40. The Jem’Hadar (2.26)

Synopsis: On a camping trip in the Gamma Quadrant, Sisko, Jake, Nog, and Quark encounter the ruthless soldiers of the Dominion, the Jem’Hadar.

Memory Alpha SummaryCamping trips were subsequently banned by the Federation

Review: Unlike TNG, DS9 was able to send off their second season with the bang it needed. We finally meet some of the big players in the Dominion, and can fear them, too. They’re not invincible like the Borg, but they’re willing to kamikaze into Galaxy class starships, so holy hell do they mean business. What’s left unsaid is more powerful here than what is said. 

I’m also relieved that they finally did something great with Quark’s character. He gets a believable speech, explaining how the Ferengi have been a more peaceful species than humans. It gives Quark some depth and gives a reason for the humans to keep him around. For once he’s not putting the station in peril and proves he’s a worthwhile asset.

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