When an explosion on Earth kills 47 people, the evidence points to Changeling involvement. With the heart of the Federation under threat for the first time in a hundred years, Sisko is summoned back to Earth to act as head of security. But with Changelings able to assume any form, tensions are high, and even Sisko’s closest relatives may be dragged into the escalating situation.
It’s time for the big mid-season two-parter, which kicks off with Homefront and the unthinkable happening – Earth getting attacked outside of a Star Trek movie. Just two seasons ago, Sisko told us that Earth was paradise, a platonic ideal far away from the rough frontier where DS9, the Bajorans and the Maquis all reside. Now, Earth has been dragged into events, thanks to the most insidious enemy yet – one who can take the form of anything, from an innocuous vase to a Starfleet admiral. Paranoia and draconian measures abound, and the most sensible person of all may well be an old chef from New Orleans.
The Sisko Family
We finally get to meet Sisko’s father Joseph, a man who has been mentioned often but never seen – in fact, the first time Sisko referred to him, it sounded as if he was already dead. In fact, Joseph isn’t in the best of health, but he’s not about to slow down his pace or even take his medication. Perhaps the most powerful moment of this episode is Sisko realising not only that his father isn’t a Changeling, but that he’d suspected him in the first place.
- This episode marks the first mention of Red Squad, the group of elite cadets at Starfleet Academy. Red Squad will get their own episode later on.
- I know it’s for dramatic effect as the episode ends, but does Joseph Sisko’s little street in New Orleans really need so many Starfleet security officers?
- Dax breaking into Odo’s room may seem like an amusing prank, but at the least it’s breaking and entering – conduct unbecoming a Starfleet officer.
- The Federation President is a Grazerite, a race not seen or mentioned before or after this two-parter.
- According to legend, the Klingons slew their own gods a thousand years ago.
- Quark used to work as a cook on a Ferengi freighter.
- The Ferengi have suffered at least one Great Monetary Collapse in the past.
Summary – Homefront: The greatest threat to the Federation is O’Brien’s British accent.