The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: The Siege

The Federation has been ordered off DS9, but Sisko isn’t giving up without a fight. Whilst he and the senior officers plan an elaborate series of traps to defeat the Bajoran militia, Kira and Dax head to Bajor to present proof that The Circle is being funded by the Cardassians.

The three-part season opener concludes with The Siege, which tries its best to be exciting, but ultimately doesn’t really succeed. The titular siege takes place aboard DS9, as Sisko and crew go all Starship Mine and fight back against the generic Bajoran militia. Meanwhile, Kira and Dax get to fly an old Bajoran fighter, in a secondary plot that’s actually rather enjoyable until its anticlimactic denouement. Oh look, they have a Cardassian’s thumbprint, well then, let’s call the whole thing off.

It was also sadly inevitable that Li Nalas would die – so much weight was invested in how awesome he was going to be and how he was going to save Bajor that pretty much the only thing he could do to get out of it was lose his life. It’s fine, though, he’s just one in a long line of Bajoran heroes to parade through the series.

Character snippets

  • In this episode we learn about Tobin, Dax’s second host. Apparently he had no sex life, but he was an excellent engineer with special knowledge of plasma injectors.
  • Winn actually does the sensible thing here and distances herself from Jaro when the truth about The Circle is revealed.
  • Bashir makes a “your mom” joke at Quark’s expense.
  • The Trill are extremely allergic to insect bites, because it disrupts the link between host and symbiont.
  • O’Brien enjoys combat ration packs.

Summary – The Siege: Well, that’s all wrapped up in a neat little package.

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