When an informant sells out and annihilates the Cardassian resistance, Kira, Garak, and Damar are forced into Garak's mother's basement to wallow in failure. However, all is not lost; the Cardassian people refuse to believe that Damar is dead. If Damar can use his newfound status as a Living Legend
to inspire the Cardassian people, a planet-wide revolution could be at hand. Meanwhile, a distorted transmission from Ferenginar brings shocking news: the next Grand Nagus will be Quark! However, Quark finds out that the job isn't quite as cushy as it used to be. Finally, Ezri and Bashir decide that a potential romance wouldn't be worth jeopardizing their friendship. Probably.
Tropes in this episode:
- Call Back: The USS Sao Paulo is rechristened USS Defiant, just like how in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the USS Yorktown was rechristened USS Enterprise-A.
- Deadpan Snarker: Garak's mother informs them that Damar is hiding in a secret base in the mountains, planning to strike.
Garak: You didn't tell me you had a secret mountain base.
Damar: I was hoping to surprise you.
- Drowning My Sorrows
- God Help Us All:
Sisko: If we do nothing, the Dominion could sit behind that perimeter for the next five years rearming themselves. And when they're ready to come out, God help us all.
- Heroic BSOD: Kira, Garak, and Damar go into one after La Résistance is destroyed. Mila snaps them out of it by revealing that a new resistance is brewing.
- Heroic Second Wind: As always, Damar stops drinking and acts decisively once he's got a clear path ahead of him.
- Living Legend: Damar becomes one.
- Lost In Transmission: Zek thinks he's talking to Rom, but Quark doesn't know it thanks to the static.
- Lured Into a Trap: Damar, Kira, and Garak barely avoid being killed. The rest of La Résistance isn't so lucky.
- Mythology Gag: Quark refers to his bar as "the last outpost" of Ferengi values, referring to the TNG episode "The Last Outpost", in which the Ferengi debuted. Armin Shimerman played a Ferengi in that episode, too. He also uses Picard's "This far, no further" line from Star Trek: First Contact to protest the new welfare laws on Ferenginar. Ronald D. Moore, co-writer of both episode and film, mentioned on AOL chat that "I take great glee at mocking my own work."
- New Era Speech: Weyoun gives one to Cardassia, announcing that Damar is dead and the rebellion is crushed, thus ensuring that the Dominion's final victory is in sight.
- Rock Bottom: Kira urges Damar to encourage a civilian revolt, not the thing a Cardassian military officer can really get his head around. But he decides that anything is better than being a Basement-Dweller.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: The last lighthearted episode before the dramatic series finale.
- Stock Footage: A rather lazy example, considering the Dominions great victory footage is mostly Dominion facilities from previous episodes getting attacked.