A Kobheerian freighter docking at the station requests medical help for a passenger it is transporting. The passenger turns out to be a Cardassian named Marritza with a case of Kalla-Nohra Syndrome, a disease that was exclusively diagnosed in Gallitep, a former Cardassian labor camp on Bajor. Kira Nerys has Marritza placed under arrest and delves into his background. After visual evidence from the camp has been unearthed, the man has to admit he is Gul Darhe'el, the notorious commandant of Gallitep. But after Odo's further investigation it turns out that he really is Marritza, who served as a filing clerk in Gallitep. By altering his face and posing as one of the biggest war criminals in Bajoran history he wanted to make the case public and help alleviate Cardassia's and his own guilt. When Marritza is released and about to return to his home planet, a Bajoran appears from the crowd and stabs him - apparently just because Marritza is a Cardassian.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. Kira speaks of “liberating” the forced labor camp known as Gallitepp. Yet apparently this “liberation” was accomplished without Kira ever seeing the camp's Cardassian leader's face, because she doesn't know Gul Darhe'el on sight. (Hmmm.) Darhe’el may have escaped during the beginning of the raid, before Kira’s part of the resistance cell arrived.
  2. Learning of Marritza's detention, Gul Dukat and Sisko have a little chat. During one exchange, Dukat slates that he will hold Sisko personally responsible if any of the Bajoran hatemongers get their hands on Manitza. I wonder - did Dukat hold Sisko responsible? After all. a hatemonger did get his hands on Marritza and killed him! Dukat was probably pursuaded to forget the whole thing. CdnTim 1119 EST 4 Feb 2021 - Dukat made that threat before Marritza's plan to draw attention to Cardassian atrocities became apparent; by the time Marritza was killed, Cardassia would not want to draw attention to Marritza.
  3. The final revelation of Marritza's true identity begins when Odo refuses to believe that Marrilza would know Kira was in the Shakaar resistance cell. Marritza, posing as Darhe‘el, fluffs off Kira's questions on the matter, stating that he read it in a report that came across his desk. Interestingly enough, later revelations about Cardassians make me wonder why Odo would doubt Manitza on this matter. According to Sisko in The Maquis Part 1, the Cardassians are famous tor their photographic memories. cultivated by an intense mind control program that begins at age four. Wouldn‘t Odo have had some exposure to these particular Cardassian skills‘? And if so, why does he seem surprised that Gul Darhe'el would remember that Kira belonged to the Shakaar resistance cell? It would take only one report mentioning this fact, wouldn't it? Not necessarily - there is the possibility that the report could be fake.
  4. Having become suspicious that the prisoner who claims to be Gul Darhe'el is actually someone else, Odo has a conversation with Gul Dukat. In it they argue over whom Odo has incarcerated. Gul Dukat's position is that it cannot be Darhe'el because he attended Darhe'el‘s funeral six years prior. So why doesn't Odo just show Dukat a picture of the guy in the cell? He looks exactly like Darhe'el doesn't he? Dukat may not accept that as proof. CdnTim 1120 EST 4 Feb 2021 - Maybe it's not sufficient proof for the very reason that this episode demonstrates: cosmetic surgery is easy and effective in the 24th century.
  5. And speaking of pictures, why isn't Darhe‘el's picture shown on the death certificate that Odo presents to Sisko? Why would there be a picture on the actual death certificate?
  6. As Slsko and crew close in on the fact that the prisoner is actually Marritza, Bashir reports that the Cardassian is under treatment for Kalla Nohra and a tew other minor ailments “related to his age." Whose age? Marritza's or Darhe'el's? In the one image that shows both men at Gallitepp, Marritza looks decades younger than Darhe‘el. lf this is the case, why would Marritza be suffering from ailments related to old age? Conversely, it Bashir means to say that the prisoner suffers merely from the ailments at middle age, then doesn't that lend credence to the fact that the Cardasslan in custody is too young to be Darhe'el? Marritza may have been older that he looked – just like many members of the acting profession!
  7. Odo puts in a pitiful showing as chief of Security at the end of this episode. The Bajoran killer approaches from behind Odo and has to overtake the shape shifter to get to Marritza. l have always been stunned that Odo didn’t sense the guy coming up behind him. This brings up another point. Those eyes that Odo simulates aren't real eyes, right? In addition, we find out in The Alternate that Odo demonstrated his sentience to Dr. Mora by becoming a beaker. (This was just before Odo ran of to join The Muppet Show. Just joking.) To become a beaker, Odo had to see - or at least perceive - the beaker. Since Odo had not formed a humanoid face yet. we must conclude that Odo can analyze and interpret patterns of light without the benefit of his fake humanoid eyeballs. It that's true, l see no reason why Odo wouldn‘t have the ability to see out his back - given that we have seen on numerous occasions that his uniform is actually formed by his shape shifting. Unfortunately, the high probability that Odo can see in any direction only worsened his incompetence at the end of the episode! Maybe he concentrates on seeing using his eyes while in humanoid form. CdnTim 1122 EST 4 Feb 2021 - we've seen (most clearly with Las in "Chimera") that changelings become what they shift to, to at least some extent. As a humanoid, Odo uses his eyes.
  8. Finally, why doesn't anyone call for Dr. Bashir after Marritza is assaulted? It's only a knife wound. for crying out loud! This is the twenty-fourth century! Shock combined with the apparent severity of the injuries.

Changed Premises

  1. At the end ol the episode. a Bajoran “hatemonger"—to use Dukat’s terminology—stabs Marritza in the back I could have sworn that Odo said in Emissary that he doesn't allow weapons on the promenade. I also could have sworn that he told the Duras sisters in Past Prologue that they could leave their weapons or leave the station. I also could have sworn that Captive Pursuit showed us that the promenade has security sensors that sweep for weapons. So how did this lone knifeman get past all that security? The knife may not have been recognised as a weapon by the security sensors.

Nit Central

  1. Kathryn Ramage on Saturday, January 15, 2000 - 1:56 pm: The timeline in this episode is a bit odd: Kira says that she helped to liberate the Gallitep labor camp 12 years ago. Darheel has been dead for 6. At this point in the series, the Occupation ended barely a year ago. Now, it's not impossible that the Resistance succeeded in closing down Gallitep that long before the end of the Occupation. Nor is it impossible that Darheel's death was not broadcast to the still-occupied Bajor (although you'd think that if it was, Kira would have heard of it; the death of the hated Darheel would've been a cause for celebration even if it were from natural causes). Not impossible, but it just seems...funny. And what about Marritza's final rant, where he describes Darheel's abandoning Gallitep—doesn't it sound like this happened at the same time as the withdrawal of Cardassian forces from Bajor? And yet Darheel died years before! Perhaps the Cardassians chose not to reveal the news of Darheel’s death to the Bajorans, in order to threaten them with his possible return.
  2. >>goog on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 - 7:32 am:<<When the Cardassian was stabbed in the end, no one bother to call Bashir. Odo just stood there holding the Bajoran and by the closing shot, he was just barely doing that. Perhaps it is obvious to those present that Marritza was beyond help.
  3. Stuart on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 10:21 am: Supposedly Marritza has been taking dermal treatment to alter his appearence to look like Darheel, according to Bashir he has been doing this for 5 years. Is it inconcievable that no one on Kora 2 asked him why he wanted to look like his former boss, surely the authorities would think something was amiss and question Marritza's motives. Jesse on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 11:19 am: You have a good point. However, was it ever stated what kind of planet Kora 2 was? I can't remember, but it's possible that it's an out-of-the-way world where people wouldn't recognize Darheel.
  4. Jesse on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 9:02 am: This accident at Gallitep must have been an absolutely, unbelievably unique accident. I say this because we are expected to believe that Kalla-Nohra Syndrome could only be contracted by a person if he or she was present at one specific accident in one specific labor camp on one specific planet. This seems ridiculously farfetched. The closest thing to this that I've ever heard of is the "Gulf War Syndrome," but that disease is logically named. Saying that only one particular accident in all of recent galactic history could produce a specific condition is not possible. What amazes me even more is that no one, Federation or Cardassian, seems to dispute the hypothesis that Kalla-Nohra Syndrome could only have been contracted at Gallitep. Martiza doesn't; he's trying to get caught. But when Odo or Sisko talks to someone in the Cardassian government, why don't they say, "Well, Captain [or Constable], I believe that you're mistaken. We've had several accidents on Cardassian worlds and the victims have all contracted Kalla-Nohra"? (Which would be a lie, but not a disprovable one.) Why does the Cardassian government quietly accede to the fact that Kalla-Nohra could only be contracted at Gallitep, thereby providing a litmus test to determine if afflicted Cardassians could be tried as war criminals? Shouldn't such damning proof be disputed? LUIGI NOVI on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 9:35 pm: Did they say what exactly caused it? What if it was caused by an organism or substance indigenous only to that location that was released in that particular accident? If Gulf War Syndrome is so logically named, why can't Kalla-Nohra Syndrome?
  5. D.K. Henderson on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 5:31 am: When the small group of Gallitep survivors came on to the station, I noticed that all of them, men and women, wore head scarves and kept a length of them pulled across their mouths. I was curious about that. At one point, a person's scarf fell away from her mouth and it didn't look damaged or unsightly in any way. Was this a habit they picked up at Gallitep (to keep out dust, perhaps) that they maintained as a symbol afterwards? Maybe it was an act of rememberance in honour of the Bajorans who died at Gallitep.
  6. unoman on Tuesday, July 04, 2006 - 4:53 pm: I can't help but wonder what Dukat’s reaction was after he found out the Cardassian had been killed...after all didn't Dukat say he would hold Sisko personally responsible if anything were to happen? David on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 12:22 am: I suspect that after Dukat realized what Marritza was up to, he decided not to press the matter, as the Bajoran government might have been very interested in embarrassing the Cardassian government - all they'd have to do is get Marritza's voiceprint from somewhere and boom, instant confession of war crimes and attempted genocide from someone who was *at* Gallitep, surgical alteration or no.

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