Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994): S02E20 – The Maquis, Part 01


Introduction

“The Maquis” is a two-part episode from the second season of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Set in the late 24th century at the Deep Space Nine space station, it is part of the Star Trek science fiction universe.

The episode focuses on maintaining a difficult peace between the Bajorans, the Cardassians, and the Federation by trying to resolve a conflict which could lead to war.

These two episodes first aired in April–May 1994.

Outline

As a Cardassian transport, the Bok’nor, prepares for departure from Deep Space Nine, a man in a Starfleet uniform surreptitiously makes adjustments to some nearby equipment. Shortly after departing, the vessel explodes, killing everyone on board.

While the crew begins an investigation, Starfleet sends Lieutenant Commander Calvin Hudson, Federation attaché to the new demilitarised zone along the Cardassian border, to advise and assist. Hudson, an old friend of both Commander Sisko and Dax, confides in Sisko his dissatisfaction with his assignment; he believes Starfleet abandoned the colonists, and that their trust in the Cardassians to honour the treaty is naive.

When Sisko returns to his quarters that evening, he finds Gul Dukat waiting for him. Dukat explains that he is there “unofficially”, without the knowledge of Cardassian Central Command, to help Sisko find the truth. On Dukat’s request, the two take a runabout to the demilitarised zone, where they detect two Cardassian vessels attacking a Federation merchant ship. The attackers ignore Dukat’s orders to stand down, but before the runabout can intervene, an unidentified Federation vessel appears and destroys the Cardassians.

Meanwhile, a Vulcan associate of the saboteur, Sakonna, approaches Quark to negotiate a business arrangement, which he is surprised to learn is an attempt to acquire a wide array of weapons. Elsewhere on the station, the saboteur is abducted by unknown assailants.

Sisko and Dukat arrive at a colony in the demilitarized zone to find Hudson and several colonists in a heated debate with Gul Evek, Hudson’s Cardassian counterpart. Evek produces a recorded confession from the alleged Bok’Nor saboteur, identified as William Patrick Samuels, then brings in Samuels’ corpse, claiming he committed suicide, sparking outrage from the colonists. Hudson later privately concedes that Samuels may have been guilty of the sabotage, but claims the colonists have a right to defend themselves, and warns Sisko about the Cardassians again. On the way back to DS9, Dukat vehemently denies Hudson’s assertion that the Bok’Nor was transporting weapons.

Chief O’Brien confirms that the device that destroyed the Bok’Nor was of Federation origin. Sisko has Dukat’s quarters secured as a precaution, but Sakonna and several colonists manage to kidnap him. A group in the demilitarized zone calling itself “The Maquis” claims responsibility. Sisko, Major Kira, and Dr. Bashir track the kidnappers to a planet in an area known as the Badlands, where they are captured by armed Maquis members, with Hudson revealing himself as their leader.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): David Livingston.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor, and James Crocker.
  • Release Date: 24 April 1994.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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