The Defiant is down!
The Breen have entered the war, and they hit the Federation where it hurts: Earth. What's worse, they have developed a new weapon that drains all energy from a ship, and not even the trusty Defiant
can withstand it. On Bajor, Kai Winn finally completes her FaceHeel Turn
, while on Cardassia, Legate Damar does something that even the Founders never saw coming.
This episode contains examples of:
- Abandon Ship: The crew of the Defiant is forced to do this before she's destroyed.
- Adult Fear: A sudden attack on your home while you're far away. Sisko begins to fear for his wife's life because of the attack on Earth, even though they're far away from where the attack happened.
- Apology Gift: Sisko gives Kassidy flowers to apologize for trying to get her off active duty after the Breen attack.
- Artistic License Geography: If the red dots represent impact points, then the display in the Dominion war room indicates that Breen had targeted Oakland rather than San Francisco.
- Blood Magic: How the Text of the Kosst Amojan is revealed. Until then, it's just a Blank Book.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The worst the Federation suffers in the entire war.
- A Death in the Limelight: For the Defiant. We get to see an extended preflight check before her final battle.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: When Weyoun sees Damar not holding a bottle, he assumes that Damar has grown to accept the Dominion. In reality, it's because Damar has decided to form La Résistance.
- Enemy Civil War: Damar publicly declares war against the Dominion.
- Enemy Mine: The Federation isn't exactly friendly with the Cardassian Union, but at this point they'll take any help they can get.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Winn is horrified to learn she's been sleeping with Gul Dukat, and she's very shaken after killing Solbor.
- Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Weyoun and Damar directly reference this when discussing the apparent changing course of the war.
Damar: We're just one big, happy family, aren't we?
Weyoun: I like it so much better when we agree on things, don't you?
- Explosive Instrumentation: When the Defiant is being torpedoed. Kira and one Red Shirt are confirmed to survive; another one isn't so lucky.
- FaceHeel Turn: Kai Winn. Granted, she was never quite a good guy to begin with, but this episode makes it official.
- Going Down with the Ship: Sisko doesn't go down with the Defiant, but he is the last one off the bridge and presumably the last one into the escape pods.
- HeelFace Turn: Legate Damar has finally had enough.
- He Knows Too Much: The moment Solbor says that he'll expose Dukat and Winn's plan, he pretty much seals his own fate.
- Insistent Terminology: It's not a toy; it's a model of the Alamo.
Worf: With little figures.
- Internal Reveal: Solbor tells Winn that "Anjohl" is Dukat.
- In the Back: How Kai Winn kills Solbor.
- La Résistance: This episode is the beginning of the Cardassian uprising.
- Lethal Chef: Kassidy, as it turns out. Sisko takes a moment to mourn the loss of his peppers.
- Monumental Damage: The Golden Gate Bridge.
- Mutual Kill: The second Breen warship that the Defiant thrashes fires the energy pulse that fries her systems.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Winn learns that she's been consorting with Dukat, she looks like she's about to throw up.
- Oh, Crap!:
- The Defiant crew's reaction to the Breen weapon. As well as to the attack on Earth.
- The Dominion's reaction to Damar's rebellion. Weyoun, in particular, knowing that he's the last clone. And knowing that's exactly why Damar targeted the cloning facility.
- Solbor is absolutely terrified when he realizes that Winn and Dukat are trying to release the Pah-Wraiths.
- One-Hit Kill: The Defiant of all ships is fried in one hit. Of course, it takes a number of hits from more practical blasters to outright destroy it.
- Out of Continues: When Weyoun learns that Damar's rebellion destroyed the Domion's cloning facilities, he realizes this applies to him.
Weyoun: (terrified) I could be the last Weyoun. That's why he picked that target.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Solbor is extremely unnerved when Kai Winn cancels an appearance before the Vedek Assembly, and then when she begins consulting ancient books said to contain a great evil.
- Power Nullifier: The Breen's energy dampening weapon.
- Properly Paranoid: Solbor is deeply suspicious of what Kai Win and Anjohl/Dukat are up to, and he has every right to be.
- "Ray of Hope" Ending: After the battle group is destroyed things seem pretty hopeless for the Federation and its allies, and they learn of Damar's rebellion.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Damar's announcement of rebellion starts with this, before segueing into a Rousing Speech to his fellow Cardassians.
"...and so two years ago, our government signed a treaty with the Dominion. In it the Dominion promised to extend Cardassia's influence throughout the Alpha Quadrant. In exchange, we pledged ourselves to join the war against the Federation and its allies. Cardassians have never been afraid of war, a fact we've proven time and again over these past two years. Seven million of our brave soldiers have given their lives to fulfill our part of the agreement, and what has the Dominion done in return? Nothing. We've gained no new territories. In fact, our influence throughout the quadrant has diminished. And to make matters worse we are no longer masters in our own home. Travel anywhere on Cardassia and what do you find? Jem'Hadar, Vorta, and now Breen. Instead of the invaders we have become the invaded. Our 'allies' have conquered us without firing a single shot. Well, no longer. This morning detachments of the Cardassian First, Third and Ninth Orders attacked the Dominion outpost on Rondac III. This assault marks the first step towards the liberation of our homeland, from the true oppressors of the Alpha Quadrant. I call upon Cardassians everywhere. Resist. Resist today. Resist tomorrow. Resist till the last Dominion soldier has been driven from our soil!"
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Only seven million Cardassian deaths, after nearly two years of interstellar war? Seems a bit low...
- Sink the Lifeboats: Weyoun suggests doing it to the Federation Alliance, but the female changeling overrules him. Not out of any sympathy but because she needs survivors to spread fear of the Dominion's new superweapon.
- Spare a Messenger: The female Founder countermands an order to destroy the Escape Pods, saying the frightened survivors will return home and spread their fear, demoralizing the enemies of the Dominion.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Text of the Kosst Amojan, which Winn and Dukat need to release the Pah-Wraiths.
- The Unreveal: Weyoun says that all the stories about the Breen homeworld being a cold wasteland actually aren't true. When Damar asks why the Breen wear refrigeration suits, Weyoun just shrugs.
- Villain Ball: The Female Changeling countermands Weyoun's order to destroy the Escape Pods of the survivors on the flimsy reasoning that letting them return home to spread fear and panic would be more valuable. Quite aside from the fact that they would only have needed to let a fraction of the survivors escape to generate the same (or an even better) result, this also results in the main cast, most notably Sisko himself, living to fight another day.
- Wham Line:
- Wham Shot: The sight of the Allied fleet blasted to pieces — including what's left of a Galaxy-class ship and at least one D'Deridex-class warbird, two of the mightiest ships the Allies have.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kasidy chews Sisko out for getting her taken off the active list.
- The Worf Effect: The Defiant bites it to show that the Breen mean business. Of course, Worf is on the bridge when it happens...
- Worthy Opponent: Martok is rather impressed by the Breen's audacity in attacking Starfleet Headquarters.
Martok: Even my people never attempted that.