‘The Jem’Hadar’ (DS9) (TV)

     

‘THE JEM’HADAR’ (DS9)

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It’s time for the Season 2 finale of ‘DS9’‘The Jem’Hadar’! And trust me! If you waited so long to get to the end of the season, this was worth waiting for. ‘The Jem’Hadar’ is a very amazing season finale.

The episode has Sisko and his son Jake preparing to take a father-son camping trip to a planet in the Gamma Quadrant. Sisko isn’t at all happy when Jake invites Aron Eisenberg as Nog along for the ride.

He’s even more dismayed when Quark invites himself along to look after Nog. I don’t blame Sisko for feeling that way. He just wanted to have a father-son trip with his own son Jake, didn’t he? Oh well!

What’s the worst that can happen? I mean, apart from a few cultural differences between humans and Ferengi – Quark isn’t a help when he criticises human customs – nothing bad can happen, right?

Well, when Quark becomes irritated by the planet’s environment, leading to Nog storming off embarrassed and Jake chasing after him, he and Sisko do get into trouble. An alien woman turns up.

The woman is Molly Hagan as Eris – who later turns out to be a Vorta. She is seemingly pursued by a group of fierce soldiers called the Jem’Hadar. Sisko, Quark and Eris get taken captive by the soldiers.

The Jem’Hadar happen to be foot soldiers of the Dominion. They mean business when they unleash threats of violence on behalf of the Dominion. These guys are one of my favourite ‘Star Trek’ villains.

I was inspired by the Jem’Hadar to create my own ‘Doctor Who’ enemies called the Dwaxi for my Fifth Doctor stories. Beyond this TV episode, they’re more than just cold-blooded fighting machines.

Taken to a cave and held in a forcefield that is lethal, Sisko and Quark learn more about the Jem’Hadar and the Dominion from Eris. She says that negotiations with the Dominion are dangerous.

The Dominion has been mentioned a few times throughout Season 2 of ‘DS9’. This is in episodes like ‘Rules of Acquisition’, ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Shadowplay’. This is where the Dominion come into full force.

When Sisko pleads for him; Quark and Eris to be released, the Jem’Hadar leader – Cress William as Talak’talan – is quite vicious with them. He refuses to adhere to their demands and even injures Quark.

It turns out that the Dominion won’t tolerate the presence of Federation ships coming in from the other side of the wormhole. They’ve even destroyed Bajoran colonies living in the Gamma Quadrant.

Sisko, Quark and Eris work together to try and escape by removing Eris’ collar. This is so Eris can use her telekinetic abilities in order to help them escape. This they do as they break down the forcefield.

Another thing to mention about the Dominion! The Jem’Hadar mentioned having leaders who are called the Founders. They don’t feature in this episode, but Eris claimed that they were a myth here.

Elsewhere, Jake and Nog, finding Sisko and Quark gone, soon find the Jem’Hadar encampment before they return to the runabout in space. They try to return to DS9 in order to acquire some help.

After gaining control of the ship but going on impulse, Jake and Nog soon run into Federation starships who have come to rescue Sisko and Quark. Chief O’Brien beams over to help Jake and Nog.

Just to mention, it’s quite frightening when a Jem’Hadar arrives at DS9 and Talak’talan beams into ops, only to walk through the containment field. These Jem’Hadar are ferocious and mean business.

But yeah, going back to the Federation starships in space. This is a group of ships including the Galaxy-class starship Odyssey, led by Alan Openheimer as Captain Keogh as well as a few runabouts.

The runabouts including Kira, O’Brien, Dax, Odo and Bashir join the Odyssey to rescue Sisko, Quark, Jake and Nog. This all leads to a pretty ferocious gunfight in space between Starfleet and Jem’Hadar.

To show the Jem’Hadar mean business, one ship does a suicide run into the Odyssey and destroys it. Eris is also revealed to be a spy working for the Dominion, when he comes aboard DS9 by the climax.

Eris beams off DS9, leaving the crew to the realisation their dealings with the Dominion have only begun. Sisko is determined to get ready for the Dominion when they turn up through the wormhole.

On Disc 7 of the ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Season 2’ DVD, there are the documentaries ‘New Frontiers: The Story of Deep Space Nine’, ‘Michael Westmore’s Aliens: Season 2’; ‘Deep Space Nine Sketchbook: Season 2’; ‘Quark’s Story’; ‘Crew Dossier: Jadzia Dax’ and ‘New Station, New Ships’. There are also some Section 31 hidden files.

‘The Jem’Hadar’ (DS9) rating – 9/10

‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Season 2’ DVD rating – 8/10


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