Recap / Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S04E11 "Homefront"

A bombing at a Romulan-Federation peace conference confirms the worst: The Founders have infiltrated Earth. And the methods to protect the planet may send the Federation into jackbooted paranoia.

Tropes

  • Alien Lunch: Why Nog likes eating at Sisko's—it's the only place where he can get tube grubs. And old Sisko actually considers putting them on the menu.
  • Apothecary Alligator: Old Sisko has one, despite not being an apothecary. Then again, it is New Orleans.
  • Big Blackout: Up to Eleven—all of Earth goes dark, apparently because of Dominion sabotage.
  • The Big Easy: Still has such things as horse-drawn carriages and a Creole restaurant with non-replicated food.
  • Call Back: Odo suggests that the Dominion might have gained cloaking technology from the Cardassian/Romulan fleet that was destroyed in the Omarian Nebula.
  • Cassandra Truth: The elder Sisko actually figures out how the Changelings could easily get around blood screenings, and is completely ignored.
  • Continuity Nod: The Federation President says there hasn't been a state of emergency on Earth in a century, barring the Borg incident.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Nog cannot stop talking Red Squad, a new elite group of cadets at the Academy.
  • Evil Is Petty: The changeling disguised as Leyton goes out of its way to unnecessarily insult Odo, clueing him in to what's going on.
  • Face Palm: Sisko's reaction to his father's stubbornness.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When chewing out Ben over his paranoia, the elder Sisko remarks that if he were a Changeling, he'd suck the blood out of some poor solid in order to beat the blood screenings. Season 5 will demonstrate that's already happened at least once by this point in the storyline.
    • When Odo offers to check in on O'Brien's and Bashir's families, Bashir tells him not to bother. Probably because of the family secret.
  • Handshake Refusal: Changeling!Leyton does this to dodge Odo's attempt to expose him. Odo manages to force the issue, but the changeling still escapes.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: What Sisko's father fears the Federation's "Protective measures" will bring about.
  • Just Following Orders: The redshirt's response to old Sisko getting pissed over the blood tests. Ben Sisko backs him up, as he signed the order himself.
  • My God, You Are Serious: Jaresh-Inyo's reaction to Sisko advising him to declare martial law.
  • Noodle Incident: After downing his beer, O'Brien almost smashes his mug before Quark stops him. Apparently, he's actually done it at least once.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Downplayed. President Jaresh-Inyo isn't a bad guy; he's just a peacetime president in a bad situation. He's also reasonable enough to take Sisko's and Leyton's advice, even though he's not happy about it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jaresh-Inyo damn near freaks out when Sisko's briefcase shape-shifts in front of him. It turns out to be Odo, demonstrating the current Swiss Cheese Security.
  • Orphaned Punchline: Courtesy of Quark.
    Quark: Then the Andorian says "That's not my antenna!"
  • Properly Paranoid: Jaresh-Inyo accuses Sisko and Leyton of being paranoid regarding their increased security measures—until Odo makes the above entrance, justifying their concerns.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Jaresh-Inyo never really wanted to become president, and now he really regrets it.
  • Stepford Smiler: Of a sort—after his stroke, old Sisko keeps up his jovial act in the restaurant despite feeling like crap.
  • To Absent Friends: Bashir and O'Brien toast their fallen holographic squadmate.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sisko's dad gives him a huge butt-chewing for thinking that he might be a changeling, including a Full-Name Ultimatum.
    Joseph Sisko: Benjamin Lafayette Sisko! What the hell has gotten into your head?
    • In Ben's defense, a) he was under a lot of strain at the time, and b) his father was acting strangely—not going to see a doctor for a checkup on his heart transplant, refusing blood screenings, and not eating... all things that Changeling Infiltrators might avoid doing. These two factors combine into a rather unfortunately timed package.
    • Except, of course, that a Changeling infiltrator would be able to give blood and fake eating/drinking, which Odo had already demonstrated being able to do. Leaping to conclusions from vague clues makes everyone look suspicious.
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