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Star Trek: DS9 episode
"The Dogs of War"
Episode no. 172
Prod. code
Airdate May 26, 1999
Writer(s) René Echevarria
Ronald D. Moore
Director Avery Brooks
Guest star(s) Cecily Adams as Ishka
Casey Biggs as Damar
Jeffrey Combs as Brunt and as Weyoun
Aron Eisenberg as Nog
Max Grodenchik as Rom
J.G. Hertzler as Martok
Barry Jenner as Admiral Ross
Salome Jens as female changeling
Penny Johnson as Kasidy Yates
Chase Masterson as Leeta
Julianna McCarthy as Mila
Andrew J. Robinson as Garak
Tiny Ron as Maihar'du
Wallace Shawn as Zek
Year 2375
Stardate 52861.3
Episode chronology
Previous "Extreme Measures"
Next "What You Leave Behind"

"The Dogs of War" is an episode from the finale arc of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the eighth of the ten final chapters. The production code of the episode is 574. First aired May 26, 1999 during the shows seventh season. Directed by Avery Brooks, the teleplay is credited to René Echevarria and Ronald D. Moore, based on a story by Peter Allan Fields. The episode was extremely well received by the Star Trek community, and has an average score of 4.7/5 on the official Star Trek website (as of April 15th, 2007). [1]


The episode begins wrapping up the remaining loose ends of the series before the series finale. The Cardassian rebellion headed by former leader Damar, whose successor Legate Broca is also introduced, suffers a severe blow when Damar is stranded with Garak and Kira on Cardassia, specifically the home of Garak's former caretaker Mila, and his rebel bases are destroyed. With the encouragement of Kira, the three bomb a Jem'Hadar barracks, where Damar reveals to the people that he is not dead, as Dominion propaganda claimed. He then calls upon the Cardassian populace to rise up against the Dominion. Even though the organized military resistance is gone, a massive civilian revolution begins.

On Deep Space Nine, Quark receives a message from the Grand Nagus Zek, apparently informing him that he has been chosen as his successor upon his imminent retirement. Upon a visit from his old rival Brunt, however, he discovers that Zek, presumably under the influence of his mother Ishka, has instituted a number of reforms, including promoting worker's rights, environmental protection and outlawing monopolies. Quark is so disgusted by these violations of old Ferengi tradition that he threatens to turn down the job. Upon Zek's arrival to name his successor, however, he discovers that he was never the intended heir of the Grand Nagus, and it was in fact Quark's brother Rom. Quark is still extremely unimpressed, and in a subsequent monologue swears to turn his bar into a refuge for the old unrestrained capitalism that was symbolic of his Ferenginar, though admits his brother is much more suited to be the leader of a new Ferenginar.

At Dominion headquarters on Cardassia, the Female Changeling, Weyoun, Broca and the Breen Representative Thot Pran note the Federation has overcome the Breen weapon, and resolve to make a major retreat in hopes that the Federation and its allies will leave them alone long enough for them to rebuild their fleets. Sisko anticipates this, however, and he and Chancellor Martok press for a final assault to be launched upon Cardassia Prime to end the war. Starfleet Admiral Ross and the Romulan representative reluctantly agree. After this, Sisko's wife Kasidy tells him that she is pregnant, and she is concerned by a warning from the Prophets that Sisko, as the emissary, must walk his path alone. Sisko attempts to comfort her.


  • Jeffrey Combs appears in this episode in both of his Deep Space Nine roles during this episode. He not only appears as the Vorta Weyoun, but he also makes an appearance as the Ferengi Brunt.
  • Quark's speech about Ferengi values and how "the line must be drawn here; this far, no further" was a deliberate parody of Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: First Contact.
  • Sisko's line to Dax, "That's what happens when you miss staff meetings," is an homage to Kirk's line to McCoy, "That's what you get for missing staff meetings, Doctor," in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
  • Quark also says of his bar that "this establishment will be the last outpost of what made Ferenginar great." "The Last Outpost" is the title of the first Star Trek episode in which both the Ferengi and Armin Shimerman himself appeared.
"...and Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
with Ate by his side come hot from hell,
shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war,
that this foul deed shall smell above the earth
with carrion men, groaning for burial."
  • Like Avery Brooks, Patrick Stewart also directed the penultimate episode of his series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. He directed "Preemptive Strike".
  • This is the second episode where Quark assumes the title of Grand Nagus from Zek, only to have it taken away from him. In "The Nagus", Zek names Quark as his successor and fakes his own death as a ruse to test his son, Krax.
  • The nameplate for the USS Sao Paulo lists the names of several "Starfleet" personnel, whose names are actually real people. The last name on the list, in the far bottom right, is Gene Roddenberry.

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