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The Homecoming

Episode

21

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr

Story by:

Jeri Taylor & Ira Steven Behr

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Trying to resolve the problems felt by many Bajorans about the Provisional Government and to bring more stability, O'Brien and Kira convince Sisko to let them borrow a runabout, and they travel to Cardassia IV, to rescue a legendary Bajoran resistance fighter named Li Nalas, who, Kira hopes, can unite the Bajoran people. However, trouble starts when "The Circle", a group of Bajoran terrorists start trying to evict all non-bajorans from Deep Space Nine and from Bajor, and Kira is replaced as Bajoran Liason on Deep Space Nine by Li Nalas.

Rating:

C

Notes:

Rule of Acquisition No. 76: Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.

The Circle

Episode

22

Director:

Corey Allen

Written by:

Peter Allan Fields

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

When Kira returns to Bajor, at the invitation from Vedek Bareil she spends some time at his monastery, where after an encounter with the third orb, she discovers that The Circle is a very well-informed organisation, which has been set up and supplied with weapons by the Cardassians. They expect that the Federation will order Sisko to evacuate all Starfleet personnel from Deep Space Nine, allowing the Cardassians to resume their occupation of the station and of Bajor.

Rating:

C+

Notes:

Louise Fletcher returns as Vedek Winn. Kira is relieved as Bajoran Liaison to DS9 by Li Nalas.

The Siege

Episode

23

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Written by:

Michael Piller

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

The Bajoran civil war turns in favour of the terrorist, and Commander Sisko is ordered to evacuate all Starfleet personnel from the station. However, he, remains on the station to delay the station's takeover while Kira and Dax try to uncover The Circle's leadership on Bajor.

Rating:

B

Notes:

Captain Sisko evacuates the station again in "A Call to Arms".

Invasive Procedures

Episode

24

Director:

Les Landau

Written by:

John Whelpley & Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Story by:

John Whelpley

Stardate:

47182.1

Synopsis:

DS9 is evacuated to avoid endangering any personnel due to the passage of a plasma storm. A handful of renegades infiltrates the nearly-abandoned station with the aid of Quark, who doesn't know what they're really after. The leader of the intruders is Verad, a candidate for Trill host who was rejected by the symbiosis evaluation board as unfit for the joining, and he intends to steal the symbiont Dax. As the crew is held hostage, Bashir is forced into performing the operation to implant Dax into Verad. As Bashir struggles to keep Jadzia alive long enough to reunite her with Dax, Sisko tries to keep the newly integrated Verad Dax talking in hope of appealing to his mentor's better nature, and when he fails, he stuns Verad with a phaser, and Bashir reverses the operation.

Rating:

B+

Notes:

Tim Russ, who appears as Klingon T'kar would later be cast as Vulcan Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager.

Cardassians

Episode

25

Director:

Cliff Bole

Written by:

James Crocker

Story by:

Gene Wolande & John Wright

Stardate:

47177.2

Synopsis:

A Bajoran man arrives on Deep Space Nine with a Cardassian boy, who was left behind when the Cardassians withdrew from Bajor. However, problems start when the boy's Cardassian parents show up, claiming that they have the right to custody of the boy, although he wants to stay with his Bajoran "parents", as they are the only family he knows, and Garak finds Dukat's interest in the boy's welfare strange.

Rating:

C-

Notes:

The Cardassians murdered more than ten million Bajorans during their 50-year occupation.

Melora

Episode

26

Director:

Winrich Kobe

Written by:

Evan Carlos Somers, Steven Baum, Michael Piller & James Crocker

Story by:

Evan Carlos Somers

Stardate:

47229.1

Synopsis:

The first Elaysian officer in Starfleet, Ensign Melora Pazlar, is assigned to DS9. Bashir and O'Brien have had to modify various passageways to permit Melora - whose low-gravity home world leaves her body reliant on a wheelchair in normal gravity - access to as much of the station as possible. In the meantime, Quark's former partner, who he once sold out to the Romulans in order to save his own skin, has finally been released by his captors and has come aboard the station to exact vengeance upon Quark. Bashir decides to make an effort to cut through Melora's oversensitivity and defensiveness in order to help her, and even discovers that there may be a way to reverse her handicap.

Rating:

B

Notes:

Rule of Acquisition No. 16: A deal is a deal ... until a better one comes along.

Rules of Acquisition

Episode

27

Director:

David Livingston

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr

Story by:

Hilary Bader

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

An ambitious Ferengi female disguises herself as a male to help Quark with business negotiations in the Gamma Quadrant, but she falls in love with him and eventually reveals her true self.

Rating:

E+

Notes:

Rule of Acquisition No. 22: A wise man can hear profit in the wind.
Rule of Acquisition No. 33: It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
Rule of Acquisition No. 48: The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
Rule of Acquisition No. 62: The riskier the road, the greater the profit.

Necessary Evil

Episode

28

Director:

James L. Conway

Written by:

Peter Allan Fields

Stardate:

47282.5

Synopsis:

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 realises 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.

Rating:

B+

Notes:

Kira becomes the third DS9 crew member to be a murder suspect - after Odo and Dax.

Second Sight

Episode

29

Director:

Alexander Singer

Written by:

Mark Gehred-O'Connell, Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Story by:

Mark Gehred-O'Connell

Stardate:

47329.4

Synopsis:

On the fourth anniversary of the Battle of Wolf 359, when Jennifer (Sisko's wife) was killed, Sisko meets a woman called Fenna, but she disappears moments later. While having dinner with a terraformer-scientist Gideon Seyetik, he sees the woman again - but she is Seyetik's wife. The truth is eventually uncovered: the woman is a telepath and can project an image of herself.

Rating:

A-

Notes:

Richard Kiley stars as terraformer Gideon Seyetik. Seyetik's last words as he's about to crash his ship into a dead sun: "Let there be light".

Sanctuary

Episode

30

Director:

Les Landau

Written by:

Frederick Rappaport

Story by:

Gabe Escoe & Kelley Miles

Stardate:

47391.2

Synopsis:

Deep Space Nine detects an alien ship with four life-forms on board emerging from the Wormhole. When the Universal Translator manages to decode their language, it turns out that there are another three million of their race - the Skrreeans - on the other side of the Wormhole, looking for Kentaana, their destiny according to legend. However, problems arise when they identify Bajor as Kentaana and the Bajorans seem unwilling to accommodate them.

Rating:

B

Notes:

Kitty Swink, who plays Rozahn, is Armin Shimerman (Quark)'s wife. Andrew Koenig, who plays Tumak, is Walter Koenig (Chekov)'s son.

Rivals

Episode

31

Director:

David Livingston

Written by:

Joe Menosky

Story by:

Jim Trombetta & Michael Piller

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

A new face arrives on DS9's Promenade, an open face with an apparently big heart, enough to listen through any hard luck story and comfort the person telling it. Unknown to his increasingly large number of friends, however, Martus is simply gathering information and awaiting his opportunity. When he finds a way to open an entertainment centre that steals Quark's clientele, Quark begins to suspect that his luck has run out. Martus has come by a device which alters the laws of probability so he can stop customers winning at his games.

Rating:

B+

Notes:

Rule of Acquisition No. 109: Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.

The Alternate

Episode

32

Director:

David Carson

Written by:

Bill Dial

Story by:

Jim Trombetta & Bill Dial

Stardate:

47391.7

Synopsis:

Dr. Mora Pol, the Bajoran scientist who discovered and studied Odo, comes aboard the station to inform Odo that he may have found the shapeshifter's home planet in the Gamma Quadrant. However, the Away Team surveying this planet are struck down from gas poisoning, and a strange rampaging creature starts running around the station.

Rating:

B

Notes:

James Sloyan is later cast as Neelix in Voyager's "Jetrel".

Armageddon Game

Episode

33

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Written by:

Morgan Gendel, Ira Steven Behr & James Crocker

Story by:

Morgan Gendel

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Bashir and O'Brien are on attachment to a research vessel in the Gamma Quadrant, attempting to help the Kelleruns and T'lani destroy their bumper crop of biological weapons known as Harvesters. Shortly after finally discovering a means of rendering the Harvesters inert, the scientists on the alien ship are stormed by a squadron of armed troops. Only Bashir and O'Brien escape, beaming down to nearby T'lani III when they are unable to contact their Runabout. O'Brien has been infected by material from a Harvester and will die within days if he doesn't receive treatment that Bashir cannot provide without the station's medical facilities. In the meantime, Sisko and the crew have been informed that Bashir and O'Brien died in an accident aboard the research ship - but unknown to the crew, those who Bashir and O'Brien were helping in good faith are deliberately responsible for the attack.

Rating:

A

Notes:

Rule of Acquisition No. 57: Good customers are as rare as latinum. Treasure them.

Whispers

Episode

34

Director:

Les Landau

Written by:

Paul Coyle

Stardate:

47581.2

Synopsis:

After returning from a briefing on security measures that will be needed aboard DS9 for a summit between leaders of warring factions of the Paradans, O'Brien feels that something strange is happening, though he can't quite place a finger on what it could be. Gradually, he discovers that everything he says and does is being double-checked by Sisko and the crew. His own wife and daughter don't seem comfortable around him, and even the most innocent questions he asks are evaded by everyone. As the time of the Paradan meeting draws near, O'Brien gets desperate for answers - but everyone else on the station seems intent on stopping him.

Rating:

A

Notes:

Rule of Acquisition No. 194: It's always good business to know about new customers before they walk in your door.

Paradise

Episode

35

Director:

Corey Allen

Written by:

Jeff King, Richard Manning & Hans Beimler

Story by:

Jim Trombetta & James Crocker

Stardate:

47573.1

Synopsis:

Sisko and Bashir are stranded on a planet when their Runabout is damaged, and they find a human colony whose leader has forbidden any technology. As if that weren't bad enough, a duonetic field prevents them from using their phasers, tricorders or beaming up to the Runabout. But, strange things point them to discover a shocking truth.

Rating:

C-

Shadowplay

Episode

36

Director:

Robert Scheerer

Written by:

Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Stardate:

47603.3

Synopsis:

Detecting the emissions of a matter-antimatter reactor from an uncharted planet in the Gamma Quadrant, Dax and Odo beam down into a village whose simple inhabitants have been disappearing without a trace or any kind of explanation. At first the visitors from the Runabout are prime suspects, but once they prove that they have nothing to do with the series of disappearances, Dax and Odo are entrusted with the task of finding the guilty party. However, someone else in the village already knows the answer to the puzzle - the one person who is guaranteed not to vanish.

Rating:

D+

Playing God

Episode

37

Director:

David Livingston

Written by:

Jim Trombetta & Michael Piller

Story by:

Jim Trombetta

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

A Trill candidate for joining with a symbiont arrives on DS9 for observation by Dax, who will report his psychological fitness to the Symbiosis Commission on the Trill homeworld. In the course of their bumpy relationship - based on the fact that the candidate prepared himself to be in the company of Curzon Dax and not Jadzia - they pick up something unusual from the wormhole and bring it back to the station for study, not realising that it will begin expanding rapidly until it threatens to consume the station, and the rest of the universe as well.

Rating:

C-

Notes:

Over the past 200 years, Dax has washed 57 candidates our of the Trill Initiate program. Jadzia was washed out of the program by Curzon, her supervisor and previous host.

Profit and Loss

Episode

38

Director:

Robert Wiemer

Written by:

Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Quark risks everything to win back his ex-lover, Cardassian Natima. However, she is no longer interested in him. Problems arise when it transpires that Natima and her two associates are wanted terrorists, and Garak sets his sights on returning them home - in the hopes of an end to his exile.

Rating:

C+

Blood Oath

Episode

39

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Written by:

Peter Allan Fields

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Three elderly Klingons whose days of glory passed into history and legend with the conclusion of Federation-Klingon hostilities have arrived at DS9 in search of their old friend Curzon Dax. Decades ago, after the three Klingons led a victorious assault on a ruthless enemy, their first sons were murdered in an act of revenge. The bereaved fathers made a blood oath, along with their mutual friend Dax, to avenge their sons' deaths. After years of searching, the murderer has been found - and Dax wants to put her Starfleet career on the line by participating.

Rating:

B+

Notes:

The three notorious Klingons from the Classic series are reunited. John Colicos would return as Kor in "The Sword of Kahless".

The Maquis, part I

Episode

40

Director:

David Livingston

Written by:

James Crocker

Story by:

Rick Berman, Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

The peace treaty between the Federation and the Cardassian Empire is threatened when a Cardassian ship explodes moments after leaving the station and there is a rise in attacks on Cardassian vessels in the Demilitarized Zone. A group identifying themselves as "The Maquis" is behind the attacks, claiming the Federation has abandoned them, and they are not happy with the Federation-Cardassian treaty, and that they will continue to fight the Cardassians.

Rating:

B+

Notes:

Rule of Acquisition No. 214: Never being a negotiation on an empty stomach. The Maquis provide the background to Star Trek Voyager.

The Maquis, part II

Episode

41

Director:

Corey Allen

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr

Story by:

Rick Berman, Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

After rescuing Dukat from the Maquis, Sisko must use all his powers, despite the pressure from Starfleet and from the Cardassians to prevent the border skirmishes along the Demilitarised Zone developing into a full-fledged war. To top it all off, Sisko's friend Commander Cal Hudson leaves Starfleet to help the Maquis fight the Cardassians.

Rating:

B

Notes:

First mention of the Cardassian judicial system. This concept is explored when Chief O'Brien is arrested and tried by Cardassians in "Tribunal".

The Wire

Episode

42

Director:

Kim Friedman

Written by:

Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

After becoming increasing concerned about Garak, Dr. Bashir discovers that Garak was implanted by the Obsidian Order when he was a spy to prevent him from feeling pain in case he was ever tortured for information. While living away from Cardassians, in exile, he has been using the device constantly, and now it is starting to malfunction, and Garak starts suffering from the effects of the device that he has been so addicted to for so long.

Rating:

A-

Notes:

Paul Dooley returns as Enabran Tain in "Improbable Cause" and "The Die is Cast".

Crossover

Episode

43

Director:

David Livingston

Written by:

Peter Allan Fields & Michael Piller

Story by:

Peter Allan Fields

Stardate:

4789.1

Synopsis:

An accident in the Wormhole sends Kira and Bashir into an alternate universe where Humans are slaves. This universe resulted from Spock's interference in its natural development in "Mirror, Mirror", allowing the Klingon-Cardassian alliance to crush Earth's Galactic Empire.

Rating:

B+

Notes:

The mirror universe returns again in "Through the Looking Glass" and "Shattered Mirror".

The Collaborator

Episode

44

Director:

Cliff Bole

Written by:

Gary Holland, Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Story by:

Gary Holland

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

The choosing of Bajor's new Kai draws near, and some candidates are not above resorting to hard-line tactics to discredit their rivals. When one of the top Bajoran traitors of the Cardassian occupation turns up on the station and is promptly pardoned by Vedek Winn, Kira's suspicions are aroused, as is her anger when Winn accuses Vedek Bareil, the leading candidate in the race and Kira's lover, of collaborating with the Cardassians. Kira makes every attempt to clear Bareil's name as the election looms, but only discovers more evidence pointing him out as a traitor to the Bajorans. By the time Kira learns the truth about Bareil's involvement in a massacre that cost the lives of 43 Bajoran freedom fighters including the late Kai Opaka's son, Winn has become Bajor's new Kai.

Rating:

B

Tribunal

Episode

45

Director:

Avery Brooks

Written by:

Bill Dial

Stardate:

47944.2

Synopsis:

Following on from "The Maquis, part II", while on holiday, Miles O'Brien is arrested by the Cardassians and accused of supplying tactical missiles to the Maquis, stolen from Deep Space Nine, which under Cardassian law, is punishable by death. O'Brien's fate rests with Sisko and Odo, who discover some interesting facts that lead to his release.

Rating:

A

Notes:

O'Brien would again suffer justice in "Hard Time".

The Jem'Hadar

Episode

46

Director:

Kim Friedman

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Sisko goes to the Gamma Quadrant with Jake, Nog and Quark, but are captured by the Jem'Hadar, the soldiers of a new enemy - the Dominion. One of the Jem'Hadar goes through the Wormhole to issue an ultimatum: the Dominion will no longer tolerate people from the Alpha Quadrant coming into the Gamma Quadrant through the wormhole. In trying to resuce Sisko and the others, the U.S.S. Odyssey is destroyed.

Rating:

B

Notes:

This is Starfleet's first contact with the Dominion. The season closes on a tense note, leaving everybody wondering what is going to happen with the Dominion next.

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