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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

The continuing war with the Dominion begins to strain relations between the Klingons and the Romulans. Meanwhile, the Federation is more than happy to accomodate their new Romulan friends. However, some within the Federation are not happy about this. One of them is Luthor Sloan, Director of Section 31. Reaching out to his newest recruit, he assigns Doctor Julian Bashir to a clandestine mission.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x16
Production Number: 565
Airdate: Wednesday March 03rd, 1999

Special Guest Stars
William SadlerWilliam Sadler
As Sloan

Guest Stars
Andrew J. RobinsonAndrew J. Robinson
As Garak
Barry JennerBarry Jenner
As Ross
John FleckJohn Fleck
As Koval

Co-Guest Stars
Cynthia GrahamCynthia Graham
As Wheeler
Joe ReynoldsJoe Reynolds
As Hickam
Episode Notes
The U.S.S. Bellerophon, the ship that takes Doctor Bashir to the conference, is the first Intrepid-class vessel seen in the Star Trek Universe since the U.S.S. Voyager made its debut at Deep Space Nine in Star Trek: Voyager.

Episode Quotes
Garak: (replying to Julian's stance on his trust in the Romulans) The eternal optimist.
Julian: Guilty as charged.
Garak: How sad. I must tell you I'm disappointed in hearing you mouth the usual platitudes of peace and friendship regarding an implacable foe like the Romulans. (Raises hand to silence Julian) But I live in hope that one'll come to see this universe for what it truly is rather than what you'd wish it to be.
Julian: Then I shall endeavor to become more cynical with each passing day, look gift horses squarely in the mouth, and find clouds in every silver lining.
Garak: If only you meant it.

Episode Goofs
Stellar Cartography
In his first talk with Julian, Sloan says that with the Dominion war over, there would be two powers left, "to vie for control of the Quadrant:" the Romulan Star Empire and the Federation. However, there are actually two quadrants at stake. According to the atlas Star Trek: Star Charts by Geoffrey Mandel, the Romulan Star Empire lies completely within the Beta Quadrant while the Federation spans both quadrants, with Earth as the border between the two sections of the galaxy.

When Admiral Ross tells Bashir that having Sloan confined to his quarters may not help, his left arm is resting on the chair he is sitting in and his hands are placed on the table in front of him. The scene then shifts to Bashir for a moment, and the scene after shows Ross leaning foward, with both arms resting on the table in front of his chair. There had been no time given for the Admiral to make such a move.

Episode References
Section 31 Arc
Luthor Sloan and Section 31 return to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine after first being introduced in the season six episode "Inquisition". Section 31 and Sloan will be seen again in "Extreme Measures".

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