Season 4a - Season 4c
Episode 10: “Our Man Bashir”
Episodes 11/12: “Homefront” & “Paradise Lost”
As the story begins, we have a good tension between the need for protection and the importance of freedom. There is a good argument presented for freedom, even as it increases danger. It is the sort of thing that is destroyed if one seeks to secure it. True freedom requires a willingness to face the dangers that the freedom makes possible. It is a delicate state only possible for masses when people understand their responsibility toward each other. Once you try to create or protect it with outside measures, you no longer have freedom. You have a security of sorts, but you’ve traded freedom for it.
In the second episode, Sisko discovers that the sacrifices he was willing to make to protect his home were made in the face of a lie. This season continues to amaze with the way it so skillfully addresses these issues in a timeless way. Especially when one remembers these stories were written years before the issues were a daily discussed reality for western culture.
Episodes 13/14: “Crossfire” & “Return to Grace”
Episode 15: “The Sons of Mogh”
Episode 16: “Bar Association”