Cry Havoc

Story: The Dogs of War
Written By: Ronald D. Moore & René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1999

The penultimate episode serves as closure for the Ferengis. Quark receives a staticy message from the Nagus saying that he is coming to the station to name him Nagus. At first he is excited, but he learns of what his mother’s influence has done to the Ferengi Alliance. Taxes, social programs, and environmentalism...it is not a world he wants to rule, and he can’t make any changes because of the new congress. When the Nagus finally does arrive he does name his new successor, Rom. He didn’t even realize he was talking to Quark before. Quark declares his bar would be the last outpost for the old ways, but congratulates his brother, who he knows is the right choice. It is a nice conclusion to the story of these characters.
The Dominion lure Damar, Kira, and Garak to Cardassia, but they go into hiding when they discover it was a trap. They soon learn that the Dominion have taken out all of their bases, and claim to have killed Damar in the process. But word on the street is Damar is still alive, so they decide to use people’s faith, and unite the citizens of Cardassia to rebel against the Dominion.

The Dominion themselves plan on withdrawing their troops in order to build up their forces, hoping that the Federation Alliance will not pursue them immediately, but the Klingons, Federation, and Romulans agree to go forward and bring a major attack on the Dominion.

Julian and Ezri talk about pursuing their relationship, at first they decide not to…but that plan doesn’t last long. Then we learn Kassidy is pregnant.

The penultimate episode is great, it wraps up things for the Ferengi, it takes the Cardassian rebellion story in a new direction, and it gives us the basic battle plan for the next (and final) episode. It is a great episode.

NEXT TIME: And the War Ends