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Second Skin 

Kira finds herself on Cardassia as a Cardassian. She is told she is called Iliana Ghemor and was a Cardassian spy.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien (credit only)
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Andrew Robinson ... Garak
Gregory Sierra ... Entek
Tony Papenfuss Tony Papenfuss ... Yeln
Cindy Katz ... Yteppa
Lawrence Pressman ... Ghemor
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... Gul Benil
Freyda Thomas Freyda Thomas ... Alenis Grem


Kira's contacted by Alenis Grem of the Bajoran Central Archives, who's doing research on the former Elemspur detention center. Grem has proof Kira was once detained there, but she's sure it isn't true. When the only remaining living inmate recognizes her, Kira decides to travel to the Archives to sort things out. But she never arrives. While the crew searches for her, Kira awakes on Cardassia. She's been turned into a Cardassian, and is told she served as a spy on Bajor, whose long term memory was altered to avoid discovery. Her name is Iliana Ghemor, daughter of legate Tekeny Ghemor. Though she denounces the situation as preposterous as first, she starts having serious doubts when Entek of the Obisidian Order provides more convincing proof. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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24 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the first sequence where the Cardassians contact Sisko while he is using the holofilter, the only shot of the Kobheerian disguise is stock footage of the original Captain from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Duet (1993), with Avery Brooks lip synching the first sentence. Norman Large, the original actor in the makeup, was not credited in this episode. See more »


Commander Sisko: Is the communications holo-filter ready?
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: I can make your com image look like a 3,000-ton screech rhino, if you want me to.
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Edited from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Duet (1993) See more »


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Duet Part II: Another fantastic episode
8 August 2019 | by michaeljimmcdonaldSee all my reviews

I don't understand why episodes like this get so much flak; they're what made DS9 a great show (and why it was so painful when the Dominion War arc took over in the later seasons). The core mystery and its resolution bring many classic Trek themes into play, such as how identity affects a person and how decisions reflect what truly matters to a person, but we also get the deep personal significance for Major Kira that's possible due to the ongoing development of her character and the Bajoran & Cardassian cultures throughout DS9's early seasons (TOS and TNG could almost never do an episode like this because the characters don't have the history and every week they'd move onto a new culture; the only comparable sequences I'd argue are from Worf's character arc in TNG).

Another reviewer criticized how this is similar to TNG's "Face of the Enemy"; that entirely misses the point of the episode. "Face of the Enemy" was an espionage suspense thriller - there were no personal stakes for Troi really, it was much more a "will they succeed or won't they?" type of story. This episode is entirely about the character - what would it mean for Major Kira if her entire life was a lie, if she really was part of the enemy that destroyed her culture, the enemy for which she'd given everything up to help defeat? And how do the events of the episode complicate her (and the viewer's) view of Cardassians? The central uncertainty of the plot perfectly mirrors the moral uncertainty of the DS9 universe, and really harkens back to the brilliant first season episode "Duet" (the central plot device in fact is practically the exact inverse of the central plot device from "Duet").

If you're looking for suspenseful action you'll find this episode dull; but then again if that's the case, why are you watching Star Trek at all?

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