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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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
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Stephen Davies ...


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 (

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The Original Feature Length Pilot Episode





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3 January 1993 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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The mural draped in Quark's Bar is of Gul Dukat's Tholian enemy during the Cardassian occupation. See more »


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[first lines]
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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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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A less than satisfying first episode that is clumsy and stuffed with too much exposition.
8 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

angry Sisko--at Picard weird aliens in human form--awfully cerebral and a bit like Farpoint wormhole discovered dead wife

Up until Commander Sisko enters the wormhole, this is a pretty good initial episode for "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". However, when Sisko meets up with aliens living within this passageway, things get pretty dumb.

When the show begins, you see the battle between the Borg (commanded by Locutus) and the Federation. In the battle, Sisko is nearly killed and his wife is killed by these intergalactic jerks. As a result, Sisko is really ticked...and it doesn't help that Captain Picard is the one who assigns Sisko to command the space station since Picard WAS Locutus when he was absorbed into the Borg two seasons earlier. Oops. In addition, Sisko runs about the space station and the planet Bajor meeting folks and pretty much introducing them to the audience.

When a stable wormhole opens up near Bajor, however, the show changes moods very quickly. Now he meets aliens who instead of sitting down and talking with him, they occupy the essence of people Sisko has known and they interact VERY quickly--with one fast intercut scene after another after another. It's very artsy and cerebral...and incredibly boring and dumb. It also is chocked full of too much information being thrown at the audience through the aliens. It came very unnaturally and should have been handled more deliberately. As a result, 2/3 of the way into the show, I felt like turning it off! My family begged me to do so but I was able to persevere until the very end. A rather awful introduction as a result of all this silliness.

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