Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 02 E 03 The Siege

The Siege is about to begin. With The Circle inbound for Deep Space 9, Sisko rallies those willing to stay and defend the station. As evacuations get underway, goodbyes are exchanged. Nog says goodbye to Jake, and Keiko begs O'Brien to come with them. He insists he's needed on DS9. And Quark, naturally, sees profit to be made in the limited escape seating available.

Turns out Quark's greed has resulted in a bit of an overbooking problem. As throngs of panicking people try to leave, Li Nalas speaks up. He reminds the Bajorans there they fought a war against Cardassia, and now they're running like scared children. His speech, combined with his legendary status, convinces the Bajorans among them to stay.

As the final runabout departs, Quark comes plodding along, dragging a case full of latinum, only to find out from Dr. Bashir that Rom has already given Quark's ticket to a Dabo girl, leaving his own brother stuck on the station.

With everyone evacuated, the occupation arrives. Led by General Krim, they find no resistance awaiting them. Krim is naturally suspicious, warning his men about Odo, and ordering them to scan at random intervals for any crew that may be hiding aboard the station.

When Jaro hails them, he makes sure they know it's not a victory until the entire crew is accounted for, especially Li Nalas. The last thing The Circle needs is a martyr-making death. Soon after, the sensor array is tampered with, confirming there are still Federation members on-board.

While Kira and Dax try to get a rusted old Bajoran fighter up and running, the resistance on station makes their first captures, ambushing a small group of five.

Kira and Dax engage in a dogfight with Circle forces. They take one out, but are shot down when the second one ambushes them.

Back on DS9, Sisko manages to trick Krim's second in command, Day Kannu, into a holo-suite. He reveals to them that the Cardassians are the ones supplying The Circle. But Day dismisses it as a Federation lie, and after he's transported back to Ops, he chooses to withhold Sisko's claims from Krim.

Kira and Dax have survived their shuttle crush, with only a small few injuries hampering Kira. Rescued by Vedek Bareil, they get the info on the Cardassian suppliers to the Bajoran senate. Vedek Winn and Jaro are shocked to learn this, and order the Circle forces on DS9 to stand down.

General Krim accepts his orders, and berates Day for withholding the information about the Cardassians. He respectfully returns command back to Sisko, and prepares to return to Bajor to face his resignation. Day, however, is having none of it. Drawing his phaser, he attempts to gun down Sisko, only for Li Nalas to take the shot. He dies right there on the Ops floor.

With the occupation over, the evacuees return to DS9. Kira, naturally, is devastated by the death of Li Nalas. Excusing herself, Miles questions Sisko on Nalas. He seems suspicious of this legendary man. But Sisko keeps Li's secret. Letting the famed Bajoran hero be remembered as such. A hero.

Sisko: Chief, Li Nalas was THE hero of the Bajoran Resistance. He performed extraordinary acts of courage for his people and died for their freedom. That's how the history books on Bajor will be written, and that's how I'll remember him when anyone asks.


  • The Alleged Ship: The old fighter Kira and Dax find on the Bajoran moon could only charitably be called functional. The thrusters barely work, there's no emergency gear, no sensors, no impulse engines, and no leg room. It still lasts longer than you would expect against the militia's superior fighters before being shot down.
  • Blatant Lies: Quark tells Bashir that the heavy box he keeps hauling around is full of mementos and other keepsakes. Bashir, of course, knows damn well that it's full of latinum.
  • Die Hard On DS9: A downplayed example, as the Starfleet guerrillas are only trying to forestall the Bajoran takeover of the station until Kira and Dax can defuse the situation on Bajor.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The fact that Rom bailed on Quark is a strong contrast to his Undying Loyalty later on.
  • Gal In Back: Jadzia does the shooting while Kira does the flying.
  • Graceful Loser: When the truth about the Circle comes out, Krim respectfully concedes to Sisko.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Li's upgrade started from the moment he first became an Accidental Hero during the occupation. Sisko resolves to continue it after his death.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Quark "slightly" overbooks passage on the runabouts, and then gets left behind when Rom gives Quark's seat to a dabo girl.
  • Home Field Advantage: Starfleet uses their knowledge of the station to their advantage against the Bajoran Militia. General Krim knows this, but Colonel Day is not so smart and insists on running his men around the station, where they are easily isolated and captured.
  • I Want Them Alive: Minister Jaro wants Li alive, not martyred.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Kira to Dax, complete with That's an Order! Dax, of course, doesn't listen.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Colonel Day. In contrast to Krim's caution and understanding of Sisko's tactics, Day's recklessness gets him and his men captured.
  • Neck Lift: Turns out even Sisko has limits to dealing with Quark. He's lucky his neck was just used to lift him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Vedek Winn is quick to throw Jaro to the wolves once his connection to the Cardassians is exposed. Could also be an example of Even Evil Has Standards, as the only thing that might be greater than her duplicity is her hatred of the Cardassians.
  • Proxy War: With the caveat that the proxies didn't know that's what they were. The Cardassians were covertly supplying the Circle in hopes that they would drive out the Federation and allow a resumption of the Occupation.
  • Rousing Speech:
    "Where are you running to? This is Bajor. We are Bajorans. We fought a war to regain our homeland, how can you abandon it like frightened Cardassian voles? These ships are for our guests, who must leave because it is no longer safe for them here! However, we are Bajorans, and I say that we stay and we solve our own problems together. Are you willing to join me?"
  • Skewed Priorities: Quark spends the siege hauling around a heavy box containing all the latinum to his name.
  • Taking the Bullet: Li Nalas, in his final act of bravery.
    Nalas: Off the hook after all...
  • Unwitting Pawn: Odo's evidence proves that Jaro's nationalist revolution is being secretly supported by none other than the Cardassians, who are eager for another opportunity to annex a defenseless Bajor.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quark, who decided to be a greedy Jerkass and overbook seats on the evacuation ships. When he realizes that he's stuck on the station in the face of a Bajoran assault force, he screams for someone to call the ships back.
    • Colonel Day also breaks down when the coup collapses.
    • Averted with Minister Jaro, who is still calm and collected when Kira presents the evidence.
  • Worthy Opponent: General Krim knows both Sisko and Li to be of good character, and shows respect for them when it comes time for him to concede.
  • Your Mom: When Bashir makes a crack about Quarks mom, we learn Ferengi are pretty protective about them. Rule of Acquisition #31.
    • While Quark may be a bit of a Momma's Boy, the full text of the Rule in question (via tie-ins) indicates it's not a typical Ferengi Berserk Button: "Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother. Insult something he cares about instead."