||I came to this episode having not seen "The Jem'Hadar", but it was the start of Series 3, so it did not take too long to catch up. The Defiant came in straight away, and I think she was the best thing to happen to the show. Admittedly, she's not perfect, but she gets the main characters away from the station and out into open space. She strikes me as essentially a big gunboat rather than a ship, and the 'submarine' element of the cloaking device is a nice addition. It's unfortunate that her first outing went so badly for her. We also meet both Eddington and Subcommander T'Rul as well. T'Rul might have made an interesting character, but she disappeared after this. Perhaps they should not have given her the brow-ridge look, because it froze her face into an expressionless glare, which would have made some aspects of character development tricky. Still, she had the sense to suggest that Sisko carried on with the mission rather than risk his ship to rescue two people. I picked up on Odo's homing instinct almost straight away, and the shape-shifters rising out of what appeared to be a lake was no surprise. Still, worth watching.