Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 16

Accession (26 Feb. 1996)

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A man claiming to be the emissary comes through the wormhole. Sisko is happy to give up his position. Meanwhile Keiko returns and O'Brien stops spending time with Bashir.



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The crew is surprised when the wormhole opens and an ancient Bajoran lightship comes through. Inside is the poet Akorem Laan who disappeared from Bajor over two centuries ago. Laan was rescued by the prophets and now sent back as emissary, so he claims. Sisko doesn't feel like contradicting him since the prophecies seem to suit the story of Laan better. He is also relieved to be finally able to give up the difficult position. But Sisko gets second thoughts when Laan wants to reintroduce the D'jarras, the abolished Bajoran caste system. Meanwhile Keiko returns from Bajor. Molly tells O'Brien she is pregnant. The chief feels compelled to be at home in his free time and stop spending it with Bashir. It's very obvious he misses the holosuite adventures with the doctor though Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This is the first time it is mentioned that the O'Briens are having another baby. See more »


[O'Brien and Bashir are straightening up the O'Brien's quarters for Keiko, who is returning after two months]
Doctor Bashir: It is sort of a shame to pack this stuff away.
Chief O'Brien: Wish we didn't have to.
Doctor Bashir: It's like a sculpture, a monument to your year as a bachelor.
Chief O'Brien: I suppose it is.
Doctor Bashir: Who are we to dismantle this piece of art?
Chief O'Brien: I don't know. But if we don't, Keiko will dismantle me.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Destiny (1995) See more »


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Who is the Emissary?!
2 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this episode begins, Akormen Laan (Richard Libertini) arrives on DS9 and announces that HE is the Emissary and NOT Captain Sisko. You'd think Sisko would be happy, and he initially is, but later he comes to wonder if he really IS this Emissary spoken of by the Bajoran holy men and women.

An additional plot in this one is the return of Miles O'Brien's family. Now you'd THINK he'd be happy for their return, but with the bromance going on between Miles and Dr. Bashir (make of this what you will-- MANY folks on the internet have!), Miles feels saddened with their return. After all, Dr. Bashir is a better playmate for Miles and he hopes they can continue their adventures.

The theme for this one is 'be careful what you wish for--you might just get it'. And, it's a decent episode. But nothing earthshaking (or Bajorshaking) occurs and it's a rather slight show.

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