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** "Change of Heart": Worf gets raked over the coals because he chose to save Jadzia rather than extract a Cardassian defector who had information that potentially could save millions of lives. He's told he probably won't face charges, but only because a court-martial would risk exposing sensitive information, the incident will be entered into his service record, and he'll probably never be offered a command. But you can't expect ''anyone'' to be so coldly rational as to sacrifice his fucking ''wife'' even for the sake of millions, which is ''exactly'' why real life militaries don't send married couples out on missions together. Even most businesses are leery of employing married couples. Starfleet absolutely should have been aware of this issue and never sent them in the first place. Sisko issues an order that they not go on missions with just the two of them from now on. You're just now realizing this, Sherlock?

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** "Change of Heart": Worf gets raked over the coals because he chose to save Jadzia rather than extract a Cardassian defector who had information that potentially could save millions of lives. He's told he probably won't face charges, but only because a court-martial would risk exposing sensitive information, the incident will be entered into his service record, and he'll probably never be offered a command. But you can't expect ''anyone'' to be so coldly rational as to sacrifice his fucking ''wife'' even for the sake of millions, which is ''exactly'' why real life militaries don't send married couples out on missions together. Even most businesses are leery of employing married couples. Starfleet absolutely should have been aware of this issue and never sent them in the first place. Sisko issues an order that they not go on missions with just the two of them from now on. You're just now realizing this, Sherlock?Sherlock? (Notably, the episode side-stepped the whole issue of conflict of interest from the start by way of having KIRA, who is not a member of Starfleet, pass on the order to go after this informant, rather than Sisko, their chain-of-command superior, who probably would have brought this up long before Dax and Worf found themselves suffering from mission creep.)

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** Ferengi males are some of the most misogynistic and greedy characters you're likely to see in any series, ever. They'll sell out their own family and friends, sell their dead bodies as collectibles, and Ferengi women aren't allowed to earn profit OR wear clothes. While all of it is played for laughs, it's still very clearly portrayed as bad behavior. In the many years since, sexism and corporate greed are both still heavily criticized in the real world.


* ReplacementScrappy: Ezri. In fairness, had she been present from the start of the series (possibly with Jadzia or Curzon as a DeadStarWalking) she would probably have worked well, but given only one season there was just no way she could fill the void left by Jadzia. Making things worse, whereas Jadzia had been smart and extremely capable, Ezri spent the first third or so of the season being literally a worse counselor than the much-mocked Deanna Troi, and a serious contender for the most incompetent Starfleet officer ever seen on a ''Star Trek'' show. Fortunately, the novels would go a long, long way toward redeeming her...

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* ReplacementScrappy: Ezri. In fairness, had If she been present from the start of the series (possibly with Jadzia or Curzon as a DeadStarWalking) she would probably have worked well, but given only one season there was just no way she could fill the void left by Jadzia. Making things worse, whereas Jadzia had been smart and extremely capable, Ezri spent the first third or so of the season being literally a worse counselor counsellor than the much-mocked Deanna Troi, and a serious contender for the most incompetent Starfleet officer ever seen on a ''Star Trek'' show. Fortunately, the The post-show novels would go a long, long way toward redeeming her...her.


*** Played with in the ''Star Trek Adventures'' roleplaying game, where Section 31 can be a rogue agency, the actual power behind the throne of the UFP, or even simply Sloan himself.

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*** Played with in the ''Star Trek Adventures'' ''TabletopGame/StarTrekAdventures'' roleplaying game, where Section 31 can be a rogue agency, the actual power behind the throne of the UFP, or even simply Sloan himself.


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** It may be in Klingon, but the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=740Eo5J7S7g fight song]] from "Soldiers of the Empire" is surprisingly catchy. Interviews with the cast reveal that it was this for the cast and crew, as well; the song was sung around the set for nearly a week after this episode was filmed.
** "Allamaraine, count to four, Allamaraine, then three more..."
** "Do re mi do re mi fa mi re do..."


** A meta level: In the documentary "What We Left Behind", Ira Steven Behr and other series writers talked about a hypothetical Season 8. It would involve an unknown force killing Nog. Nog's actor, Aron Eisenberg, became the next cast member to pass away.

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** [=SFDebris=] also coined "This is the one that even the Prophets call 'The Sisko'. First name: 'Don't F*** With'."


** A meta level: In the documentary "What We Left Behind", Ira Steven Behr and other DS9 writers talked about a hypothetical Season 8. It would involve an unknown force killing Nog. Nog's actor, Aron Eisenberg, became the next cast member to pass away.

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** A meta level: In the documentary "What We Left Behind", Ira Steven Behr and other DS9 series writers talked about a hypothetical Season 8. It would involve an unknown force killing Nog. Nog's actor, Aron Eisenberg, became the next cast member to pass away.

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**** Played with in the ''Star Trek Adventures'' roleplaying game, where Section 31 can be a rogue agency, the actual power behind the throne of the UFP, or even simply Sloan himself.


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* EarWorm: It may be in Klingon, but the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=740Eo5J7S7g fight song]] from "Soldiers of the Empire" is surprisingly catchy. Interviews with the cast reveal that it was this for the cast and crew, as well; the song was sung around the set for nearly a week after this episode was filmed.

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It may be in Klingon, but the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=740Eo5J7S7g fight song]] from "Soldiers of the Empire" is surprisingly catchy. Interviews with the cast reveal that it was this for the cast and crew, as well; the song was sung around the set for nearly a week after this episode was filmed.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In season 5's "Apocalypse Rising", Worf fights Chancellor Gowron, believing he's a changeling imposter, and almost kills him before it's revealed that [[spoiler:General Martok]] was the changeling imposter. Afterwards, Gowron says to Worf "You should have killed me when you had the chance. I promise you will not get another." In season 7's "Tacking into the Wind", Worf fights Gowron once again [[spoiler:and kills him this time.]]

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In season 5's "Apocalypse Rising", Worf fights Chancellor Gowron, believing he's a changeling Changeling imposter, and almost kills him before it's revealed that [[spoiler:General Martok]] was the changeling actual Changeling imposter. Afterwards, Gowron says to Worf "You should have killed me when you had the chance. I promise you will not get another." In season 7's "Tacking into the Wind", Worf fights Gowron once again [[spoiler:and kills him this time.]]time]].
** In the 2019 documentary ''What We Left Behind'', several of the producers and writers of the series come up with a story to begin a hypothetical eighth season of ''[=DS9=]'', including the deliberately shocking death of then-Captain Nog. A few months after the documentary premiered, the actor who played Nog, Aron Eisenberg, [[https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/22/entertainment/aron-eisenberg-star-trek-actor-dies/index.html passed away at the untimely age of 50 years old]].

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** A meta level: In the documentary "What We Left Behind", Ira Steven Behr and other DS9 writers talked about a hypothetical Season 8. It would involve an unknown force killing Nog. Nog's actor, Aron Eisenberg, became the next cast member to pass away.


* CrazyAwesome: The 'Jack Pack', a group of committed human Augments that Bashir has to deal with twice.

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** Damar. Initially little more than a generic Cardassian bad guy who even his own actor thought was just an extra, the character's sense of honor and quiet charisma [[AscendedExtra earned him]] some of the most radical CharacterDevelopment in all of ''Star Trek'', going from simply being [[TheDragon Dukat's lapdog]] to eventually [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn leading the Cardassian rebellion against the Dominion.]]]]

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* BetterOnDVD: The show has a lot of long multi-episode plot arcs, especially toward the end, making it ideal for streaming.


* EvenBetterSequel: Even if there was a drop-off in audience numbers compared to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and it took a few seasons to really find its legs, ''DS9'' pioneered the long story arcs that would become standard not just in science fiction shows but in dramatic television as a whole.

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* EvenBetterSequel: Even if there was a drop-off in audience numbers compared to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and it took a few seasons to really find its legs, ''DS9'' ''[=DS9=]'' pioneered the long story arcs that would become standard not just in science fiction shows but in dramatic television as a whole.

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