Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 01 E 03 Past Prologue

A Bajoran terrorist tests Kira's loyalties to the Federation when he attempts to rid Bajor of the Federation for good.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Badass Boast: After Kira contacts Admiral Rollman to protest Sisko's actions.
    Sisko: Go over my head again, and I'll have yours on a platter.
  • Blatant Lies: Plain, simple Garak.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Sisko tells Kira he will not tolerate divided loyalties in his command when she immediately presumes Tahna is innocent because the Cardassians were chasing him.
  • Dangerous Phlebotinum Interaction: Bilitrium + antimatter energy = Wormhole-Shattering Kaboom
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Between Garak and Bashir; according to the actors, this was deliberate.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Garak cuts Bashir off before he can finish.
  • I Warned You: Gul Danar starts to say this to Sisko, but Sisko angrily hangs up on him.
  • Karma Houdini: The Duras Sisters slip away scot-free for assisting Tahna. They'll get what's coming to them in Star Trek: Generations.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: With Tahna's plan foiled, he's given two choices: Surrender to the Federation, or be handed over to the very pissed off Cardassian forces. He wisely surrenders to the Federation.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: The Kohn-Ma are still fighting Cardassians after the withdrawal, and resent the Federation presence as no different than the Cardassians who just left.
  • Silent Offer: Garak negotiates the price for a terrorist with two Klingons in this way, using an electronic tablet instead of paper.