The Next Generation often introduced "aliens of the week" that may be referenced one or two more times before being forgotten about entirely. The episode "The Wounded" introduced a strange, new alien species, the Cardassians, who apparently were at war with the Federation for a significant amount of time. A controversial peace treaty finally brought peace between the two powers, leading to an uneasy alliance. However, the price of that peace was unhappy Federation colonists ("Journey's End") that would eventually lead to the rise of the Maquis ("Preemptive Strike").
Phillip, Daniel, and Darren discuss Next Gen's culmination of a story line that would be developed by Deep Space Nine ("The Maquis, Parts 1 and 2") and serve, essentially, as springboards for both the creation of DS9 and Voyager. From the origins of the memorable Bloody, Bloody Cardassian War to the political turmoil of the Demilitarized Zone to raiders attacking Federation and Cardassian targets - the Maquis storyline certainly showed that it was not all one "happy, shiny, perfect Federation" in TNG. Join Earl Grey as they tackle this ever-present storyline of the Cardassian-Maquis conflict.
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser
Editor / Producer
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones
The Bloody Bloody Cardassian War ("The Wounded") (00:05:50)
DMZ - Demilitarized Zone (00:11:23)
Preemptive Strike & The Maquis, Parts 1 and 2 (00:28:34)
TNG/DS9/VOY - Was the Maquis conflict handled similarly among all the series? (00:37:52)
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