Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997): S06E06 – Sacrifice of Angels


Introduction

“Sacrifice of Angels” is the sixth episode from the sixth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 130th episode overall. The episode’s plot details the efforts of the United Federation of Planets to retake space station Deep Space Nine from the forces of the Dominion.

This is the second part of a two-part episode, the previous being “Favor the Bold“. This episode is also a part of the renowned Dominion war saga of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Outline

Captain Sisko, aboard the starship Defiant, commands a fleet ordered to retake Deep Space Nine before the Dominion dismantles the minefield blocking the Bajoran wormhole, which links the Alpha Quadrant to Dominion territory in the Gamma Quadrant.

As part of his strategy, Sisko orders Federation fighters to engage the Cardassian warships making up a portion of the Dominion fleet, hoping the more aggressive Cardassians will break formation and pursue the fighters, creating a hole in the Dominion lines.

Aboard Deep Space Nine, Gul Dukat is aware of Sisko’s ruse. Dukat plans to follow along Sisko’s strategy, luring the Federation fleet into the Dominion lines and diminishing their forces with superior numbers. While the destruction of the Federation minefield is several weeks behind schedule, it will be ready to be destroyed in only eight hours.

Once the Dominion leaders leave, Damar asks Dukat’s permission to detain Major Kira, Jake Sisko and Leeta. Damar believes they are behind a sabotage attempt by Rom, who now works as a Ferengi technician. Dukat grants Damar’s request. Damar also advises Dukat to keep his daughter, Tora Ziyal, confined to quarters “for her own safety.” Damar does not trust Ziyal because she is a close friend of Major Kira, but Dukat refuses to listen to Damar’s advice.

As the battle in space draws out lengthily, Dukat allows some of his ships to leave the lines and chase the fighters, opening a hole in the formation. Aware that Dukat is setting a trap, Sisko nonetheless orders his ships forward, desperate to reach Deep Space Nine. As Sisko’s efforts devolve into chaos, Odo is confronted by the female shapeshifter, who informs him that Kira has been arrested and will be executed.

As the Federation fleet within the bulk of the Dominion lines quickly become overwhelmed, a Klingon fleet, led by Worf and Martok, arrives and flanks the Dominion. They clear a path for the Defiant, though the rest of the allied ships are unable to follow.

Quark enlists Ziyal, asking her to help him free Jake, Kira, Rom and Leeta. The two free the group. Kira organises the sabotage of the station’s weapons, and she and Rom set off for the station’s core, pursued by Jem’Hadar forces. They are cornered in a cargo bay, but are rescued by Odo and Bajoran security. Odo’s men cover them as they enter a maintenance shaft to sabotage the weapons.

Rom fails to sabotage the weapons at the last second. Dukat wipes out the minefield, which is witnessed by Sisko seconds after his arrival. Sisko orders the Defiant into the wormhole, where the crew encounters a massive number of Dominion reinforcements. As Sisko orders weapons locked on the enemy ships for a seemingly desperate suicide mission, he receives a vision from the Bajoran Prophets, who are upset that he intends to sacrifice himself before fulfilling their purposes. Sisko pleads with the aliens to help the Bajoran people, who created a religion around them. The Prophets cause the Dominion ships to vanish, saving Bajor, but warn Sisko that a penance will be exacted.

The Dominion leadership is shocked when the Defiant exits the wormhole alone and fires on the station, which cannot respond due to Rom’s sabotage. Meanwhile, the Klingons and the Federation have outflanked the Dominion fleet, with 200 ships heading for Deep Space Nine. As the Dominion evacuates, Dukat searches for Ziyal, who refuses to evacuate with him, admitting that she helped Kira and her friends escape, which leaves Dukat stunned. As Ziyal leaves she is shot by Damar, who heard her confession and executed her as an enemy of the state. Dukat sinks to the floor in grief, and forgives her, as Damar leaves the station.

As the Federation fleet arrives, Sisko and company step out on the Promenade, where Sisko is reunited with Jake. Garak learns of Ziyal’s death; the two had grown close before the war. Dukat is in a holding cell, sobbing over the loss of his daughter. As he is escorted to the infirmary, he returns Captain Sisko’s baseball.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Allan Kroeker.
  • Writer(s): Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler.
  • Release Date: 03 November 1997.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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