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Following the devestating encounter with the Jem'Hadar and a debriefing at Starfleet Headquarters, Sisko brings back a prototype warship-class ship - the U.S.S. Defiant - and a new mission... to find the Founders and extend an olive branch of peace...
Awesome. This is the episode where Deep Space Nine steps out of the shadow of TNG and boldly takes it's first steps as the leader of the franchise... and they got it right. I love the darker side of Trek that DS9 portrays, it's more realistic - sure Earth maybe a paradise, and I'm sure we can get to that state one of these days... but not everyone is going to share that philosophy and we can't force it down everyone's throats.

The Dominion is the anti-Federation, they conquer and don't ask for an invite... they instill fear rather than optimism and our crew struggle to understand that concept although slowly Sisko is realising that there is no negotiation, there is just fighting.
Avery Brooks as Commander Sisko
Nana Visitor as Major Kira
Terry Farrell as Lieutenant Dax
Siddig El Fadil as Doctor Bashir
Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
René Auberjonois as Odo
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Guest Cast:
Salome Jens
Martha Hackett
John Fleck
Kenneth Marshall

Teleplay By:
Ronald D. Moore

Story By:
Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed By:
Kim Friedman
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