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Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 06 Sacrifice Of Angels
The resolution of a six-episode arc, and a direct sequel to Favor the Bold, Sacrifice of Angles follows Sisko, again in command of Defiant, and the displaced Deep Space Nine crew on the mission to retake the station from dominion forces.

After a series of costly defeats at the hands of Dominion forces, the Federation Alliance must stop Gul Dukat from dismantling the minefield at the mouth of the Wormhole. So, without the support of the reluctant Klingon High Council, the severely undermanned Federation fleet sets off on Operation Return to take back Deep Space Nine.

To get there, however, they'll have to go through a Dominion Fleet that outnumbers them more than two-to-one.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Several
    • Worf and Martok.
    • Odo and his deputies.
    • Quark, to even his surprise.
  • Big "NO!": Dukat when Ziyal is killed.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The good guys retake the station, but Ziyal is killed and Dukat is reduced to a shell of a man.
  • Call Back: Sisko wins that barrel of bloodwine from Martok.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The station's Bajoran security force and their guns.
  • Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Bashir and O'Brien reciting The Charge of the Light Brigade was not helpful.
  • Gunship Rescue: The Klingon fleet arriving to take pressure off the Federation forces.
  • Infraction Distraction: Quark repeatedly asks the Cardassian jail guard not to mess with the Hasperat soufflé he's bringing Kira. This prompts him to inspect it more closely—and Ziyal sedates him.
  • Madness Mantra: Dukat.
  • Oh Crap: The whole bridge crew to the size of the Dominion fleet.
    • And again when they see the minefield blocking the wormhole destroyed.
  • Reset Button: After the status quo was broken in the fifth season finale, it's finally brought back with the Federation retaking Deep Space Nine from the Cardassians and the Dominion.
  • Shout-Out: O'Brien and Bashir quote Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade". Appropriately, as there are around 600 Starfleet ships in the fleet.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: A rare villainous example, as Ziyal is killed basically just so that Dukat could have a breakdown.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: During the battle, Dukat orders the Cardassian fleet to open a hole in their lines. Sisko immediately knows it's a trap, but decides that flying into it is the only way to break through.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Dukat when the Dominion fleet doesn't come through the wormhole and it becomes clear that The Federation and the Klingons are winning the battle. Made worse by Ziyal's death.
  • Visual Effects of Awesomeinvoked: The first time Star Trek really used CGI to its full potential, pulling off a bigger battle scene than ever seen before. Particular mention goes to the early moment when a huge Galaxy-class ship thrusts towards the enemy...only for a second to fly in front at an angle and start blasting away at the Cardassians with its phasers. Unsurprisingly, this scene was repeatedly reused as Stock Footage for battles in future episodes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sisko chewing out the Prophets for not being inclined to help him. They accede, but at a cost to be exacted later.
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