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.
- Abandon Ship: Happens off-screen before the Honshu is destroyed.
- Broken Aesop: "Waltz" was written as an attempt at stopping the Misaimed Fandom surrounding Gul Dukat, ending with Captain Sisko telling Jadzia that evened when you live in a world full of shades of grey, evil can still exist. Except that the whole show was built upon the premise that no nation is completely good or evil, as even the Federation's noble ideals are subject to intense deconstruction.
- 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 give in to the Cardassians.
- Explosive Decompression: Dukat mentions a Noodle Incident with this happening and how he didn't sleep for a week afterward.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Sisko vs. Dukat. Especially during the mock-trial scene. Illusions of Kira, Damar, and Weyoun join in.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sisko spends much of the episode trying to bring down Dukat's will. He ends up strengthening it instead.
- Sanity Slippage: And just when it looked like Dukat was getting better.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Dukat's rebuttal to Sisko's talks.
- What Could Have Been: Dukat's final line in this episode was supposed to be him telling Sisko, "You too will learn what it's like to lose a child." The writers scrapped this, however, both to avoid locking themselves into a specific course of action and to keep Jake from spending his future episodes living under a death threat.