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DS9 3-05

DS9 3x05
"Second Skin"

Original airdate: 10/24/1994
Rewatch date: 7/20/2013

Kira is taken by Cardassians who explain to her that she is actually one of them who has been under deep cover for many years.

Spoiler-free notes:

Here's another boring intro. Oh no, Kira's personnel records are a little off!

"Commander, this is extortion." "Yes, it is."

The timing of Sisko's rescue at the end is a little too convenient.

This is a neat little episode--"Face of the Enemy" meets Total Recall--and it works pretty well. The only downside is that, since this is episodic television, the audience never has any reason to believe that Kira could actually be a Cardassian spy. Still, it shows how Kira would react under extreme psychological stress, and it develops more mythology surrounding the Cardassian underground and Cardassian politics.

Spoiler section:

Though we never learn the fate of the real Iliana Ghemor, we do see her father again in "Ties of Blood and Water."

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