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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 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.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 07 E 23 Extreme MeasuresRecap/Star Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek Deep Space Nine S 07 E 25 E 26 What You Leave Behind

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