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Following a convoy escort mission, the Defiant responds to the distress call of a Starfleet Captain marooned on an L-class world who's barely able to breathe the poisonous atmosphere...
This episode always tears me up more than the next. It's a clichéd story, we have to reach this person in X amount of time or they'll die, but it's been scripted and directed so delicately that you forget about the race to get to her and focus on her as she tells stories about her sister, her boyfriend from ages ago and then her questions about our crew... we know them all, but we don't realise that they have problems - they're falible, just like us.

Even now it's a timely reminder to pause and look around you at your family, your friends... to cherish them, because they could be gone before you get the chance to bury the hatchet, or tell them how you feel.
Avery Brooks as Captain Sisko
Nana Visitor as Major Kira
Terry Farrell as Lt. Cmdr Dax
Michael Dorn as Lt. Cmdr Worf
Alexander Siddig as Doctor Bashir
Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
René Auberjonois as Odo
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Guest Cast:
Debra Wilson
Penny Johnson
Teleplay By:
Ronald D. Moore

Story By:
Pam Pietroforte
Directed By:
Winrich Kolbe
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