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.
- Deus ex Machina: As if there was any other way to stop thousands of Jem'Hadar ships...
- 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.
- Take Up My Sword: Sisko makes this an order to the fleet - anyone who breaks through the Dominion lines is to make a run straight for Deep Space Nine. Initially, the Defiant is the only ship that succeeds. But by the end of the battle more Alliance ships manage to slip out of the meat grinder.
- 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 Awesome: 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.
- There's also the Klingons Big Damn Heroes moment, where a Klingon fleet arrives in the nick of time, dramatically lit with a sun behind them as they charge into the fray. This shot was also reused in at least one later episode.
- 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.
- You Do Not Want To Know: Garak asks how "The Charge of the Light Brigade" ends. O'Brien replies with this.