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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 159 (7.9)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Avery Brooks   IMDB   Captain Benjamin Sisko
Nicole de Boer   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Ezri Dax
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lt. Commander Worf
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB   Odo
Cirroc Lofton   IMDB   Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Armin Shimerman   IMDB   Quark
Siddig El Fadil   IMDB   Lieutenant Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor   IMDB   Colonel Kira Nerys
Guest Cast:
Marc Alaimo   IMDB   Gul Dukat
Norman Parker   IMDB   Vedek Fala
Jason Leland Adams   IMDB   Benyan
Maureen Flannigan   IMDB   Mika
Miriam Flynn   IMDB   Midwife
Mark Piatelli   IMDB   Brin
David Bell   IMDB
John Kretchmer   IMDB
René Echévarria   IMDB
VHS   ST:DS9 VHS 7.5
Deep Space Nine Teaser #159: Covenant

Dukat returns and he wants Kira to join his cult of Pah-wraith followers.
Vedek Fala, a Bajoran monk and Kira's former teacher, pays her an unexpected visit. He gives Kira a crystal which transports her to Empok Nor, where, to her horror, she is met by her old enemy Dukat - a Cardassian who oversaw the occupation of Bajor. He is now the leader of a Bajoran religious faction which worships the Pah-wraiths - the corporeal enemies of Bajor's prophets. Dukat wants Kira to join his followers on the abandoned Cardassian space station.

Although Kira is suspicious of Dukat's motives, Pah-wraith convert Fala tries to convince her that the Cardassian has changed. While being held against her will, Kira meets Dukat followers Mika and Benyan, a Bajoran couple who were granted his permission to have the first baby on Empok Nor. The community's devotion to Dukat becomes clear when Kira takes aim at him with a stolen phaser, and residents shield him with their bodies, then knock her unconscious.

When Kira regains consciousness, she confronts Dukat about his long affair with her mother during the Bajoran occupation, and is stunned when he expresses regret. Their conversation is cut short by word that Mika is in labor. To everyone's surprise, Mika's baby is half-Bajoran and half-Cardassian. Dukat proclaims that the infant is a miraculous, living symbol of his covenant with the Bajoran people, though Kira is certain Dukat fathered the child.

While Kira questions Fala and Benyan about the baby's paternity, Dukat meets with Mika, who fears she won't be able to keep the explosive secret that they slept together. Desperate to cover his tracks, Dukat sets up an "accident" which nearly claims Mika's life. Kira saves her, and in front of Dukat's followers, accuses him of impregnating Mika. In response, Dukat announces that the Pah-wraiths want the group to join them - by committing mass suicide.

Kira is locked in a room while Dukat proceeds to the temple, where his followers are ready to ingest poisonous capsules. Kira escapes, interrupts the deadly ceremony and exposes Dukat as a fraud who never intended to kill himself. After Dukat flees, a disillusioned Fala takes a fatal capsule, and the Defiant arrives to rescue Kira and the other remaining followers.

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 19:05:50
I don't know why I didn't like this one. The plot's just too obvious. And these Bajorans seem just a bit too gullible. I don't like the way they've changed Dukat. Fortunately he returns in full effect in Penumbra.

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