I’m not going to do an episode synopsis this time. If you really want them, leave me a note at the bottom. I want to simply focus on my observations.
I really liked this episode. Right off the bat, the casting of Brian Keith as Mullibok is fantastic. You can’t help but love him. He and the Kira have a really compelling chemistry. He escaped the Cardassian occupation, as did his two farm mates, only they were not as fortunate. The two of them were left mute. It’s not explicitly stated, but I believe something was done that left them physically unable to speak, not just emotionally scarred. This is a new aspect of the oft-mentioned brutality of the Cardassians.
Nana Visitor also gets a chance to shine, especially when she looks up at Sisko when he tells her “You’re on the other side now.” I teared up.
As for the Jake and Nog plot, it’s an upbeat counterbalance to the very serious plot involving Major Kira. I found it entertaining enough.
– Evan Bindelglass