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Title Episode Production number Stardate US release date
"The Homecoming" 2x01 40512-421 Unknown 1993-09-26
"The Circle" 2x02 40512-422 Unknown 1993-10-03
"The Siege" 2x03 40512-423 Unknown 1993-10-10
"Invasive Procedures" 2x04 40512-424 47182.1 1993-10-17
"Cardassians" 2x05 40512-425 47177.2–47178.3 1993-10-24
"Melora" 2x06 40512-426 47229.1 1993-10-31
"Rules of Acquisition" 2x07 40512-427 Unknown 1993-11-06
"Necessary Evil" 2x08 40512-428 47282.5–47284.1 1993-11-14
"Second Sight" 2x09 40512-429 47329.4 1993-11-20
"Sanctuary" 2x10 40512-430 47391.2 1993-11-28
"Rivals" 2x11 40512-431 Unknown 1994-01-02
"The Alternate" 2x12 40512-432 47391.7 1994-01-09
"Armageddon Game" 2x13 40512-433 Unknown 1994-01-30
"Whispers" 2x14 40512-434 47581.2 1994-02-06
"Paradise" 2x15 40512-435 47573.1 1994-02-13
"Shadowplay" 2x16 40512-436 47603.3 1994-02-20
"Playing God" 2x17 40512-7 Unknown 1994-02-27
"Profit and Loss" 2x18 40512-438 Unknown 1994-03-20
"Blood Oath" 2x19 40512-439 Unknown 1994-03-27
"The Maquis, Part I" 2x20 40512-440 Unknown 1994-04-24
"The Maquis, Part II" 2x21 40512-441 Unknown 1994-05-01
"The Wire" 2x22 40512-442 Unknown 1994-05-08
"Crossover" 2x23 40512-443 Unknown 1994-05-15
"The Collaborator" 2x24 40512-444 Unknown 1994-05-22
"Tribunal" 2x25 40512-445 47944.2 1994-06-05
"The Jem'Hadar" 2x26 40512-446 Unknown 1994-06-12


In their second year together, the crew of Deep Space 9 face problems that will affect the galaxy forever. A Bajoran extremist group attempts to force the Federation out of the Bajoran system. The Cardassians are secretly supplying them with weapons, hoping to return to reclaim the planet and hold the Bajoran wormhole for the Cardassian Union. However, the greatest enemy of all is lurking beyond it.

Background information[]

  • This season was broadcast concurrent with Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7.
  • Characters which 'cross over' from other incarnations of Star Trek include, from TOS: Kor, Kang and Koloth ("Blood Oath"), and from TNG: Admiral Alynna Nechayev ("The Maquis, Part II").
  • All references (of which there were three) to the Dominion prior to the episode "The Jem'Hadar" were specifically designed to create a sense of layering and to convey the idea that the Dominion were involved in many different activities: in "Rules of Acquisition", it is revealed that they are involved in trade and commerce; in "Sanctuary", it is revealed that they have a military division; and in "Shadowplay", it is revealed that they are imperialists who think nothing of invading and conquering an entire planet.
  • Michael Piller was extremely proud of this season; "When we really started doing stories about our space station, and really made it unique to itself, that's when the series, I think, really became special. I think, if you look at the second season of Deep Space Nine, and I think that I would, personally, put that on a par with any single season in the history of Star Trek." (New Frontiers: The Story of Deep Space Nine, DS9 Season 2 DVD, Special Features)
  • Robert Hewitt Wolfe also agreed that the show really found its footing during the second season; "By the second season we knew how to do the right things, I think with more consistency, and we started to nail them more often. And we also started to develop the Dominion arc and to really understand more about the Prophets and Bajor and understand the relationship with the characters. So it just became a stronger show." (New Frontiers: The Story of Deep Space Nine, DS9 Season 2 DVD, Special Features)
  • This is the only season of Deep Space Nine in which the Prophets do not appear on screen.
  • The first three installments of this season form a linked story arc. "The first three-parter was a commitment to say, 'Hey, look at us. Look at what we can do,'" recalled Michael Piller. "It was, in a sense, supposed to do for us what 'Best of Both Worlds[!]' had done for Next Generation." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 338) Recollected Ira Steven Behr, "Michael Piller called me up and said, 'We're going to open season two with a three-part episode.' Something that had never been done in the franchise history. That's the moment where I started to think, 'Okay, Deep Space Nine gives us opportunities that the other shows do not have or did not have, and that's exciting.'" (What We Left Behind) Piller continued, "I think that we succeeded. Those three shows really did show the breadth of ambition of storytelling that we were able to do and the special effects were terrific, the guest stars were great, and the credibility was there." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 338) Colm Meaney observed that this triumvirate of episodes continued an exploration of the "very interesting" subject of religious fundamentalism which had begun in the first season finale "In the Hands of the Prophets". ("Colm Meaney – Miles O'Brien", The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine issue 5, p. 10)



Also starring[]

Guest and co-stars[]


Executive Producers
Consulting Producer
  • Peter Lauritson (from "Armageddon Game" onward)
Supervising Producers
Co-Executive Producer
Line Producer
  • Robert della Santina ("Rules of Acquisition", "Rivals", "Playing God", "The Maquis, Part I", "Crossover")
Associate Producer
  • Steve Oster ("Armageddon Game" – "The Jem'Hadar")
Story Editor
Casting by
Music by
  • Dennis McCarthy ("The Homecoming" – "Invasive Procedures", "Paradise" – "Sanctuary", "The Alternate", "Whispers" – "Paradise", "Playing God", "Blood Oath", "The Maquis, Part II" – "Crossover", "The Jem'Hadar")
  • Jay Chattaway ("Necessary Evil", "Rivals", "Armageddon Game", "Shadowplay", "Profit and Loss", "The Maquis, Part I", "The Collaborator" – "Tribunal")
Main Title Theme by
  • Dennis McCarthy (credit appears only in episodes in which McCarthy is not the episode's composer)
Director of Photography
Production Designer
Art Director
  • Robert Lederman ("The Homecoming", "Invasive Procedures", every third episode after "Sanctuary")
  • Tom Benko, A.C.E. (every third episode after "The Circle")
  • Richard E. Rabjohn (every third episode after "The Siege")
  • William B. Stitch ("Rules of Acquisition")
Unit Production Manager
  • Robert della Santina
First Assistant Director
  • Richard Wells (every other episode from "The Homecoming" through "Rivals")
  • Venita Ozols-Graham (every other episode from "The Circle" through "Sanctuary")
  • Brian Whitley (every other episode from "The Alternate" through "The Jem'Hadar")
  • B.C. Cameron (every other episode from "Armageddon Game" through "Tribunal")
Second Assistant Director
  • B.C. Cameron ("The Homecoming" – "The Alternate")
  • Debra Kent ("Armageddon Game" – "The Jem'Hadar")
Visual Consultant
  • Herman Zimmerman ("Playing God" – "The Jem'Hadar")
Costume Designer
Co-costume Designer
Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Supervisors
Post Production Supervisor
Supervising Editor
  • J.P. Farrell (credited as John P. Farrell until "Invasive Procedures")
Scenic Art Supervisor/Technical Consultant
  • Michael Okuda (credited as Scenic Art Consultant from "Blood Oath" onward)
Senior Illustrator/Technical Consultant
Makeup Designed and Supervised by
Set Decorator
Set Designers
  • Sharon Davis (every other episode from "The Homecoming" through "Rivals")
  • Ron Wilkinson (every other episode from "The Circle" through "The Alternate", "Armageddon Game" – "Shadowplay")
  • James Claytor ("Playing God" – "The Jem'Hadar")
Visual Effects Coordinators
Visual Effects Series Editor
  • Philip Barberio (from "Rivals" onward)
Wardrobe Supervisor
Script Supervisor
  • Judi Brown ("The Homecoming" – "Crossover")
  • Marilyn Giardino-Zych ("The Collaborator", "Tribunal")
  • Cosmo Genovese ("The Jem'Hadar")
Special Effects
Property Master
Construction Coordinator
  • Thomas J. Arp ("The Homecoming" – "Playing God")
  • Dave DeGaetano ("Profit and Loss" – "The Jem'Hadar")
Scenic Artist
  • Denise Okuda (every other episode from "The Homecoming" through "Tribunal")
  • Doug Drexler (every other episode from "The Circle" through "The Jem'Hadar")
Hair Designer
Make-up Artists
  • Camile Calvet-Sutfin ("The Homecoming", "The Siege", "Cardassians", "Rules of Acquisition" – "Second Sight", "Rivals", "Armageddon Game", "Paradise – "Playing God", "Blood Oath" – "The Maquis, Part II", "Crossover" – "Tribunal")
  • Dean Gates ("The Circle" – "Invasive Procedures", "Melora" – "Necessary Evil", "Sanctuary" – "The Alternate", "Whispers" – "Shadowplay", "Profit and Loss" – "The Maquis, Part I", "The Wire" – "The Collaborator", "The Jem'Hadar")
  • Dean Carl Jones ("The Homecoming" – "The Circle", "Invasive Procedures" – "Sanctuary", "The Alternate" – "Whispers", "Shadowplay" – "Profit and Loss", "The Maquis, Part I" – "The Wire", "The Collaborator" – "The Jem'Hadar")
  • Karen J. Westerfield ("The Homecoming" – "Paradise", "Playing God" – "Blood Oath", "The Maquis, Part II" – "Crossover", "Tribunal" – "The Jem'Hadar")
Hair Stylists
Sound Mixer
Camera Operator
Chief Lighting Technician
First Company Grip
Key Costumers
  • Phyllis Corcoran-Woods ("The Homecoming", "The Siege", every other episode from "Rules of Acquisition" through "Tribunal")
  • Jerry Bono (odd-numbered episodes)
  • Mary Ellen Bosche (even-numbered episodes)
  • Patti Borggrebe-Taylor ("The Circle", every other episode from "Invasive Procedures" through "The Alternate")
  • Stephanie Colin (every other episode from "Whispers" through "The Jem'Hadar")
  • Maurice Palinski ("Cardassians")
Music Editor
Supervising Sound Editor
Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Sound Editors
Production Coordinator
  • Heidi Smothers ("The Homecoming" – "Sanctuary", "Armageddon Game" – "The Jem'Hadar") (credited as Heidi Julian until "Sanctuary")
  • Sara Thornberg ("Rivals", "The Alternate")
Post-Production Coordinator
Visual Effects Associate
Production Associates
Science Consultant
Main Title Design
  • Dan Curry
Stunt Coordinator
Location Manager
  • Lisa White ("The Homecoming" – "The Circle", "Paradise" – "Shadowplay")
Pre-Production Associate
Casting Executive

Uncredited crew[]


Filmed with
Panavision cameras and lenses
Video Optical Effects
Digital Magic
Special Video Compositing
CIS Hollywood
Motion Control Photography
Image "G"
Computer Animation
VisionArt Design & Animation (all except "The Alternate")
Computer Animation Segments by
VIFX ("The Alternate")
Editing facilities
Unitel Video
Post-Production sound
Modern Sound

See also[]

External links[]

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