Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 02 Rocks And Shoals
Pictured: The incarnation of Smug Snake.
The Defiant crew crash-lands their captured Dominion fighter only to find themselves in conflict with a Jem'Hadar crew that crashed there two days previously. Forced into a kill-or-be-killed situation, Sisko and friends discover that the loyalty of the Jem'Hadar to the Dominion transcends strategy, deception, and even betrayal. And a shocking demonstration forces Kira to realize that she is transforming into the one thing she hates most.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: Sisko's crew survives and with a major Dominion prisoner, but lost one of their own and had a pointless fight with the Jem'Hadar. Vedek Yassim commits suicide, which forces Kira to realize she has to do something against the new Occupation.
  • Call Back:
    • After what happened on Empok Nor, Nog refuses to turn his back on Garak.
    • Sisko suggests to Remata'klan that he simply frag Keevan the way Omet'iklan fragged Weyoun 4 in "To the Death" for impugning his honor earlier in the episode. Remata'klan refuses, calling this a breakdown of unit discipline.
  • Dirty Coward: Keevan might be the most contemptible Vorta ever. Oh, he'll get his.
    • Kira comes to see herself as this by the end of the episode.
  • Explosive Instrumentation: A console explodes in Dax's face and knocks her to the deck. Fortunately, she's a main character, so she survives.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "Our death is glory to the Founders."
  • Hate Sink: Keevan. He's meant to be a despicable character from the beginning, hated by the characters and audience alike. He's a marked contrast with the far more honorable Remata'klan.
  • Heel Realization: Vedek Yassim's suicide causes Kira to come to this.
  • Hypocritical Humor: O'Brien can say "damn", but he tells Nog "watch your mouth!" when Nog does it back.
  • Lured into a Trap: The Jem'Hadar—by their Vorta leader. And they know it, but they still walk into it, because it's the "order of things."
  • MacGyvering: In-Universe, Starfleet Engineers have apparently achieved this version of Memetic Badass status, as according to Keevan, they can "turn rocks into replicators."
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: The Jem'Hadar...Up to Eleven.
  • Pass the Popcorn: The Jem'Hadar are quite curious about Bashir performing surgery on their Vorta.
  • Precision Crash: Despite being completely out of control, our heroes manage to crash within walking distance of another Jem'Hadar ship that crashed several days earlier.
    • On top of that, said Jem'Hadar are suffering a critical shortage of ketracel-white, which Sisko's crew had obtained plenty of during their infiltration mission. But, it sank to the bottom of a lake, so it won't be usable.
  • Prisoner Exchange: Garak and Nog are released in exchange for Sisko and Bashir.
  • Red Shirt: Lieutenant Neeley and Ensign Gordon were never seen after this episode, though Neeley defies the trope by surviving.
  • Skewed Priorities: They've crashed on a barren planet, have no means to call for rescue and face the possibility of the Dominion finding them, but then the other shoe drops: O'Brien tore his pants.
    Sisko: (cracking up) You... You tore your pants?
    O'Brien: (realizing) Yeah, I tore my pants. (everyone starts laughing) I guess... I guess I'm really in trouble now!
  • Smarter Than You Look: Remata'Klan says this of all Jem'Hadar.
    "Despite what Keevan may think, the Jem'Hadar are often one step ahead of the Vorta."
  • Take It to the Bridge: Where Garak and Nog are released in exchange for Sisko and Bashir.
  • Tension-Cutting Laughter: As their ship sinks into the sea, Sisko and crew swim onto the desolate shore of an uninhabited world with a severely injured comrade and no idea how they'll get back. And then O'Brien bursts out in dismay that he tore his pants.
    Sisko: You—you tore your pants?
    O'Brien: [realizing the absurdity] Yeah! I tore my pants! I guess I'm really in trouble now!
    [everyone dissolves into helpless giggling]
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite knowing that Keevan is setting them up, none of the Jem'Hadar go against orders.
    Sisko: Keevan doesn't deserve the unwavering loyalty you're giving him.
    Remata'Klan: He does not have to earn my loyalty, Captain. He has had it from the moment I was conceived. I am a Jem'Hadar. He is a Vorta. It is the order of things.
    Sisko: Do you really want to give up your life for the 'order of things'?
    Remata'Klan: It is not my life to give up, Captain – and it never was.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Discussed. In a Call Back to "To the Death", Sisko suggests that Remata'klan frag Keevan the way Omet'iklan fragged Weyoun 4, but Remata'klan calls this a breakdown of discipline and refuses.
  • Wham Shot: The rope around Vedek Yassim's neck.
    "Evil must be opposed!"
  • Worthy Opponent: Remata'Klan is arguably one of the most honorable Jem'Hadar ever portrayed.