Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 01 Apocalypse Rising

Captain Sisko

With war heating up between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, Sisko, Worf, O'Brien, and Odo undertake a risky mission to the heart of Klingon space to expose Gowron as a changeling.


  • Beam Spam/More Dakka: When the Changeling is revealed, every Klingon with a clear line of fire pulls out their disruptor and doesn't stop shooting until it explodes. Qualifies as both tropes because, while the disruptor pistols are energy weapons, they fire distinct bolts instead of continuous beams.
  • Call Back: Ensign Vilix'pran is mentioned to be having another litter of kids. He also apparently got promoted to lieutenant in the span between episodes.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Sisko, O'Brien, and Odo are surgically altered as Klingons. Even Worf has his forehead ridges altered.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Worf does a drill sergeant routine on everyone when teaching them to act Klingon.
  • Drinking Contest: Even the greatest Klingon war heroes are not considered worthy of the Order of the Bat'leth unless they can drink all night.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: How Odo deals with the loss of his shapeshifting powers.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Changeling!Martok's refusal to challenge Gowron to honorable combat, and his confusion over why Worf is fighting him with a bat'leth instead of just shooting him, allow Odo to figure him out.
  • Foreshadowing: Inverted and coupled with Irony—Gowron promises that Worf "won't get another chance" to kill him. Yeah, about that...
  • Fumbling The Gauntlet: Klingon!Sisko has the right attitude for a Klingon (unlike O'Brien and Odo, who struggle to achieve the same level of swagger and confidence), but during the rehearsal Sisko accidentally challenges Worf to a Duel to the Death by backhanding him rather than striking him with the fist. Thankfully, Worf realizes this trope is in play and simply corrects Sisko.
  • Hero of Another Story: Or at least Worthy Opponent of another story. This is a ceremony for honoring Klingon war heroes. Every Klingon attending the ceremony is by definition a Badass except possibly the caterers and service staff. Or, knowing Klingons, possibly not even that exception.
  • Large Ham: Klingon!Sisko really goes to town. After all, a Klingon party is a World of Ham.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: One of the Klingons boasts how he recently killed a Benzenite who happened to be an Academy friend of Sisko, who then introduces the Klingon to the mighty Sisko Fist (under the guise that he was blocking the bloodwine). Fortuituously, this brilliantly reinforces Sisko's Klingon persona.
  • The Mole: Gowron is believed to be this, until it turns out that it's actually Martok.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Sisko and his cohorts, despite partaking of the bloodwine, have consumed anti-intoxicants which allow them to stay sober.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: When Martok is exposed as a Changeling, the gathered Klingons pop him so full of disruptor fire that he explodes.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: How Odo identifies Martok as the Changeling.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When Dukat arrives at Klingon headquarters to drop them off, he tells Sisko he's not sticking around (especially not with his holofilter malfunctioning). He then points out that if Sisko is successful, then the war will be over and they won't need him to return to DS9. If not, then they'll be executed as spies before Dukat can help them.
  • Screw the War, We're Partying!: The Klingons are partying pretty enthusiastically but then they are partying specifically about war. Quarks bar is a subversion on the other hand as business is dropping because of the war.
  • Stunned Silence: Kira screws with Dukat pretty good when she tells him she's pregnant with O'Brien's kid—making sure to purposely leave out the bit about having it transferred from Keiko. Poor Dukat is at a rare loss for words.
  • Taking You with Me: The Martok Changeling attempts to do this with Odo, realizing that the Klingons don't really pay attention to "innocent until proven guilty" and so would be in for a very painful questioning at this accusation.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Subverted—they never get a chance to field-test the polaron gizmos before they're destroyed.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Sisko and his staff discuss their plan early in the episode. It hits a few minor snags before completely falling apart.
  • Wham Line: "Martok's the changeling!"
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When smuggling the infiltrators in, Dukat's ship is challenged by a picket ship. The plan was to send over a premade holographic disguise but the mechanism fails. Dukat says effectively,"To heck with that" and fires a photon torpedo destroying the ship.
  • You Look Familiar: In-Universe—Changeling!Martok almost recognizes O'Brien under his Klingon makeup, and then successfully recognizes Sisko.