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Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 01 E 15 Progress
While playing cards in the corner of Quarks, Nog overhears Quark flipping his lid over being stuck with 5000 wrappages of Yamok Sauce. A food only Cardassians can stomach. While Quark is pissed off, Nog spies an opportunity.

The main plot kicks in next. The Bajoran moon of Jeraddo is about to have its core tapped. Turning it into a moon sized power plant that will provide power to several hundred thousand homes on Bajor. The few residents of the moon have been evacuated, because the process will render the moon uninhabitable. But when Dax and Kira take a runabout on a routine check, they discover three lifeforms still present on the surface.

Beaming down to the surface, Kira is confronted by two mute Bajoran's brandishing farm tools at her. They are called off by a third Bajoran, a cranky old farmer named Mullibok.

Back on DS9, Nog and Jake attempt to sell their stock of Yamok sauce to an alien freighter captain who deals with Cardassians. He turns down the purchase, but offers an exchange: 14400 self-sealing stem bolts. Set to be purchased by a Bajoran who was short on cash. Nog isn't thrilled about not making any latinum, but Jake convinces him to agree. He later acquires Quarks supply of Yamok sauce. He's just happy to be rid of the nuisance.

Back on Jeraddo, Mullibok is doing all he can to waste Kira's time. Making a dinner that will take several hours to prepare, and trying to piss Kira off badly enough that she'll leave. But it's just the opposite. Kira finds herself taking a shine to the old man. Mullibok knows Jeraddo's core is set to be tapped, but he doesn't care. He's staying on his farm even if it means death.

Mullibok starts telling tall tales about how he came to start farming on Jeraddo. Such as digging with his bare hands, and crushing mineralized dirt with his teeth. Kira decides to share her stories of the resistance with in turn. When Mullibok makes light of the occupation, Kira is indignant. Telling the only reason they weren't wiped out was "By hanging on like fanatics." Much to her dismay, she realizes the resistance is much like Mulllibok. And he's still not moving.

Nog and Jake inspect their supply of self-sealing stem bolts. Problem being, they have no idea what they do. Even O'Brien has never heard of them before. With a huge crate of mysterious parts stuck on them, Jake and Nog(Under the alias of "The Noh-Jay Consortium") contact the intended recipient.

He still doesn't have the cash, but offers yet another exchange: seven tessipates of land. Nog isn't thrilled about getting dirt and no money, but Jake once again convinces him it will work out.

Returning to DS9, Kira tries convincing the Government to stall or use slower methods, but they're having none of it. Three people aren't worth depriving several hundred thousands of power. Kira is informed that the project is happening, whether or not Mullibok leaves.

Returning to his cottage with security, Kira again tries convincing him to leave. But the situation goes FUBAR when Mullibok's mute associates attack the security team. Mullibok loses it and tries strangling the security member, forcing the other to shoot him.

He survives, but still wont move. After Bashir treats his injuries, Kira stays behind to look after him and talk him into leaving.

Sisko visits her on Jerrado, and manages to uncover why Kira is so adamant about helping him: She's been in his position before. The trampled on underdog, at the mercy of powerful government forces. He assures her she's on the right side, that Bajor needs her, and leaves.

While brooding in their usual corner, Jake and Nog overhear their big break: The Bajoran Government is trying to build on a strip of land owned by four different people. They've contacted three, but the mysterious "Noh-Jay Consortium" is impossible to reach. Nog reveals he and Jake are said consortium, and offers his uncle a deal. For 5 bars of Latinum of course.

Returning again to Mullibok, Kira helps him finish a kiln he's been working on...and promptly blows it to bits. She's been nice long enough. Mullibok is coming with her, whether he likes it or not.

The old man tells her that as long as his home is there, that's where he's staying. So Kira does what needs to be done. She sets fire to the house, leaving him nowhere to return. The episodes end with her preparing to beam herself and Mulllibok off the moon.


  • Cool Old Guy: Mullibok is a nice, if supernaturally stubborn, old man.
  • The Needs of the Many: In full effect here. Three stubborn farmers aren't going to stop progress.
  • Plot Hole: As observed by Star Destroyer Dot Net here. Hmm, Bajor's got an electrical power shortage calculated at a few hundred thousand households. Should the Federation just build them a fusion reactor? No, let's wreck a life-bearing moon and kick all the inhabitants off.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Though he wasn't in the military, Mullibok has some pretty obvious PTSD from his time in Cardassian imprisonment.
  • The Voiceless: Mullibok's two farmer friends. All we know is "The Cardassians saw to that."
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