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Chief O'Brien goes through the horrific Cardassian judicial system when he is charged for an unknown crime.


Avery Brooks


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 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 (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark (credit only)
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Caroline Lagerfelt ... Makbar
John Beck ... Boone
Richard Poe ... Gul Evek
Julian Christopher ... Disembodied Cardassian Voice (voice)
Fritz Weaver ... Kovat
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Chief O'Brien is preparing for a vacation with his wife Keiko, but has a hard time to leave things in the hands of others. Just after Sisko orders him to disembark, he runs into an old friend. It's Raymond Boone, whom he served with on the Rutledge. He left Starfleet eight years ago and moved to a colony on the Cardassian side of the demilitarized zone. O'Brien hasn't much time to talk to him and leaves with his wife in a runabout. Barely underway a ship suddenly approaches. O'Brien is arrested by the Cardassians for a crime. They refuse to tell him what he did wrong and transport him to undergo a trial. After a painful preparation a Cardassian Juror, Archon Makbar, makes it absolutely clear his guilt is already established and the trial is only a formality. Odo manages to get on O'Brien's defense team as Nestor, while the crew on the station do their best to come up with useful information. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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5 June 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julian Christopher (Cardassian overseer) was among the actors considered for the role of Worf on The Next Generation, but he was beaten out by Michael Dorn. See more »


[last lines]
Chief O'Brien: I'm ready to get back to work.
Commander Sisko: Oh, no, no, no. I had to use all of my influence to extend your accomodations at the lagoon. We'll drop you off on our way home.
Chief O'Brien: But we haven't any bags, no holo-cam. I-I've nothing to read.
Keiko O'Brien: Perfect!
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded (1991) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Just Too Little Foundation
9 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This has been done to death. A man who has done nothing is arrested. Because the authorities want to get rid of him (for whatever reason) they create a kangaroo court, presided over by an unfeeling, abusive judge. In the Cardassian system of "justice," once charges are leveled, it is just a matter of protocols and the poor sap is executed. We are manipulated to hate this judge and the system (Fritz Weaver plays a ridiculous public defender who offers no defense). Chief O'Brien has no success getting to know what is up. The final scene is curt and unsatisfying, to say the least. A pretty weak episode.

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