With the Dominion sending masses of troops through the wormhole to Cardassia, Captain Sisko decides it is time to take a stand. To that end, the senior crew hatch a plan to mine the entrance to the wormhole, preventing any further ships from arriving from the Gamma Quadrant. But when Weyoun discovers what Sisko is doing, he tells Sisko that his actions will inevitably lead to war.
Well, here we are. We’ve all known this was coming, and finally the big build up has paid off – the Federation is going to war with the Dominion. To that end, this episode is all about tipping the balance, from the Dominion being the big bad guys in the background, to the ones who will be outright attacking the Federation and its allies. We get space battles, political intrigue, and one of Star Trek’s biggest cliffhangers – in which Sisko and Starfleet are forced to abandon DS9.
I’ve been looking forward to season six for a while now, and this episode sets it up nicely. Bring it on!
- All the Starfleet officers have left DS9, including of course Sisko, Dax, Worf, O’Brien, Nog and Bashir. Worf has gone to serve with General Martok, so Jadzia promises to marry him after the war as an incentive for him to stay alive. The others are aboard the Defiant.
- Leeta and all Bajorans except Kira have been recalled to Bajor.
- Garak is naturally unwilling to remain aboard DS9, and so cadges a ride aboard the Defiant.
- Kira and Odo remain aboard as representatives of the Bajoran militia. Odo promises to put aside his feelings for Kira and his plans to ask her out until after all this is over. Given Kira’s obvious relief, I can’t help feeling they should have stayed friends until the end of the series.
- Quark and Rom stay behind, with Rom taking up his old job at the bar so he can spy for Starfleet.
- Having just got a job as a reporter, Jake decides to stay behind so he can be on the fronts, figuring that the Dominion won’t want to risk their non-aggression pact with the Dominion by harming the Emissary’s son. Whilst that may be true, the Dominion could also use Jake as a hostage, to force Sisko to comply with their demands.
- Weyoun, Dukat and Damar are in the first wave of occupiers, but the Female Shapeshifter will be joining them soon.
- Rom and Leeta get married in this episode.
- Despite the plethora of engineers aboard the station, only Dax, O’Brien and Rom get together to come up with a plan for mining the wormhole. It’s just lucky that Rom’s a mechanical genius.
- Along with the Bajorans, the Tholians, Romulans and Miradorn have all signed non-aggression treaties with the Dominion.
- For years I thought this episode was entitled “A Call to Arms”, which matched up nicely with the next episode’s title, “A Time to Stand”.
Summary – Call to Arms: “We’ve just barely said our vows, and we’re already having our first fight! We’re really married!”