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** The Jem-Hadar don't have the Ketracel-white tubes trailing from their necks. Those would start appearing in the season three premier.


** Eris escapes by having herself beamed out. The Dominion is otherwise never seen using cloaking technology, so how she did so is a mystery. The creative staff said that she was supposed to return but the actress wasn't available, so it isn't just a suicide. In addition, later episodes would show that the Dominion's transporter technology is far more advanced with a range extending to several lightyears.
** Eris [[spoiler: does not acknowledge Odo as a Founder. This is because the decision to reveal the Founders were Odo's people wouldn't be made until the hiatus between Seasons Two and Three. In-story, you could argue she didn't acknowledge Odo to avoid blowing her cover.]]

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** Eris escapes by having herself beamed out. The Dominion is otherwise never seen using cloaking technology, so how she did so is a mystery. The creative staff said that she was supposed to return but the actress wasn't available, so it isn't just a suicide. In addition, later episodes would show that the Dominion's transporter technology is far more advanced with a range extending to several lightyears.
** Eris [[spoiler:
does not acknowledge Odo as a Founder. This is because the decision to reveal the Founders were Odo's people wouldn't be made until the hiatus between Seasons Two and Three. In-story, you could argue she didn't acknowledge Odo to avoid blowing her cover.]]

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* HypocriticalHumor: Quark calls out Sisko for looking down on Ferengi and asserts that Ferengi are the ones on the moral high ground. He then excuses himself to pick a lock.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Quark of all people gives one to Sisko, calling him out for looking down on the Ferengi's [[DeliberateValuesDissonance different values]] while having some giant skeletons in Earth's closet.


Jake is working on a science project, the only means of learning on [=DS9=], about plants and what kinds of water yield the best results. Sisko asks him if he could do any project at all, Jake gives him an honest answer (after learning that flying a runabout is not a science project): visit the Gamma Quadrant. With the need to do actual science being a planetary survey, it will be a working vacation for them. However, just as Sisko is delegating his station duties, Jake says that Nog will be coming along as he needs to get a good grade as well. Meanwhile, Quark learns that the senior staff has rejected his proposal for advertising, as he's only a greedy merchant and advertising clearly won't improve the station economy. So, he invites himself along on the trip.

The group arrives at an uninhabited planet, which Quark mentions he wants to start exploiting for resources. They do some farting about and there's wacky antics with Quark, causing Nog to run off and Jake to go after him. Just as it looks like Sisko is going to beat the crap out of Quark for being an annoyance, a woman stumbles out of the forest. She says she's running from the Jem'Hadar, who then appear out of thin air and take the three captive. The kids return to find their guardians gone, and decide to follow the footprints. In a cave, the woman introduces herself as Eris, who fills them in on the Jem'Hadar: they're the feared soldiers of the Dominion. Her homeworld was offered membership, but when they refused, the Dominion sent in the Jem'Hadar which quickly conquered them. Despite this, Sisko begins working on an escape plan. Eris has psionic powers, but they are being suppressed with a collar she's wearing.

Jake and Nog find the cave, being guarded by tall reptilians. One of the Jem'Hadar finally comes speak with Sisko and is blunt: the Dominion will not tolerate Starfleet boldly going through their territory. The kids meanwhile beam up to the runabout to try and get help, but unfortunately they don't know how to disengage the autopilot or the access code to set a new course. A ship leaves the planet and arrives at [=DS9=]. The Jem'Hadar inform the senior staff that Sisko is being detained for questioning, and delivers a list of ships that have been destroyed for violating Dominion space...on a padd from a Bajoran colony in the Gamma Quadrant. Shortly afterwards, the USS ''Odyssey'' arrives, a Galaxy-class starship captained by an older, white-haired, balding captain, and they begin planning a rescue mission.

Arriving in the Gamma Quadrant, they find the runabout with Jake and Nog, and O'Brien beams over to help fix the shuttle. Meanwhile, Quark removes Eris' collar and they make their escape. In space, three Jem'Hadar attack fighters engage the ''Odyssey'' and the [=DS9=] runabouts. The Dominion's weapons effortlessly pass through the Starfleet shields and the ''Odyssey'' is quickly disabled. Sisko, Quark, and Eris are rescued, but while they make a run for it, one of the fighters slams into the ''Odyssey'', destroying it. Back in the Alpha Quadrant, Quark realizes that Eris' collar has nothing in it. They try to apprehend her, but she beams away, telling them that they have no idea what's begun...

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Jake is working on a science project, the only means of learning on [=DS9=], project about plants and what kinds of water yield the best results. Sisko asks wants him if he could do any project at all, Jake gives him an honest answer (after to think of something more challenging. After nixing Jake's first suggestion of learning that flying to pilot a runabout is not runabout, they settle on conducting a science project): visit planetary survey in the Gamma Quadrant. With Sisko's plan of some father-son bonding on the need to do actual science being a planetary survey, it will be a working vacation for them. However, just as Sisko trip is delegating his station duties, ruined when Jake says that invites Nog will be coming along along, as he the young Ferengi needs to get a good grade as well. grade. Meanwhile, Quark learns that the senior staff has rejected his proposal for advertising, as he's only a greedy merchant and advertising clearly won't improve the station economy. So, so, he invites himself along on the trip.

trip hoping to butter up Sisko along the way.

The group arrives at an uninhabited planet, which planet and the boys get to work. Quark mentions he wants to start exploiting for resources. They do some farting about is miserable in the wilderness and there's wacky antics with Quark, causing makes a nuisance of himself, provoking a confrontation between him and Sisko. Nog to run runs off in reaction to the squabbling, and Jake to go goes after him. Just as it looks like Before Sisko is going to beat the crap out of and Quark for being can come to blows, an annoyance, a alien woman stumbles out of the forest. She says she's running from the Jem'Hadar, who then appear out of thin air and take the three captive. The kids return to find their guardians gone, gone and decide to follow the footprints. In footprints.

Sisko and Quark find themselves locked in
a cave, forcefield cell with the woman woman, who introduces herself as Eris, who Eris and fills them in on the Jem'Hadar: they're They're the feared soldiers of the Dominion. Her homeworld was offered membership, but when they refused, the Dominion sent in the Jem'Hadar which to quickly conquered conquere them. Despite this, Sisko begins working on an escape plan. Eris has psionic powers, powers she can use to blast out the forcefield, but they are being suppressed with a collar she's wearing.

Jake and Nog find the cave, being guarded by tall reptilians.
wearing. One of the Jem'Hadar finally comes to speak with Sisko and is blunt: the Dominion will not no longer tolerate Starfleet boldly going through their territory. The kids meanwhile territory.

Meanwhile, Jake and Nog manage to locate the cave where their family members are under guard. They
beam up to the runabout to try and get help, but unfortunately they don't know how to disengage the autopilot or the access code to set a new course. A ship leaves They begin ripping things out of the planet and arrives craft but must ultimately try their hand at [=DS9=]. manually piloting the craft out of orbit.

The Jem'Hadar show up that the station and inform the senior staff that Sisko is being detained for questioning, and questioning. He delivers a list of ships that have been destroyed for violating Dominion space...on a padd from space. Kira is shocked to learn that a Bajoran colony in the Gamma Quadrant. Quadrant was also completely wiped out. Shortly afterwards, the USS ''Odyssey'' arrives, a Galaxy-class starship captained helmed by an older, white-haired, balding captain, Captain Keogh, and they begin planning a rescue mission.

Arriving in
mission. The ''Odyssey'' and two runabouts piloted by Kira, Odo, Bashir, Dax and O'Brien all head into the Gamma Quadrant, they find the runabout with Quadrant.

Jake and Nog, Nog pilot their partially deactivated ship out of orbit, though not without difficulty. Luckily, the rescue party arrives, and O'Brien beams over to help fix the shuttle. Meanwhile, Quark removes Eris' collar collar, and they the captives make their escape. In space, three Jem'Hadar attack fighters engage the ''Odyssey'' and the [=DS9=] runabouts. rescue ships. The Dominion's weapons effortlessly pass through the Starfleet shields shields, and the ''Odyssey'' is quickly disabled. Sisko, Quark, and Eris are rescued, but while severely damaged.

In the midst of the fighting, O'Brien transports the captives off the planet. Now that
they make have what they came for, the rescue ships beat a run hasty retreat for it, the Wormhole, but one of the fighters slams into makes a kamikaze run on on the ''Odyssey'', destroying ''Odyssey'' and destroys it. Back in the Alpha Quadrant, Quark realizes that Eris' collar has nothing in it. They try to apprehend her, it but she a locking mechanism, meaning Eris could have escaped at any time but did not. That means that the whole captivity scenario was a plot by the Dominion to plant Eris into the Federation as a spy. Eris doesn't trouble to deny it and beams away, telling them herself away. Sisko grimly notes that they have no idea what's begun...
Deep Space Nine will be on the front line if war breaks out with the Dominion. He resolves to be ready.



* AlienLunch: {{Inverted}}--Nog admits to developing a taste for "hoo-man" food, thanks to SupremeChef Sisko.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
** While walking through a lush forest with lots of tall trees, Sisko states the planet they are on resembles Earth during the early Devonian period. The first trees didn't appear on Earth until the late Devonian period.
** Not to mention all that grass, which didn't enter the scene on Earth until the Cretaceous, millions of years later.

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* AlienLunch: {{Inverted}}--Nog Quark is grossed out by SupremeChef Sisko's jambalaya, saying that it tastes like it's got dirt in it. To be fair, there ''are'' bugs in it. Nog, however, admits to developing a taste for "hoo-man" food, thanks to SupremeChef Sisko.
food.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
**
ArtisticLicensePaleontology: While walking through a lush forest with lots of tall trees, Sisko states the planet they are on resembles Earth during the early Devonian period. The first trees didn't appear on Earth until the late Devonian period.
** Not to mention all that grass, which
period, and the grass didn't enter the scene on Earth until the Cretaceous, millions of years later.



* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: A fully-equipped ''Galaxy''-class starship, the ''Odyssey'', arrives at [=DS9=] to lead the mission to rescue Sisko and Quark along with the station's runabouts. Guess which ship ends up destroyed?



* CallBack:
** Quark tries selling his captors [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS02E07RulesOfAcquisition 1000 cases of Tulaberry wine.]]

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** Quark tries selling his captors [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS02E07RulesOfAcquisition 1000 1,000 cases of Tulaberry wine.]]wine, the same stuff he was trying to sell to the Gamme Quadrant in "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS02E07RulesOfAcquisition Rules of Acquisition]]." Quark also notes that the Ferengi have been trying to set up trade with the Dominion for a while, something first mentioned in this episode.



* CurbStompBattle / TheWorfEffect: The ''Odyssey'', a ''Galaxy''-class starship like the ''Enterprise''-D on TNG, is utterly decimated and destroyed by the Jem'Hadar.

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* CurbStompBattle / TheWorfEffect: CurbStompBattle: The ''Odyssey'', a ''Galaxy''-class starship like the ''Enterprise''-D on TNG, is utterly decimated and destroyed by the Jem'Hadar.



* InformedAttribute: Captain Keogh's supposedly extremely arrogant, but the entire time on screen he's shown to be cautious and reasonable. He always takes advice and never underestimates the Jem'Hadar's abilities.
** Though this is only once referenced by Dax as she asks Sisko if finds him "a little arrogant" and he replies Keogh said the same thing about Dax. Neither Keogh or Dax are arrogant when they interact later on, so it might be that they got those impressions of each other in entirely different context.



* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: The crew finally meets this mysterious Dominion, and learn in no uncertain terms that they are not allowed to explore through their territory. And the Dominion draws the first blood by destroying the ''Odyssey''.

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* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: The crew finally meets this mysterious Dominion, Dominion and learn in no uncertain terms that they are not allowed to explore through their territory. And the Dominion draws the first blood by destroying the ''Odyssey''.



* PlotArmor: Sisko seems conveniently lucky he's able to take on a Jem'Hadar guard in hand-to-hand combat, and that the second guard ran up to him to hit him with his gun rather than fire. But then it's revealed that this whole escape was planned, so the Jem'Hadar presumably sacrificed themselves to allow Sisko to beat them.



-->'''[[http://markwatches.net Mark Oshiro:]]''' Remember when the Cardassians were the major threat to peace in this world? Remember when they were the main antagonist? DO YOU REMEMBER THIS TIME? Because in just one episode, Deep Space Nine has upended everything, giving us a new villain thatís not even one person, nor is it one species, NOR DO THEY SEEM TO HAVE A SINGLE DISCERNIBLE WEAKNESS, EITHER. After teasing us with mentions of the Dominion for two seasons, the writers barge into our room, they punch us right in the heart, and then they dart away, laughing the whole time. The Dominion are here, and they are not gonna fuck around.



* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: See ItHasOnlyJustBegun above.

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* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: See ItHasOnlyJustBegun above.
In the end, Eris warns Sisko that he has no idea what the Dominion are capable of.

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** Eris [[spoiler: does not acknowledge Odo as a Founder. This is because the decision to reveal the Founders were Odo's people wouldn't be made until the hiatus between Seasons Two and Three. In-story, you could argue she didn't acknowledge Odo to avoid blowing her cover.]]


** Eris also shows no reaction to seeing Odo right after a conversation about the Founders. This is possibly because the writers hadn't decided that the Changelings were the Founders yet (or maybe she just has a really good poker face).

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* CardboardPrison: Sisko points out early on that their captivity is pretty weak -- he, Quark and Eris are imprisoned in a single containment field, with no more than four guards on duty at any time. He puts this down to overconfidence on the Jem'Hadar's part. Turns out it was deliberate -- they were ''meant'' to escape.


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* HorribleCampingTrip: How the episode starts, with Sisko hoping to do some father-son bonding with Jake while out surveying a planet, only to get stuck with Nog and an endlessly moaning Quark for company. [[HalfwayPlotSwitch Then]] [[KnightOfCerebus the Jem'Hadar]] [[WhamEpisode show up...]]


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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Sisko is clearly less than thrilled when he learns Nog will be joining him and Jake on their trip to the Gamma Quadrant. He's even less happy when Quark insists on tagging along.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Odo insists on joining the rescue mission -- because someone has to look out for Quark.
-->'''Kira''': Quark? You're joking. I thought you hated Quark.\\
'''Odo''': I do, but I'd rather see him in jail than in the hands of the Dominion. Believe me, Major, if anything happened to him, you'd miss him too.\\
'''Kira''': I'd be willing to take that chance... ''*pauses and sighs*'' ...but not today.


** Eris' telekinetic powers are never seen with any other Vorta. WordOfGod says that she alone was given these powers by the Founders.

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** Eris' telekinetic powers are never seen with any other Vorta. WordOfGod says that she She alone was given these powers by the Founders.

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** Third Talak'talan is beamed on and off Deep Space Nine with its shield up and also walks through a raised forcefield, abilities that the Jem'Hadar would never be seen using again.

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* MythologyGag: Quark mentions "Vulcan IDIC pins" as an example of the "collectible merchandise" he'd like to market. Creator/GeneRoddenberry famously invented the IDIC pin solely for the purpose of selling ''Star Trek'' fans a bit of collectible merchandise.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: When [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Sisko]] decks a Jem'Hadar guard and then kills him with his gun, it's expected. When ''Quark'' pops another guard about to kill Sisko... well, even the commander is impressed.

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** Eris also shows no reaction to seeing Odo right after a conversation about the Founders. This is possibly because the writers hadn't decided that the Changelings were the Founders yet (or maybe she just has a really good poker face).

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: After beaming into Ops, the crew erects a containment field around the Jem'Hadar. To make his threat clear, he then steps through it unfazed. During the battle, the Jem'Hadar weapons effortlessly pass through the shields.


* BlatantLies: Quark says that his brother Rom is not quite as liberal as he is when it comes to parenting, even though Quark is extremely strict on everything. Not to mention that we've seen Rom is ''unimaginably'' liberal by Ferengi standards.

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* BlatantLies: Quark says that his brother Rom is not quite as liberal as he is when it comes to parenting, even though Quark is extremely strict on everything. Not to mention that we've seen Rom is ''unimaginably'' liberal by Ferengi standards. On the other hand however, it is also true that Rom is the victim of some serious EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. The Rom we see in his debut episode manhandling Nog and who a few episodes later is quite willing to kill Quark to gain the bar is not the same Rom that we would become accustomed to.

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