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Synopsis - When the station takes aboard a Cardassian with a disease that places him at a labour camp, which Kira helped free during the Cardassian occupation, Kira tries to make him out to be more guilty than he may actually be. But when his true identity comes into question, Kira is torn and wants to believe the worse.

Duet is a fascinating look at hate; and guilt. Kira had helped to free the Gallitep labour camp, while she was with the Shakaar resistance movement. In doing so, she saw the bodies: the results of the atrocities, committed by Cardassians against the Bajoran laborers, and ordered by Gul Darhe'el. It was evidence of a huge amount of hate by the Cardassians there for the Bajorans.

Years later when this Cardassian shows up on DS9 with a disease he only could have contracted from an accident that occurred at Gallitep, Kira feels the hate for him, and feels the need of vengence. She doesn't care what he did at Gallitep; only that he be the one to atone for what happened at Gallitep.

When he claims to be Aamon Marritza, a lowly file clerk, she infurriated beceause she wants him to be more. The same hate that took the Bajoran lives at Gallitep, has now gripped Kira and is trying to force her to believe the worst about Marritza.

Now hang on. What should the crew of DS9 discover but photographic evidence that Marritza is not Marritza, that he is actually Gul Darhe'el himself. Now Kira has her prize and ready to prosecute him to the fullest extent of Bajoran law, which will lead to his execution. And Marritza allows Kira to believe that he is Darhe'el, and goes on about what a great military leader he was, and how instrumental he was in the slaughter of innocent Bajoran "scum". How he took perverse pleasure in carrying out the vicious, violent atrocities committed there. This naturally fueled Kira even more, to the point where she could no longer stand to be in the same room as him.

But alas, when the truth that Darhe'el actually died six years ago, and Marritza had had his appearance surgically altered, comes to light, we learn that he sees himself as nothing more than a coward, who had to cover his ears with a pillow under his bed each night, because he couldn't bear to hear the screams of the Bajorans as they were tortured and killed; all the while knowing he was powerless to do anything about it. Interesting how this supports one of his first claims, before Kira believed he was Darhe'el, that he never heard the screams of torture, when really it was just to painful for him to remember.

As it happens, Marritza had planned his little trip to DS9 for five years, so that he may take the guilt of the atrocities committed at Gallitep, all on himself, and make Cardassia see the truth about what went on there; that they may usher in new times.

With the truth in light, all feelings of hatred were washed away from Kira, and there was forgiveness in her heart; as she inspired Aamon to help Cardassia usher in the new age from the realm of the living and not the dead. Her feelings unfortunately were not shared by a fellow Bajoran who stabbed Marritza as he was being escorted to his ship. This Bajoran didn't kill him, though because he was at Gallitep; he killed him just because he was a Cardassian and he couldn't let go of his hate for them.


Series' Regulars
Commander Benjamin Sisko™ - Avery Brooks
Major Kira Nerys™ - Nana Visitor
Constable Odo™ - René Auberjonois
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax™ - Terry Farrell
Dr. Julian Bashir™ - Alexander Siddig
Chief Miles Edward O'Brien™ - Colm Meany
Quark™ - Armin Shimmerman
Jake Sisko™ - Cirroc Lofton


Guest Cast

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Directed by: James L. Conway

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