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Enroute back to Earth aboard the runabout, USS Hudson, Admiral Leonard McCoy and Captain Montgomery Scott learn that the Breen have attacked. They decide to dock at a Bakrii repair station until the Breen have cleared from Federation space.



Leonard McCoyMeztaMiggJulia RiveraMontgomery ScottVuko
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Jonathan ArcherNeil ArmstrongDataJames T. KirkFerdinand MagellanShinodaSpockRonald Tracey

Starships and vehicles

USS HudsonUSS Saladin
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USS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-B


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Deep Space 9FerenginarHawaiiMars BaseOmega IVRomulusSan FranciscoStarfleet HeadquartersStarbase 1Starbase 4

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

DominionStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of America
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FoundersStarfleet Command

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Background information

  • Howard Weinstein commented: "The Dominion War stories take place during the DS9 period, but we were allowed to use any living Trek characters, so I wrote a McCoy-Scotty 'Over the Hill Gang' story about two very old friends risking their lives when they should be retired. I tried something new for me: first-person POV, through McCoy's eyes. With the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Iraq war still fresh, I used some of those raw images and emotions in writing about sending kids to fight and die, and how war challenges people to hold onto their humanity, ethics and ideals in the face of implacable enemies. It's probably the best writing I've ever done". [1]
  • Weinstein also commented: "watching a few episodes [of Deep Space Nine] made me want to watch more, because it reminded me what a good series DS9 was. But because Keith gave us a deadline, I did not have time to watch all seven seasons".

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