[DS9] Season 4, Episode 14: Return to Grace
Return To Grace is a strong chapter in Dukat’s story. The way Dukat handles his fallen status within the Cardassian military starts off as you might expect, but told through a series of very effective scenes. Later in the episode however, we get a peak at the anger and brutality that is such a central part to Dukat’s character.
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Dukat has been demoted because of Ziyal, and now has to transport Kira somewhere.
Damar is the first officer on his little cargo ship.
A bird of prey kills an outpost with both Bajoran and Cardassian diplomats
Dukat wants to fight them even though he’s completely outgunned. Even when Dukat fires on them, they just leave because Dukat is no threat. It’s a pretty effective scene to show just how low Dukat has fallen.
Kira tells Dukat to be more like a terrorist and improvise. They nab one of the weapons from the destroyed outpost that’s still intact.
Ziyal puts Kira in a strange place regarding both of their feelings towards Dukat. I like that Kira won’t forgive Dukat.
They figure out where the bird of prey was going and run into them
Dukat figures out how to create a false reading from his ship, making it look like they have valuable cargo.
Then when they get closer, Dukat fires on the Klingons!
Dukat and Kira beam over to the Klingon’s ship
Kira knew how to beam the Klingons onto the Cardassian ship
Dukat blows up all the klingons while they’re on his ship
Kira discovers all kinds of intel that can be used against the klingons. Dukat is eager to tell the cardassian leadership and regain his former position
But then the Cardassian leadership no longer is interested in fighting the Klingons. They instead want to try a diplomatic solution. Dukat says he’s taking the bird of prey and hunting down Klingons himself!
he asks Kira to join him, but she says nah
Kira convinces Dukat to let Ziyal live on DS9 with her.
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