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Prince of the Blood
Mon, Aug 22, 2016, 8:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

Come to think of it, it could even be more fun if Eddington's successes and Cardassia's weaknesses led to the establishment of an independent, Dominion-allied Maquis state at odds with everyone else!
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Prince of the Blood
Mon, Aug 22, 2016, 8:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

This episode had great potential and was very entertaining, but it slashed up a lot of good characters. Sisko did an excellent job explaining why Eddington was a traitor (he spied on Starfleet and gave away secrets and technology). It was unnecessary and out of character to turn Eddington into a mass murderer, and we don't hear enough of Eddington's side of the story. We could use some more information about what motivated him to join the Maquis.

Worse, Sisko becomes a criminal and his entire crew are accomplices. Even if we take the implausible assumption that no one died when the weapon was used, no reasonable court could possibly conclude that instantly displacing thousands of people from their homes is anything but a crime. At the very least, Sisko and his crew would be dishonorably discharged and sentenced to several years in the Stockade.

But what is REALLY bad about this episode is that Sisko is not allowed to fail. He whines about never failing in the punching bag scene. To err is human, people grow from their failures. Instead, Sisko is transformed into an uber-villain who compromises all principles to get his man.

This episode could be great with a different ending. For me, that ending would be the crew going into mutiny and Worf locking Sisko in the Defiant's brig. The Federation reprimands Sisko, demotes him for disobeying orders, and temporarily assigns him to Starfleet Academy. DS9 gets a jerky new CO for a few months (a couple of episodes) and Sisko is put back in charge after doing his penance because the Bajorans can't work with the new CO and start to turn against The Federation. And, oh yeah, The Maquis absolutely tear up The Badlands as Eddington and his crew of hackers rip Cardassian, Federation and Klingon computers to shreds.
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