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.
- Chekhov's Gun: The station's Bajoran security force and their guns.
- Gunship Rescue: The Klingon fleet arriving to take pressure off the Federation forces.
- Madness Mantra: Dukat.
- Shout-Out: O'Brien quotes Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade". Appropriately, as there are around 600 Starfleet ships in the fleet.
- Oh Crap: The whole bridge crew to the size of the Dominion fleet.
- Villainous Breakdown: Dukat after 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.