Story: Nor the Battle to the Strong
Written By: Brice R. Parker and René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
This is probably the best episode based on Jake in the whole of DS9. Jake has been given a writing assignment on Doctor Bashir, some paper he wrote on amino acids and a conference he went to discussing it…anyhow its all very dry and uninteresting, and Jake is having trouble coming up with a good angle for the story, despite how excited Bashir may be. He wishes they had more action to report on…be careful what you wish for of course.
I think Jake grows up a lot by the end of this episode, and his wishes to never join starlet are probably only reinforced more by the experience. But he got to write a hell of an article on the experience, and how war is never pretty.
This show deals with all the aspects of the bitterness of war so well; this is one of its best achievements in that regard. It is a real favorite of mine, and I am glad that such an episode really gives Jake something good to do, because he was often forgotten in the show (he was never a focus, his job was to give us an emotional anchor for Ben, but it is nice to see the writers recognize the opportunity they had with a character as green and young as Jake).
NEXT TIME: A Pah-Wraith