Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 07 E 20 The Changing Face Of Evil

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The Defiant is down!
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.
  • Apology Gift: Sisko gives Kassidy flowers to apologize for trying to get her off active duty after the Breen attack.
  • Blood Magic: How the Text of the Kosst Amojan is revealed.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: One of the worst the Federation suffers in the war.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Weyoun sees Damar not holding a bottle, he assumes that Damar has grown to accept the Dominion. In reality, it's because Damar has decided to form La Résistance.
  • 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.
  • In the Back: How Kai Winn kills Solbor.
  • 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. And knowing that's exactly why Damar targeted the cloning facility.
    • Solbor is absolutely terrified when he realizes that Winn and Dukat are trying to release the Pah-Wraiths.
  • One-Hit Kill: The Defiant of all ships is fried in one hit. Of course, it takes a number of hits from more practical blasters to outright destroy it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Solbor is extremely unnerved when Kai Winn cancels an appearance before the Vedek Assembly, and then when she begins consulting ancient books said to contain a great evil.
  • Power Nullifier: The Breen's energy dampening weapon.
  • Properly Paranoid: Weyoun does notice that Damar's attitude and demeanor have changed, saying he emerged from a dark tunnel and into the light. Of course, he's completely wrong in how he interprets it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Damar's announcement of rebellion starts with this.
    "...and so two years ago, our government signed a treaty with the Dominion. In it the Dominion promised to extend Cardassia's influence throughout the Alpha Quadrant. In exchange, we pledged ourselves to join the war against the Federation and its allies. Cardassians have never been afraid of war, a fact we've proven time and again over these past two years. Seven million of our brave soldiers have given their lives to fulfill our part of the agreement, and what has the Dominion done in return? Nothing. We've gained no new territories. In fact, our influence throughout the quadrant has diminished. And to make matters worse we are no longer masters in our own home. Travel anywhere on Cardassia and what do you find? Jem'Hadar, Vorta, and now Breen. Instead of the invaders we have become the invaded. Our 'allies' have conquered us without firing a single shot. Well, no longer."
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The sacrifices of the defenders of AR-558 are rendered pointless as the Dominion retakes the Chin'toka system and the comm hub on the planet.
  • Sink the Lifeboats: Weyoun suggests doing it to the Federation Alliance, but the female changeling overrules him. Not out of any sympathy but because she needs survivors to spread fear of the Dominion's new superweapon.
  • Spare a Messenger: The female Founder countermands an order to destroy the Escape Pods, saying the frightened survivors will return home and spread their fear, demoralizing the enemies of the Dominion.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Text of the Kosst Amojan, which Winn and Dukat need to release the Pah-Wraiths.
  • The Unreveal: Weyoun says that all the stories about the Breen homeworld being a cold wasteland actually aren't true. When Damar asks why the Breen wear refrigeration suits, Weyoun just shrugs.
  • 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...
  • Worthy Opponent: Martok is rather impressed by the Breen's audacity in attacking Starfleet Headquarters.
    Martok: Even my people never attempted that.
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