1. Purgatory’s Shadow/By Inferno’s Light (5.14, 5.15)

Synopsis: Garak and Worf investigate a message which suggests that Cardassian spymaster Enabran Tain is still alive. Upon their arrival, not only do they find Tain, but also General Martok… and someone they did not expect. The crew tries to defend the Alpha Quadrant from the invading Dominion fleet; Worf, Garak, and the other prisoners prepare to escape from the Dominion Internment Camp.

Memory Alpha SummaryGot it Done

Dax: [of the Dominion ships] There sure are a lot of them.
Kira: That’ll just make it harder for us to miss

Oh boy have they been building up to this two-parter, and it’s glorious from start to finish. That Tain is Garak’s father makes perfect sense and puts together a lot of pieces from previous episodes. But beyond that convenient resolution, there’s just so much character development here. Worf finally gets to kick some ass, beating up one Jem’Hadar soldier after another. In fact, it makes you wonder why he was so useless on the Enterprise. But most importantly, Gul Dukat does a heel turn and becomes the ultra villain he’s been teasing at for years, becoming the Hitler to the evil succubus of the Dominion. Oh, and Gowron is now back on the Federation’s side again?  Oh man, I just love every twist and turn here. I was never that comfortable with Gowron’s sudden turn against the Federation given how much he owed to the Federation for his ascension in the first place. This feels right. 

The only criticism, and it’s mild, is that Julian being a Changeling on DS9 feels a bit too much like they forced it in there, especially since they really didn’t drop any hints in the past couple episodes. Apparently, the writers were afraid to drop hints, but it would have been more satisfying if they had. 

And that’s a wrap. Hopefully the few of you who followed along enjoyed reading this.

One thought on “1. Purgatory’s Shadow/By Inferno’s Light (5.14, 5.15)”

  1. It seems a bit unfair that I remember a lot of episodes, but they happen to be the ones that were backloaded on your list. I genuinely don’t particularly remember a single one of the top 80, though I suspect I saw at least a few.

    This show remains ever-present in the same tier on my increasingly fictitious “must see” list.

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