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"The Maquis, Part I"

Original airdate: 4/24/1994
Rewatch date: 7/8/2013


A Cardassian vessel explodes as it leaves Deep Space Nine, and it appears that Federation terrorists are responsible.

Spoiler-free notes:

This aired just one month after TNG's "Journey's End," and deals with a lot of the same issues, albeit in a darker tone that is more appropriate for DS9. We see continued evidence that the Cardassian treaty just plain sucks, and the complex politics of Cardassian/Federation relations fall on Sisko's lap, as DS9 sits right in the middle of it all. This is an interesting case of DS9 continuing a story that is started by TNG. (It is, of course, picked up again by TNG in "Preemptive Strike," which aired a few weeks later.)

Why is there such a thing as Vulcan port? They don't seem like the drinking type. And, come to think of it, how can there be a Vulcan working for the Maquis?

This reminds me of "The Wounded," a TNG episode that deals with a lot of the same issues and has Captain Picard working with a Cardassian played by Marc Alaimo (though not the same character) to uncover the mystery of Federation officers apparently trying to start a war with Cardassia. Incidentally, that was one of TNG's most O'Brien-centric episodes.

I really want to see a picture of Sisko in lederhosen.

The best scene is the one where Kira and Sisko have a shouting match over how to approach the situation. It really lays it all out and gives off some fireworks that work for both characters.

I'll have more to say, I'm sure, when I watch the second part.



Spoiler section:

Introducing the Maquis is obviously continuing to lay the groundwork for VOY, though Michael Piller believes (as do I) that the Maquis background never pays off in that show, offering far more meat for DS9 to chew on.





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