Release: Oct 21, 2009 - Author: Glogcke - Translator: Victor - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The third episode of the sixth DS9 season, "Sons and Daughters", is already the second episode that has been cut for the whole of Europe, again due to the British rating. Unlike with the episode "To The Death", th reason here is not as clear:
"Sons and Daughters" was already cut for th PG rating for the old video release, so there were no BBFC 15 rating like "To The Death" had. So the question remains whether this one scene was reason enough to jump over not one but two rating steps (12 and 15) and whether the episode would have gotten a BBFC 18 rating or if Paramount was too cheap to order a new rating. With a BBFC 12 or 15 rating there would have been no reason for a cut release.
So the sixth season is available only as a cut version in the whole of Europe. Especially unfortunate because the episode was already released uncut on VHS and aired on TV in many European countries.
Update (Thanks to Mark E. for this Information):
As I understand it at the time the BBFC requested the cut as they were concerned that young children might copy the blood sharing ceremony which along with concerns over the spread of AIDS meant that they requested a compulsory cut to the episode. This meant that Paramount had no choice but to make the cut, they were not even given the option of an 18 certificate.
Of course this does not explain why similar scenes remain intact in other episodes, nor does it excuse Paramount for the DVD release, as both this episode and the episode ‘To The Death’ would now have been passed uncut if they had been resubmitted to the BBFC.
Of further note, both Sky and the BBC screened this scene in an early tea time slot (although the BBC’s version was cut for violence).
Comparison between the cut European DVD from the Sixth Season Box from Paramount and the German afternoon TV airing.
Alexander is taken in at the house of Martok
After general Martok has cut his own hand a good portion of the ceremony is missing:
Martok passes Alexander the knife who passes it to Worf. Worf repeats the Klingon sentence and cuts his hand. We see the knife cutting into the hand and blood flows out of the wound. Worf makes a fist and lets the blood trickle into the bowl.
Then he passes the knife to Alexander who looks frightened but repeats the sentence and cuts his hand to let the blood trickle into the bowl as well.
Lastly, we see shots of Worfs and Alexanders faces.