. This is Wil Wheaton’s final appearance in the TV series, though he returns – without explanation – in the background of Riker and Troi’s wedding at the beginning of Star Trek: Nemesis.

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The Maquis – Part I

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A Cardassian ship is destroyed moments after leaving dock at DS9, and evidence is discovered pointing to sabotage – committed not by Bajorans, but by someone in the Federation. Gul Dukat arrives on the station, telling Sisko that things are heating up along the recently realigned Cardassian/Federation border, along which a demilitarized zone has been erected. Also present on the station is the Federation attache’ to the Federation colonies on the border, Commander Hudson, who also happens to be an old friend of Sisko. Dukat and Sisko travel to one of the border colonies, witnessing a furious battle between Federation and Cardassian colonists’ vessels along the way. On arrival, they discover that the human responsible for the destruction of the Cardassian vessel has been captured on DS9, interrogated and then killed, enraging the human colonists. After returning to the station, Dukat is kidnapped and taken from the station. A message is received from a group who call themselves the Maquis, claiming responsibility for the abduction. Sisko, Kira and Bashir track down the ship that must have taken Dukat from the station, and Sisko discovers that Hudson, who has voiced sympathies for the displaced Federation colonists, is the leader of the colonists in their war against their Cardassian neighbors.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by James Crocker
story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor and James Crocker
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Bernie Casey (Commander Cal Hudson), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Tony Plana (Amaros), Bertila Damas (Sakonna), Richard Poe (Gul Evek), Michael A. Star Trek: Deep Space NineKrawic (Samuels), Amanda Carlin (Kobb), Michael Rose (Niles), Steven John Evans (Guard)

Notes: The colonists descended from Native Americans were established in the recent Next Generation episode Journey’s End; both that episode and this two-parter were laying the groundwork for Voyager’s half-Maquis crew and the character of Chakotay.

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The Maquis – Part II

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: The Cardassian Central Command is up in arms about the abduction of Gul Dukat, and Hudson has declared his intention to help the Maquis with all his resources. A visit from a high representative of Cardassia puzzles Sisko when he declares that Dukat is responsible for smuggling weapons into the demilitarized zone and, if returned to Cardassia, will be executed. Sisko goes after Dukat, rescuing him from the Maquis and sending a message to Hudson through renegade colonist Amaros. Dukat, as it happens, has been kept in the dark, and agrees to help Sisko prove the source of the Cardassian colonists’ arms in exchange for Sisko’s help in bringing Maquis violence to a halt. A captured Vulcan members of the Maquis reveals a plan to attack a hidden Cardassian weapons depot, and Sisko launches DS9’s fleet of Runabouts to intercept the Maquis’ two vessels. Sisko is pressured by Starfleet and Dukat to hunt Hudson down and stop him at any cost to prevent a full-scale war.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ira Steven Behr
story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor and Ira Steven Behr
directed by Corey Allen
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Bernie Casey (Commander Cal Hudson), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Tony Plana (Amaros), John Schuck (Legate Parn), Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev), Bertila Damas (Sakonna), Michael Bell (Xepolite), Amanda Carlin (Kobb), Michael Rose (Niles)

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The Wire

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: During a lunchtime disagreement with Bashir over the relative merits of Cardassian literature, Garak begins to loose his plain, simple demeanor and concerns Bashir immensely. Garak finally collapses, and Bashir discovers the source of the mysterious Cardassian’s ailment – some kind of implant is connected to his brain. Quark, having been contacted by Garak to acquire something related to his problem, stumbles across the party responsible for the implant – Cardassia’s Obsidian Order, a feared secret police organization which has been known to obtain information by means even darker than the Cardassian military’s interrogators. Bashir risks delving into the mysteries of the Obsidian Order in a race against time to find a cure for Garak – and perhaps to learn some of his secrets.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by Kim Friedman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew Robinson (Garak), Jimmie F. Skaggs (Glinn Boheeka), Ann Gillespie (Nurse Jabara), Paul Dooley (Enabran Tain)

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Preemptive Strike

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 47941.2: A reception for recent Stafleet Advanced Tactical Training graduate Ro Laren is cut short when the Enterprise responds to a Cardassian ship’s distress call. Arriving on the scene, Picard and the crew discover that the Cardassians are under attack by a flotilla of small vessels commanded by the renegade Maquis. After chasing them off and assisting the Cardassians, the Enterprise receives a visit from Admiral Nechayev, who delivers to Picard the message that Starfleet intends to use Ro to infiltrate the Maquis, and she accepts the mission, posing as an ex-Starfleet defector and gaining the acceptance of the Maquis. However, when Ro and her “fellow” Maquis are the targets of a vicious Cardassian sneak attack, she questions Starfleet’s rationale for stopping the Maquis and makes her defection a reality.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Renè Echavarria
story by Naren Shankar
directed by Patrick Stewart
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Michelle Forbes (Lt. Ro Laren), John Franklyn-Robbins (Macias), Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev), William Thomas Jr. (Santos), Shannon Cochran (Kalita), Richard Poe (Gul Evek)

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Tribunal

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: O’Brien and Keiko depart in a runabout to enjoy some vacation time alone, but their plans are cut short when a Cardassian ship intercepts the runabout, sends a boarding party, and takes custody of O’Brien, sending Keiko back to the station. On Cardassia Prime, O’Brien is jailed and assigned a lawyer, even though he has already been charged, convicted and sentenced to execution. Cardassian law allows the spouse and counsel to attend the trial, and Odo, with his background in law enforcement under the Cardassian reign over Bajor, volunteers to be O’Brien’s counsel. Both are frustrated when no one will clarify what crime O’Brien is being accused of, and the Cardassian system of justice promises a speedy trial…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Bill Dial
directed by Avery Brooks
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Caroline Lagerfelt (Mokbar), Fritz Weaver (Conservator Kovat), John Beck (Boone), Richard Poe (Gul Evek), Julian Christopher (Clerk), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Second Skin

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Kira sets off for Bajor when it is revealed that her memories of a specific event in the Cardassian occupation differ with the official records of the Bajoran central archives. She never makes it to the archives, however, because she is captured and transported to Cardassia Prime, where she wakes up with the features of a Cardassian. She is told time and again that she is, in fact, a Cardassian by birth whose deep cover spying assignment necessitated her cosmetic alteration to look like a Bajoran rebel named Kira Nerys who was captured and killed. But she begins to worry when the Cardassians’ efforts to make her believe this story seem to go above and beyond their normal brainwashing techniques, including the arrival of a high-ranking Legate who claims that Kira is his daughter. Kira doesn’t have any information that the Cardassians would go to these lengths to retrieve and begins to wonder if perhaps the history of which she has just learned is true.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by Les Landau
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Andrew Robinson (Garak), Gregory Sierra (Entek), Tony Papenfuss (Survivor), Cindy Katz (Nurse), Lawrence Pressman (Ghemor), Christopher Carroll (Gul Benil), Freyda Thomas (Alenis Grem), Billy Burke (Ari)

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Defiant

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 48467.3: DS9’s crew welcomes Commander Riker aboard, stopping off at the station en route to Risa. He gets a tour of the station from Kira, ending up at the Defiant – which he hijacks, with Kira as his prisoner. This “commander” is Thomas Riker, now a member of the Maquis on the run from Starfleet. His target is a secret Cardassian installation which, as Gul Dukat and Sisko find when they go to Cardassia to coordinate the search for the Defiant, is apparently an operation of the Obsidian Order, Cardassia’s widely-feared secret police and intelligence wing. Kira doubts that Riker’s motives are the same as those of the Maquis, but are instead sparked by an obsession to dinstinguish himself in the annals of history from the Enterprise’s first officer. In the meantime, Riker’s discoveries in the secret depths of Cardassian space surprise everyone, including Dukat.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Tricia O’Neil (Korinas), Shannon Cochran (Kalita), Robert Kerbeck (Cardassian Soldier), Michael Canavan (Tamal)

Star Trek: Deep Space NineNotes: “Thomas” Riker, a clone of the Enterprise’s Will Riker created in a freak transporter accident, was introduced in Next Generation’s Second Chances episode during the sixth season of that show; Kalita was seen in Next Generation as well, in the penultimate episode Preemptive Strike, in which she was a member of the Maquis cell which Ro Laren joined. Though many ideas were floated for following up on Thomas Riker’s story, including story outlines which explored both his fate and that of Next Generation’s Ensign Sito Jaxa (The First Duty, Lower Decks), the character never appeared again.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Caretaker

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 48315.6: A starship controlled by the Maquis mysteriously disappears in the Badlands, a charged energy field near the demilitarized zone, after being pursued by a Cardassian ship. U.S.S. Voyager, commanded by Captain Janeway, is dispatched from DS9 to the Badlands to find out where the Maquis ship went, especially since a Starfleet security operative, Vulcan Lt. Tuvok, was aboard. Arriving in the Badlands, the Voyager is scanned by an unknown presence and then ripped out of the Alpha Quadrant by a subspace phenomenon that causes heavy damage and kills many of the crew. Voyager ends up in an unexplored part of the galaxy where the first thing the crew sees is an enegry collection array. While repairs are being made, Janeway and her crew are kidnapped from the ship via transporter and deposited in a virtual reality, the inhabitants of which conduct experiments on the Alpha Quadrant visitors and then return them – minus helmsman Ensign Kim. Making contact with the Maquis crew commanded by Chakotay, Janeway discovers that the same tests were forced upon the renegades and that one of their number has also been abducted. A tenuous truce is arranged so that both crews can recover their missing comrades. Ensign Kim and Maquis engineer B’Elanna Torres, in the meantime, have been beamed to the planet Ocampa, a barren wasteland of a world whose short-lived inhabitants live underground. There they are attended to by the Ocampa, who have been instructed by the Caretaker to look after the two visitors since they have somehow become infected with a terminal illness. Voyager’s crew track their missing comrades to Ocampa and encounter the scavenger Neelix, who offers to be the crew’s guide through this part of space. His knowledge of the local area is invaluable, such as the revelation that water is a rarity and is valuable currency here. The crew is also introduced to the Kazons, who roam the surface of Ocampa foraging a meager existence. They hand over a captive Ocampa named Kes in exchange for some water from Voyager. Shortly after Kes leads the crew to Kim and Torres, the energy array shuts down after transmitting a final burst of power to Ocampa.

The Kazons make a gambit to claim the array for themselves, but Chakotay and Tom Paris, a dishonored former Maquis member aboard Voyager, battle the scavengers off with their respective starships as Janeway and Tuvok beam to the array and find the elderly and dying Caretaker, whose race accidentally destroyed the Ocampan ecosphere and then built the subterranean habitat and the power array so the Ocampa could survive. The Caretaker must be succeeded by another and has been trying to find a replacement for decades, but so far all of those tested for their suitability – such as Kim and Torres – have not proven adequate to the task. The Caretaker decides to set the array to self-destruct to avoid allowing the Ocampa to be enslaved by the Kazons. In the fierce battle with the Kazons, Chakotay’s Maquis ship is destroyed when he rams it into the lead Kazon ship, which then collides with the array, disabling the self-destruct sequence. Janeway beams back to the Voyager and destroys the array herself, though it could have sent her and her crew back to the Alpha Quadrant. The Kazons swear vengeance should they encounter Voyager again. With the surviving members of the Maquis and Starfleet crews both safely aboard Voyager – and with Kes and Neelix in tow – the ship sets a course back home, E.T.A.: 75 years…

Season 1 Regular Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Biggs-Dawson (B’Elanna Torres), Jennifer Lien (Kes), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim)

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway
series theme by Jerry Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Basil Langton (The Caretaker), Gavin O’Herlihy (Jabin), Scott Jaeck (Commander Cavit), Angela Paton (Aunt Adah), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Alicia Coppola (Lieutenant Stadi), Bruce French (Ocampa Doctor), Jennifer Parsons (Ocampa Nurse), David Selburg (Toscat), Jeff McCarthy (Human Doctor), Stan Ivar (Mark), Scott MacDonald (Rollins), Josh Clark (Carey), Richard Poe (Gul Evek), Keely Sims (Farmer’s Daughter), Eric David Johnson (Daggin), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: This was easily the most troubled Star Trek series pilot since The Cage was rejected in 1965 by NBC. Internal problems in mounting Paramount’s new network made the show’s future uncertain as to whether it would be a network production or syndicated. (An earlier attempt to launch a Paramount network, with Star Trek: Phase II starring William Shatner and much of the original crew as the network’s cornerstone program, was aborted in the late 1970s.) Academy Award-winning French Canadian actress Genevieve Bujold then accepted the role of Janeway, only to resign from the show three days into filming due to the hectic pace of TV production and, according to some sources, a disagreement with director Winrich Kolbe. At this point, forces within Viacom tried to exert pressure to make Janeway a male character, having resisted the suggestion of a female lead all along. Other voices in the executive ranks suggested – since the other shows comprising Paramount’s new network were even further behind schedule than “Voyager” – that the ever more problematic gestation of the fifth network should be ended, lest the network take to the air and fail, taking dozens of new affiliate stations with it. In the space of a week, Kate Mulgrew was cast for the role as production continued with the cast and crew trying to maneuver around the lack of a captain in the meantime. The theme for the show’s opening titles was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who had scored the first and fifth Trek movies, the theme from which was also adapted to serve as the score for Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Goldsmith’s latest entry into Trek’s otherwise drab musical canon later won the Emmy for main theme music in September 1995.) The show premiered on schedule on UPN.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Destiny

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 48543.2: The first joint scientific venture between Bajor and Cardassia is to be a communications relay satellite placed at the Gamma Quadrant end of the wormhole, and two Cardassian scientists – with an observer from the Obsidian Order not far behind – arrive on DS9 to deliver the payload. As if the unease about the new Bajoran-Cardassian peace accord isn’t enough, Vedek Yarka arrives from Bajor to inform Sisko – still regarded as the Emissary in Bajoran culture – that prophecy predicts the Cardassians’ presence will result in calamity, not the least of which will be the closure of the wormhole. As the mission progresses, it all starts adding up as prophesied, including the appearance of a comet which could damage or destroy the wormhole.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by David S. Cohen & Martin A. Winer
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Tracy Scoggins (Gilora), Wendy Robie (Ulani), Erick Avari (Vedek Yarka), Jessica Hendra (Dejar)

Notes: A few years later, Tracy Scoggins would board another space station, appearing as Captain Lochley in the final season of Babylon 5.

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Improbable Cause

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: An explosion in Garak’s clothing shop brings the attention of Odo to bear on the usually elusive Cardassian tailor. One lead indicates it could be the work of a Flaxian assassin, but the moment Odo tails the suspect’s spacecraft, it is destroyed by the Romulans who claim he was on their wanted list. Odo takes a solo trip to a rendezvous with a Cardassian who gives him some information – that the attempt on Garak’s life is part of a much larger plot, and that other former members of the Obsidian Order have not survived similar attacks on the same day. Odo and Garak now set out to find ex-Obsidian Order mastermind Enabran Tain on Garak’s hunch that Tain may also be an assassin’s target, but they are intercepted en route by a Romulan ship carrying Tain as a passenger. Tain invites Garak to rejoin him on a joint mission of the Obsidian Order and the Romulan Tal Shiar to attack the Founders of the Dominion on their own turf – and Garak accepts.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Renè Echavarria
story by Robert Lederman & David R. Long
directed by Avery Brooks
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Andrew Robinson (Garak), Carlos LaCamara (Flaxian), Joseph Ruskin (Cardassian), Darwyn Carson (Romulan), Julianna McCarthy (Mila), Paul Dooley (Enabran Tain)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Die Is Cast

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: One of the first priorities of the alliance between the Cardassian and Romulan secret police is to extract whatever information on the Founders that Odo may possess. At the wormhole, they briefly appear to the crew of DS9 as they decloak; Starfleet orders Sisko to keep the Defiant at the ready in the event of Dominion retaliation against the Alpha Quadrant. Starfleet is also sending more ships to the station as well. Sisko, however, deducing that Odo and Garak are aboard one of the ships, decides to leave DS9 ahead of schedule and retrieve Odo. What he does not know is that the Dominion has planned for the Cardassian-Romulan assault for a long time, and that he’s about to take the Defiant into the biggest space battle the galaxy has seen since Wolf 359.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew Robinson (Garak), Leland Orser (Lovok), Kenneth Marshall (Lt. Commander Eddington), Leon Russom (Admiral Toddman), Paul Dooley (Enabran Tain), Wendy Schenker (Romulan Pilot)

Notes: Leon Russom also wore the braids of the Starfleet Admiralty in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

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Indiscretion

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A smuggler friend of Kira’s contacts her with news that some wreckage has been found which may be the remnants of a ship that was carrying Bajoran prisoners and a Cardassian crew – a ship that was lost during the occupation, and that was carrying another friend of Kira’s. Kira is about to go and investigate when the trip is postponed slightly so that someone can join her: Gul Dukat. On the mission, Dukat reveals that he too has someone he is concerned about on the ship, a Bajoran woman with whom he had an affair. Kira learns also that Dukat’s half-Bajoran daughter was also on the ship, and that Dukat’s personal mission is to find her and kill her. Meanwhile, Kasidy Yates is not pleased by Sisko’s reaction to her news that she may be taking a job that will let her stay on the station.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Nicholas Corea
story by Toni Marberry & Jack Trevino
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates), Roy Brocksmith (Razka), Cyia Batten (Ziyal), Thomas Prisco (Heler)

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover

Return To Grace

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Kira leaves for a Cardassian outpost to attend a conference, escorted by Gul Dukat, who, after bringing his half-Bajoran daughter Ziyal home, has been reduced to commanding a freighter. When they arrive at the outpost, they find it destroyed by a Klingon Bird of Prey, which ignores Dukat’s freighter. At Kira’s suggestion, Dukat adapts a disruptor from the outpost and goes after the Klingons. When he succeeds in capturing the Bird of Prey, Dukat has the choice of returning to his old position – or striking out as a freedom fighter against the Klingons.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Hans Beimler
story by Tom Benko
directed by Jonathan West
music by Jay Chattaway

Star Trek: Deep Space NineGuest Cast: Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Cyia Batten (Tora Ziyal), Casey Biggs (Damar), John Kenton Shull (K’Temang)

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Things Past

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Odo, Sisko, Dax, and Garak are returning in a runabout from a conference on the occupation. When the runabout arrives back at the station, however, they are found in a catatonic state with their minds active, seemingly the result of a plasma storm. Meanwhile, the four find themselves living the roles of Bajorans on Terok Nor during the occupation. Strangely, the security chief is Odo’s predecessor, Thrax, although all signs point to it being the time period after Odo had become chief. And, according to Odo, the Bajorans they are supposed to be are soon to be unjustly executed for attempting to kill Gul Dukat.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Michael Taylor
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Victor Bevine (Belar), Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Kurtwood Smith (Thrax), Brenon Baird (Soldier), Louahn Lowe (Okala), Judi Durand (Station Computer Voice)

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover

The Darkness and the Light

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 50416.2: A Vedek is killed during a religious ceremony – Latha, a member of Kira’s former resistance cell. Kira gets a message with an electronically scrambled voice saying “That’s one.” Someone has a vendetta against the Shakaar, and kills four more of Kira’s friends, each time sending another message of the same sort. It is clear that the murders are all connected to Kira, and that she is the killer’s ultimate target. Kira, who is still heavily pregnant, defies advice to go off on a personal mission to find the person who is killing her friends.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by Bryan Fuller
directed by Michael Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Randy Oglesby (Silaran Prin), William Lucking (Furel), Diane Salinger (Lupaza), Jennifer Savidge (Trentin Fala), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Matt Roe (Latha), Christian Conrad (Brilgar), Scott McElroy (Guard)

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover