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 Karenna 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.
  • Good Is Boring: The Karenna 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Quarks.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: Morn apparently regales Bashir with a story about his 17 brothers and sisters.
  • 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.
  • Sub Story: IN SPACE!
  • Wire Dilemma: The torpedo Quark and Hanok are dealing with has two diodes - one will disarm it, and the other will detonate the warhead. With a 50/50 shot, Quark throws caution to the wind and yanks one out. He chooses correctly.
  • Whole Plot Reference: It's basically Das Boot in space.
  • You Look Familiar: James Cromwell makes his third appearance (and final credited appearance in the television versions) in the franchise, following his roles in "The Hunted" and the "Birthright" two parter, and more famously, as Zefram Cochrane in the film Star Trek: First Contact.