Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 11 Waltz

Following the destruction of the starship Honshu, Sisko is severely injured and trapped alone on a deserted planet with Dukat, who becomes increasingly unstable.

Tropes featured:

  • Abandon Ship: Happens off-screen before the Honshu is destroyed.
  • Clueless Aesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at putting a stop to the Misaimed Fandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that even when you live in a world full of shades of grey, true evil (such as Gul Dukat) can still exist. Even so, partially because of Gul Dukat's persuasive delivery of considerable testimony on his own behalf in this episode, his fandom was not so easily dissuaded.
  • Cut Apart: Right about the time Sisko starts transmitting a Distress Call on a Starfleet frequency, the Defiant picks up a distress call. They lock on to two life signs—and beam up two human women.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Dukat reveals that he couldn't understand why the Bajorans wouldn't submit to his kinder and gentler implementation of Cardassian rule.
  • Explosive Decompression: Dukat mentions a Noodle Incident with his having to clean up the mess when this happened to another Cardassian and how he couldn't sleep for a week afterward.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Sisko vs. Dukat. Especially during the mock-trial scene. Gul Dukat's hallucinations of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun join in.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sisko spends much of the episode trying to undermine Dukat's resolve. He ends up strengthening it instead, due to Dukat's giving as good as he gets.
  • Sanity Slippage: Dukat undergoes a serious case of this during his isolation with Sisko, and this after he'd begun to improve in the care of the Federation's psychiatric facilities. He gets into a spirited argument with hallucinations of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun, and even tries to attack them physically a couple of times. It's during one of these attacks that Sisko realizes he's dealing with a madman, as he sees that while one of these assaults came dangerously close to hitting him, he wasn't where Dukat was aiming.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: After Dukat's rant about how he's been way too nice to the Bajorans and he really should just have killed them all, Sisko knocks him out, retorting "...and that's why you're not an evil man!"
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Dukat's rebuttal to Sisko's contentions.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Dukat's ultimate conclusion is that he was far too lenient and forgiving toward the Bajorans who resisted his rule, and he should have just exterminated them all; so that (along with restoring that rule) is going to be his new goal from now on.