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Star Trek DS9 - Season 7 - Episode 21

Star Trek DS9 - 7x21 - When It Rains...

Originally Aired: 1999-5-5

Kai Winn discovers how to unleash evil, while Damar's rebel movement gains ground. [DVD]

My Rating - 5

Fan Rating Average - 4.58

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Filler Quotient: 0, not filler, do not skip this episode.
- Numerous major long term plot threads are serviced here.


- 311 ships lost power in the last episode's battle, presumedly all destroyed.
- The Romulan fleet commander says that 1500 Klingon ships fighting the Dominion alone are outnumbered 20 to 1. This means the combined Dominion, Cardassian, and Breen fleet must be comprised of 30,000 ships!
- Garak's 34th episode.
- Odo became infected on Stardate 49419. This places the infection date to be somewhere around when he visited Earth. He would have infected the founders when he linked with them in the season finale, when they turned him into a human.

Remarkable Scenes
- Sisko asking Kira to go behind enemy lines and teach a bunch of Cardassians how to be resistance fighters. Ah the irony.
- Bashir asking Odo for a "cup of goo."
- Bashir jumping to conclusions about Ezri's relationship with Worf, then discovering Odo has the disease the founders have.
- Gowron assuming command of the Klingon fleet, much to Martok's discontent.
- Bashir getting the runaround trying to get Odo's medical scan from Starfleet headquarters.
- Kira, Odo, and Garak arriving at the headquarters for the Cardassian resistance and offering advice.
- Bashir discovering that he was sent a fake medical file of Odo, after Sisko used his intelligence clearance to get him the file he was previously denied.
- Bashir discovering that Section 31 infected Odo with the virus so that he would pass it onto the founders and infect them too.

My Review
So Odo has had the founders' disease for a while. He must have infected Laas when he linked with him. Well. Poor Laas. So much for him and the new great link he wanted to form! This episode is another transitional episode in the long arc that's been developing. We get to see Kira, Odo, and Garak begin assist the Cardassian rebellion. Some of the Cardassians, as predicted, hate their new allies. Gowron assumes direct control over the Klingon fleet and begins making tactical errors, jeopardizing the entire war, Winn and Dukat are still attempting to free the Pah-wraiths, and Bashir is unable to realize Ezri's feelings for him because he's too busy dealing with Odo's infection. The complex story moves along nicely; there's nothing spectacular about this episode, though nothing wrong with it either. Pretty average stuff. But as I said before, this arc is setting up for a huge climax, and I'm sure Odo's illness will play a major role.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Bronn on 2013-07-28 at 8:03pm:
    One thing that might count as a small problem is Sisko telling Kira that Garak still has contacts back on Cardassia. In that episode, he claimed to have burned them all attempting to obtain proof that the Dominion was planning to attack Romulus. He told Sisko that every single person he spoke he was dead. They did need to bring Garak into this story, but they probably could have found another way.
  • From Armsauce on 2017-07-08 at 8:26pm:
    I've noticed we haven't seen much of Sisko during this arc. I suppose there's just too much going on with all the other characters but I would have loved to see more of his reaction to how everything has unfolded.

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