To Boldy Sew: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S01E12: “Battle Lines”

To Boldly Sew is a recap of DS9 episodes, with a specific focus on the fashions of the many aliens and other characters that make up the series. Feel free to discuss matters of plot and general Star Trek things in the comments. 

I’m getting all these screenshots from, which is the same place as the original TNG fashion blog (

Dax, Sisko, and O’Brien are discussing some personal files they discovered left by the former Prefect of the station from when the Cardassians occupied DS9. There’s nothing of serious value, but it’s interesting.


I’m often surprised by how tiny the screens are on DS9, considering that the trend on Earth the last few years has been to make everything larger (and clearer). This monitor reminds me of the Apple IIe I used in elementary school. Maybe they have better eyesight or medical equipment in the future to repair bad eyesight. Or maybe, since DS9 was originally Cardassian, this is a holdover from their design and the Cardassians have great close-up vision.

Anyway, this looks like a photo of Kira with longer hair, so I wonder if Nana Visitor once had longer hair and they took an old picture of her, or if they made her put on a wig for this.


O’Brien says something about warning Kira before she sees her file, so of course this is where Kira comes into the room (they’re meeting in Sisko’s office). She insists that she can handle whatever the Cardassians had to say about her.

She takes the file and goes to look at it on the same computer while Sisko and the others leave the office. Bashir calls from an airlock to ask Sisko to meet him; he was about to unload some medical equipment but Kai Opaka has arrived, saying she wants a tour of the station that Sisko once offered her.

Before Sisko can do anything further, Kira comes out of the office, upset (as predicted) by the former Prefect’s file, which describes her as “a minor operative whose activities are limited to running errands.” Sisko interrupts her to tell her about the Kai’s arrival, and she stops her rant.

Odo and another security dude are keeping watch as Opaka leaves the airlock and enters the station.


She’s preceded by this old guy who may or may not be the resident Bajoran priest-guy (are they called priests? monks?) on DS9 or might be part of Opaka’s entourage, but is never seen again (in this episode, anyway) after this. His outfit is the traditional Bajoran priest type robes, which appear to be made out of a carpet draped over some orange dress.

Sisko tells Bashir that Opaka has never left Bajor before, nor been to the station. Bashir comments that she looks preoccupied.

They take one of the bridges over the promenade and Opaka stops at a window where she tells Kira she is contemplating prophecy.

Yes, yes, those are some nice stars…?

The others of course gather around her to look out at space as well.

Kira says it’s interesting she chose that viewport, as it gives an amazing view of the wormhole. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to see right now, because the wormhole is only visible when a ship passes through it, and there’s nothing scheduled.

Opaka is disappointed, and looks at Sisko expectantly, so he calls O’Brien and asks him to prepare a runabout so he, Kira, and the Kai can go through the wormhole. Bashir assures Sisko it’s a slow day and he can certainly go along, so Sisko agrees.

O’Brien and a random Bajoran (who bows to the Kai), have readied the ship for departure.

Much like his spiritual leader before, this guy doesn’t speak and is never seen again after this scene.


Kai Opaka looks at O’Brien and asks if he has a child. O’Brien says he has a little girl. Opaka takes off a necklace and gives it to O’Brien, telling him to pass it on to his daughter, then they all enter the ship, leaving O’Brien to look at the necklace with some confusion.


We don’t get a clear look at the necklace, but O’Brien is clearly confused about this.

The runabout leaves the station.


The runabout is about to enter the wormhole. Sisko prepares Opaka, and tells DS9 they’ll be back at about 1400 hours. I don’t know what time it is when they leave, so I don’t know how long the trip is, but I think it’s expected to be relatively short.

I’m including this shot mostly to convince myself of that actor’s name.

I’m pretty sure Opaka is wearing the same thing she wore in the first episode, but I’m too lazy to go back and look at those screenshots. Kind of pink robes with orange diagonal sash over top of them, and a flat hat that I think is probably inspired by a nun’s habit a little bit.


They pass through the wormhole. It’s beautiful. They emerge into normal, boring space at the end.

“Spectacular, isn’t it?” Bashir comments, and Opaka, near tears, agrees.

Sisko compliments Kira on her piloting, saying it’s the smoothest ride he’s yet had. Bashir points out the nearest system, a ternary store. Sisko explains that they are 70,000 light years from Bajor, and their fastest starship would take more than 67 years to get to where they are. Opaka is appropriately astonished.

Kira asks if they ought to head back; Opaka is somewhat disappointed, but there’s not much else to see yet. Opaka says something about prophecy being vague and how she must test it. Sisko doesn’t understand. Opaka, somewhat reluctantly, says they can return, but as they’re about to do that, Kira gets a subspace signal.

It seems to just be a string of data followed by a request for a reply, but nothing urgent, so Sisko tells her to launch a probe, and they’ll follow up later. Opaka asks if they shouldn’t follow up now. Sisko and Kira say they’re not sure that’s a good idea, but Opaka talks them into it.

The source is not too far away, so Sisko agrees to take a look.

A short while later, they reach a moon, but have trouble pinpointing the source of the original message.


Sisko realizes it’s coming not from the surface, but from a network of artificial satellites, one of which looks to be malfunctioning with an abnormal orbit, so he theorizes that the data stream they picked up came from the system trying to repair that broken satellite.


The computer nicely shows the orbits of all the artificial satellites.

Bashir says there are life forms on the planet, in a specific small area, and theorizes they are humanoid. Sisko is surprised. Bashir can’t tell for sure if they’re humanoid because of interference. They move closer to try to get a better view, and then Kira reports they’re being scanned by one of the satellites.

It then starts to move toward them, and build up energy, then shoots at them. Their shields are destroyed immediately, forward thrusters are destroyed, and they start losing power. Sisko tries to compensate. They yell some technobabble at one another, then start plunging toward the clouds. Everything is all crazy for a bit, and then they brace for impact and crash land on the surface.

Wouldn’t be a crash landing without some sparks!

It’s a pretty rocky terrain, and the runabout is damaged. Sisko and Bashir stumble out, and then Kira pushes Opaka out. They carry her a short distance away.


Her eyes are fixed open. Bashir says something medical and tries doing CPR while Kira freaks out, but Opaka is dead. Kira cries, putting her head on Opaka’s chest and closing her eyes, then singing/praying over the body while Sisko and Bashir look on.


This moon is one of those places where it is always dimly lit, and also there is some steam/smoke/dust, possibly due to the crashing of the runabout.

Sisko notices some movement around nearby rocks, and comments that they have company.

Back on DS9, Odo is concerned that Sisko and the others are 3.5 hours overdue, and Opaka’s people keep calling him to ask what’s going on. O’Brien says they’ve found a warp eddy current they think came from that runabout, and they are going to follow it. Odo says that the Bajorans will not be happy with that response, so O’Brien says just to tell them they’re doing the best they can.

Back on the moon, Sisko, Bashir, and Kira are hustled inside a cave where a man who reminds me a lot of Sylvester Stallone notes that they’re not all the same race. Sisko introduces them. The leader is amused by the presence of a doctor and calls it “ironic”, then introduces himself as Golin Shel-la, leader of the Ennis.


But is not Sly, is actually Johnathan Banks. I looked him up; he doesn’t look at all like Stallone in real life.

Shel-la has this big bald spot on his head which I assume is either the result of an injury or maybe a genetic thing. His armor appears to be made out of leather or something.

When I was a kid, I shared a room with my older sister, who liked heavy metal and papered the walls of our room with pictures of guys from bands like Megadeth and Bon Jovi and a bunch of other hair bands. This guy would fit right in with one of those posters.

He asks why they are there, so Sisko explains how they have come to the moon on an exploration, the satellites attacked, and they crashed. “You know nothing of our homeworld? You know nothing of the punishment?” Shel-la asks. Sisko says they’re only just starting to explore that section of the galaxy, and their home is far away.

Kira moans in pain and sinks to her knees, and Bashir is insistent on treating her. He demands his medical case so he can treat her. Shel-la doesn’t say anything, but one of his people gives him the bag and he moves to work.

Shel-la apologizes for their cautious nature and says they are at war. He says they are fighting a brutal enemy who attacks at whim and so they maintain a constant vigil.


None of his people have any lines, and the lighting in the cave is too dim to really tell one from the other, but they’re all wearing versions of leather vests as armor, and leather (or leather-looking) dark clothes, that might be dark by design or might just be unwashed. A lot of them also have kind of long, frizzy hair, suggesting that it’s been a long time since they’ve had access to conditioner.

Shel-la holds up a phaser they took from Sisko’s group and says it’s an energy weapon; they stopped using those centuries ago as they were not damaging enough.

He notes that Sisko’s arrival complicates matters; Sisko says they don’t plan to stay long as a rescue team is probably on the way. Shel-la says that the defense net of satellites is beyond his control and they are all prisoners. Sisko realizes it’s a penal colony.

Shel-la says he is more concerned about their partisanship; by their presence they will be considered allies of the Ennis and thus their lives are in danger.

Sisko notes some injured people nearby, and Shel-la says they are the latest victims of their enemy, the Nol-Ennis. Sisko asks where their doctors are, but they have none; no medical personnel.

Shel-la says he hopes they are able to work together.

Bashir works to heal Kira, who is still grieving from the loss of Kai Opaka, who was a symbol of hope to her.

Sisko tells Shel-la that Bashir will help them medically but they cannot take sides in their battle. Shel-la says that none of their impartiality will matter if they are captured by the Nol-Ennis.

Sisko explains to Kira and Bashir that he has agreed to help heal the Ennis in exchange for protection while they’re there. Bashir suggests training some of them on field triage basics. Sisko agrees this is a good idea. Kira says she is doing okay, though Bashir would like to run some scans when they get back to DS9. Sisko tells them the moon is a high-security prison colony and they should not expect a quick rescue.

At that moment there is some yelling and shouting and explosions, so they hide behind some rocks while the Nol-Ennis come in and start shooting at the Ennis, who shoot back.


The Nol-Ennis seem to have a similar unwashed look, with dark clothes and leather armor. The main thing that distinguishes them from the Ennis, at least in terms of clothing, is that they have hats! I can’t really tell how this hat is designed – at first I thought it was fur on the top there, but the planet isn’t cold enough to require fur (no one is wearing coats), so it kind of just looks like rolled up fabric, maybe to act as cushioning and padding for the metal, which is what it looks like the top and back is made of. If so, it’s pretty practical headwear.

Some people die, some people are badly injured. Kira runs out the join the battle; she shoots at some rocks, which fall on the invaders, who then retreat.

The cave is littered with groaning bodies, as nearly everyone is injured or dying or dead. As the Starfleet officers move among them, Kira says “Commander!” and they look up to see a shadow in the cave’s entrance.

The figure moves into the light; it is Kai Opaka.

Appropriately dramatic lighting here.

The surviving Ennis drag the Nol-Ennis around, presumably out of the living quarters and to some sort of prison camp area.

Bashir examines Opaka. Her vital signs are normal, but he’s pretty certain she was dead before. Kira and Sisko agree that she was. Sisko asks Opaka if she knows what happened.


The diagonal sash thing of Opaka’s robes is held together with a big metal ring, which I don’t think I noticed before.

Opaka says the surface was approaching quickly, and she closed her eyes. There was a loud whine and she felt the impact, and a wall of heat passed through her, then nothing. Sisko tells her that they pulled her from the wreckage but she was dead. Opaka doesn’t understand it either. She gets to her feet and walks away.

Bashir says that her physiology has somehow been altered, and the tricorder indicates something bio-mechanical at the cellular level, but he doesn’t know how it happened or what it is, but it seems to be controlling her metabolic processes. He doesn’t know much else, but says he might be able to run an analysis on the runabout’s computer.

Kira calls them over, and they realize that another of the “dead” Ennis is waking up. Around them there are groans and grunts, and the others who appeared dead are now getting up and rising to their feet.


The armor, which doesn’t seem to have done much good, is held in place by some canvas straps on this woman. It’s also hard to make sense of what the fabric is underneath, but it looks like it might have been nice before.

In space, Dax & O’Brien are scanning for Sisko and the others, but having no luck. There’s no transponder reading, but the warp eddy they’re following is definitely from a Starfleet vessel. It seems they were headed toward an uncharted binary star system.

“Well,” O’Brien says, “I guess it’s time to chart it.”

Dax agrees, and they head that way.

Bashir realizes that the Ennis are showing the same sort of bio-mechanical processes that Opaka has, which has somehow brought them back to life.


Kai Opaka is, I presume, trying to help with the medical stuff here, but I’m not sure why.

“You died before?” Sisko asks of Shel-la, to which he replies, “too many (times) to count.”

Bashir wants to go back to the runabout and try to get the computer working so he can run an analysis. Sisko objects – they’re in the middle of a war, and it’s too dangerous! Shel-la says he will see to the doctor’s protection, so Sisko gives in. Bashir heads out with a few of the Ennis as bodyguards.

Shel-la says he’d like to know more also as the doctor acts like he’s seen a miracle. Sisko says he’s not alone. Shel-la says it’s more like a curse. Sisko asks how long they’ve been there, and he says it seems like an eternity, and it’s all part of the punishment – everything is designed to prolong their suffering.


As they talk, they walk, and we see that the Nol-Ennis, who are also not dead, are hanging out in some sort of makeshift cell area. Their helmets remind me of the helmets Luke Skywalker and his companions wore on Endor.

Sisko asks what his crime was. The Ennis and the Nol-Ennis were ancient enemies who fought the same war for generations, and their leaders were unable to mediate a peace. Finally, they sent everyone to the moon and told them they’d serve as an example for the rest of civilization.

Opaka, overhearing, comes over and asks how the fight began. Shel-la says some people say it was over water and some say it was over land, but it’s not relevant now.

She asks what they hope to gain by continuing, and he says vengeance. Their families have suffered incredibly, at the hands of the Nol-Ennis. Sisko points out the Nol can say the same about them. Shel-la acknowledges that they probably do.

Coming over, Kira says they can learn to fight their war more effectively. There are no guards at the entrance, no system to learn for an attack, and their people are unprepared for fighting in close quarters. Sisko tries to shut her down and remind her they’re supposed to be neutral, but Kira says they are trapped on the moon with only his forces to protect them, so they’ll have to defend themselves.

Opaka tells her this is not her war.

Shel-la laughs and says they used to defend themselves better, but they realized that it was all pointless, because when you cease to fear death, the rules of war change. She’ll understand as the years pass.

Sisko says that his people will find them and it won’t take years. He says he will transport them all away. Shel-la says this is an ancient prayer, and he agrees. Sisko says he’ll do the same for both sides if they stop fighting. Shel-la says the Nol’s leader would never agree to a cease fire. Sisko says to ask them. He must try if he wants to end the suffering of his people.

Shel-la says it is pointless and hopeless, but agrees to talk.

On the runabout, O’Brien doesn’t read any M-Class planets in the system. Dax points out that the star is putting out a lot of radiation that’s messing with their long-range scanners and sensors, so they’ll have to scan each planet, two dozen moons, and an asteroid belt one at a time.

O’Brien calls it a needle in a haystack, and realizes they need a magnet. Dax is confused.

O’Brien says a bunch of technobabble which basically can be summed up as he’s going to send out some probes to look for the specific sort of metal that is what runabouts are made of, and then they might find the others. Dax is skeptical for more sciency reasons, but O’Brien has a solution.

Dax remains skeptical.

At the crashed runabout, Bashir is playing with the computer and trying to fix it. He congratulates himself when the lights come back on.

At the cave of the Ennis, Shel-la says that the leader of the Nol-Ennis, Zlangco, has agreed to listen to their proposals. Both sides have supposedly agreed to carry no firearms.

Kira is suspicious of a trap, so Shel-la invites her to come along and check their security precautions herself, but Sisko says she’ll be staying behind with the Kai. Sisko heads out with Shel-la to talk at a neutral ground near the crashed runabout.

So…how about that death stuff, huh?

This is, I think, the first really good look I’ve seen of Kai Opaka’s outfit, so I might as well examine it here. There are so many layers. First there’s the orange over-robe, which (as I mentioned above), is held together with a metal circle, which looks like it has some jewels and beads hanging from it.

Beneath that layer is a pinkish-purple robe that seems to wrap around the torso, and which has only half sleeves. Beneath that is apparently a skin-tight shirt (or maybe jumpsuit?) with darker pinkish-purple sleeves. She also has a head-covering thing that wraps around the neck and the head, and somehow shapes itself into a habit-style drape down the back. I was confused by the ear cutouts in this style of cowl at first until I realized that the Bajorans pretty much all wear earrings of some sort on one ear (you can see that Kira is also wearing one, though it’s smaller and probably more practical than Kai Opaka’s). Finally, the habit itself has a little pin or something (that appears to be purely decorative) near the top.

It seems like the pink, purple, and orange would clash, but the pink and purple work well together and the orange is…okay. I stand by my earlier thought (back in Episode 1) that the orange robes of the Bajoran holy people was deliberately chosen to mimic the orange robes we see on Buddhist monks. How did orange get to become the color of spirituality? There’s probably a long essay there.


Anyway, Opaka tells Kira that she can’t bury it, and asks if she sees herself in these people. Kira says no, as she’s always fought to stay alive rather than being content to die as they are. Opaka goes silent, and Kira says she doesn’t want her to have the wrong impression. Opaka asks for clarification.

Kira says she doesn’t want Opaka to think she enjoys fighting, because she doesn’t. She’s fought a long time, but for a good cause, but it’s over now and it’s not who she is. She doesn’t want Opaka to think she’s a violent person without a soul or a conscience. Opaka just touches her ear and then Kira starts to cry. Opaka says not to deny the violence inside of Kira, as only when she accepts it can she move beyond it.

Kira admits she has known nothing but violence since she was a child. Opaka says that in the eyes of the prophets they are all children, and Bajor has much to learn from peace. Kira says she is afraid the prophets won’t forgive her, and Opaka says they are waiting for her to forgive herself. Kira cries some more.

Back on the runabout, Dax is monitoring the probes they’ve sent out. So far they have not detected anything that seems to be the crashed runabout. O’Brien is frustrated, as he doesn’t understand why the others would even be in this area, and worries this is all a waste of time.

Dax and the probe find a signal from a planet – but no, it’s actually the moon. They immediately start to head in that direction.

Bashir comes out of the crashed runabout to see a crowd heading toward him and a really neat pile of fire.

Imagine this as a chandelier!

Seriously, I kind of want this in my house.

Sisko, the Ennis and the Nol-Ennis arrive around him. Oh, and there are more piles of fire!

Okay, maybe more of an outside decoration, now that I think practically.

Sisko arrives also and asks Bashir if he has made any progress. Bashir says the computer is working and processing the data now. He definitely confirms that the microbes are artificial, kind of like nanites, and the analysis should be done in a few minutes. He then asks Sisko about what’s going on.

Sisko tells him a cease-fire is being discussed and he promised to take everyone off the moon. Bashir asks, somewhat jokingly, if that’s not a bit like assisting in a jailbreak, and Sisko gets grumpy and tells him he doesn’t need him to interpret the Prime Directive for him, and whatever crimes have been committed have been paid for many times over. Since they were abandoned by their world, he thinks the Federation would recognize them as separate and unique. Bashir just quietly mumbles “Yes, sir,” and goes back to check on his analysis.


Zlangco comes up and asks Sisko about himself.


Zlangco has a slightly cleaner look about him than Shel-la. His hair is shorter, and he doesn’t look like he’s wearing quite as much armor. He also has at least one tattoo on his face, up near his forehead. (There may be more tattoos; it’s hard to tell in this shot what is a tattoo and what is a scar or a shadow or a smudge of dirt.)

Sisko introduces himself as the commander of a Federation Space Station. Zlangco echoes “Federation?” Shel-la asks what it matters, and Zlangco says it matters to him, so Sisko explains the concept of the Federation and says their mission is to explore the galaxy.

Zlangco comments that this is a noble purpose, and says there will be no reward for their release. Shel-la calls him a fool, and Zlangco points out that he is a fool who manages to outwit Shel-la, as he has proven many times. Shel-la says he will be happy to help out if Zlangco would like to die again.

Sisko interrupts them before they can start fighting. He speaks to the crowd and says that if they’ve had enough of the fighting, to make their leaders stop and listen. Their only reason for living is to make each other suffer, but if they’ve had enough of suffering, make them stop. He’s not there to mediate, but if they want an alterative he’ll give them one, and will transport them all off the moon if they can cooperate until then.

Shel-la tells Zlangco they will be resettled on different planets. Sisko agrees that is possible if they want. Zlangco says that it seems they’ve talked in great detail. Of course, Shel-la says, they’ve been with them for two days. (Which is interesting as we haven’t seen anyone eat or sleep. Do the artificial microbes mean that the Ennis don’t need to eat or sleep? What about drinking? Even if they don’t need to, don’t Sisko, Kira, and Bashir need to eat?) Zlangco demands to know why they’ve chosen to ally themselves with the Ennis.


The Nol-Ennis have definitely chosen lighter-colored outfits overall than the Ennis. I wonder if they live somewhere other than caves, and if the moon has anything other than rocky surfaces. They all have a similar style of spears, though.

Sisko says they are not allied with anyone. Zlangco says one of them fired a weapon at them. Sisko says they were defending themselves. Zlangco thinks they’re lying. He knows Shel-la and how he thinks and thinks it’s all an Ennis trick to lure all the Nol-Ennis out of hiding so they can be slaughtered. Sisko protests. Several Nol-Ennis raise their weapons to stop him.

Zlangco says that the Ennis must make the first gesture, and bring all their people out of hiding first to prove their honorable intentions. Shel-la laughs at this, and says he would not a single Nol escape the planet alive, and Zlangco admits he would also not let an Ennis go free. He spits on the ground.

They all start fighting, stabbing and slicing one another. Sisko tries to stay out of it other than to defend himself, but is caught in the middle. Shel-la is “killed.” One of the Nol prepares to throw an axe or something toward Sisko. Bashir emerges from the crashed runabout in time to see this, and knocks over Sisko.


“I’m sorry,” he says, “but we can’t afford to die here, not even once.”

Back in space, Dax and O’Brien are approaching the same moon with the artificial satellite system, and Dax reads life forms on the surface, and some must be human. O’Brien is still confused as to why the runabout’s transponder isn’t sending out messages, as that should be operational even if it’s damaged.

Dax notes they’re being scanned, and O’Brien increases their altitude. He says the only thing that would stop the transponder signal would be a broad-band damping field, which requires a low-level satellite system like this one. He says that since they were being scanned by the satellites, maybe they had something to do with the missing runabout. I’m not sure I follow his logic, but okay.

He then notes that they’re putting out some other kind of field that would block 99% of all transmissions to and from the moon’s surface. Dax wonders if they can get a com line through this field. O’Brien optimistically says that he has 1% to work with.

On the surface, the peace talks have ended with pretty much everyone “dead.”


Bashir scans a few of the bodies and tells that Sisko the analysis is clear: once the microbes revive a person after death, the body is permanently dependent on them for all cellular functions. Also, they’re made environment specific, so they only work on this specific moon – if they transport anyone off the surface, they’ll die.

Which means that Kai Opaka also cannot leave.


Sisko is still taking in the news when he gets a message from O’Brien on his comm badge. He replies, saying he can barely hear them. Sisko says they’re okay, but the runabout was destroyed; can they beam them out? O’Brien and Dax say that they are going to try, but the satellites make it hard to lock on to anything.

Sisko tells them that the satellites are armed and one of them cut them down without any trouble, so be careful. O’Brien says he figured that was true. Sisko says to let him know when they’re ready to try. He then tells Bashir they will need to talk to the Kai. Around them, the “dead’ people are getting up and limping off.

Back at the cave, Kai and Kira watch the “dead” return. Kira asks them for an update, and Sisko admits that neither side took the cease fire seriously. Opaka says she is not surprised, and says Kira was right; they don’t know how to do anything else but die. They’ve forgotten how to live.

Sisko tells them that Dax and O’Brien are in orbit, and working on a way to penetrate the defense system. Before he can tell Opaka the bad news, she announces that she’ll be staying. Kira is floored.

Why would you want to stay here?

Opaka says this is the answer to all the prophecies about her life; she didn’t know how or why, but when they went through the wormhole, she knew she wouldn’t be returning. She tells Kira to tell the people that she has answered the call of the prophets, and she was called there because it is time for these people to begin their healing process, just as she was brought there to begin hers.

Back in space, O’Brien and Dax are trying to figure out how to create a gap in the net of satellites. Dax suggests a photon might destroy one of the satellites. O’Brien thinks the defense network was probably built with that in mind; if one was destroyed, the others might swarm like flies. He says he needs a 15% increase in the net’s opening.

He calls Sisko and says they’re going to try to poke a hole. Sisko says that Kai Opaka will be staying. Dax and O’Brien are confused. Dax asks him to confirm. He says that’s right and he’ll explain later. O’Brien says it’ll be a few minutes.

Shel-la, apparently revived, finds the visitors and asks if they are leaving. Bashir explains the medical science and how the microbes will kill them if they leave the moon. “So there is no end,” Shel-la concludes.

I have no idea what he’s holding in his hand. It doesn’t seem to be a weapon?

Bashir confesses that he has a moral dilemma, and he thinks he could work on the microbes to disable the mechanism that keeps them alive after being killed, allowing them to die.

Shel-la is interested, and pleads with Sisko to allow this. Kira asks if he really thinks the fear of death will end the fighting. It hasn’t in any other war. Shel-la says no, but it will allow him to wipe out the Nol for good, and disabled microbes will be the ultimate weapons, and they can destroy their enemies.

Bashir sighs, no longer interested, and walks away.

Chief O’Brien calls at that moment, and Kira, Sisko, and Bashir step away to prepare to transport.

O’Brien launches a probe, prompting one of the satellites to break orbit and attack the probe, destroying it. He calls Sisko to tell him that they’re ready to beam him out. Sisko says do it when he’s ready.

Shel-la is angry. “You can’t leave!” he growls. Outside, explosions signal the beginning of fighting. Sisko tells Opaka that if they can find a way… but Opaka says that her place is here, and their powers will cross paths again.

O’Brien finally energizes, and they beam out, leaving Opaka and the fighters.