The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: By Inferno’s Light

Thanks to the machinations of Gul Dukat, Cardassia has joined the Dominion – and they are keen to reclaim all of their old territory. Meanwhile, Bashir, Worf, Garak and Martok continue their efforts to escape from the Dominion internment camp.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with this episode. Far too much of it is spent with Worf fighting Jem’Hadar warriors in the internment camp arena, seemingly to fill time whilst Garak does the clever technical stuff that will rescue them. Meanwhile, everyone aboard DS9 is on edge thanks to the threat of impending war, but we as the viewers are just desperate for them to discover that ‘Bashir’ is a Changeling. Even an attempt to destroy the Bajoran sun feels more like something that was tacked on at the last minute, than the crescendo of a finely built-up storyline.

A new galactic order

First, a couple of points from the previous episode.

  • Kira said she carried Kirayoshi for seven months. Previously this was said to be five months, which also happens to be the gestation time for a normal Bajoran pregnancy.
  • The Breen apparently have no blood – or, if they do, they aren’t letting on.

Now onto this episode.

  • This episode features mentions of both yamok sauce (which Ziyal has on her asparagus) and self-sealing stem bolts.
  • Garak suffers from claustrophobia, perhaps due to a traumatic past event on Tzenketh.
  • This episode sees the establishment of Martok’s Klingon garrison on DS9.
  • From this point onwards, Dukat is portrayed as nothing but a villain – no more subtlety for him.
  • Dukat declares that Ziyal is dead to him, but even so he still loves her enough to go insane when she is killed later in the series.
  • In this episode, going to warp within a solar system is said to be dangerous. In many other episodes and in the films, going to warp within a solar system is done many times, and no one bats an eyelid.
  • Why did the Jem’Hadar even leave the runabout in orbit of the internment camp? Why not impound or destroy it? And why not have shields around the internment camp to prevent beaming out in the first place?

Summary – By Inferno’s Light: Gul Dukat wants to make Cardassia great again.

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