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Arguably one of the best episodes of Deep Space Nine and a jewel in the entire Trek canon (it was shown during the Museum of Television and Radio Broadcasting's Tribute to Excellence in 1994), "Duet" is a powerful and moving tale about the apparent capture of a notorious war criminal. When a middle-aged Cardassian (Harris Yulin) arrives on the station to receive medical treatment, Major Kira (Nana Visitor) accuses him of being a monster named Gul Darhe'el, the "Butcher of Gallitepp," who killed thousands of Bajorans at a notorious labor camp. What ensues is an incendiary exchange between Kira and the imprisoned Darhe'el, in which he boasts provocatively of his crimes and strikes a nerve in the major by accusing her of ignoring the pain and deaths she caused as a Resistance terrorist. Seeing red, Kira keeps returning to Darhe'el for more verbal combat, but Sisko (Avery Brooks) and Odo (Rene Auberjonois) suspect something is amiss.
Pitched by a couple of interns on the show as a Judgement at Nuremberg-like courtroom drama, "Duet" was instead given a Man in the Glass Booth spin by writers and coproducers Ira Behr and Peter Fields. Ironically, the episode was made during a state of end-of-the-season exhaustion and under a frustrating mandate to shoot cheaply. Yet the result is stellar, a morally and politically complex drama. --Tom Keogh
A Kobheerian freighter arrives at the station carrying a Cardassian passenger suffering from a medical condition known as Kalla-Nohra. Upon seeing the visitor, Major Kira (Nana Visitor) immediately arrests him, citing that the only place he could have contracted Kalla-Nohra was at Gallitepp, a Bajoran forced labor camp. Though he denies the accusation, the Cardassian, tentatively identified as a teacher, is held captive while Kira investigates his background.
A photograph from Bajoran archives reveals that this teacher is actually Gul Darhe'el, the "Butcher of Gallitepp". When Kira confronts him with the information, the Cardassian says it's true - but an even deeper secret remains!
As an avid S Trek fan, I have to say this is one of the best. Harris Yulin and Nana Visitor should have gotten awards for this episode. And the writing was excellent. Read morePublished on July 31, 2007 by Matthew A. Johnston
I get COLD CHILLS at the end of this episode.I'm a
Star Trek fan with some HARSH criticism about DS9 but THIS
is one of their Top 10 BEST shows. Read more
Simply put, this is the best Star Trek episode that I have ever seen, and I have seen the majority of them. Read morePublished on December 23, 2002
This is a great early episode of Deep Space 9. Ever since The Next Generation, we knew that Bajorans and Cardassians did not get along, and Cardassians occupied Bajor for over 50... Read morePublished on October 1, 2000 by L C
Every year of Deep Space Nine produced at least one episode that I consider to be among the best Star Trek episodes ever. Season 1's Duet is the first of these. Read morePublished on August 8, 2000 by Geebus
One of Deep Space Nine's more intriguing elements is the relationship between the Cardassians and Bajorans. Read morePublished on July 5, 2000 by Joe White