Homefront (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||David Livingston|
|Written by||Ira Steven Behr
Robert Hewitt Wolfe
|Featured music||Dennis McCarthy|
|Original air date||January 1, 1996|
When 27 people are killed at a diplomatic conference being held in Antwerp on Earth, and the Changelings are the chief suspects, Odo, Captain Sisko and Jake Sisko travel to Earth to investigate what looks like a bold new offensive by the Dominion that could be a prelude to war. Joining forces with Vice-Admiral Leyton, they begin to introduce new security measures, hoping to be prepared if the Changelings attack again. While stationed in San Francisco, Sisko, his son Jake and Nog regularly visit the Sisko family home and restaurant in New Orleans. Nog asks Captain Sisko to help him become a member of the Red Squad, an elite and selective group of Star Fleet Academy cadets.
With the Dominion threat ever looming, paranoia begins to grow, and even Sisko momentarily suspects his own father of being a Changeling. As matters escalate, all the power on Earth is knocked out, and sabotage is believed to be the cause. Sisko and Leyton decide to prepare Earth for war, and they convince the President to declare a state of emergency on Earth. As the episode ends, Jake and his grandfather witness armed Starfleet security personnel begin materializing on the streets of New Orleans.
Jamahl Epsicokhan of TrekNation's Jammer's Reviews praised the episode, calling it the best use of the Dominion in the series to date. Epsicokhan praised the interaction between Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his father, the elderly and infirm restaurateur Joseph (Brock Peters). Epsicokhan also praised the idea of paranoia as a motivating factor, feeling it made for compelling suspense, and an intriguing storyline. The reviewer also felt the family restaurant, as well as the city of New Orleans which both featured prominently in the episode, were presented with a genuine attempt to appear authentic.
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