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Reopening the Wormhole is a weekly podcast in which three Deep Space Nine obsessives tackle a randomly selected episode from the series and analyze all the things they love and hate about it. Each week, they'll try to determine the funniest lines out of context, deliver their very official review scores and much more! Make sure to stick around until the end, so you don't miss it when they spin the Dabo wheel to reveal next week's episode! 

Featuring Jack Stovold, Sam Stovold and Kevin Young 

Jul 3, 2019

Many refer to Deep Space Nine as the darkest Trek, and this episode is one of many prime examples of why. As Bashir is confronted with the possibility that he might be a sleeper agent of the Dominion, Starfleet’s own Sloan is forced to reveal his true identity, and that of Section 31, the mysterious section of Starfleet that operates autonomously and reports to no one, taking care of the “dirty work” that Federation citizens would rather not know of. Little did they know, while penning this episode, what Section 31 would become in subsequent Star Trek incarnations. The gang is joined by Geoff Clarke of the ApeCast to have an extensive discussion about the Section 31 of Deep Space Nine, and the Section 31 of Star Trek: Discovery, weighing the pros and cons of how each one approaches this tricky subject matter. There’s also mild criticism of tired TV tropes, a Holo-Sisko Smackdown, and several small detours. It’s another step on the Federation’s Road to Ruin, and another step on RTW’s Road to Redemption.