Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Season 2, Episode 1
Original Air Date: September 26, 1993
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Kira learns that Li Nalas, a hero of the Bajoran Resistance, is alive and being held prisoner in a Cardassian labor camp. She and Miles rescue him. She and Commander Sisko both see Li as a potential symbolic leader for a politically fragmented Bajor. Unfortunately, Li himself isn't so keen on the job.
At the end of DS9's first season, co-creator Michael Piller instructed the writers to concentrate on stories that would break away from NextGen. "The Homecoming" is the first of a three-part story, one that focuses on the politics of Bajor. It ends with a good cliffhanger as Jaro, a Bajoran minister played by the un-credited Frank Nagella, tells Sisko that Li will be replacing Kira as the station's liaison officer.
Marc Alaimo played the role of Gul Dukat, one of DS9's most important recurring, and nuanced, recurring characters. "The Homecoming" is Alaimo's third of 33 appearances as Dukat, though he also had four TNG appearances as four different characters. Alaimo, was, in fact, the first Cardassian in the franchise - Gul Macet - and the species's makeup design was inspired by the actor's distinctive neck muscles.
Alaimo was born May 5, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He had an active stage career in both Milwaukee and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 1973. His television credits are extensive, including guest roles on Kojak, Gunsmoke, The Greatest American Hero, Hill Street Blues and The A-Team. Films include Naked Gun 33+1/3: The Final Insult, Tango & Cash and The Dead Pool.