History Recap / StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E08TheSiegeOfAR558

13th May '17 8:05:19 AM StarTropes
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* SoundtrackDissonance: Melancholy music plays during the battle, [[WarIsHell in keeping with the episode's theme]].
** SadBattleMusic

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* SoundtrackDissonance: [[SadBattleMusic Melancholy music plays during the battle, battle]], [[WarIsHell in keeping with the episode's theme]].
** SadBattleMusic* ThatsAnOrder: Sisko orders Worf to break out of orbit when the ''Defiant'' is attacked, even though it means leaving the away team on the planet.
28th Apr '17 10:13:48 PM Linda58
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* TheDeadHaveNames: Sisko and Kira both state this at the end.

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* TheDeadHaveNames: Sisko and Kira both state this at the end. And subverted, in that Sisko says that's not enough.
-->'''Sisko:''' They're not just names, it's important we remember that. We ''have'' to remember..



* HoldTheLine: Sisko's order to the remaining troops.

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* HoldTheLine: Sisko's order to the remaining troops. After the battle is over,
-->'''Sisko:''' We held.
-->'''Reese:''' Those were are orders, sir.



* InTheBack: Vargas is stabbed in the back during the final battle.



* MauveShirt: Four troops at AR-558 are given names and some characterization, the weary but professional Larkin, grim and battle-hardened Reese, shell-shocked Vargas, and NiceGuy engineer Kellin. Only Reese survives.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Ultimately, the battle is finished off screen after Sisko is knocked out.



* WarIsHell: This episode shows no glory, no love of battle. Just the harshness and a piece of rock which no one would care about if not for the technology put there.

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* WarIsHell: This episode shows no glory, no love of battle. Just the harshness and a piece of rock which no one would care about if not for the technology put there. Just to emphasize the point, the released death toll at the end reminds everyone that this was one (relatively light) battle.
16th Apr '17 1:48:00 AM TinMan
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* BittersweetEnding: Starfleet succeeds in holding the communications array, but almost everyone from the Federation garrison has been killed and Nog has lost his leg.


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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In keeping with the Dominion War being analogous to World War II, this episode was directly based on the Battle of Guadalcanal. Just swap Henderson Field for the communications array.
5th Apr '17 11:16:02 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* HollywoodTactics: Other than the mines, neither side brings any weapons more powerful than rifles. The Dominion don't try to shell the Federation position, and the Federation doesn't emplace anything heavier to cover the single line of approach beyond re-purposing the Dominion's own mines.
14th Feb '17 4:24:46 PM StarTropes
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* [[WhyIsntItAttacking Why Aren't They Attacking?]]: The Jem'Hadar who show up midway through the episode. They turn out to be holograms.
9th Oct '16 6:58:38 PM wyattte
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ds9_siegeofar558_321.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:This episode is brutal. Not like "long lineup at the DMV" brutal or [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E22ShadesOfGray "who thought a clip show would make a good season finale"]] brutal. We're talking merciless, WarIsHell, people-getting-killed '''brutal.''']]
11th Sep '16 9:39:32 AM indyK1ng
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* ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: For as vast and far reaching as the Dominion War is when the weekly casualty report comes in at the end of the episode, there are only 1,730 Starfleet casualties listed.
10th Sep '16 4:36:32 PM katrinahood
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* HarsherInHindsight: For all the sacrifices to defend AR-558. the Dominion will eventually retake the system in 'The Changing Face of Evil'.
19th Feb '16 11:09:11 PM erttheking
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** Subverted by Vargas, who describes his dead friend as a loudmouth jerk.

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** Subverted by Vargas, who describes his dead friend as a loudmouth jerk. Though it's zigzagged as he's on the verge of tears as he does.
13th Feb '16 11:55:52 AM Mikedem2
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* AnArmAndALeg: Nog loses a leg during a Jem'Hadar ambush.



* CallBack: The Starfleet and Dominion forces jam each other's sensors, just like the Klingons did in 'Nor the Battle to the Strong.'
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Reese.



* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The Starfleeters use the Jem'Hadars' "houdinis" against them.

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** Subverted by Vargas, who describes his dead friend as a loudmouth jerk.
* AFatherToHisMen: Sisko, and he makes damned sure Quark understands that.
-->'''Sisko:''' Listen to me, Quark, because I'm only going to say this once... I care about Nog and every other soldier under my command. Understood? Every damn one of them.
* HarsherInHindsight: For all the sacrifices to defend AR-558. the Dominion will eventually retake the system in 'The Changing Face of Evil'.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The Starfleeters use the Jem'Hadars' "houdinis" Jem'Hadar's' "houdini" mines against them.


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* ManlyTears: Vargas sheds them when he tells the story of his comrade, who died bandaging his arm.


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* TragicKeepsake: Vargas's bandage, made from the uniform of a dead comrade.
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