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By Inferno's Light 

The station readies for a Dominion attack. Worf and Garak meet some unexpected friends in a Dominion Prison camp.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo (credit only)
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Andrew Robinson ... Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Melanie Smith ... Ziyal
J.G. Hertzler ... Martok
Ray Buktenica ... Deyos
James Horan James Horan ... Ikat'ika


The station readies for a Dominion attack. Worf and Garak meet some unexpected friends in a Dominion Prison camp.

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Release Date:

17 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Horan has appeared in all four Star Trek spin-off television series. He played Jo'Bril in TNG "Suspicions", Lt. Barnaby in TNG "Descent Pt 1", Tosin in Voyager "Fair Trade", Ikat'ika in DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow" and "By Inferno's Light" and "Humanoid Figure" in Enterprise "Broken Bow", "Cold Front", "Shockwave", "Shockwave Pt 2", and "The Expanse". In addition he lent his voice to the video games Star Trek: Klingon Academy and Star Trek: Starfleet Command III. See more »


General Martok tells Bashir to bind Worf's broken ribs. This is not even done in the 20th century on Earth because it causes the patient to breathe very shallowly and risks contracting pneumonia. See more »


Chief O'Brien: They're still not responding to our hails.
Captain Sisko: I think they're trying to intimidate us.
Chief O'Brien: It's working.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »


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Lots of Suspense, Good Characters, and a Sophisticated Plot
30 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I wrote the last time about war and violence. This is a given in this series because the station is always on delicate ground. But what separates this are the actions of some characters. Worf is incredibly heroic. Garak, the mystery man, rises above his superfluity. And the plot set forth by the Dominion is really unique. Gul Dukat, who used to be a bit ingratiating, turns out to be more villainous than ever. This is no surprise because what he did to the Bajorans during his reign is nothing short of sadistic. His daughter, whom he supposedly adores, is thrown to the flames at the first sign of rebelliion (I don't mean literally, of course). He will be a force to reckong with for two more seasons after this, I suspect. This is a superior episode. The two together may be the best so far.

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