The Breen have entered the war, and they hit the Federation where it hurts: Earth. What's worse, they have developed a new weapon that drains all energy from a ship, and not even the trusty Defiant can withstand it. On Bajor, Kai Winn finally completes her Face-Heel Turn
, while on Cardassia, Legate Damar does something that even the Founders never saw coming.
This episode contains examples of:
- Abandon Ship: The crew of the Defiant is forced to do this before she's destroyed.
- Blood Magic: How the Text of the Kosst Amojan is revealed.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: One of the worst the Federation suffers in the war.
- Enemy Mine: The Federation isn't exactly friendly with the Cardassian Union, but at this point they'll take any help they can get.
- Face-Heel Turn: Kai Winn. Granted, she was never quite a good guy to begin with, but this episode makes it official.
- Heel-Face Turn: Legate Damar has finally had enough.
- Insistent Terminology: It's not a toy; it's a model of the Alamo.
- La Résistance: This episode is the beginning of the Cardassian uprising.
- Monumental Damage: The Golden Gate Bridge.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Winn learns that she's been consorting with Dukat, she looks like she's about to throw up.
- Oh, Crap: The Defiant crew's reaction to the Breen weapon. As well as to the attack on Earth.
- The Dominion's reaction to Damar's rebellion. Weyoun, in particular, knowing that he's the last clone.
- One-Hit Kill: The Defiant of all ships is fried in one hit.
- Power Nullifier: The Breen's energy dampening weapon.
- Sink the Lifeboats: Weyoun suggests doing it to the Federation Alliance, but the female changeling overrules him.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Book of the Kosst Amojan, which Winn and Dukat need to release the Pah-Wraiths.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Cassidy chews Sisko out for getting her taken off the active list.
- The Worf Effect: The Defiant bites it to show that the Breen mean business. Of course, Worf is on the bridge when it happens...