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imageThe Ends Justify the Means

This Card-Review article was written by Michael Shea and was published first on "The Continuing Committee (" at May 17th, 2018.

DUKAT: That’s close enough, Garak.

GARAK: I wanted to make sure the council members were safe.

DUKAT: Hoping, no doubt, that your concern would curry some political favor?

GARAK: Oh, and I take it your concern is motivated strictly by patriotism.

DUKAT: Oh, the council members are well aware of my patriotism and the sacrifices I was willing to make in order to save them. Now, why don’t you go back to your tailor shop and sew something?

GARAK: Because if the Klingons do invade this station, you just may need my help. Who would’ve thought that the two of us would be fighting side by side?

DUKAT: Just remember when you fire that thing you’re aiming it at a Klingon.

GARAK: I’ll try to keep that in mind.

When Far Beyond the Stars was first approved for production, I was delighted to work on a set dedicated to my favorite series in the whole of Trek: Deep Space Nine. Deep Space Nine was always more comfortable dealing with darker subject matter than its predecessors, and if good science fiction serves as a means to allow comment on the human condition, then perhaps no single alien race better personifies the human capacity for deceit and amorality than the Cardassians. As a people, Cardassians prioritize power over truth. In Season Four’s two-part opener, The Way of the Warrior, Elim Garak, Plain Simple Tailor and Dukat, Military Advisor demonstrate this reality succinctly when they reluctantly agree to fight the invading Klingons together – not because of a shared sense of patriotism or loyalty or honor, but because both of them see an opportunity for personal gain in the situation, and each is willing to risk betrayal at the hands of the other or death at the hands of Klingon warriors in order to get what he wants. It's the very essence of the concept of the ends jutifying the means. With that in mind, I present The Enemy of My Enemy.

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imageBeware Saber Bears on Kang's Summit

This Card-Review article was written by Nathan Miracle and was published first on "The Continuing Committee (" at May 16th, 2018.

“The Negh’var. There’s a General Martok on board asking to speak with you.”
-Jadzia Dax, Way of the Warrior

Season 4 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine opened with the Klingons declaring war on the Cardassians, and subsequently the Federation. This season also introduced a new character, a Klingon (allegedly) general named Martok. In reality, “Martok” was a Founder sent by the Dominion to instigate instability in the Alpha Quadrant.

“But first, let us be sure we are all who we say we are.”
-Martok Founder, Way of the Warrior

“If I was a smart shape-shifter, a really good one, the first thing I would do would be to grab some poor soul off the street, absorb every ounce of his blood, and let it out on cue whenever someone like you tried to test me. Don’t you see? There isn’t a test that’s been created a smart man can’t find his way around.”
-Joseph Sisko, Homefront

In his very first scene, the Martok Founder subjected himself to a blood screening to prove his Klingon nature to Sisko, Kira and the audience. He maintained this ruse for an entire year, commanding the I.K.S. Negh’var and leading the Klingon war efforts against the Cardassians. No other Founder experience quite the same level of success in infiltrating their target affiliation. Martok Founder does such a great job of posing as the real Martok, this version can even play directly to your Qo'noS.

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imageDukat, Erstwhile Ally

This Card-Review article was written by Michael Shea and was published first on "The Continuing Committee (" at May 15th, 2018.

"I'm a much more complicated man than you give me credit for." - Gul Dukat, Return to Grace.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine. In many ways the series was revolutionary for Star Trek for its darker tone and complex portrayal of humans and aliens who lived not in the utopian paradise depicted in The Next Generation but in a universe dominated by shades of gray.  When Nathan and I pitched a boutique set commemorating Deep Space Nine, we wanted the overall feel of the set to reflect the character of the show. When we were deciding on specific cards to pitch, it was clear to both of us early on that we wanted pivotal moments and characters well represented.  So, the series' principle recurring antagonist, Gul Dukat, was a natural choice.

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