Honor Among Thieves

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"Honor Among Thieves"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 15
Directed by Allan Eastman
Teleplay by René Echevarria
Story by Philip Kim
Featured music Gregory Darryl Smith
Production code 539
Original air date February 25, 1998 (1998-02-25)
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"Honor Among Thieves" is the 139th episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It is the 15th episode of the sixth season.

Miles O'Brien is tasked by Starfleet Intelligence to infiltrate the Orion Syndicate, an organized crime gang that spans the Alpha Quadrant. His goal is to find the identity of the person in Starfleet that is leaking information about their undercover operatives to the Syndicate, who is eliminating them one by one. To successfully penetrate the secretive organization, he must become one of them.

This show is significant in that it shows a side of the galaxy rarely seen in most Star Trek series and episodes. Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future showed that cold blooded murder, treachery, gambling, prostitution, drugs, poverty, and crime are no longer characteristic of humans but they all play a prominent role in this episode. This continues the Deep Space Nine tradition of bringing reality to a franchise built on utopian grounds.


O'Brien gets sent to a dark corner of the Alpha Quadrant, a forgotten industrial park on a planet called Farius Prime where law and order come from the barrel of a phaser. His assignment leads him to a bar that a local chapter of the Syndicate call home. Waiting for an opportunity, he sits atop a bar stool and diligently works on various gadgets from day to day. Starfleet Intelligence has given him the cover of a "fix-it man" hard on his luck, knowing full well that the Syndicate is actively recruiting people with such skills.

Miles creates an opportunity and makes the most of it: he gets noticed by saving one of the master criminals who was attempting to hack into a computer belonging to a local restaurant. The criminal is not seriously hurt, but his expensive equipment is damaged. Miles offers to fix it and his relationship with Liam Bilby, the leader of the group, grows from then on.

An unexpected meeting in the middle of the night from Bilby's boss, Raimus, leads to the former "witnessing" for Miles, making the new recruit's relationship with the organization official and taking responsibility should anything go wrong. Raimus comes to the meeting joined by a Vorta, implying that the Orion Syndicate and the Dominion are working together towards their mutual gain.

The Vorta later explains to Bilby that three Klingon disruptors are needed to assassinate the local Klingon ambassador. Unlike Chancellor Gowron, this Klingon is deeply opposed to the Klingon alliance with the Federation. By having the ambassador killed by Klingon disruptors, it will appear that his assassination was ordered by Gowron. The Dominion believes that he will be branded a martyr, furthering his cause and therefore weakening the alliance from within.

O'Brien later informs his contact with Starfleet Intelligence of the assassination plot. Rather than arrest the men involved, he opts to alert the Klingons and let them deal with it. At this point O'Brien has gotten close to Bilby, as instructed, and hates the idea of being responsible for his death. He decides to break with Starfleet Intelligence and tell Bilby the truth. Broken with the news, Bilby has little option but to head straight into the trap as there is no running from the Syndicate. By dying before it becomes obvious that O'Brien is working for Starfleet, he hopes that Raimus will spare his family. Before leaving, he asks O'Brien to take care of his pet cat Chester.

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