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Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 07 E 08 The Siege Of AR 558
The Defiant makes a supply run to planet AR-558, the site of a Dominion communications relay that Starfleet captured. The relay has been under constant siege, with the crew defending it overdue to be relieved by a new crew. Sisko, Bashir, Nog, and Quark find themselves stuck on the planet and having to help hold the relay against a Jem'hadar batallion, while dealing with deadly Dominion booby-traps.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Battle Trophy: Reese keeps a necklace of Ketracel-White tubes hung around his neck.
  • Break the Cutie: Nog gets shot, and his leg is amputated.
  • Darker and Edgier: One of the darkest episodes of the whole franchise, providing a wholesale Deconstruction of Roddenberry's vision of an ideal future humanity.
  • Humans Are Warriors : At least when you take away their sonic showers.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: An engineer, not a magician
  • Not So Different: Quark spends a lot of the episode moralizing, but in the end he drops the superior attitude, picks up a phaser, and proves that when push comes to shove he can be just as ruthless as any hew-mon.
  • Papa Wolf: Quark was quick to defend his injured nephew in the quickest and most efficient way possible: By shooting the enemy that was about to attack them.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The invisible floating mines are a disturbing In-Universe example.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Everyone at AR-558.
  • Shout-Out: The battle plays out much like the film Zulu. There's even a scene where Jem'Hadar are expended merely to test the defenses of the camp (of course, these Jem'Hadar were holograms).
  • Soldiers at the Rear: Both engineers, Nog and the poor guy assigned to keep AR558 running.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: During the battle
  • War Is Hell: This episode shows no glory, no love of battle. Just the harshness and a piece of rock which no one would care about if not for the technology put there.
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