|Written By:Bradley Thompson & David WeddleDirected By:Jesús Salvador Treviño|
|←||Arc: Dominion invasion (5 of 8)|
Review originally printed in ORACLE
Newsletter July 2011
Review written by Mary Shaver
Once the boy has been identified as a Jem’Hadar, Star Fleet is extremely eager to get their hands on him. Sisko announces to the Senior Staff assembled in the wardroom that Star Fleet is sending a ship to DS9 to transfer him to Star Base 201, where he will be turned over to a team of specialists. Odo, standing apart from the rest of the staff who are seated at the table, is already looking troubled. When Sisko details Star Fleet’s plan for the boy, he inquires in a tone of voice that hints of suspicion, exactly what type of ‘specialists.’ Odo is pretty sure he already knows the answer to his question and Sisko confirms that a group of scientists have been assembled who intend to ‘study’ the boy. Direct and blunt as always, Odo cuts to the chase – “So he’ll be studied . . . like a laboratory specimen?” Sisko’s weak retort that he will be well-treated earns him a sarcastic “So . . . he’ll be a well-treated specimen.” When Bashir agrees with Odo that the Jem’Hadar is a sentient being and not a biological sample a spirited discussion ensues. Dax argues that while sentient, the Founders might well have removed the Jem’Hadar’s free will, leaving only a genetically programmed killing machine. Kira chimes in and agrees with Dax. He is dangerous and she doesn’t want him on the station.
Recognizing what the Jem’Hadar will have to look forward to if Star Fleet takes possession of him, Odo speaks up and volunteers to work with the boy to get the answers everyone is seeking. Odo assures Sisko that the genetically implanted deference the boy shows towards Odo will allow him to keep the boy from harming anyone.
A concerned Sikso dismisses the rest of the staff in order to talk to Odo alone. He wants to understand what has motivated Odo to make this offer, but guesses that Odo is seeking to atone for what the Founders have done to the Jem’Hadar.
Sisko’s speculation is completely in keeping with Odo’s character. Yes, intellectually Odo knows he is not personally responsible for the reprehensible actions of his people. That doesn’t stop him from feeling an obligation to try and undo the damage they’ve done, at least with this one Jem’Hadar.
Add to that the fact that Odo has firsthand knowledge of exactly what it’s like to be a lab specimen. Even now, years after fleeing the clutches of Dr. Mora, Odo continues to harbor a deep and abiding resentment and bitterness over his treatment by the Bajoran scientist. Understandable then that he would be distressed by the probability that this Jem’Hadar will undergo the same sort of treatment and would want to save the boy from that fate.
Odo’s impassioned plea to Sisko – to let him find out if the Jem’Hadar will be forever chained by his genetic programming, or if he can grow beyond his nature – is a reflection of Odo’s own recent revelation about himself. Having begun to push back the boundaries in his own life, Odo is uniquely qualified to encourage and assist the Jem’Hadar to do the same.
Sisko has reservations, but agrees to Odo’s plan, and assures Odo that he will find a way to delay Star Fleet.
The USS Defiant (NX-74205), originally the USS Sao Paulo (NCC-75633), was a Federation Defiant-class escort that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. The Defiant was assigned to Deep Space 9 in the final weeks of the Dominion War. This starship was one of at least three Federation starships to carry the name Defiant, and the second Defiant-class ship to bear the name.
“She’s got some big shoes to fill.“
Captain Benjamin Sisko, 2375
Commissioned as the U.S.S. Sao Paulo in the final month of the Dominion War, the Sao Paulo was assigned to Starbase Deep Space 9 to replace the U.S.S. Defiant (NX-74205) after its destruction at the hands of the Dominion and Breen during the Second Battle of Chin’toka in late 2375, and assigned to the command of Captain Benjamin Sisko. Sisko was subsequently granted special dispensation from Admiral William Ross to change the name from Sao Paulo to Defiant, which pleased Sisko and his crew.
Deck 1: Main Bridge, Captain’s Ready Room, Crew Quarters, Transporter Platform 1, Main Engineering – Level 2, Senior Officers Quarters
Deck 2: Main Engineering – Level 1, Medical Bay, Surgical Suite, Computer Core control room, Mess Hall, Medical Lab, Science Lab, Transporter Bay, Warhead Control Room, Crew Quarters, Cloaking Device, Marine and Security Practice Areas
Deck 3: Impulse Engine Control Room, Shuttlebay 3, Cargobay, Fitness Center, Airlocks 1 and 2, shuttle maintenance
Deck 4: Shuttlebays 1 and 2, Warp nacelle access, Landing struts
The new Defiant had some large shoes to fill, but she aquitted herself well during the final battle of the war that saw the surrender of the Dominion to the Federation Alliance. After the end of the war, the Defiant remained at Deep Space 9 for three years after the war, however after the Dominion and the Federation agreed to a five year armistice in 2382, the Defiant was placed in the mothball fleet until 2387, when it was recalled to active service and assigned a new commanding officer.
The Defiant unleashes its powerful Type-2 Pulse Phasers
The Defiant fires a pair of Quantum Torpedoes
The Ready Room on the Defiant is one of the very few offices on the ship
The Defiants Type-A Crew Quarters
The Defiants Sickbay, located on Deck 2
The Defiants Mess Hall, also located on Deck 2
The Defiant launches her primary shuttlecraft