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|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||Les Landau|
|Written by||Peter Allan Fields|
|Featured music||John Debney|
|Original air date||May 10, 1993|
Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy, in orbit of the planet Bajor. In this episode Kira deals with a stubborn farmer who refuses to leave his home which is slated for destruction; Jake and Nog cooperate in a profit-seeking venture.
Bajor plans to tap the core of one of its moons to provide energy—a process that will render the moon uninhabitable. An elderly farmer, Mullibok, refuses to evacuate, and Major Kira goes to the moon to investigate. Despite (or perhaps because of) Mullibok's stubbornness, Kira grows fond of him. Over dinner, he describes how he escaped to the moon during the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. Mullibok gets Kira to admit that the Bajorans beat the Cardassians because they "hung on like fanatics," drawing a parallel between their struggle and his.
Kira reports her findings to Sisko and to Minister Toran, who is overseeing the project. Toran sends her back with two security guards to remove Mullibok. Kira attempts to reason with Mullibok while he goes about finishing a kiln he has been building. The guards arrest Mullibok's farmhands. Mullibok becomes furious and attacks one of the guards; the other shoots him.
Bashir arrives to treat Mullibok's wound, and the farmhands are evacuated to Bajor. Sisko, knowing Toran will be furious, recommends that Bashir report that Kira must remain on the moon for several more days for humanitarian reasons, at Bashir's recommendation.
In a parallel story, Jake Sisko and Nog acquire surplus sauce that Quark has been unable to sell. The two make a succession of trades, eventually ending up with a strip of land on Bajor. When they overhear that the government is trying to secure the land for a building project, the pair offer it to Quark for five bars of gold-pressed latinum.
Back on the moon, Kira continues to bond with Mullibok. Sisko visits to remind Kira that her job is in jeopardy for supporting Mullibok. The two talk as Kira works on Mullibok's kiln, and she comes to realize that after years of fighting for the underdog she is now working for the other side. Sisko tells her a runabout is standing by to complete the evacuation.
After a night spent caring for Mullibok, Kira awakens to find him putting the final touches on his kiln. Kira tells him he has finished his work and she must finish hers. As long as his cottage stands, Mullibok says, he will remain on the moon. Kira destroys the kiln with her phaser and sets the cottage ablaze. Mullibok declares that he will die if he leaves. "I won't let you," Kira says, and calls the runabout for "Two to beam up."
Doux Reviews gave "Progress" 4 out 4, and praised the character development for Kira Nerys.
In 2018, SyFy recommend this episode for its abbreviated watch guide for the Bajoran character Kira Nerys. They note how this former resistance leader turned diplomat must struggle with her emotions and sense of duty. She is faced with a challenging case of forced relocation pitting the new Bajoran government's plan for development against some citizens.
In 2020, Io9 News Editor James Whitbrook said this one of the "must watch" episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and said it showed how Kira was taking on her job at the space station as a liaison.
The episode's plot and character motivations strongly resemble those of the Elia Kazan film, Wild River, in that an aging but strong-willed individualist has made an isolated place his/her own, and is now being forced to abandon that home for a project that will provide cheap energy to a large number of people (a hydroelectric dam in the movie). In both stories, the functionary assigned to get people out of the area soon to be made uninhabitable forms a bond of understanding with the holdout, and each is forced to deal with the other's perspective, without abandoning his/her own. The film ends with the death of the holdout, who loses the will to live away from her island redoubt; the TV episode holds out hope that this can be avoided a while.
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