Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 01 A Time To Stand

The war against the Dominion is in full swing, but it isn't going well. In the wake of abandoning Deep Space Nine to the Dominion and the Cardassians three months before, Sisko is given a mission to destroy a storage depot that distributes ketracel-white. If he can do so, the Dominion may lose control of the Jem'Hadar. But the depot is inside Cardassian territory, and the best way to attack it is by using a captured Jem'Hadar ship. Meanwhile, on what is once again Terok Nor, Kira and Odo are trying to find ways to limit the power of the Dominion in the area, such as reinstating the Bajoran security forces on the station, and Jake finds his efforts to report on the situation blocked by Weyoun.


  • As You Know: Dukat reminds Weyoun how the mines work.
  • Call Back: It's explicitly noted that this ship is the one Sisko salvaged about a year ago.
  • Captain's Log: Or the dark counterpart thereof—the scenes on the station open with Dukat's "Permanent Documentation File."
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Seventh Fleet was carrying out a counterattack against the Dominion in the Tyra System. Out of 112 ships, only fourteen make it back to Federation-held territory.
    • Hell, the Dominion has just been dealing one of these right after the other to Starfleet and the Klingons.
  • Destructo-Nookie: Subtly Lampshaded by Sisko when Worf and Jadzia head off for some alone time: "Try not to break any bones."
  • Easy Logistics: Averted. While Dukat boasts that the war is going well, Weyoun is deeply concerned with resupply and reinforcement, which are heavily dependent on the wormhole. The Jem'Hadar depend on drugs which, if not regularly provided, forces them into homicidal rampages, and Cardassia's infrastructure hasn't fully adapted to support the Dominion war machine.
  • First-Name Basis: Weyoun encourages this with Jake. Gotta maintain the "affably" part of Affably Evil, after all.
  • Get Out: Weyoun angrily dismisses Damar for bad-mouthing the Bajorans. Damar doesn't leave, however, until Dukat says so.
  • Insistent Terminology: Weyoun insists to Jake that the Dominion is not occupying the station; they're merely running a Cardassian outpost.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Bashir, when he glumly notes how long the trip will be without warp drive.
    Bashir: Seventeen years, two months and three days, give or take an hour.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: It really doesn't make much sense that Bashir tells Sisko that an entire fleet got obliterated, but we can accept it.
  • Outrun the Fireball: The Jem'Hadar fighter ends up doing this. She survives, but she catches some of the fireball and her warp drive gets hosed.
  • Stealth Pun: The episode title. The Jem'Hadar ship doesn't come with chairs.
  • What a Piece of Junk: The crew spends a full scene griping about everything the Jem'Hadar fighter doesn't have—chairs, food replicators, a sickbay, a viewscreen. She still gets the job done.
    • Not so much junk as Spartan and efficient given that the fighter is normally operated by cloned supersoldiers under the command of a Vorta. (The viewscreen is virtually condensed into eyewear for the captain.)
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Jake finds out the Dominion is preventing his articles reporting on their oppressive policies from being delivered to his publisher, and actually tries to invoke freedom of the press.