Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995): S04E05 – Indiscretion


Introduction

“Indiscretion” is the 77th episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the fifth episode of the fourth season.

Kira goes on an away mission with Gul Dukat, and much of the episode revolves around this including scenes on a distant planet.

This episode expands the backstory of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor, including the backstory of resistance cell Kira was involved with as well as Gul Dukat’s backstory. Back on Deep Space Nine the relationship between Sisko and Kasidy Yates is continued.

This episode also introduces the character Tora Ziyal, the half-Bajoran daughter of Gul Dukat, and marks the first appearance of the Breen (though they are wearing space suits). The Breen were first mentioned in the Star Trek franchise in the 1990 episode “The Loss” from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This episode includes the use of a Danube-class runabout for an away mission.

Outline

A Bajoran smuggler tells Major Kira he has recovered a piece of metal that might be from the Ravinok, a Cardassian ship that disappeared six years ago with a group of Bajoran prisoners. A good friend of Kira’s was among those lost, and she makes immediate plans to investigate, but learns a Cardassian representative wants to accompany her. Kira reluctantly agrees, then discovers that the representative is her nemesis, Gul Dukat. The two take a runabout, meet the smuggler, and authenticate the metal fragment, which was found in the Dozaria system. They then land on a desert planet in that system and encounter the wreckage of the Ravinok.

Kira and Dukat notice twelve graves near the site, but since several more people were on the ship, they conclude that some survivors may still be alive. First, however, Dukat opens the graves in order to identify bodies, and is overcome with grief when he finds the remains of a Bajoran female who was his mistress. Kira’s surprise turns to hope when it turns out that her friend was not among the dead. They soon set off on foot, scanning the planet for survivors. While setting up camp, Dukat reveals that he had a daughter with his mistress, Tora Ziyal, a girl who is one of the possible survivors. Unfortunately, if he finds her alive, he will have to kill her.

Kira tells Dukat she will not allow him to kill Ziyal. But he insists that if her existence is revealed, he will lose his wife, his family, and his unstable position in Cardassian government. Soon, Kira and Dukat discover a mining operation of Bajoran and Cardassian prisoners, supervised by members of a race known as the Breen. Dukat sees his half-Cardassian, half-Bajoran daughter among the prisoners.

Kira and Dukat, disguised as Breen, overcome the guards and round up the prisoners. Kira is crushed to learn that her friend died two years earlier, but Dukat is only interested in finding his daughter. When more Breen guards attack, Dukat escapes from Kira’s gaze and runs off after Ziyal. When he finds her, she instantly recognises her father, thrilled to see him despite the fact he is aiming a phaser rifle at her. Kira arrives and tries to stop him. Ziyal realises what is happening and tells her father she would rather die if she can not go with him. She hugs him affectionately, and Dukat, shaken with emotion, decides to take Ziyal home – even if it costs him everything he has.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): LeVar Burton.
  • Writer(s): Nicholas Corea.
  • Release Date: 23 October 1995.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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