Dramatis Personae (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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"Dramatis Personae"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 18
Directed byCliff Bole
Written byJoe Menosky
Featured musicJay Chattaway
Cinematography byMarvin Rush
Production code418
Original air dateMay 30, 1993 (1993-05-30)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Jeff Pruitt as Ensign
  • Tom Towles as Hon'Tihl
  • Stephen Parr as Valerian
  • Randy Pflug as Guard
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"Dramatis Personae" is the 18th episode of the first season of the American syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In this episode, a "telepathic infection" sets the crew into two factions fighting against each other, with Major Kira leading the mutiny.

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Major Kira believes a Valerian ship docked at the station is smuggling weapons to the Cardassians, but Commander Sisko refuses to detain the vessel without evidence. Before they can resolve their conflict, a damaged Klingon vessel arrives through the Wormhole. One of its crew transports aboard Deep Space Nine as the ship explodes. The bloodied man whispers, "Victory!" and dies within seconds.

While investigating the explosion, Constable Odo suffers a seizure and collapses. When he awakens in the Infirmary, Dr. Bashir hints deviously at potential trouble between Kira and Sisko. By now, Kira has found evidence of foul play among the Valerians, and informs Sisko of her intention to confiscate their cargo; he forbids her from doing so.

Meanwhile, Lt. Dax and Chief O'Brien take a runabout to find the Klingons' mission recorder and bring it back to the station. During their trip, O'Brien mentions the mounting tension and makes his loyalty to Sisko clear to a complacent Dax. Later, Kira attempts to win Dax's loyalty; however, Dax appears lethargic and only interested in reminiscing. Kira sees Quark attempting to eavesdrop, and violently attacks him.

Odo attempts to warn Sisko of parallels between the apparent bloody mutiny on the Klingon ship and what is now happening on the station. Sisko, however, has begun meticulously constructing a clock and cannot be bothered. Soon Kira solicits Odo's help in a plan to eliminate Sisko and O'Brien. He pretends to go along with her. Meanwhile, O'Brien plots with Sisko to escape the station and return with reinforcements to overthrow Kira.

Odo studies the Klingon log further, learning that the Klingons had discovered a collection of energy spheres with telepathic imprints of an ancient power struggle that destroyed a race known as the Saltah'na. Odo realizes that the imprint is affecting Deep Space Nine's senior staff, causing them to re-enact the power struggle that doomed the Saltah'na and the Klingon crew; Odo alone is unaffected. He visits Bashir again and pretends collaboration to coopt him into finding a way to reverse the imprint.

Bashir finds a way to remove the telepathic influence from the crew and Odo plays on the trust of both Kira and Sisko to lure both sides into one of the cargo bays. There, Odo activates Bashir's cure, and a purple gas-like cloud emerges from the officers, who regain their senses. Odo opens the cargo bay doors, venting the cloud into space and removing the telepathic imprint permanently.

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