Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"Favor the Bold"

3.5 stars

Air date: 10/27/1997
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Winrich Kolbe

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

"Sorry? That's what you wanted to tell me? You're sorry? Well, let me tell you something, Odo: We are way, way past 'sorry'." — Kira

Nutshell: Whew. Another powerhouse. Talk about covering some serious ground.

"Favor the Bold" is a damn near perfect storytelling assembly of just about every major facet of DS9 that comes to mind right now. There's so, so much going on in this world—so many characters to examine, so many issues to address, so much action to carry, and so many relationships to ponder. It's an incredible feat that "Favor the Bold" manages to cover so much ground in a single hour, moving us through huge storytelling events and relaying a number of very compelling character pieces in the process. Every bit of this episode is utterly engrossing; the culmination resulting from the loss of the station in "Call to Arms" is approaching, and it feels very, very real.

The primary sense conveyed in this week's outing was one of a dizzying situation on the brink of spinning out of control into utter apocalyptic mayhem. I'm not just talking about the obvious confrontation between the Federation and Dominion fleets that is destined to happen next week; I'm talking about characters committing themselves to paths that are either going to pay off in the very near future ... or likely get themselves in real trouble or even killed.

The plot centers around what promises to be a key turning point in the war: Damar's field tests for deactivating the minefield have been successful, and he expects the entire minefield can be brought down within a week. Meanwhile, Starfleet, which "needs a big victory," is slowly persuaded by Sisko to group their remaining strong fleets into one massive effort to retake Deep Space Nine.

The plot is a must-see, but what proves more important as the show unfolds—and is the reason the episode is so engrossing—is the way the events flow so believably and appropriately out of the characters and their motivations. We get so see what they're thinking and feeling as the world around them radically unfolds. If there's one thing this war arc has proven, it's that the creators of the series know that the story is not simply about the war, but about the people involved.

Early in the episode, Kira finds out Rom has been sentenced to execution for his acts of treachery against the Dominion. As if Kira didn't already have enough on her mind—with Odo useless to her efforts as he ventures into his own personal agenda and the potential of her small movement being exposed by Dominion interrogation (I suspect it's the Dominion calling the shots, since if it had been the Cardassians Rom would likely have been tortured into submission by now)—now Kira has to worry about the possibility of another death under her resistance "command," because she misplaced her trust with Odo and allowed Rom to face such risky odds. It makes sense that she would use all her Bajoran influence to attempt reasoning with Weyoun, and her frustration and anger are completely understandable when Weyoun refuses to budge.

For that matter, Weyoun came off very three-dimensional this week. Not only did Jeffrey Combs deliver a wonderful performance—Weyoun's facial expressions are one of the most striking and effective aspects of the character—but the writers gave him some good stuff. Little details about the Vorta having no understanding of art or music, the fact that they have poor eyesight but great hearing, really make a difference. The first Weyoun we met in "To the Death" didn't leave me with much of an impression, but ever since "Ties of Blood and Water," the more they do with this guy, the more interesting he is. His actions in the plot aren't simply at odds with Kira's wishes and her hidden agenda—they're understandable from Weyoun's point of view as well. You simply don't release prisoners with Rom's evident destructive capabilities ... and if you're the Dominion you probably do execute them in order to set an example.

I can only think of one minor complaint for this episode (so I might as well get it out of the way), and that's Leeta's ridiculous whimpering at Rom's scheduled execution. The idea is fine—I would expect an emotional reaction from anyone whose spouse was sentenced to die—but Chase Masterson's performance in this scene makes the character even more unwatchable than even Leeta has previously proven capable of—no small task. Rom, on the other hand (if I dare say), comes off surprisingly well, and I actually liked his attitude as conveyed from within his holding cell. He's willing to martyr himself, and tells his brother that no matter what happens, the minefield must not be deactivated. Rather than breaking him out of his cell, Rom wants his brother to focus on getting back in the conduits and disabling Damar's graviton beam. If that means Quark getting caught in the process and being executed alongside his brother, then so be it. For once, Rom doesn't act like a complete dimwit; he's aware of the stakes and willing to act.

Similarly, watching Quark in action proves extremely gratifying. Maintaining his shield of "the neutral barkeep" has earned him an ear to Damar's boasts, and it seems that Damar is now willing to quietly boast almost anything to Quark, whether drunk or not (an interesting difference when compared to last week's "Behind the Lines"). What Damar doesn't know is just how much he has misjudged Quark's apparent "neutrality." Damar tells Quark that the mines will be down in a week, after which Quark quietly relays the information to a very worried and powerless Major Kira—in a sequence that has become commonplace throughout this arc: characters whispering about topics that can't possibly be discussed louder than a whisper. The irony is that Quark is whispering in his own bar.

The only option ("Warn Starfleet," Quark says with quiet urgency) comes about when Jake reveals that he has found a way to get a message to his father—via Morn, of all people, who is going home for his mother's birthday. I think Jake's self-congratulatory coyness over getting a message out was a little overdone given the grim circumstances (although, Jake has shown himself the cocky sort on more than one occasion), but I thoroughly enjoyed the brief, wordless scene where Kira and Quark "recruit" Morn into their plans—very effective.

Anyway, I say that characterization is even more primary than plot because there's so much of it running through the episode. This can be seen in a number of turns relationships take. Dukat and Ziyal, for instance, remain exceptionally complicated and true to character. When Ziyal asks the favor that her father show mercy to the Bajorans by releasing Rom, he can't do it, again driving up that division between them. Ziyal is furious and scornful of her father, yet remains just as naive as ever. She tells Kira she wants nothing to do with him, but Kira knows better to take such words at face value (especially considering how easily Ziyal forgave him in "Sons and Daughters")—Ziyal is angry right now, but when the anger passes it won't seem so clear cut.

Meanwhile, Dukat is intent on making amends, placing his top priority on having his daughter "at his side" when the moment of victory comes. For Dukat, it's a very appropriate notion, because it would make his actions all the easier. He desperately wants acceptance of his actions by somebody close to him. Kira most certainly will have none of it. So Ziyal might best represent Dukat's hope of having his actions validated and supported by a "third party"—and, further, perhaps by a specifically Bajoran third party. His ordering of Damar to try to convince Ziyal to come talk with him is so very telling at how much it means to Dukat and how desperate he has become to feel fully justified and endorsed about his would-be self-heroic course of action.

Then there was Kira beating the living hell out of Damar—a visceral moment that has been building up for weeks. We know these two don't like each other, and Kira's protection of Ziyal is among the most appropriate ways of both bringing it about and simultaneously allowing Kira to vent some of her obvious frustrations. A welcome, if violent, impulse.

Also, the continuance of Odo's self-search proved every bit as interesting as the setup in "Behind the Lines" let on. His introducing the Female Changeling to "solid" sexuality only deepened the sense that he had put himself in real trouble, either uncaring or oblivious to the gravity of his actions in "Behind the Lines." But his subsequent bewildered realization that three days have passed without his knowledge really worries him—suggesting that "oblivious" describes him better than "uncaring"—as if he has been cut off from the world and, until now, left unaware of the severity of his actions. When he finally goes to apologize to Kira for his betrayal, he seems more like the Odo we know. (But Kira's response—basically that "sorry" doesn't come close to cutting it—is completely justified, and shows that this shattered relationship, thankfully, is not going to be magically fixed.)

But, then, I had the Female Changeling pegged all wrong. I figured she came to Odo partly to undermine his position on the station, but here her motives take a startling direction when she informs Weyoun that she had come to the station intent on bringing Odo home—that returning one of their own to the Link means more to the Founders than the entire Alpha Quadrant itself. On the other hand, her discussion with Odo on how "small" the solids now look—to which Odo merely responds, "It's not their fault"—is quite unsettling. The Founders may claim not to care about "having" the Alpha Quadrant, but they do certainly want to control it. Such control is frightening; the power the Female Founder has over Weyoun is almost eerie. (Weyoun: "I didn't mean any disrespect." Founder: "Of course you didn't. You are what you are." Yikes.) And while Odo may be a little more aware of what's going on in the "solid" universe than he did previously, his perspectives have most assuredly changed.

Then there's Captain Sisko, who, with a statement that is arguably central to the entire arc, had one of the show's best scenes. His speech about coming home to Bajor was a wonderful, sincere emotional highlight. The sense conveyed here is one that looks beyond the war—one man's hope kept alive that Bajor will survive and thrive, and that he intends to live to see that day. His voicing to Admiral Ross of his intention to build a house on Bajor was an extremely moving moment that puts the dialog near the top of all the series' impassioned speeches. It's very reassuring material—for even in the middle of all this action and despair, Sisko (and the writers) still hold the hopes for the future of Bajor in the back of their minds.

Some other subtle touches are certainly welcome, like the consistency of Damar's pride. The line where he says to Dukat, "[Weyoun] should speak to you with more respect," is very like what we've seen of Damar in recent episodes. There's also an amusing scene where Dukat points out to Weyoun the mines outside the station as they're individually deactivated. Looking out the window, Weyoun can't see the glows with those poor Vorta eyes of his. His "I'll take your word for it" was great considering how excited Dukat certainly hoped Weyoun would be to finally know the minefield was being disabled. There are a lot of nice touches like that, and the little dialog exchanges fit in with the large, thematic events to make a very satisfying whole. When Winrich Kolbe is directing (his first DS9 helming since fourth season's "Our Man Bashir"), it's hard to complain.

Running through all the smaller character stories is a consistent core: the sense that large changes are imminent, and that each person must choose his or her path and be ready to fulfill his or her role. Kira's beating of Damar was too overt a move for her to hide her intentions any longer. Quark will have to do something about his brother since he won't be able to do anything about the mines. Ziyal will have to decide where she stands concerning her father. Dukat will bring down the minefield, with or without his daughter's support, and then he'll possibly find his position in the Dominion hierarchy challenged or tested. Odo is going to have to figure out where his loyalties lie, for not being forgiven by Kira certainly woke up at least part of his old self. And Sisko and the fleet are ready to engage in battle.

In the words of Sisko, "Fortune favors the bold." Here's hoping "The Sacrifice of Angels" shall choose to be bold enough to wrap some of this up as skillfully as the setup has prepared it.

Next week: One location. One battle. The Federation's survival depends upon the sacrifice of angels.

Previous episode: Behind the Lines
Next episode: Sacrifice of Angels

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41 comments on this review

Sun, Jun 15, 2008, 12:15am (UTC -5)
There's an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I'm pretty sure; it may have been Angel) where the character Drusilla, after being chastised, starts whimpering like a whipped dog. The first time I saw it, my initial reaction was a painfully unwelcome reminder of Leeta's scene with Rom in this episode. Almost immediately afterward, though, I realized that somehow or other Juliet Landau made it WORK for the character and didn't make me involuntarily grit my teeth and clench my fists the way Leeta's display invariably does.

As I've been rewatching the series over the last few months, I've come to the conclusion that Chase Masterson, to be blunt, is far and away the worst thing to happen to the show. She's brought nothing to the (admittedly thin) character either dramatically or comedically, and what physical appeal she might have held when I was in my 20s has long since vanished in the face of how gratingly annoying she is in every other regard.

And now that I've revealed once and for all that I have nothing more fulfilling in my life than ranting on a stranger's review of a decade-old TV show, I'm going to bed.
Thu, Mar 4, 2010, 11:46am (UTC -5)
The scene in which the female changling thanks Odo for showing her how solids make love...I couldn't stop laughing.

Imagine the parts they didn't show: "No, see this shape? You need to make the opposite of that for this to work!"

Mon, May 31, 2010, 9:41am (UTC -5)
If only Odo had heard what the Female Changeling said about his return being more important than the Alpha Quadrant! He could have offered to come home in exchange for the Dominion pulling out! Now THAT'S powerful storytelling.
Sun, Nov 21, 2010, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
^ She was lying. Otherwise it makes a mockery of the entire final third of the DS9 run.
Latex Zebra
Wed, Jan 5, 2011, 7:42am (UTC -5)
Watched this again last night. Great episode. Quark was brilliant in this and more so in the follow up.
I did actually fast forward through the bit with Leeta whimpering (thank god for DVDs)

The end with all the starfleet ships shown and then the Dominion fleet was another of those chills up my back moment.
Nick M
Wed, Jan 5, 2011, 9:15am (UTC -5)
I am in the very tiny majority here, but when Leeta did that whimper I laughed out loud, and thought it funny. All the serious things going on and then this...NOISE. I also thought her haggling with Quark over how long she'd work for free was a funny moment in an otherwise dark and intense scene, very true to Quark's character, and showing the love Leeta has for Rom.

Just me though.
Sat, Sep 24, 2011, 1:38am (UTC -5)
@Nick: No, I'm with you on that, as well. I thought she was completely adorable. It was meant to lighten a very dark scene, and that's how I took it. :)

Side note: It's 2:36am and I've been watching the show almost continuously since 6pm, ever since Jake tried to get that baseball card. I haven't chain-watched a series like this since... well, Battlestar Galactica. ;D
Sun, Feb 26, 2012, 9:32am (UTC -5)
For someone who bleats about the solids concept of time being irrelevant, the female Founder sure rants a lot about the war taking longer than it should...
Nebula Nox
Fri, Mar 30, 2012, 6:22am (UTC -5)
I have often thought that the show is full of characters with conflicted loyalties, and nowhere do we see that more than here. Characters have principles and goals, but they also have people who usually matter more. We see that with Quark, who chooses his brother over profit; we see that in Odo, who chooses Kira (eventually) over the Great Link. (I used to think that his deciding to help her after linking with the female shapeshifter was inconsistent but now it feels OK. Now I can understand that linking was overwhelming, as he said, especially at first, and he would need some time to recover from it.)

Even Dukat has mixed loyalties - he won't let Damar lock up Ziyal - and Odo is more important to the changelings than all of Alpha.

I rather like Rom and Leeta, which will make everyone discount my analysis. But life is full of annoying and silly people - why shouldn't there be some on DS9?
Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
I have a special affinity for Chase Masterson after having had a nice conversation with her at a Trek convention. Her character may be shallow and dumb, but she is a lovely person and a real sweetheart.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012, 9:19pm (UTC -5)
Trying to give Masterson the benefit of the doubt here, but she reminded me of Mary Tyler Moore when she was still on Dick Van Duke, only crying Rom instead of Rob.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012, 7:46pm (UTC -5)
Kira certainly gives Damar a proper near-fatal beating. Very visceral performance by both actors; her uppercuts ans his facial responses. He actually looked like he had been brain-damaged before he went down.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 3:06am (UTC -5)
Yeah I find it hard to criticise Chase Masterson, I've heard nothing but good reports about how she interacts with her fans (and when she did voiceover work as Leeta for Star Trek Online, an operation that's running on fumes at this point, the staff were absolutely glowing about her). I know, I know, that really shouldn't factor into a critique. And her physical, erm, attributes probably make it hard to take compliments at face value. But anyway, there you go.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Since the Founders turned Odo into a humanoid, and were not in any way responsible for his subsequent restoration, the entire storyline concocted around the Founders suddenly having no higher priority than to bring Odo home rings ridiculously false to me.
Tue, May 28, 2013, 11:21am (UTC -5)
When I played STO my ship, the USS Tig Ol Bitties, was named for Chase.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Which writer thought it was a good idea to have Odo and the "female" shapeshifter have an afterglow scene? It made me throw up in my mouth a little. I know she's not supposed to be a certain age but prior to this she's been portrayed as an older motherly figure. Very icky to have them "get it on."

Luckily the rest of the show was good despite that cringe-worthy moment.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013, 8:52pm (UTC -5)
I hate the female changeling and did not buy Odo turning on his friends so easily. Out of character and stupid. Other than that, good episode.

Dave in NC
Mon, Jul 14, 2014, 10:47pm (UTC -5)
This episode certainly reflects the title. This episode is a great example of how a few people making courageous decisions can turn the tide. (Sort of like how all of Western history comes down to man running 26 miles to say the Persians were coming.)

There are lots of great characterizations in this episode: Dukat not getting the gratification of Weyoun seeing the mines destroyed. Damar rightfully getting his ass beat by Kira after he got rough with Ziyal was great to see. Sisko and Ross attempting to shore up battle plans and meeting with Martok was a credible way to show the Federation is a vast entity stretched to it's limits.

Odo really pissed me off in this episode: what the hell was he thinking linking with the repulsive female Changeling?! Besides the fact that her personality is repugnant, her voice a quavering irritant, her "look" more a Scream mask, . . . setting aside all that, she leads the army decimating the Alpha Quadrant and threatening his lifelong friends and he can't see the danger in merging his mind and body with this thing?!

And then he chases Kira down a hallway to say "I'm sorry" after he got himself some Changeling booty and nearly lost his individuality (and the Alpha Quadrant in the process).

I love the war arc, and I really like Odo (the character and the actor playing him), but this story line is infuriating to watch. She's just so ghastly. I don't know what the writers were thinking with this Afterschool Special diversion into Odo's love life.

(And I didn't mind the Leeta squeals in the brig, it was a moment of levity that underscored the seriousness of the rest of the episode).

Side note: the female Changeling says she's a drop from the ocean and not an entity . . . does that mean the Great Link is more like a giant amoeba sending off chunks of itself to collect experiences? Curious.

Final thoughts: compulsive television. I had to move right on to the next episode.

Well edited and tightly directed, this episode is filled with wonderful performances from ALL of the cast (including heroic Ferengi), and I'm glad to see another later DS9 episode with a pretty good orchestral score . . . the musical cue for the appearance of the Dominion fleet was especially imposing, suggestive of the stomach-drop moment you hit freefall. Thank God the producers finally stopped using Dennis McCarthy!

3.5 out of 4 stars
Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 9:53am (UTC -5)
I see this episode about the same as the last one.

Cringe worthy when Odo speaks of "solid sex" with the female changeling.

The same goes for Leeta's "noise" .

I still want to throat punch Dukat every time he opens his mouth.

Kira (again) physically dominates a physically superior foe... eesh... she needs to put on her Wonder Woman costume. It seems the only one that can beat her is the female gal in ‘Invasive Procedures’.

3 stars for me.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 5:56pm (UTC -5)
Here here, Yanks! Nothing annoyed me more than Wonder Woman Kira. See, the writers are so dazzled by the need to have a strong female, that they think showing one performing totally unrealistic feats against superior foes does that.

Instead watching the frailties of the actor try and convince the audience, just falls flat on its face.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 8:25pm (UTC -5)

They did the same thing with Tasha Yar in TNG. So glad she got tarred and Worf took over as head of Security.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 12:58pm (UTC -5)
At least Tasha was using a phaser most times... Kira does multiple, unbalanced, weak punches, as the writers paralyse her opponents to the spot. It looks so ridiculous too. She also speaks like some mafia type gangster as she is delivering her lines.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014, 11:23pm (UTC -5)

Mafia-type...? You've got to give some examples. I have no idea what you mean here.


Another strong episode. In fact, 4 out of these first 5 episodes (Sons and Daughters is the weak link) are stronger than about 80% of S4 and 5's episodes. Considering how strong both those seasons are, that's really saying something about how well this storyline is handled. I haven't gotten to S7 yet in my re-watch, but up to this point the only sci-fi story arc that matches up with this one is that 9-part stretch of BSG's first season finale into season 2.0 (before the Babylon 5 jump down my throat - I haven't seen it, but I intend to one day).

I think Jammer covered pretty much everything that's good about this one.

One thing that really stuck out to me is Weyoun. Genetically engineered to worship the Changelings, but he still has a great line about wanting to carry a tune. Kira needles him about the Founders making a mistake in his design and it sets him off a bit. Yet he wishes. A really great moment that reveals the Dominion for the poison that it is while making Weyoun sympathetic. Really, there's no reason to hate him. He is what he is.

3-1/2 stars again. Great stuff. It's awesome seeing the Alpha Quadrant in solidarity like this. Sure it's cool to see Feds, Klingons, Romulans and the like teaming up like we've already seen, but who'd have thought an obnoxious *Ferengi* would be so pivotal to the Alpha Quadrant way back when they were introduced in "The Last Outpost"?
Mon, Dec 7, 2015, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
One question: In the beginning Nov is a cadet. Then towards the end he's an ensign, uniform and all. When did Nog get promoted? Can anyone shed some light on it? Thanks, Star Trek now and forever
Sun, Dec 27, 2015, 1:31pm (UTC -5)
@ Isaac

Nog got a field promotion to ensign (as an Academy sophomore) cuz war or something.
Diamond Dave
Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 6:02am (UTC -5)
If anything this is trying to follow too many plot points - there are a heck of a lot of narrative strands running by this time. And of course none of them reach resolution, so what we looking at is an episode deep in set up.

That said, it does mean we get an awful lot of good character moments throughout. Quark is perhaps a highlight, and the use of Morn is inventive. On the debit side, Ziyal's wild character swings continue.

It's all really good stuff, but just not the very best. And we'd better get a big fleet battle in the next episode... 3 stars.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016, 12:04pm (UTC -5)
Oh gotta love that Weyoun.. by this point, he is clearly my favorite character in this series, and getting near the top of my all time favorites in the franchise. Great character, great portrayal, making him both sympathetic and tragic. He steals every scene, only Dukat can match his presence, and these two together are just gold.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016, 11:35am (UTC -5)
"Every bit of this episode is utterly engrossing; the culmination resulting from the loss of the station in "Call to Arms" is approaching, and it feels very, very real." I'd say that's missing a fundamental about Trek. It's Space Opera with quite a theatrical bent. I mean , there comes a point with the funny faces where a lot of reasonable folk (including I suspect many of the actors) roll their eyes, and think: enough. You are missing out that Trek is ultimately not a straight show at all. It works at its best when it "breaks through" and finds itself in a tripped intensity, something in the sound design, the lighting. DS9 has all of this, it's also quite the most uneven, frustrating Trek.

On one way level of course you may counter look at the variety of interpretation. I find Weyoun quite unwatchable while above I see many who rate him. Look one thing here to make clear here. It doesn't matter what shades a writer gives to a character if the conception and execution of that character isn't much more than a banal tv cul de sac . Do yourselves a favour, watch something like Henry V. Not especially for Branagh mind, who grates at times but how often a scene is made thanks to the contribution of an almight character actor (check Blessed's "tis wonderful" after the battle. Ok, ok, more to hand, who is McCoy talking to in the bar scene in Search for Spock? "I name not important." Different class to Weyoun. This is a tiny role! I don't care for the Vorta and their damn sight problems if the characters are just weak! At some point you have to square how highly you might be rating aspects of the show and thinking, actually these other folk who deserted the show weren't always missing something. I might add the problematic in DS9 has congealed over time, becoming even more of an issue.
Thu, May 26, 2016, 1:13am (UTC -5)
Indeed another powerhouse episode. "Favor the Bold" has wonderful special effects - the sight of the Federation fleet was really something to behold, possibly the biggest fleet we've seen on Trek thus far - great character work, a wonderful use of a wordless background character, Morn, to help save the day, splendid use of both Quark and Rom and a rather noticeable shift for Odo.

One thing that really struck me with this viewing, however, was Damar. Here we have a character who is clearly among the villains, but is revealing an awful lot of truly top secret information to Quark even though he has know that Quark's loyalties are at least divided. I used to think that was simply because of his overconfidence, but is it possible that this is the first sign that Damar's conscience is bothering him and he subconsciously told Quark in the hope that the Dominion would be stopped? Or simply to unburden himself with information that deep down he knew was wrong? The writers have, after all, said that they had him have a drinking problem at this point as a prelude to his eventual turn against the Dominion, so it's possible. Or am I just crazy?

Jammer is right about the scene where Kira and Quark "recruit" Morn into their plans - a real highlight of the episode. This war arc has shown an amazing ability to showcase wordless (or almost wordless) scenes that are both absolutely essential in terms of plot and character development while also being simply magnificent scenes in and of themselves. Yassim's suicide in "Rocks and Shoals", Kira's second going-to-work sequence in that same episode and now this one. My hat goes off to this writers and directors!

Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 10:39pm (UTC -5)
Good episode. Had only one failing. Earlier in the series O'Brien said about Nog "I just realized, when he graduates, I'll have to call him sir."
When Nog is made an officer and O'Brien congratulates him, it should have been, "Congratulations Nog...Sir" and have the Chief walk into the bridge leaving Nog with a very shocked look on his face. The Chief (who is an enlisted man after all) called him "sir"
David Pirtle
Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 9:33am (UTC -5)
When Kira and Weyoun were speaking early on, it struck me that they have something in common - their faith in their 'gods.' The difference, of course, is that Kira's worship is something she has struggled with, whereas Weyoun's worship has been genetically engineered into him. I suppose it's that freedom to doubt that means everything.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016, 7:15pm (UTC -5)
It's strange that Defiant-class ships weren't more common in the Dominion War. We should have seen them more than any other kind. It was odd to see just the one flying around in all the battles.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016, 7:19pm (UTC -5)
From an episode making perspective, the reason why they didn't do that was probably to avoid confusing the Defiant with other ship(s) in the fleet. It's the same reason why they rarely showed more than one Galaxy class ship at a time on TNG.

But realistically Starfleet would probably have been churning out Defiant class ships like candy.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 1:34pm (UTC -5)
This was another very good episode. The Quark stuff was the best. So many episodes pull him back into comic relief, but his character is so much more than that.

Quibbles: I find it unbelievable that the holding cell wasn't bugged.

What bothered me about Leeta's whining was not so much the whining itself, although that was bad. It was that it showed that Rom has grown beyond her. He is fighting for the greater good. She can't see that far.

I did not feel that Sisko's speech about Bajor was earned. He hasn't spent that much time there. When he is there he is worshipped as the Emissary, which is not a fun way to live. Also, his description about how beautiful it is -- it's a whole planet. I assume it has pretty nature in some places, as he described. Don't most planets?

Getting the message to Sisko seemed too easy. Why can Morn get to a place where he can carry a message? If he can do it, why can't others?

The interplay between Weyoun and the female founder was great: "Of course you didn't. You are what you are." Weyoun's simultaneous acceptance and resentment of that statement was perfect.

The female founder's comment to Odo that only solids need to worry about meetings made no sense. You don't get to control one quadrant and wage a winning war against another without going to meetings.

With respect to Kira beating up Demar: I guess I can kind of see it as she had the element of surprise. But it's still highly unlikely.
Thu, May 25, 2017, 2:27pm (UTC -5)
I think when people talk about DS9 pushing boundaries, the one that gets very unfairly overlooked is how it had its leading man embrace an alien world and culture as his own. I guess I differ from most Trekkers with this, but more I watch Star Trek the more I feel its biggest problem is that it has two main themes: 1. Different cultures and people can come together as equals and create a wonderful future for themselves. 2. Humans are the greatest thing ever and moral paragons of the universe. Hope I'm not the only one seeing the problem with colliding the two. Which is not to say I am against Trek's optimism about humanity but you can do that without obnoxious arrogance and I aplaud DS9 for firmly choosing and sticking with the former theme.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 12:58am (UTC -5)
There's a scene at the end of the episode where Weyoun and Dukat are talking in the prefect's office about the impending battle and there on the desk in the foreground, almost tauntingly as if it's listening, is Sisko's baseball. Great shot, great scene, great episode.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017, 3:41pm (UTC -5)
Great episode with so much going on and it fits together really well -- even the personal stuff between Dukat/Ziyal manages to play a part here. The writers have an outstanding tale going here.

What is still a bit nebulous is the benefits of the link -- some kind of paradise. So it's more important for the female changeling to get Odo to join the link than it is to take over the Alpha Quadrant... I was pretty surprised the 2 spent 3 days shagging. The scene with Odo trying to apologize to Kira was the most powerful of the episode -- Kira's line about being way late for sorry was perfect.

Federation morale is low so they figure they need a victory and Sisko has a plan to take back DS9 before the minefield is removed -- makes sense, but without the Klingons, I'm not so sure -- especially when they find out there are 1254 Dominion ships to deal with. Have to wonder just how many ships StarFleet has. I was also curious as to who the high ranking Romulan female is when Sisko was presenting his plan to the Federation admirals.

As for the tertiary characters, Rom was actually tolerable here -- he isn't so much in "idiot savant" mode. But Leeta's whimpering was annoying -- but that's only a minor knock on this episode. It's good that Quark has a more important role that ties in to the main story arc. Shimerman is a decent actor -- always looking out for his interests but also trying to be of assistance and trying to help his brother.

Weyoun is pretty amusing and he's clearly irritating Dukat -- was funny with his comment about poor eyesight and not being able to see the mines being detonated but his hearing is good so that he can hear Dukat and Damar discussing Ziyal and Kira.

Many aspects of the story are finely balanced -- Dukat has a thing for Kira and the Dominion has an agreement with Bajor so the Cardassians (mainly Damar it would seem) can't do things the Cardassian way.

3.5 stars for "Favor the Bold" -- the continuation of the main story arc is working out wonderfully. All the various sub-stories are moving along nicely. Just the whole link thing and Odo being out of the equation seem slightly less than optimal for story excitement.
Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 2:45pm (UTC -5)
I guess I'm going to have to rewatch this one, because I was completely bored, and I know I'm in the minority.
I found myself distracted, thinking of other things, letting it play in the background. The whole episode seemed like a checklist of really awesome things that were presented in the dullest fashion.
I thought Odo was out of character: this is a guy who's disciplined, I really don't think he'd lose track of three days (or even three minutes). As far as Nog goes, when is someone going to flush him out an airlock? At the very least Sisko should tell him to speak only when spoken to.
I am thrilled to see Jeffrey Combs (and I probably would be thrilled to see him doing infomercials on late night cable TV). I think this is one of the highlights of his acting career. A great actor amongst many great actors.
On another positive note, I'm really loving major Kira, I just feel like I can relate to her so well. I also thought Leeta's reaction was totally appropriate.

[Note - edited to avoid spoilers.]
Sun, Aug 26, 2018, 3:25pm (UTC -5)
"Favor the Bold" sets the end of the arc in motion, in a way that's just about perfect. It's thrilling to see all the sub-plots from the previous episodes set in motion. I expected this arc to somewhat disappoint me, but it held up on re-watch. If anything, I liked it even more. This is easily the best stretch of DS9, "Sons and Daughters" excluded.

4 stars.
Thavash Govender
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 11:00pm (UTC -5)
The thing about Leetas noise, when I first watched it I thought that Rom was making it, and I already didn’t think much of Rom. But the second time she makes it, you can see it’s her, and then Rom wants to sacrifice his life for everyone - talk about perceptions changing immediately.

It’s also notable that in a powerhouse episode like this , we're talking about some irritating noise decades later.
Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 10:46am (UTC -5)
Gotta run, but wanted to say: Great ep!

Now, we're cookin' with heat!

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