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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Robert Symonds ...
Vedek Porta
Camille Saviola ...
Hana Hatae ...


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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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26 February 1996 (USA)  »

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David Warner was offered the role of Akorem Laan. But he turned it down because he was on vacation at the time. See more »


Major Kira: [as prophet] You are the Sisko.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Disaster (1991) See more »


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Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Last Appearance of Kai Opaka
8 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved Kai Opaka, I thought there was something very spiritual about the way she was portrayed by Camille Saviola. The Kai's Robes suited not only her figure but also her whole personality.

Which is why I was very sad in the Episode "Battle Lines" where she is taken from the DS9 'Verse to pursue her own "Pah" on that barren moon far away from her people.

But what makes me more sad, is that she was never checked up on by "The Sisko" or anyone else from Bajor. What happened to her? She must have been alive on that Moon throughout the entire Dominion War.

It's a mystery, that was never ever resolved to my satisfaction, and this is not just a loose end, it was a tear in the whole fabric of the DS9 story arcs.

A Light-Sale craft emerges from the Celestial Temple, containing Akorem Laan (Richard Libertini) - A Poet from 200-plus years in Bajor's past.

This person, claims to be The Emissary, and due to the regular twisting of Prophecy that occurs in this series, it actually looks like he MAY be the "real" Emissary.

So, Sisko steps down - Which immediately causes a bunch of problems- So it takes Kai Opaka to step in and make The Sisko think about what the hell he has done.

Maybe the writers of this 'sode were showing us, Opaka maybe had joined the Prophets and could appear to The Sisko like they do - But whether her appearance was really her, or the prophets, it took Kai Opaka to settle this mess! I'm SO sad they they never pursued Kai Opaka's ultimate "Pah" in DS9 - I liked her quite a bit, unlike that scumbag "Kai Rachet".

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