Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999): Season 2, Episode 26 - The Jem'Hadar - full transcript

While in the Gamma Quadrant, Sisko, Quark and a strange telepathic woman are captured by the Jem'Hadar, the soldiers of the Dominion.

Hey, Jake. What's all this?

My science project.

l'm growing Bajoran katterpods

to see which hybrid
yields the biggest root.

You're just going to watch it grow?

Yeah. Pretty neat, huh?

Not bad, but don't you think
it's a little low-tech?

l'm a low-tech kind of guy, Dad.

l still think you can do
something more challenging.

lf you could do any
science project you wanted to,

anything, what would it be?

Learn how to pilot a runabout?

That's not exactly
a science project, is it?

Second choice.

- Visit the Gamma Quadrant?
- What would you do there?

l don't know. l...

l could do a planetary survey.

Not bad.

- All right. Let's do it.
- Really?

lt will be like a working vacation.

That's great! Thanks, Dad.

- We'll have a great time.
- We will.

A Bolian freighter
is due in day after tomorrow.

We'll outfit another group of settlers
leaving for New Bajor.

l heard their new irrigation system
is something to see.

- You ought to take a look.
- Not this trip.

l want to spend
some time alone with Jake.

When's the Odyssey due back
from Cardassia?

Three days.

lt's a shame l'll miss
your reunion with Captain Keogh.

Don't you find him just a little arrogant?

He said the same thing about you.

Did he?

your son's here to see you.

Send him in.
He's really looking forward to this trip.

l was talking to Nog
and it turns out he's having trouble

coming up with a science project,

so l said he could be my partner.

We can finish this up later.


Mrs O'Brien said it's OK.
So l invited Nog to come with us.

Now, hold on a second, Jake-o.

lf Nog doesn't get
a good grade on this project

he's going to drop out of school.

l can't let that happen.

He can help analyse
information when we get back.

Mrs O'Brien said
he'd have to be an equal partner.

Come on, Dad.

He's my friend.

l have to help him.

Morn, you've been sitting here all day
staring at the same drink.

Talk to me. l want to help.

l'm not just your bartender,
l'm your friend.

Whatever's wrong, l'm here for you.
Hold that thought.

What did he say?

- What did who say?
- Commander Sisko. About my idea.

You mean using the monitors
on the station to sell merchandise?

Stop torturing me, Odo.
Tell me what he said.

- Guess.
- He said yes.

Guess again.

lt would triple my profits.
How could he refuse?

Maybe he doesn't like you.

Don't be ridiculous.
Major Kira doesn't like me.

- Sisko...
- Doesn't like you.

- What did l do to him?
- l could think of a few things.

That's nothing.
Can l change his mind?


- Uncle Quark?
- Not now.

l wanted to tell you l can't work
my shifts the next few days.

l'm going to the Gamma Quadrant
with Jake and his father.

You're going to the Gamma Quadrant
with Commander Sisko.

How lucky for you.

l always wanted to see
the cockpit of a runabout.

How do you fire the phasers?

- Nog, you promised.
- l won't touch.

Why don't you store the gear

while l go through prelaunch?

l'll do it.

l'll be right there.

- Fire the phasers?
- He was just kidding.

l know this isn't the trip you planned,

but Nog's a great guy.

l just hoped you and l could spend
this time together.

We will.

You won't even know Nog's along.

There you are! Where do l put my bags?

Uncle Quark, what are you doing here?

- l'm going.
- Since when?

You don't expect my nephew

to go to the Gamma Quadrant

without supervision?

Some of my best friends are humans.

But my brother Rom
isn't as liberal as l am.

He's never been comfortable
about Nog's friendship with Jake.

Tell Rom not to worry.
l'll take good care of the boy.

And l won't try to corrupt him
with my human values.

l know that, but Rom is convinced

all humans look down upon Ferengi

and by allowing me to come on this trip
you can prove him wrong.

He is wrong, isn't he?

Dad, please.

OK. Let's get going
before anyone else shows up.

Thanks, Dad. Thanks.

This place is great.

Surveys suggest it's a lot like earth
during the early Devonian period:

a lot of plant life, fish,
some insects,

but no predators or large animals.

- Pretty, huh?
- What's pretty about it?

They mean the trees and stuff.

This is close to paradise.

You just need to allow yourself to see it.

l'll tell you what l see:
exploitable resources.

You want to cut down these trees

and strip mine the entire planet.

As a wise man once wrote, 'Nature
decays, but latinum lasts forever.'

Rule of Acquisition number 102.

Good lad.

Nog, get some ointment from my bag.

- What's the problem?
- l get a mild reaction.

- To what?
- Nature.

You should sleep on the runabout.

And miss all the fun? Never.

l'm really looking forward to
our getting to know each other better.

That's much better.

- Now, if only it wasn't so hot.
- l hadn't noticed.

lt isn't the heat so much
as the humidity and the insects,

the stench of these flowers.

l'm glad we could talk like this.

There's nothing like facing
the wilderness to bring people closer.

- The answer is still no.
- No to what?

l won't allow you to sell merchandise
over the monitors.

Why not? lt's a brilliant idea.

With my connections
l could offer a range of merchandise

which can't be acquired in this sector.

- Such as?
- Collectibles.

Andorian jewellery,

Vulcan lDlC pins,
Bolian crystalsteel.

And with my low overhead

l could offer these items
at a significant discount.

Quark, you're wasting
your time and mine.

Did l mention l was going to donate

2% of my net profits
to the Bajoran fund for orphans?

3% ?

So how's it going?

The atmosphere is 77% nitrogen,

21 % oxygen, and 2% carbon dioxide.

The water contains traces of copper,
nickel, and a little birythium.

- You're showing lead.
- We think it's localised.

We'll check other water sources
to be sure.

Wait until tomorrow.
l'm starting dinner.

- Jumbalaya?
- How did you know?

- Jumba what?
- You'll love it.

The two of you did good work today.


- Anyone want some more?
- Not me.

Me neither, but it was very good.

l'm developing a taste
for human food.


l still say there's some dirt in the sauce.

And these bugs.

Look at this.
They get into everything. lt's disgusting.

l thought Ferengis liked eating bugs.

Only certain bugs. Ferengi bugs.

Nog, get some more ointment
for the back of my neck.

Yes, Uncle.

Get a good night's sleep.
We have another big day tomorrow.

l'll start cataloguing the plant life
first thing in the morning.

You know what this reminds of?

A camping trip we took on ltamish lll.

l don't think l remember you, me, and
Mom ever having more fun together.

lsn't that where l taught you
how to water-ski?

Mom taught me how to water-ski.

Yes. She always was the graceful one.

You know, Jake...

- We need to get away more often.
- l'm ready whenever you are.

l'm sure Nog is too.

l'm joking.

Argh! l'm on fire!

l'm on fire!

Quark! Cover it up!

- Are you all right?
- No! l am not.

My ears itch, my nose is running,
l'm eating bugs...

One minute l'm picking bugs
out of that jumba-what's-a-pot,

the next thing l know, whoosh!

Quark, calm down.

Sit down and try to stay out of trouble.

What did l do?

l'd better go see if he's OK.

- See what you've done?
- Me?

The boy couldn't stand seeing
his favourite uncle insulted.

l guess Rom was right.
You don't like Ferengi, do you?

That is not true.

Name me one Ferengi you do like.

You see, l was right.

You Federation types are all alike.

You talk about tolerance
and understanding

but you only practice it towards people
who remind you of yourselves.

Because you disapprove
of Ferengi values,

you scorn us, distrust us,
insult us every chance you get.

l don't have to stand here
and defend myself.

Could your son marry a Ferengi?

- l never thought about it!
- See?

Don't hurt me.

- How many are there?
- Just us two.

Not you, the Jem'Hadar.

We don't know
who you're talking about.

We are not your enemies.

Then you'd better run.

lt's too late.

You're done running.

This has not been a good day.

Dad, this is Jake. Where are you?

- Dad, answer me.
- Something's happened to them.

An attack by a wild animal?

There aren't any wild animals,
just insects and plants.

Maybe they were attacked
by a vicious tree?

Take a look at this.

Trees don't wear boots.

- We'd better beam up to the runabout.
- We can't run because we're scared.

Who said anything about being scared?

l just thought the runabout would be
a good place to plan our next move.

There's nothing to plan.
My dad never would have left here,

not unless he was in trouble.

We can track him with the tricorder.

Hey! Wait for me!


ls anybody there?

Hello? We're humanoids.

We require food and water.

- Hello?
- Quark, shut up.

This is your fault.
They were after you, not us.

Say something.
Tell them you've never seen us before.

We have nothing to do with her.
This is a misunderstanding.

- Quark...
- l can express my opinion.

l'll put my fist in your opinion.

You don't scare me.
You know why?

l'm already more scared
than l've ever been.

- You're not helping anything.
- l'm not?

l don't see you coming up
with any ideas. Or her.

lf she wants to help us, she will.

She's even more scared than you are.

Believe me, she's not.

She's obviously been running
from these people for a while.

She's probably been through a lot.

She doesn't know who we are.

l hope Jake and Nog
stay out of sight until help gets here.

Nog's not a fool.
He'll find a hole and climb in.

l'm not so sure about Jake.

lf l know him, he'll be looking for us.

Did you learn how to
neutralise security fields in Starfleet?

l've never seen
anything like this before.

- lt seems to...
- Don't.

The security barrier will kill you.

Thanks for the warning.

- l have no wish to see you hurt.
- A lovely sentiment.

How did you know
that the security barrier is lethal?

Everything about
the Jem'Hadar is lethal.

Anything you could tell me
about them might be helpful.

You've never heard
of the Jem'Hadar?

We're not from around here.

My name is Benjamin Sisko.

l'm from the United Federation
of Planets.

We came through a wormhole.

Our home is thousands
of light years away.

My name is Eris.

l'm glad to meet you...Eris.

That's Quark.

- Tell me about the Jem'Hadar.
- They're the most feared soldiers

in the Dominion.

The Ferengi have tried to open trade
negotiations with the Dominion.

We've never heard of the Jem'Hadar.

Then you've been fortunate.

Negotiations with the Dominion
can be a dangerous thing.

Then why would anyone
do business with them?

The Dominion decides
that you have something that they want

and then they come and take it
by negotiation or by force.

Believe me, l know.
l've seen it happen on my own world.

Kurill Prime was offered entry
into the Dominion.

They thought our telekinetic powers
would be useful.

That's what you used
to knock me down.

When Kurill refused
the Dominion's offer,

they sent in the Jem'Hadar.

They destroyed
our communication centre,

they executed our leaders,

and before we realised it they had
seized control of the entire planet.

- How did you manage to escape?
- l was on a freighter.

We fled, but they came after us.


My mother was an outspoken opponent
of the Dominion.

They wanted
to make an example of us.

That thing around your neck...

lt suppresses my telekinetic abilities.

Without it, l might be able
to break through the barrier.

We'll find a way to get it off.

Even if we get past the barrier...

no one ever escapes
from the Jem'Hadar.

Luckily for us, they seem
as sure about that as you do.

Look around you.

They placed us in the same field.

l've never seen more
than four guards on duty at once.

There's only
this single containment field

between us and freedom.

They're overconfident
and that will get us out of here.

Maybe if l can pry off that casing,

l can get at the locking mechanism.
May l?

Of course.

Are you sure you can read that?

Pretty sure.

We've walked for hours
and you're only pretty sure?

Would you be quiet?
l'm picking up humanoid life-forms.

- They don't look friendly.
- l wish we could get closer.

l don't think they would look
any friendlier close up.


l know someone must be
listening to me out there.

Do we have to take him with us?

He's not so bad.

Doesn't he realise he's not
accomplishing anything?

We need to know
what the Jem'Hadar plan to do with us.

We need to get their attention.
And l know...

That's enough.

...that Quark is hard to ignore.

l'm Commander Benjamin Sisko
of the United Federation of Planets.

Why are we being held here?

- That's not my concern.
- Then let us go.

The founders don't want you released.

- And who are the founders?
- That's not your concern.

This isn't getting us anywhere.

How would you like a thousand cases
of tulaberry wine?

Don't bother, Commander.

l'm not going to do
any permanent damage.

lf the founders give the orders,
l want to meet them.

- Those aren't my orders.
- The founders don't exist.

The founders exist.
They created the Dominion.

And the Jem'Hadar are their servants?

A Ferengi and a human.

l was hoping the first race l'd meet from
the other side would be the Klingons.

- l'm sorry to disappoint you.
- lt's too late for apologies.

The Dominion will not stand by

and allow ships from your side
to violate our territory.

l hear the Klingons
are effective warriors.

What's that weapon they're so fond of?
The bat'leth?

l am not interested
in discussing the Klingons.

All right.
Then what about the Cardassians?

Are you satisfied with the treaty
your Federation made with them?

lt seems a tactical error.

How do you know so much
about our side?

We gain more knowledge every day

and now we have you
to help us learn more.

l don't plan on telling you anything.

- l won't be asking the questions.
- Who will?

l was really hoping to meet a Klingon.

Now that we're all friends
l feel so much better.

- l hope this works.
- l came up with a plan.

Computer, scan our base camp
for human and Ferengi life signs.

One human and one Ferengi located.

That's them!

Computer, beam the two life-forms up.

Unable to comply.

Subjects are located
inside a spatial distortion field.

l knew it couldn't be that easy.

We'd better go back to the station
for help.

Computer, fly us back to the station.

Please restate command.

Computer, disengage autopilot and
lay in a course back to the wormhole.

Enter authorisation code.

- Go ahead.
- l don't know it!

Vessel approaching from the planet's
surface, bearing 173 mark 281.

Computer, evasive manoeuvres!
Fire phasers!

Launch torpedoes...and escape pods!

Computer, display approaching ship
on the monitor.

Where did the ship go?

The vessel has entered warp
bearing 171 mark 259.

- Maybe they didn't see us.
- Maybe we're not what they're after.

- So what do we do now?
- Shut down the autopilot.

How do we do that?

l guess we'll find out how much
l learned working for Chief O'Brien.

- What's the E.T.A. on the Odyssey?
- They're due in eight hours.

The neutrino levels in
the wormhole are elevated.

Hail them, Lieutenant.

- No answer.
- Shields up. Go to yellow alert.

lntruder in ops.
Activate a level 3 containment field.

l'm Major Kira Nerys,
first officer of this station.

Excuse the containment field.

You should identify yourself

before transporting
into someone else's command centre.

l'm Third Talak'talan of the Jem'Hadar.

Your commander has been detained
for questioning by the Dominion.

- Detained? For how long?
- lndefinitely.

That happens to anyone
who interferes with the Dominion.

What kind of interference?

Coming through the anomaly
is interference enough.

lf you don't want
to offend the Dominion,

stay on your side of the galaxy.

Detaining Commander Sisko

won't stop us from exploring
the Gamma Quadrant.

We anticipated that response.

Security team to ops.

Here's a list of vessels we've destroyed
for violating our territory.

Where did you get this datapadd?

From the Bajoran colony
on our side of the anomaly.

You should be proud.
They fought well for a spiritual people.

l hope we won't have to repeat
this lesson.

Chief, lock a tractor beam onto his ship.

l can't establish a lock.
They must have unfamiliar deflectors.

They've entered the wormhole.
We've lost them.

Got it.

lt resembles a multiple-locking system.

Even if l can break through the barrier,
how will you get off the planet?

We'll try to find my son.
We'll use his communicator

to signal my ship
and transport us off the surface.

And then what?

You're welcome to come back
to the station with us.

Starfleet would like to hear
about the Dominion.

l'd be glad to tell them all l know.

Quark, maybe you'd better
take a look at this.


''Quark, be quiet. Quark, stand watch.
Quark, pick a lock.''

All you ever do is order me around.

- l know why humans don't like Ferengi.
- Not now, Quark.

Humans used to be a lot like Ferengi:

greedy, acquisitive,
interested only in profit.

We remind you of a past
you'd like to forget.

- We don't have time for this.
- But you're overlooking something.

Humans used to be a lot
worse than the Ferengi:

slavery, concentration camps,
interstellar wars...

We have nothing in our past

that approaches
that kind of barbarism.

You see?
We're nothing like you.

We're better.

Now...if you'll excuse me...

l have a lock to pick.

This shouldn't be so hard.

l watched Chief O'Brien run a check
on the navigational array.

lt seems you didn't watch very closely.

- Try that one.
- l don't think that's it.

- Try it. l have a hunch.
- All right. Let's see.

Warning. Warp core collapse
in 10 seconds.

- Nine, eight...
- Put it back, put it back!


Warp core containment field stabilised.

- Sorry.
- Wait a second...

- The ''G'' and ''N'' relay.
- What about it?

O'Brien talked about
the autopilot being connected

to the guidance and navigational relay.

lt was this round thing,
with this square part on the bottom.

l got it.

- ls that it?
- l hope so.

what's the status on the autopilot?

That system is not functional.

All right! Lay in a course
for the wormhole at warp 8.

Unable to comply. The automatic
pilot system is not functional.

- Now what?
- We'll have to try and fly it ourselves.

Starfleet's orders are simple.

No traffic through the wormhole

until we can investigate
the Jem'Hadar's threat.

What about Benjamin and the others?

His return is a top priority.

lf you're going to rescue them,
we're coming.

Apart from Major Kira and Mr O'Brien,
you haven't had combat experience.

We fought the Maquis.

The Dominion will have sharper teeth
than the Maquis.

Then you'll need all the help
you can get.

Mr O'Brien, can you equip
the two remaining runabouts

with extra banks of photon torpedoes?

l already started retrofitting
their weapons systems.

lt will take a few hours
to off-load personnel from the Odyssey.

- You were planning on doing that?
- Do you want to serve on a starship?

- l'm happy where l am.
- Good.

- Be prepared to leave at 13:00 hours.
- Yes, sir.

- You said Keogh didn't like you.
- Did l say that?

You heard him.
We got three hours.

Station security
is to be on maximum alert.

l want random patrols of all corridors
and periodic sensor sweeps.

The provisional government
will send us extra security personnel.

This outlines
how l want them deployed.

That will be all.

Captain Keogh has moved up
our departure time.

l'm on my way to meet Chief O'Brien
and Lieutenant Dax at the Mekong.

Don't you want to stay
and oversee things here on the station?

l don't know
what we'll come up against there.

Your duties do not require you to come.

l figure while you and the others
are trying to rescue Sisko and the boys,

someone ought to be there
to look out for Quark.

Quark? You're joking.

- l thought you hated Quark.
- l do.

But l'd rather see him in jail than
in the hands of the Dominion.

lf anything happened to him
you'd miss him too.

l'd be willing to take that chance...

...but not today.

l'd better get to the Orinoco.


Keep your head down.

Make sure you do the same.

Where's the welcoming committee?

- Maybe the Jem'Hadar were bluffing.
- Or it's a trap.

Odyssey to runabouts.

Preliminary tachyon scans
are negative.

The Dominion
could have cloaking technology.

We'll keep our eyes open.

l'm telling you, we should go to warp.

- First let me try flying at impulse.
- How hard can it be?

Making course corrections
manually isn't easy.

- At this speed, it will take weeks.
- lt will take about five years.

Can't we reassemble the autopilot?

lt's a lot easier taking things apart
than putting them back together.

Three ships coming out of warp.

- Where?
- Right there!

Mekong to Rio Grande.

- Chief, it's me, Jake.
- Are we glad to find you.

- Where's your father?
- He and Quark were taken prisoner.

Jake, come to a full stop.
l'll beam aboard.

Having trouble getting it out of orbit?

We have to go back and save my Dad.

Don't worry, son.
That's exactly what we're going to do.

This is a very sophisticated device.

Most telepathic suppressors
are much bulkier.

There might be a market for this.

- You're hurting me.
- l don't have much to work with.

- You've been at it for hours.
- lf you would just stay still, l'd be...


- All right. Let's get out of here.
- Stand back.

Quark, move it!

- Thanks.
- You're welcome.

Let's go.

l'm picking up something on scanners.

Odyssey to runabouts.

We're detecting three incoming ships
in attack formation.

Shields up. Red Alert.

Odo, take the helm.
l'll handle the targeting controls.

Half the systems in this ship are
disabled. l'll have to break formation.

We'll try to screen you from enemy fire.

What about my dad?

l'd first like to locate Commander Sisko.

You only have 10 minutes.

Enemy ships within range.

Runabouts, break formation,
attack pattern delta.

Here they come.

l'm getting casualty reports
on decks 4, 5, 8 and 17.

We have a plasma leak in our ship.

Deploy damage-control teams.
Keogh to runabouts.

They're using a phased polaron beam
to penetrate our shields.

Have you altered your harmonics?

We've run through the entire spectrum.
None of the frequencies are effective.

Divert shield power to weapons.

After five minutes
we're getting out of here.

Dax, let's take some pressure
off the Odyssey.

Hang on.

Wait. Stop.

l got to start using one of
those holosuite exercise programmes.

He's slowing us down. He can hide.

We'll transport him to safety later.

No. We never would have
gotten away without him.

Thank you, Commander.

l'm glad someone around here
appreciates me.


This has turned into
some science project.

Uncle Quark!

Nog, you're never
going on a field trip again.

Take Eris back to the passenger
compartment and wait there.


Well done.

- The controls are dead.
- We've lost our sensors!

Break off, Mekong.
We'll lay down covering fire.

- Acknowledged!
- Rio Grande to Odyssey.

- We've got Sisko.
- Well done, Chief.

Damage-control team to level 7.

Our tactical control system is down.

Bridge to engineering.
Get that ship back on line.

We've got what we came for.

We'd better pull back before...

Their communications array
must have been hit.

Kira, Dax, you heard him.
Let's get out of here.

A Jem'Hadar ship is making
a direct run at the Odyssey.

Move to intercept.

We were retreating.
There was no need for a suicide run.

That's how far they're willing to go.

Set a course for the wormhole.

Commander, wait.

We need to talk.

l can't believe l'm on the other side
of the galaxy.

You'll get used to it.

Move away from her.

- l don't understand.
- l've been looking over this collar.

l thought if l replicated it
l might be able to turn a tidy profit.

l was surprised
that there's nothing in here.

lt's just a complicated locking device.

You could have used
your telekinetic abilities at any time.

- So, why didn't you?
- You seem to know the answer.

The Jem'Hadar wanted us
to escape, didn't they?

That was the plan:
for us to bring you back here

so you could spy on the Federation.

Well done.

- You're one of the founders?
- You think they would bother with you?


Madam, if you'll come with us.

You have no idea what's begun here.


l'm picking up a transporter signature
but l can't trace it.

She's hasn't materialised on the station.

- Then where is she?
- She'll be back. But who with?

lf the Dominion enters the wormhole,

the first battle will be fought here,

and l intend to be ready for them.