Jammer's Review

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"The Siege"

***

Air date: 10/11/1993
Written by Michael Piller
Directed by Winrich Kolbe

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

The weakest of the overall stellar three-parter wraps the plot up nicely, but unlike the first two parts there's more a sense that the story's events were pre-planned by a writing team than they followed inevitably from the setup of the story.

"The Siege" documents a Bajoran coup d'état that backs the Circle's planned takeover of Bajor. The military operation is led by General Krim (Stephen Maght) who plans to take control of the station. Since internal Bajoran politics are out of the Federation's hands and the Circle's coup wants nothing to do with the Federation, Starfleet Command orders Sisko to evacuate all Starfleet personnel from the station. Sisko evacuates his crew, but hides himself and his team on the station to delay Krim's forces long enough so that Kira and Dax can deliver crucial proof of the Cardassian involvement to the Bajoran Chamber of Ministers.

"Siege" is an entertaining and credible wrap-up of the situation that benefits from plenty of interesting intrigue, but there's also a great deal of lackluster action mired in here. The bloodless phaser fight on the promenade lacks punch, and scenes where Quark hauls his latinum through the air shafts are needless wastes of screen time. On the other hand, the fresh action sequences where Kira and Dax fly to Bajor in a run-down craft that's been sitting since the resistance days are both engaging and humorous—and incredibly well done.

Kolbe's direction is atmospheric and the production is impressive, although the story's ending is less than what it could've been. The danger recedes a little too quickly, the Circle's coup disintegrates a tad too neatly, and the roles of characters like Jaro and Winn in the plot feel somewhat unfinished. Also, the arbitrary death that gets Li Nalas "off the hook"—while effective as closure for his character—highlights how much potential has been lost by simply deleting the character. The overall effect of this finale is good, but not up to what came before.

Previous episode: The Circle
Next episode: Invasive Procedures

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11 comments on this review

John - Fri, Jun 29, 2012 - 11:16am (USA Central)
Quite a groundbreaking 3 parter. An early sign of DS9's ambitious and experimental nature.

At least for Trek anyway.
Greg M - Wed, Feb 20, 2013 - 2:16am (USA Central)
Surprised there are so few comments to this episode. Just watched the entire trilogy tonight and it holds up very well today. I also agree with Jammer that the best scenes were with Kira and Dax in the small ship. It added a sense of humor to the episode that needed it.
T'Paul - Mon, Jul 1, 2013 - 3:59pm (USA Central)
I thought some of the Bajoran villains were a bit overdone ... but generally a good and plausible trilogy about political intrigues on Bajor.
azcats - Thu, Sep 12, 2013 - 1:17pm (USA Central)
I liked the flight scenes with dax and kira. from space to atmosphere. you reallly felt like you were in a tiny ship.

i liked the games of cat and mouse on ds9 with the fighting.

i thought the chambers scene with winn and the minister seemed a bit off.

they seemed so determined, but they offered no resistance to the proof. it seemed unlike their characters to that point. it seemed like the "colonel" who shot Li...acted more like how i expected the minister would have.

but...i guess it was the politicalness of Winn. she knew when she was beaten. of course, it was weird. it was like everyone knew that the minister and winn were part of the coup..but doesnt seem like anyone cared at that point. a bit confusing'
Kotas - Tue, Oct 22, 2013 - 3:29pm (USA Central)

Just not that into the Bajorans other than Kira. An ok conclusion to the three-parter.

5/10
Jack - Tue, Jan 21, 2014 - 3:20pm (USA Central)
So who does the Kohn-Ma form last years Past Prologue fit into this? Both them and Jaro here seem to be similar Bajor-for-Bajorans agendas.
Grumpy - Tue, Jan 21, 2014 - 4:14pm (USA Central)
The who from the what, now? Plot elements from shakedown episodes don't count; the writers didn't know what they were doing.

Unless you also want to insist that James Kirk's middle initial is "R."
Paul - Tue, Jan 21, 2014 - 4:49pm (USA Central)
@Jack and Grumpy: While the Kohn Ma and the Circle were both extremist factions and were about "Bajor for Bajorans," the Kohn Ma seemed to be more of an isolationist group. The character in "Past Prologue" tried to destroy the wormhole, which, at the time, was being declared the Temple of the Prophets.

Winn's involvement with the Circle would have likely made the Circle far more inclined to protect the wormhole while still being against outsiders like the Federation.

So, it's not that hard to believe the Kohn Ma and the Circle wouldn't have been acting together.
Dusty - Wed, Feb 26, 2014 - 4:58am (USA Central)
An absorbing, intriguing 3-parter. The ending was a bit unimaginative and I was disappointed that they killed off Li Nalas. If they were going to do it, they should have done it much later during a major plot arc and shown the Bajorans mourning him, so it meant something. The crew have really made DS9 theirs by now, and the writers show us that in the third episode. An enemy may invade the station, but they'll never take it over. Jaro was a pretty thin character, but the sexual subtext with Winn was palpable and creepy. Once again Winn, like so many religious leaders in real life, is unable to separate her faith from her own power-hungry agenda. At least THAT part of the Bajoran religion was realistic and convincing. (The stuff we saw later on, not so much.)
Yanks - Mon, Jul 14, 2014 - 10:41am (USA Central)
I'm grading all 3 parts of this arc a 3 out of 4 stars.
Jack - Sat, Aug 16, 2014 - 10:44am (USA Central)
Why would anyone believe that Quark has the authority to broker seats on Starfleet vehicles? It was a contrivance with no other purpose than to set up Li Nalas to deliver The Speech.

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