|"By Inferno's Light"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||Les Landau|
|Written by||Ira Steven Behr|
Robert Hewitt Wolfe
|Original air date||February 17, 1997|
The second half of a two-part episode, it is most notable for featuring the beginning of the Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant. It features the return of several familiar faces, drawing on plot lines from the third-season's "Improbable Cause" and "The Die is Cast", the body of the fourth season, and fifth-season opener "Apocalypse Rising".
The episode premiered to almost 6 million viewers.
The Dominion fleet, having come through the Bajoran wormhole at the end of the previous episode, flies off toward Cardassia. Gul Dukat joins them, announcing that the Dominion has accepted Cardassia as a member, with Dukat as its new leader.
At the Dominion internment camp where Garak, Worf, Dr. Bashir, and General Martok are being held, the inmates have built an illicit transmitter inside the prison walls. Garak crawls inside the walls to modify it to signal their runabout so they can escape, triggering his severe claustrophobia. Meanwhile, Worf is selected as an opponent for Jem'Hadar guards to practice hand-to-hand combat. Worf's refusal to surrender, defeating a series of Jem'Hadar opponents, inspires Garak to overcome his fears and continue working.
Dukat vows to eliminate all Klingon invaders and Maquis renegades in Cardassian space. Captain Sisko persuades Klingon chancellor Gowron to reinstate the alliance between the Klingons and the Federation in order to fight the Dominion. Dukat contacts Sisko, warning that he intends to conquer Deep Space Nine for the Dominion. Sisko deploys the Defiant and three runabouts to fight the incoming Cardassian/Dominion fleet; they are joined by the Klingons and a Romulan fleet. Unknown to Sisko, a Changeling impersonating Bashir is at the helm of one of the runabouts.
Back at the internment camp, the Jem'Hadar come close to discovering Garak before being overpowered by the other prisoners. Meanwhile, Worf is fighting Ikat'ika, the Jem'Hadar commander. Worf refuses to yield; Ikat'ika, impressed by Worf's determination, yields the fight. The Vorta overseer, enraged, orders Ikat'ika's immediate execution. As the troops turn their guns to Worf, Garak manages to activate the transmitter, and they are beamed away to the runabout at the last second. There, Bashir sends an urgent message to DS9.
The Changeling Bashir's runabout is carrying a bomb intended to detonate inside the sun, incinerating DS9, Bajor, and the combined Starfleet, Klingon, and Romulan forces. Receiving Bashir's message, Sisko orders that runabout destroyed. The Defiant takes the risky maneuver of engaging warp drive within the solar system in order to pull the runabout away from the sun and detonate it safely. No Cardassian/Dominion fleet arrives; the impending attack was a ruse.
Garak, Worf, Bashir, and Martok return to the station and Sisko finalizes the peace treaty with Gowron.
Martok is appointed to command the new permanent Klingon presence on DS9.
In 2020, The Digital Fix ranked "In Purgatory's Shadow" and "By Inferno's Light" as the fourth best episode(s) of Deep Space Nine. They call the episodes an "epic two-parter" that took the show's "long-running narrative to another level" and praised the various plot lines and reveals.
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