Recap / Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7 E24 “The Dogs of War”

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 São 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 mentions rumors among the people 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 B.S.O.D.: 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.
  • Hope Spot: The opening has Damar, Kira, and Garak returning to Cardassia to meet with several officers who can greatly increase their anti-Dominion forces. Unfortunately, one of the Cardassians betrays the resistance and it's swiftly crushed.
  • 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."
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: In his speech to Cardassia, Weyoun says that with Damar dead and his rebellion crushed, there is nothing that will stop the Dominion's march to final victory. Then, in his next scene, the Founder orders their forces to withdraw because the Federation Alliance is now immune to the Breen's energy-dampening weapons.
  • 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.
  • Rousing Speech: Kira tries to give one to Damar and Garak after La Résistance is destroyed, but it falls flat, even for her.
    • On the other hand, the one that Damar gives to the civilians after the barracks bombing is a huge success.
  • 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.
    • Likely the Blatant Lies typical of any Propaganda Machine, by presenting their failures as victories.
    • And of course, who's to say Damar wasn't using Dominion facilities?
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Kasidy announces that she's pregnant at the end of the episode, as one of them forgot their monthly birth control.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: Once it becomes clear that the Federation Alliance has become immune to the Breen's energy-dampening weapons, the Female Changeling orders a full retreat to the Cardassian home systems.
  • Twice Shy: Bashir and Ezri give off this vibe, with Worf and O'Brien wondering Will They or Won't They? In the end, They Do. Leads to Worf pulling a variant of Kissing Discretion Shot.