Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 07 Starship Down

The Defiant crew find themselves in a deep space game of cat and mouse when two Jem'Hadar ships force them to hide among the dangerous and turbulent winds of a gas giant.


  • Big "WHAT?!": Sisko's reaction to Hanok telling him about the taxes the Ferengi have been levying.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: How the Ferengi and the Karemma view each other.
  • Brick Joke: While trying to keep Sisko conscious, Kira suggests switching DS9 to a four-shift rotation. At the end of the episode, Sisko brings up the four-shift rotation as if it were his idea. Kira plays along with it. (Sisko was probably joking, and she probably knew it.)
  • Call Back: O'Brien cuts tension in the engine room by telling of the action from the "Improbable Cause"/"The Die Is Cast" two parter. He apparently tells it a lot.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Not only do Quark and Hanok indulge in this during their Wire Dilemma, they laugh their asses off.
    Hanok: We sell these torpedoes to the Jem'Hadar!
    Quark: I thought you said you never sold "sub-standard merchandise." This was supposed to explode on impact, wasn't it?
    Hanok: [beat] Maybe I should offer them a refund. [the two break out laughing]
  • Concussions Get You High: Averted. Sisko spends most of the episode barely conscious, with a panicked Kira trying to keep him awake.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: When Worf takes command in engineering, he notices that the control panels have been reconfigured. He tells the engineers to reset them to the standard layout, to prevent this from happening.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The episode starts with Hanok ready to gut Quark like a fish. It ends with them enjoying a spin at the dabo wheel.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Sisko and Kira on The Bridge, Worf and O'Brien in the engine room, Bashir and Jadzia in the turbolift, and Quark and Hanok in the mess hall. All four plot lines get closure on the station.
  • Good Is Boring: The Karemma have a very by-the-book method for establishing fair trade prices, based on the various production costs plus a reasonable profit margin. Quark finds their approach incredibly dull. Though he doesn't succeed in turning Hanok into a sleaze like him, Quark does get him to appreciate the thrill of a good gamble.
  • Improvised Weapon: Both arming atmospheric probes with torpedo warheads and the deflector dish as mentioned above.
  • Intimate Healing: Bashir and Jadzia cuddle up for warmth in the freezing turbolift.
  • It Only Works Once: O'Brien tells Worf that the deflector dish gun will only give one shot. Fortunately, the new-and-improved Worf only needs one shot.
  • It's All My Fault: Hanok sees the impending deaths of his people at the hands of the Jem'Hadar as his fault for meeting with Sisko. He even offers to make a Heroic Sacrifice to save his crew.
  • Locked in a Room: Bashir and Dax spend most of the episode trapped in a turbolift after the deck is flooded with gas.
  • Mandatory Line: Odo only appears in one scene, advising Hanok to not blow his money at Quark's.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: Morn apparently regales Bashir with a story about his 17 brothers and sisters.
  • Oh, Crap!: Quark and Hanok when they see a torpedo protruding into the mess hall.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Worf in charge of the engineering crew. After O'Brien points out that he's being harsher than they're used to, he eases up and gets better results.
    • Though subverted at the end, when O'Brien is the one who imposes a strict deadline for repairs.
      O'Brien: You have to give them a lot of slack, but you can't take your hands off the reins.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hanok chews Quark out both for lying and for not fessing up to it when caught.
  • Scotty Time: In order to convert the deflector array into a phaser emitter, Muniz says they can do it in twenty minutes, with Stevens saying it can be done in ten if they bypass the safeties. At the end of the episode, Stevens says they can have the Defiant repaired in sixteen hours, to which O'Brien says they can get it done in twelve.
  • Sub Story: IN SPACE!
  • That's an Order!: Sisko orders Bashir to seal off Deck 2 during a hull breach, even though that would mean sacrificing Jadzia. Bashir decides to Take a Third Option and seals off the deck while rushing in to save Jadzia.
  • Whole Plot Reference: It's basically Das Boot in space, with elements of Crimson Tide.
  • Wire Dilemma: The torpedo Quark and Hanok are dealing with has two diodes - Removing one will disarm it, and removing the other will detonate the warhead. Hanok doesn't remember which is which. With a 50/50 shot, Quark throws caution to the wind and yanks one out. He chooses correctly.
  • With Due Respect: O'Brien says this to Worf when advising him to cut the engineers a little slack.