Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 1

Emissary (3 Jan. 1993)

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When the troubled Commander Sisko takes command of a surrendered space station, he learns that it borders a unique stable wormhole.

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Commander Benjamin Sisko, whose life has changed after his wife was killed in the battle with the Borg at Wolf 359, is to take command of the space station Deep Space Nine near Bajor. The station was built by the Cardassians, but recently taken over by the Bajorans after a very oppressive occupation of their planet was ended. Sisko has one hell of a task before him. The station is in ruins after the Cardassians stripped it, merchants are preparing to leave and its Bajoran commander major Kira Nerys seems to dislike the Federation. When Sisko gets to talk with Kai Opaka, the Bajoran religious leader, she tells him he is the long awaited emissary and shows him a 'Tear of the Prophet', a mysterious looking orb that enables him to relive memories. Kai Opaka tells the other orbs were stolen by the Cardassians looking for the Celestial Temple. She urges the DS9 commander to find it before they do. After science officer Jadzia Dax, a Trill, thinks she has found the possible location, she and... Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The "Battle of Wolf 359" prologue takes place concurrently with one of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)'s most famous miniseries: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 (1990)/Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2 (1990). That miniseries aired in 1990, three years before this production "Emissary". The Battle scenes in "Emissary" are based on a subplot written for "The Best of Both Worlds," when it was planned to have 3 parts rather than just 2, but were not filmed in 1990 due to budget constraints. Thus this "Emissary" is the first time when the much-discussed Battle was finally shown to viewers rather than simply talked about. See more »

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During the attack, a supposedly solid fallen girder or column on the Promenade is seen to bend like foam when someone lands on it. See more »

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Locutus of Borg: Resistance is futile. You will disarm your weapons and escort us to sector 0-0-1. If you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you.
Vulcan Captain: Red alert. Load all torpedo bays, ready phasers.
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References The Outer Limits: Wolf 359 (1964) See more »

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Very good series premiere
16 June 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Emissary was Deep Space Nine's pilot episode. And not a bad one either. A fitting beginning to a 7 year story.

I don't think it was perfect, like The Next Generation's Encounter at Farpoint, but it did introduce all the characters and settings of this incredible show. Emissary reminds me of Babylon 5's Pilot Episode: The Gathering, which was aired a month after Emissary.

Deep Space Nine's first couple of years weren't THAT great, but then the show started to rise with a great storyline and great situations, such as the Klingons' separation from the Federation, Sisko's destiny and the Federation's war against the Dominion and Cardassian alliance. And Emissary was the 2 hour series premiere that gave birth to all this. Emissary has a good storyline. Sisko's encounter with the prophets beat any alien encounters ever seen before in Star Trek history. Sisko's background related to the Battle of Wolf 359 as well as his meeting with Picard make the series an excellent sci-fi drama. Kira started out as the angry vengeful Bajoran and grew intensively over the past 7 years, becoming an incredible leader and fighter. I was astonished to see Miles and Keiko O'Brien becoming part of the show, which affected deeply their personal lives as they moved from the excessive perfection of the USS Enterprise to the station that resembles our gritty reality rather than Roddenberry's perfect future.

Rick Berman and Michael Piller did a great job creating this show and keeping it alive and healthy after Roddenberry's death, while giving a fitting end to The Next Generation.

Paramount Pictures did a great job, creating both the pilot and the show. I give Emissary a 9 out of 10.


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