The Federation Alliance decides to launch a major offensive against the Dominion and to invade Cardassian space, beginning with the Chin'toka system. Sisko receives a warning from the Prophets to stay on the station, but he decides in favor of his duty as a Starfleet officer. He puts Dax in charge of Deep Space 9. The Chin'toka system is protected by a series of orbital weapon platforms which become active amidst the battle. The Alliance gains the upper hand when the weapon platforms can be tricked in firing on their own power generator.
Meanwhile on the station, Dukat, now possessed by a Pah-wraith, appears in the Bajoran shrine where he disables the Orb and lethally injures Jadzia Dax. Dr. Bashir can save the Dax symbiont, but not the Jadzia host. The Bajoran wormhole closes, and all Orbs go dark, indicating that the Prophets have left Bajor. Sisko is shattered and takes an indefinite leave, returning to New Orleans on Earth.
Errors and Explanations
- Aaron Dotter on Saturday, December 05, 1998 - 6:21 pm: When Martok said in response to the question of if they could get to the system in time, he says "We'll have to leave first thing in the morning." Well, why not leave right now? Think of how much more time they would have had! I suppose there could be a reason why they did not leave right away, but they never gave it. They were probably completing final preperations and resupplying.
- Chris Booton on Monday, December 07, 1998 - 8:35 pm: What I don't get is how the Defiant could take plasma torpedo after plasma torpedo and yet still be okay, while the other ships would blow up only after a couple. I know she's powerfull, but not that powerful! She has Ablative Armour, remember!
- Meg on Saturday, February 06, 1999 - 12:47 pm: It still wonder why Odo didn't come in and Stop Dukat. He must have some way of knowing an unauthorized Beam in. Mike Konczewski on Monday, February 08, 1999 - 6:26 am: I think they did spot the beam in. It's fits in the time table--Dukat beams in, zaps Jadzia, zaps the orb, leaves. Meanwhile, Odo gets an unauthorized beam-alarm, identifies the locations, runs to the shrine, finds Jadzia only seconds after Dukat's beam-out. Sharon Jordan on Monday, February 08, 1999 - 10:42 am: But wasn't it Dr. Bashier who finds her?? Lea Frost on Friday, February 19, 1999 - 1:20 pm: Actually, I don't think it's actually said anywhere that Bashir was the one who found her...
- Keith Alan Morgan on Sunday, May 02, 1999 - 8:26 am: They finally decided that they've been fighting a defensive war long enough. Excuse me, what about the sneak attack on Taurus III in Call to Arms, destroying the Ketracel-White depot in A Time to Stand, destroying the Argolis Cluster 'listening post' in Behind the Lines, and retaking DS9 in Favor the Bold & Sacrifice of Angels, weren't those offensive actions? They were relativly small scale.
- A photon torpedo passes through the opening of the Romulan ship. Just how are those shields supposed to work? They probably follow the outer skin of the ship, as generating a shield over the opening would be less effective.
- Why did Gul Dukat need to go to DS9 for the Pa-Wraith to destroy the orbs? At the beginning of the series the Cardassians had eight of the nine known orbs. One orb was returned in Prophet Motive and a second was returned in Trials And Tribble-ations, which means that the Cardassians should have the other six. Even if all the orbs were returned to Bajor why not go to one of the ones on the planet instead of going after the lone one on the station? DS9 is closer to the wormhole – he may not have been able to close it from Bajor!
- Doesn't the closing of the wormhole contradict Trakor's Third Prophecy (Destiny) about the gates of the Celestial Temple never closing? Anonymous on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 11:32 am: After the events of The Reckoning, things are not they were supposed to be (thanks to Kai Winn), so I imagine most of the prophecies are no longer valid. KAM on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 3:24 am: My problem with that is that the prophecies were presumably based on visions of the future from the orbs. If we take the changed time possibility then the orbs were not showing the future. (How very Brannon Braga of them.) A simpler explanation is that when Trakor had his visions he never saw this point in time, but may have seen into the future after the wormhole had been reopened.
- Spockania on Friday, February 09, 2001 - 11:29 pm: I'm not sure if this is an equipment oddity or not... The UFP flag on Jadzia's coffin is laid so that the short ends of the flag hang off the long sides of the tube. All the times I've seen military burials the flag has always been laid so that it superimposes the coffin- long ends to long ends, short to short. I believe they did the same for Lisa Cuzak's coffin in The Sound of Her Voice.
- According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 51996.