Since this is the middle part, that makes it hard to truly reach a conclusion about the story. That said, here goes.
Most of the time, you can’t trust a Frank Langella character. I’m not sure if Sisko is actually buying Minister Jaro’s claim that Major Kira will get a promotion down on Bajor, but I’m not. I was not surprised when it turned out that he was in league with The Circle. I was also not surprised when Vedek Winn turned out to be involved.
Also, Minister Jaro says that there could be no better liaison officer than Li Nalas. Wouldn’t someone who hadn’t just spent who knows how long in a labor camp probably do a better job? Just saying.
I want to trust Vedek Bareil. I hope he stays a good guy. Though I’m wondering whether Kira’s vision through the Orb was just because she’s into him or if he had something to do with it.
I do love the Odo/Quark dynamic. It’s very entertaining.
It’s worth noting that Bajoran military leader General Krim is played by Stephen Macht, who was the original choice for the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
This is a little nitpicky, but the fabric on Li Nalas’s uniform is often out of place. While I’m already nitpicking, when Sisko is talking to Kira on the surface, he says of the gunfire, “That distance is getting closer.” I think that should have been “shorter,” not “closer.”
The Kressari freighter is re-use of the studio model we first saw as the Jovis in TNG’s “The Most Toys.” What’s funny about its use here is that it travels in the opposite direction.
– Evan Bindelglass