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Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 15 By Infernos Light
A disturbing new alliance forces the Federation and Klingon empire to put their differences aside and stave off the new threat of a Dominion-Cardassian alliance.

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  • Apocalypse How: Attempted by the changelings on a stellar scope; Defied by Major Kira.
  • Day of the Jackboot: After a year of democratic rule, Cardassia is once again ruled by the fascists.
  • Enemy Mine: The Klingons and Romulans put their problems with the Federation aside to join against the Cardassian-Dominion threat.
  • Face Your Fears: Garak faces his severe claustrophobia to finish his work on the transmitter. Even Worf and Martok are impressed.
  • Honor Before Reason: Why Worf continues to fight a losing battle, even after his opponent and another Klingon tell him to give up.
  • Sensor Suspense: With what looks like a fleet of Dominion ships. Turns out to be a distraction while the changelings carry out their real plan.
  • Wham Episode: Ron Moore described this two-parter as "throwing up everything into the air, and only what they caught would stay the same. Everything else, not so much"
    • Dukat joins the Dominion, installing himself as the leader of Cardassia.
    • Gowron rejoins the Khitomer Accords, making the Federation and Klingons allies again.
    • Bashir is revealed to have been replaced with a changeling for the last half-dozen episodes.
  • The Worf Effect: Initially Subverted as Worf defeats several Jem'Hadar in a row (while suffering more and more injuries), but Double Subverted when Ika'tika wipes the floor with him. His Determinator spirit, however, remains unbroken.
  • Worthy Opponent: Worf kicks several different kinds of ass during his forced fights on the prison asteroid. His sheer determination earns him the respect of the Jem'Hadar in charge.
    Ikat'ika: I yield. I cannot defeat this Klingon. All I can do is kill him. And that no longer holds my interest.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 14 In Purgatorys ShadowRecap/Star Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 16 Dr Bashir I Presume

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