7x16 Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
First Aired: Mar. 03, 1999 on Syndicated
Summary: Stardate Unknown
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Dr. Julian Bashir: "In time of war, the law falls silent." Cicero. So, is that what we have become - a 24th century Rome, driven by nothing other than the certainty that Caesar can do no wrong?
Dr. Julian Bashir: Ah, it's a pleasure to meet you.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Well, you've got me there. It's just a simple form of expression, I suppose.
Koval: And like most Human expressions completely devoid of meaning.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Guilty as charged.
Elim Garak: How sad. I must tell you, I'm disappointed at hearing you mouth the usual platitudes of peace and friendship regarding an implacable foe like the Romulans. But, I live in hope that one day, you'll come to see this universe for what it truly is, rather than what you'd wish it to be.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Then I shall endeavor to become more cynical with each passing day. Look gift horses squarely in the mouth, and find clouds in every silver lining.
Elim Garak: [Smiling] If only you meant it.
- Goof (continuity error): In the episode's last external view of the USS Bellerophon, the designation NCC-74656 can be seen on the hull. NCC-74656 is the designation for the USS Voyager.
- The phrase "Inter arma enim silent leges" is Latin for "For among [times of] arms, the laws fall mute," although it is more popularly rendered as "In times of war, the law falls silent" (Just as Dr. Bashir explained it to Admiral Ross). This maxim was first written by Cicero in his published oration Pro Milone, although Cicero's actual wording was "Silent enim leges inter arma." At the time when Cicero used this phrase, mob violence was common. Armed gangs led by thuggish partisan leaders controlled the streets of Rome. Such leaders were nevertheless elected to high offices.
- The USS Bellerophon seen here is an Intrepid class starship, the same kind as the USS Voyager. The producers used stock footage from Star Trek: Voyager, as well as some of the same sets for the scenes aboard and off ship.
- Although the storyline addresses the ongoing war with The Dominion, it is the last stand-alone story of the DS9 series. Every episode until the finale is one long story arc.
- The only episode of Deep Space Nine to feature the new-style white dress uniforms, which were first used in Star Trek: Insurrection.