Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 02 The Ship

During a planetary survey in the Gamma Quadrant, Sisko and the others find a crashed Jem'Hadar ship. Sisko decides they must return with this ship, which could provide vital information about Dominion technology. But a Jem'Hadar recovery team and their Vorta leader are unusually determined to prevent this, leading Sisko to wonder what further secrets the ship might hold.


Tropes:

  • Broken Aesop: The episode insists that the casualties on both sides could've been avoided if they had all just trusted each other. However, Sisko invokes the runabout crew (who were destroyed the moment Kilana's Jem'Hadar arrived), and T'Lor and Muñiz (killed and mortally wounded, respectively, before any negotiations had begun).
  • Coming In Hot: The Jem'Hadar warship at the beginning.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: At the heart of the episode. Neither side is willing to believe the other has anything but the worst intentions, and will not extend any measure of trust towards the other. This results in the deaths of the runabout crew, the Changeling, the Jem'Hadar crew, and probably Kilana after she returns the Founder's remains.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Muñiz is shot by a Jem'Hadar. The wound appears minor, but bleeding persists until he slowly bleeds to death. Even Worf remarks what horrible way to die it is.
  • Dispense with the Pleasantries: Sisko puts an end to Kilana's attempt at flattery.
  • Don't Call Me Sir: Inverted—Kilana tries to get on a First-Name Basis with Sisko, but he shuts her down.
  • Driven to Suicide: All of Kilana's Jem'Hadar after the Founder dies.
  • Due to the Dead: With a dash of in the original Klingon thrown in by Worf. At the end of the episode, O'Brien is watching over Muñiz's body. Worf enters and likens the practice to ak'voh, an old Klingon custom of safeguarding the body of those entering Sto-vo-kor. He then sits beside O'Brien.
    Worf: We will both keep the predators away.
    O'Brien: I'm sure Quique would have liked that.
    • Sisko allows Kilana to take some of the Founder's remains with her.
  • Driven to Suicide: The Jem'Hadar kill themselves over allowing a Founder to die.
  • From Dress to Dressing: O'Brien sacrifices his uniform's sleeves in a futile attempt to stop Muñiz from bleeding.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: A more dramatic example than most—as Muñiz nears the end, he starts hallucinating that he's watching fireworks with his father and reverts to Spanish.
    • Also, throughout the episode, he calls O'Brien "jefe," which can mean "chief" or "boss."
  • Inertial Dampening: Failed on the Jem'Hadar warship, with fatal consequences for the crew.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Vorta, Kilana, wears a rather cleavagey outfit.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kilana initially says this is her first mission, but Sisko later realizes this was a lie to get him to underestimate her.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: As O'Brien is treating him, Muñiz calls him "sir." When O'Brien doesn't react, Muñiz knows his condition really is bad.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Founder aboard the ship could've been saved if Kilana had been upfront with Sisko immediately.
  • Punishment Detail: O'Brien jokingly suggests transferring Muñiz to waste extraction after a quip about O'Brien being old.
  • Red Shirt: Subverted. Several random crew members are killed (including Mauve Shirt Muñiz), but at the end of the episode Sisko reads off the list of the dead and reminisces about them. It shows that, even if their deaths only serve to excite the audience, for the surviving characters these people's lives and deaths matter.
  • Remember the New Guy: The viewer is supposed to care that a bunch of red-shirts died for a change, so they make sure to kiss their asses from the theme song to the end credits.
  • Talking to the Dead: O'Brien tells Muñiz's coffin about how they finally freed the Jem'Hadar ship.
  • They Knew the Risks: Jadzia says this to Sisko about the five dead Starfleeters. It doesn't make it any easier for him to accept their deaths.
  • Through His Stomach: Kilana offers to share some snacks with Sisko. He refuses.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: O'Brien and Muñiz good-naturedly insult each other.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sisko, as tempers flare amongst the crew.
    "I know it's hot. We're filthy, tired, and we've got ten isotons of explosives going off outside. But we will never get out of this if we don't pull it together and start to act like professionals!"
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Sisko appears quite offended when Kilana says he would've killed the Founder or taken it hostage.
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