STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9 "Battle Lines" (TV episode)

4/25/1993. Syndicated. Day and time vary. 1 hour.
Season 1 of 7. Episode 12.
Drama/Science fiction.
Code: DS9B 4/1993


Sisko, Kira, Dr. Bashir and Kai Opaka crash-land on a small moon where warring humanoid races are condemned to fight a battle with no end.


Writers: Richard Danus, Evan Carlos Somers. Story by Hilary Bader.
Director: Paul Lynch.


Avery Brooks as Commander Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois as Odo
Siddig El Fadil as Dr. Julian Bashir
Terry Farrell as Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Nana Visitor as Major Kira Nerys


Camille Saviola as Kai Opaka
Paul Collins as Zlangco
Jonathan Banks as Golin Shel-la, leader of the Ennis. Listed 3rd.


Shel-la is vengeful, cynical, and sarcastic, but still has enough hope that his people could escape their fate that he arranges a parlay with the Nol-Ennis. Uses version of king's progress, checking on his people, clasping hands, while still recovering from his own wounds.


Director Paul Lynch said, "I thought it was a great episode because it was a parable of what's happening in Ireland, Bosnia or Turkey. Jonathan Banks, who plays Shel-la, one of the leaders, was terrific. It worked out swell, and I enjoyed doing it." Starlog Platinum #3, 1994, p.43.

Plot summary and illos, one showing JB, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Official Magazine, v.4, 1993, p.30-33.

One good bit of business is how Shel-la uses his scarred eye as an excuse to invade personal space.


Long straight black wig, gray stubble, scars over forehead and right top of head, down over right side of face and eyelid.

Stained cloth coveralls with padded black vinyl vest. Has science fiction version of a pike.


The residents of this moon do not stay dead when they die, so their war has continued for centuries. Shel-la is killed twice during the episode. Once, shot in the chest. Second, by a blade slice to neck, then blade in chest, and hit with pike butt.


"We're all prisoners on this moon."

(You died before.) "Many times -- too many to count."

"When you cease to fear death the rules change. You'll understand as the years begin to pass."

"You care to die once again all you need to do is ask."

"Do you think that I would allow a single Nol to escape this planet alive?"

"Leaving without us?"


About 15 minutes in 6 scenes, from about 15 minutes in to end of episode.