In the Alliance for Global Unity aka The Circle story arc, the story sequence is
The Circle : The Siege.


Most denizens of Deep Space 9 leave the station in a hurry in order to escape the imminent attack of the Bajoran military. Soon Bajoran forces arrive to take over the station, unaware that Commander Sisko and a small team of Starfleet officers are still hiding there together with Li Nalas. Kira and Dax embark an old Bajoran fighter craft to get to Bajor, but they are shot down above the planet. They are found by a search team sent by Bareil and proceed to the Bajoran Chamber of Ministers. When Kira tells the ministers about the Cardassian involvement, everyone, including Winn, turns against the shattered Jaro. In the meantime on Deep Space 9, Sisko and his crew have managed to convince General Krim of the occupation forces to retreat. Only Colonel Day refuses to leave. When the fanatic officer aims his phaser at Sisko, Li Nalas leaps into the line of fire and is fatally injured.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. The Lunar V base not being located on the fifth moon. Either the moon in question has at least five bases, or at least one of the lower numbered moons was unable to support a base.
  2. O'Brien and Li Nalas not using the back door when pinned down in the security office. It may be locked, jammed, or was replaced with a solid wall after Nog's use of it in The Storyteller.

Equipment Oddities

  1. Sisko managing to evacuate 200 people using only three runabouts. It's theoretically possible to get 60 people in the rear compartment, and possibly a few more in the rear of the cockpit.
  2. Ensign Kelly – a member of Starfleet – using a Bajoran Phaser. This could be a ploy on Sisko's part.

Continuity and Production Problems

  1. Three Bajoran cruisers approaching, as opposed to the two O'Brien mentioned at the end of The Circle. Either one was hidden, or it joined the other two later.

Nit Central

  1. Aaron Dotter on Friday, November 13, 1998 - 2:10 pm: In this episode, when the Bajorans start to fill the conduits with anethezine gas, O'Brien says, "That's something I might have come up with." Well, why didn't you? If I was there, I would have filled the rest of the station with anethezine gas as soon as they got on, then I would have thrown them all in holding cells! But then it would have been a short show. It may not have been possible to access the controls from where they were hiding when the Bajorans came aboard.
  2. This probably isn't a nit, but, when Day and his flunkies are trapped in the holosuite, he rips off the control panel to get at the manual opener, which doesn't work either. Isn't this kind of an odd place to put it? No – The holodecks on TNG and Voyager have manual controls inside the control panels.
  3. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 10:44 pm: So were all the Bajoran civilians hiding with the Starfleet personnel, or were they hiding in their shops? My nephew, Jon, saw a Bajoran getting off the Ganges when it returned to the station and felt that was a mistake since the Bajorans were supposed to stay behind on DS9. Maybe some of the civilians were evacuated for safety reasons.
  4. Merat on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 2:44 pm: Its always interesting to see the civilian clothes in the future. What’s really interesting is that most of the Starfleet crew, and especially the main characters were wearing clothes that matched their departmental colors. This could be provided by Starfleet for it’s personnel to wear off duty.
  5. D.K. Henderson on Monday, March 28, 2005 - 8:28 am: Why were the Starfleet people in civilian clothes? The incoming Bajoran military quickly figured out that Starfleet was still on board. They kept themselves hidden until they attacked. Was this a symbolic way of showing that they were acting against Starfleet's directive? dotter31 on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 - 9:24 pm: Sisko's actions were not an official Starfleet operation. If things had not gone the way they did, Sisko and his people would have gotten in trouble, but not Starfleet. If they had been wearing Starfleet uniforms that would suggest an official operation.


  1. According to the episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 47136.

Deep Space Nine Season 2
The Homecoming I The Circle I The Siege I Invasive Procedures I Cardassians I Melora I Rules of Acquisition I Necessary Evil I Second Sight I Sanctuary I Rivals I The Alternate I Armageddon Game I Whispers I Paradise I Shadowplay I Playing God I Profit and Loss I Blood Oath I The Maquis Part 1 I The Maquis Part 2 I The Wire I Crossover I The Collaborator I Tribunal I The Jem’Hadar
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