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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 23 Blaze Of Glory

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"You never give up, do you, Mr. Eddington?"
A fleet of cloaked missiles are headed for Cardassia, a desperate revenge strike by the Maquis. And only one person can help Sisko stop them. Michael Eddington.


  • Alien Lunch: Sisko mixes puree of tube grubs with squid. Jake isn't happy when he finds out.
  • Are We There Yet?: Eddington asks this when Sisko wakes him upon reaching the Badlands.
  • Backup Bluff: Eddington uses this when he's alone against the Jem'Hadar, barking orders to Maquis who aren't actually there.
  • Batman Gambit: Eddington has been making it clear that even if Sisko forced him along to deactivate the missiles, it's still Sisko's business not his, and that he rather likes the idea of dying in a Dominion war after getting a satisfactory revenge on Cardassia. A Jem'Hadar ship approaches their runabout, and all Eddington says is a pointed, "Looks like you have a problem." But Sisko takes the handcuffs off him and then goes off for a raktajino, leaving Eddington (who knows the Badlands better than Sisko) to prove his death wish isn't so strong after all.
    • But that's just Foreshadowing for the big Batman Gambit: There weren't any missiles heading for Cardassia after all. At the purported "launch site" there are remnant Maquis soldiers hiding from the Jem'Hadar. Eddington wanted to rescue them, and arranged the whole "missiles" message to get Sisko's attention and help, while pretending all along it was Sisko forcing him to go!
  • Bus Crash: Cal Hudson is mentioned to have died in a random skirmish sometime after his defection.
    • Also, the entirety of the Maquis has apparently been wiped out by the Dominion and Cardassians since their last appearance.
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  • Canada, Eh?: Eddington is implied to be Canadian, as he mentions having a "lucky loonie."
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Constant, hostile (till near the end), and rapid-fire between Sisko and Eddington.
  • Epic Fail: Nog decides to catch the Klingons when they're being too loud, but ends up falling back in his chair before he can do so. He tells Jake that he's not getting up until everyone in the bar has left.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Eddington: Rebecca...
  • Fighting for a Homeland: Eddington mentions that with the Cardassians on the run, the Maquis were going to declare the DMZ an independent nation.
  • Freak Out!: While chatting with Morn, Quark happens to mention if the Jem'Hadar ever show up, there's a good chance everyone will be killed. Morn did not take it well, apparently. Running around butt-naked screaming "We're all doomed!". Offscreen, naturally.
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  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Eddington says this to Sisko after being shot.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: The Maquis, and presumably the Federation, have access to a very light material that completely blocks Dominion energy weapons. They use it to make the water barrels Eddington uses for cover in this episode, and it is never seen or referenced again.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Sisko called Eddington a traitor for the last year, but after his Heroic Sacrifice, Sisko calls him "the most loyal man I've ever known."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Eddington, as lampshaded by Sisko.
    Eddington: They died because I wasn't there when they needed me most. Because you put me in jail.
    Sisko: They died because you filled their heads with false hopes. Sold them dreams of a military victory when what they needed was a negotiated peace.
    Eddington: We had the Cardassians on the run.
    Sisko: And they ran right into the arms of the Dominion! End of story!
  • Not So Different: Jadzia tells Sisko that he and Eddington may have had more in common than he thought. He doesn't exactly deny it.
  • Shout-Out: When Eddington is preparing to go out in the titular Blaze of Glory, he asks if anyone can think of a good song for this situation.
  • Talk to the Fist: Sisko punches Eddington for lying to him.
  • Tempting Fate: Martok, after being mildly impressed by Nog's standing up to him and his cohorts, points to his missing eye and warns him of this.
  • Time for Plan B: Though Eddington warns Sisko that he's not going to like it.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: Eddington uses it against the Jem'Hadar.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Eddington single-handedly masterminds a scheme to save his people AFTER his whole Face–Heel Turn—not to mention being captured and imprisoned by Starfleet—and then goes down fighting to ensure that everyone escaped.
  • You Talk Too Much: When Eddington goes on about how much he doesn't want to help Sisko and says that he may as well be dead.
    Sisko: For a dead man, you talk a lot.

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