Sisko and Dukat are en route to Dukat's trial when the starship is attacked and destroyed. The two escape in a shuttle and land on a desolate planet, but Sisko has several broken bones. Dukat pretends that their emergency emitter is sending out a distress call, but actually the Cardassian is under the influence of hallucinations. When Sisko repairs the emitter himself, Dukat destroys it. Sisko and Dukat are struggling for the control of the shuttle, with Dukat prevailing. He manages to escape, but the Defiant picks up his signal and locates Sisko.
In sickbay, Sisko tells Dax that spending time with Dukat has made him realize that there is truly evil in the universe. He also swears he won’t let Dukat destroy Bajor. “From now on, it’s him or me.”
Errors and Explanations
- Norman on Wednesday, February 24, 1999 - 5:06 am: Starfleet is supposed to have the finest in all areas, including psychology, and yet somehow they missed this?!!!!! The way that the hallucinations were taunting him here, how did he manage to suppress them all? Maybe the effort of keeping his psycosis at bay had become too much for him.
- Keith Alan Morgan on Saturday, May 01, 1999 - 5:50 am: Why would a transport ship, in a time of war, travel close to border of the enemy power? Presumably this was the shortest route.
- When discussing good and evil Sisko says, "Shades of grey." A shade is when you add black to a color, making it darker. Grey (or gray) could be considered a shade of white or a tint of black, but shades of grey implies something that is darkening. Josh G. on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 - 1:03 pm: Keith, "Shades of grey" is a metaphor, i.e., don't take it literally! It means an absence of absolute evil or goodness. In other words, people are neither good nor evil, they are simply "shades of grey." The metaphor does not imply that something is darkening, rather that good and evil are not so clear-cut as many think. It's the truth.
- Palandine on Tuesday, August 29, 2000 - 8:37 am: The Federation ship is taking Dukat for an initial hearing for "war crimes"--at least if you believe what Dukat said, and Sisko didn't correct him. What war crimes could he have possibly committed? The Dominion War to that point was a pretty by-the-books sort of war; I don't recall the story line mentioning any atrocities. Ratbat on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 4:11 am: I dunno, what actually constitutes a war crime? (I honestly have no idea of the difference between this and simply being on the other side...which is essential for at least someone if there's going to be a war.) Mark Stanley on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 12:54 pm: Ratbat -- there are international laws regarding what is and isn't acceptable in war. If someone does something unacceptable, it's a war crime. I'm at a loss to explain what sort of agreement the Cardassians and the Federation had in order to make the trial of Dukat legal. The writers obviously didn't consult a legal expert to make sure the script made sense. Lawyer on Wednesday, February 28, 2001 - 8:18 am:Mark, technically there is no such creature as an "international law." There are only conventions and treaties by which certain countries have agreed to abide. There is a "war crime" for which Dukat could be indicted: co-conspiracy to genocide for the attempt to blow up Bajor's sun back in By Inferno's Light. I could probably think up a few others if a had to come up with an indictment. Matthew Patterson (Mpatterson) on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 10:30 pm: Possibly also conspiracy to assassinate Tekeny Ghemor in Ties of Blood and Water. (Recall Weyoun's immortal line: "Oh my, that is *quite* toxic, isn't it.") Josh M on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 11:10 pm: Wasn't someone trying to kill Dukat with that in that episode? Matthew Patterson (Mpatterson) on Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 9:14 am: Well, honestly, it's been a while since I've seen it, but I thought the deal was that he was attempting to keep Ghemor from telling Kira all his secrets? CdnTIm 1313 EST 17Feb2021 - Perhaps the Federation considers the Cardassian withdrawal agreement to still be in effect? They could consider the Dominion to be the successor state to the Cardassian Union, which presumably agreed to something when they withdrew, we've heard references to prisoners being returned, etc. As mentioned above, the attack on Bajor's sun proceeded without a declaration of war, probably in violation of that agreement.
- John A. Lang (Johnalang) on Friday, January 25, 2008 - 8:39 pm: After the shuttle lands, Dukat puts Sisko's arm in a metal cast. However, after Dukat assaults Sisko with the metal pipe, Sisko's metal cast is gone. LUIGI NOVI (Lnovi) on Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 6:08 pm: My understanding was that Dukat removed the cast in retaliation for Sisko contacting Starfleet with the transmitter. John A. Lang (Johnalang) on Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 6:46 am: That's a valid assumption. I never thought of that. Andy Clark on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 4:43 am: According to the script, the cast got broken when Dukat attacked Sisko.