“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.
Sisko demands to see Dukat. Hudson accuses Sisko of siding with the Cardassians over him. Hudson claims the Maquis want only peace, while Sisko characterises their desire to retaliate simply as revenge. After Sisko declines an offer to join, Hudson and the Maquis stun the group and depart.
Admiral Nechayev is waiting for Sisko when he returns to Deep Space Nine. She refers to the Maquis as “a bunch of irresponsible hotheads” and instructs Sisko to reason with them, seemingly oblivious to the true nature of the situation. Legate Parn of the Cardassian Central Command then arrives, and as Sisko prepares to meet him, Odo reports that he has caught “one of the Vulcan’s accomplices”. Sisko arrives to find Quark in a holding cell.
Quark eventually reveals that he arranged for Sakonna to acquire weapons, unaware of the Maquis at the time, and believes Sakonna is planning an attack within the next few days. Parn then admits that weapons have been smuggled into the demilitarised zone, informing Sisko and Kira that the Cardassian Central Command blames Dukat, claiming he is acting as a renegade, though Sisko and Kira consider it clear they are merely setting him up as a scapegoat.
At a Maquis base, Sakonna attempts to establish a Vulcan mind meld with Dukat, which he easily resists. Sisko, Bashir, and Odo arrive and interrupt the interrogation, and try to resolve the situation peacefully, but Dukat grows impatient, triggering a firefight. The Maquis are captured, but Sisko lets one of their leaders go to deliver a message to Hudson imploring him to settle things peacefully. They bring Dukat back to Deep Space Nine, where they inform him of Parn’s accusations. With Dukat’s help, they catch a Xepolite trader transporting weapons on behalf of Central Command.
Quark talks Sakonna into revealing to Sisko that the Maquis are planning to blow up a Cardassian weapons depot in the next 52 hours, but she does not know where it is. Dukat promises to find out the depot’s location, and in the meantime, Sisko visits Hudson one final time, imploring him to reconsider abandoning his career. Hudson resolutely declines, symbolically vaporising his Starfleet uniform with a phaser.
The DS9 crew is waiting in runabouts when the Maquis arrive at the depot, and as neither Hudson nor Sisko wants to hurt the other, they attempt to disable one another. Finally, only Sisko’s runabout and Hudson’s raider remain, with Sisko’s engines and Hudson’s weapons inoperable. Over Dukat’s objections, Sisko allows Hudson to escape. Ultimately, Sisko wonders if he has prevented a war or merely delayed the inevitable.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Corey Allan.
- Writer(s): Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor, and Ira Steven Behr.
- Release Date: 01 May 1994.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.