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The Homecoming 

Word that a previously thought dead Bajoran resistance legend is still alive sends Kira and Chief O'Brien to Cardassia IV to rescue him; meanwhile "The Circle", a sect of the Bajoran provisional government that is intent on wiping out alien influence, is sneaking into power.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Richard Beymer ... Li Nalas
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Michael Bell ... Borum
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Leslie Bevis ... Freighter Captain
Paul Nakauchi ... Tygarian Officer


Quark receives a Bajoran earring from a smuggler. She tells she received it on Cardassia IV. It needs to be delivered to Bajor and any Bajoran will immediately recognize it. Quark brings it to Kira. The earring is that of Li Nalas, one of the greatest war heroes of the resistance. She thinks he is being held captive on Cardassia IV and asks Sisko for a runabout since she doesn't get any support from the Bajoran government. Kira tells Sisko she believes he will be the leader Bajor is in desperate need of ever since Kai Opaka left. Bajor is on the verge of civil war as the terrorist group The Circle is getting more and more power. The Circle strives to get rid of all aliens on Bajor and they have extended their activities to the station already. Odo finds their logo graffiti-ed on a wall. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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26 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Odo: Because you're always up to something.
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The Arrival of a Hero
28 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As Kira goes to Cardassia to rescue a hero thought dead for years, she opens a huge can of worms. The Bajorans continue to be in flux with a group called the Circle that is a danger to both Bajor and the Federation. There are threatening element including that nasty woman who wants power. It also turns out that our hero may have feet of clay.

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