||When it gets things right, DS9 is a formidable piece of television, still a match for the best of anything I've ever seen. This episode nails it; it is quite simply superb, relying on characterisation to provide drama while teaching us a bit more about the various alpha and gamma quadrant species. This episode has the best title of any episode from any series I've ever watched. It conjures a mythical, Biblical, hellish atmosphere whicb represents what Garak and the others have to go through. Everyone is pushed to their limit in a different way. Boldly going nowhere? What a joke; Deep Space Nine goes a lot further than the other Treks.