History Recap / StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E11Waltz

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[[caption-width-right:350:The camping trip from Hell]]
31st Dec '16 5:06:44 AM StarTropes
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* BottleEpisode: As the writers themselves noted, they were rather uncertain whether they could pull off having a story involving little more than "two guys arguing in a cave" as its plot. Nobody but the regular cast has any lines in this episode, and all the sets are recycled.

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* BigNo: Dukat's response to Illusion!Weyoun's taunting. A clear sign of his impending SanitySlippage.
* BottleEpisode: As the writers themselves noted, they were rather uncertain whether they could pull off having a story involving little more than "two guys arguing in a cave" as its plot. Nobody but the regular regular/recurring cast has any lines in this episode, episode (aside from one off-screen RedShirt), and all the sets are recycled.


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* {{Irony}}: How Dukat considers the fact that he was almost killed by a Cardassian attack.
2nd Nov '16 9:21:29 AM StarTropes
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* SympathyForTheDevil: While recording his CaptainsLog aboard the ''Honshu'', Sisko admits feeling genuinely sorry for Dukat.
--> "[[RuleOfThree He lost an empire, he lost his daughter, and he nearly lost his mind.]] Whatever his crimes, isn't that enough punishment for one lifetime?"
26th Oct '16 4:43:38 AM Nakuyabi
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-->"I have unfinished business on Bajor! They thought I was their enemy?! They don't know what it is to be my enemy, but they will! From this day forward, Bajor is dead! All of Bajor! And this time, even their Emissary won't be able to save them!"

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-->"I have unfinished business on Bajor! They thought I was their enemy?! enemy!? They don't know what it is to be my enemy, enemy; but they will! From this day forward, Bajor is dead! All of Bajor! And this time, even their Emissary won't be able to save them!"



* HonorBeforeReason: Dukat alerts the ''Defiant'' to Sisko's location. He can't very well exact the ultimate revenge on him if the Captain dies on a barren planet.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Disregarding the pragmatic advice from his hallucination of Damar, Dukat leaves Captain Sisko alive and even alerts the ''Defiant'' to Sisko's location. He his location after taking off in the stolen shuttle. The way Dukat sees things, he can't very well exact the ultimate revenge on him his enemy if the Captain dies Emissary isn't around to see it because he's died on a barren planet.



* VillainDecay: Invoked by the hallucination of Weyoun. He doubts Sisko would have any respect for Dukat if he knew about the Gul's repeated breakdowns in the hospital.

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* VillainDecay: Invoked by the hallucination of Weyoun. He doubts Sisko would have any respect for Dukat if he knew about the Gul's repeated breakdowns in the hospital.hospital.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: This is the advice Dukat's hallucination of Damar gives him, pointing out that returning to Bajor carrying the corpse of the Bajorans' Emissary to the Prophets would surely crush the Bajorans' resistance to his rule once and for all.
30th Sep '16 7:02:25 PM Nakuyabi
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* AbandonShip: Happens off-screen before the ''Honshu'' is destroyed.

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* AbandonShip: Happens off-screen before the ''Honshu'' is destroyed.destroyed; several other survivors turn up while the ''Defiant'''s crew is searching for Sisko.



* CluelessAesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at putting a stop to the MisaimedFandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that even when you live in a world full of shades of grey, true evil (such as Gul Dukat) can still exist. Even so, partially ''because'' of Gul Dukat's persuasive delivery of [[VillainHasAPoint considerable testimony on his own behalf]] in this episode, his fandom was not so easily dissuaded.

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* BottleEpisode: As the writers themselves noted, they were rather uncertain whether they could pull off having a story involving little more than "two guys arguing in a cave" as its plot. Nobody but the regular cast has any lines in this episode, and all the sets are recycled.
* CluelessAesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at putting a stop to the MisaimedFandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that even when you live in a world full of shades of grey, true evil (such as Gul Dukat) can still exist. Even so, partially ''because'' of Gul Dukat's awfully persuasive delivery of [[VillainHasAPoint considerable testimony on his own behalf]] in this episode, his fandom was not so easily dissuaded.



* ExplosiveDecompression: Dukat mentions a NoodleIncident with his having to clean up the mess when this happened to another Cardassian and how he couldn't sleep for a week afterward.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Dukat says he and Sisko won't be seeing each other for a while. They won't share a scene again until the GrandFinale.

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* ExplosiveDecompression: Dukat mentions a NoodleIncident with his having to clean up the mess when this happened to another Cardassian some other Cardassians and how he couldn't sleep for a week afterward.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Dukat says he and Sisko won't be seeing each other again for a while. They Indeed, they won't share a scene again until the GrandFinale.



** Worf believes it would be dishonorable to brazenly ignore orders in order to try to save Sisko.

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** Worf Worf, as usual, believes it would be dishonorable to brazenly try to ignore their explicit orders in order to try to save Sisko.Sisko; justified, however, in that their orders to break off the search are in order to protect the lives of some 30,000 Federation troops in an otherwise defenseless carrier convoy that the Dominion is almost certain to attack.



* PoorCommunicationKills: Kira's message that the ''Defiant'' has to depart soon is garbled by subspace interference. Bashir and O'Brien attempt to invoke this trope in order to continue searching for Sisko, but Worf and Dax shoot it down.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: Kira's message that the ''Defiant'' has to depart soon is garbled by subspace interference. Bashir and O'Brien attempt to invoke this trope in order to continue searching for Sisko, but Worf and Dax shoot it them down.



* SanitySlippage: Dukat undergoes a serious case of this during his isolation with Sisko, and this after he'd begun to improve in the care of the Federation's psychiatric facilities. He gets into a spirited argument with hallucinations of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun, and even tries to attack them physically a couple of times. It's during one of these attacks that Sisko realizes he's dealing with a madman, as he sees that while one of these assaults came dangerously close to hitting him, he wasn't where Dukat was ''aiming''.

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* SanitySlippage: Dukat undergoes a serious case of this during his isolation with Sisko, and this after he'd begun to improve in the care of the Federation's psychiatric facilities. He gets into a spirited argument arguments with hallucinations of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun, and even tries to attack fires at them physically a couple of with his phaser several times. It's during one of these attacks that Sisko realizes he's dealing with a madman, as he sees that while one of these assaults came dangerously close to hitting him, he wasn't where Dukat was ''aiming''. (He was aiming at Kira, who seemed to be standing just over Sisko's shoulder as she mocked him.)
12th Dec '15 7:46:41 PM trumpetmarietta
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Following the destruction of the starship Honshu, Sisko is severely injured and trapped alone on a deserted planet with Dukat, who becomes increasingly unstable.

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Following the destruction of the Federation starship Honshu, ''Honshu'', Sisko is severely injured and trapped alone on a deserted planet with Dukat, who becomes increasingly unstable.



-->'''Dukat:''' [[SarcasmMode Behold... Benjamin Sisko: supreme arbiter of right and wrong in the universe.]]

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-->'''Dukat:''' [[SarcasmMode Behold... Behold… Benjamin Sisko: supreme arbiter of right and wrong in the universe.]]universe!]]
7th Nov '15 1:58:16 AM SpideyTerry
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* BadassBoast: Dukat's final lines to Sisko:
-->"I have unfinished business on Bajor! They thought I was their enemy?! They don't know what it is to be my enemy, but they will! From this day forward, Bajor is dead! All of Bajor! And this time, even their Emissary won't be able to save them!"



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Dukat says he and Sisko won't be seeing each other for a while. They won't share a scene again until the GrandFinale.



* HonorBeforeReason: Dukat alerts the ''Defiant'' to Sisko's location. He can't very well exact the ultimate revenge on him if the Captain dies on a barren planet.
** Worf believes it would be dishonorable to brazenly ignore orders in order to try to save Sisko.
* HopeSpot: The ''Defiant'' beamed aboard two people. Instead of Sisko and Dukat, it's two women from the ''Honshu''.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Kira's message that the ''Defiant'' has to depart soon is garbled by subspace interference. Bashir and O'Brien attempt to invoke this trope in order to continue searching for Sisko, but Worf and Dax shoot it down.



* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Dukat's ultimate conclusion is that he was far too lenient and forgiving toward the Bajorans who resisted his rule, and he should have just exterminated them all; so that (along with restoring that rule) is going to be his new goal from now on.

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* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Dukat's ultimate conclusion is that he was far too lenient and forgiving toward the Bajorans who resisted his rule, and he should have just exterminated them all; so that (along with restoring that rule) is going to be his new goal from now on.on.
* VillainDecay: Invoked by the hallucination of Weyoun. He doubts Sisko would have any respect for Dukat if he knew about the Gul's repeated breakdowns in the hospital.
8th Oct '15 5:02:29 PM Nakuyabi
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* CluelessAesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at putting a stop to the MisaimedFandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that evened when you live in a world full of shades of grey, true evil (such as Gul Dukat) can still exist. Even so, partially ''because'' of Gul Dukat's persuasive delivery of [[VillainHasAPoint considerable testimony on his own behalf]] in this episode, his fandom was not so easily dissuaded.

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* CluelessAesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at putting a stop to the MisaimedFandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that evened even when you live in a world full of shades of grey, true evil (such as Gul Dukat) can still exist. Even so, partially ''because'' of Gul Dukat's persuasive delivery of [[VillainHasAPoint considerable testimony on his own behalf]] in this episode, his fandom was not so easily dissuaded.



* ExplosiveDecompression: Dukat mentions a NoodleIncident with his having to clean up the mess when this happened to another Cardassian and how he didn't sleep for a week afterward.

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* ExplosiveDecompression: Dukat mentions a NoodleIncident with his having to clean up the mess when this happened to another Cardassian and how he didn't couldn't sleep for a week afterward.



* SanitySlippage: Dukat undergoes a serious case of this during his isolation with Sisko, and this after he'd begun to improve in the care of the Federation's psychiatric facilities.

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* SanitySlippage: Dukat undergoes a serious case of this during his isolation with Sisko, and this after he'd begun to improve in the care of the Federation's psychiatric facilities. He gets into a spirited argument with hallucinations of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun, and even tries to attack them physically a couple of times. It's during one of these attacks that Sisko realizes he's dealing with a madman, as he sees that while one of these assaults came dangerously close to hitting him, he wasn't where Dukat was ''aiming''.
8th Oct '15 4:50:56 PM Nakuyabi
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* ShutUpHannibal: After Dukat's rant about how he's been way too nice to the Bajorans and he really should just have killed them all, Sisko knocks him out, retorting "[[SarcasmMode ...and]] ''[[SarcasmMode that's]]'' [[SarcasmMode why you're not an evil man!]]"
8th Oct '15 4:44:28 PM Nakuyabi
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* BrokenAesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at stopping the MisaimedFandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that evened when you live in a world full of shades of grey, evil can still exist. Except that ''the whole show'' was built upon the premise that [[GreyAndGrayMorality no nation is completely good or evil]], as even the Federation's noble ideals are subject to intense {{deconstruction}}.

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* BrokenAesop: CluelessAesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at stopping putting a stop to the MisaimedFandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that evened when you live in a world full of shades of grey, true evil (such as Gul Dukat) can still exist. Except that ''the whole show'' Even so, partially ''because'' of Gul Dukat's persuasive delivery of [[VillainHasAPoint considerable testimony on his own behalf]] in this episode, his fandom was built upon the premise that [[GreyAndGrayMorality no nation is completely good or evil]], as even the Federation's noble ideals are subject to intense {{deconstruction}}.not so easily dissuaded.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Dukat reveals that he couldn't understand why the Bajorans wouldn't give in to the Cardassians.
* ExplosiveDecompression: Dukat mentions a NoodleIncident with this happening and how he didn't sleep for a week afterward.
* HamToHamCombat: Sisko vs. Dukat. Especially during the mock-trial scene. Illusions of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun join in.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sisko spends much of the episode [[BreakTheHaughty trying to bring down Dukat's will]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He ends up strengthening it instead.]]
* SanitySlippage: And just when it looked like Dukat was getting better.
* ShutUpKirk: Dukat's rebuttal to Sisko's talks.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Dukat reveals that he couldn't understand why the Bajorans wouldn't give in submit to the Cardassians.
his kinder and gentler implementation of Cardassian rule.
* ExplosiveDecompression: Dukat mentions a NoodleIncident with his having to clean up the mess when this happening happened to another Cardassian and how he didn't sleep for a week afterward.
* HamToHamCombat: Sisko vs. Dukat. Especially during the mock-trial scene. Illusions Gul Dukat's hallucinations of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun join in.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sisko spends much of the episode [[BreakTheHaughty trying to bring down undermine Dukat's will]]. resolve]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He ends up strengthening it instead.]]
instead,]] due to Dukat's giving as good as he gets.
* SanitySlippage: And just when it looked like Dukat was getting better.
undergoes a serious case of this during his isolation with Sisko, and this after he'd begun to improve in the care of the Federation's psychiatric facilities.
* ShutUpKirk: Dukat's rebuttal to Sisko's talks.contentions.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Dukat's final line in this episode was supposed to be him telling Sisko, "You too will learn what it's like to lose a child." The writers scrapped this, however, both to avoid locking themselves into a specific course of action and to keep Jake from spending his future episodes living under a death threat.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ThenLetMeBeEvil: Dukat's final line in this episode ultimate conclusion is that he was supposed far too lenient and forgiving toward the Bajorans who resisted his rule, and he should have just exterminated them all; so that (along with restoring that rule) is going to be him telling Sisko, "You too will learn what it's like to lose a child." The writers scrapped this, however, both to avoid locking themselves into a specific course of action and to keep Jake his new goal from spending his future episodes living under a death threat.now on.
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