Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 22

Children of Time (5 May 1997)

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The DS9 cast discovers a small colony on a remote world that was originally populated by them 200 years earlier due to a time-travel accident with the Defiant. The current colonists lives ... See full summary »



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Brota (as Brian Evaret Chandler)


The DS9 cast discovers a small colony on a remote world that was originally populated by them 200 years earlier due to a time-travel accident with the Defiant. The current colonists lives depend on making sure that accident happens again, even though they've now forwarned the crew that it will happen. Each crew member needs to decide if they are willing to give up their lives on DS9 in order to preserve the history of the colony. Written by Gholamite

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This takes place in 2373. See more »


The settlement on Gaia seems to appear the moment the Defiant passes through the energy barrier. However, it is not actually this passage, but the encounter with the temporal anomaly and the subsequent crash landing in the past that leads to the colony's creation. Since that accident hasn't happened yet, the colony should not appear at this stage yet. Although, of course, there would then be no story. See more »


Brota: We are the sons of Mogh.
Worf: You're my descendants?
Brota: Some by blood, some by choice.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: E² (2004) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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A very thoughtful episode...
18 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Children of Time" is a very, very good episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". It begins with the Defiant getting stuck on a distant planet. However, the folks that greet them are a HUGE surprise-- they are descendants of the crew of the Defiant! Huh? Well, it seems that when the ship will try to leave the planet, it will be knocked back in time and crash--and the people they are talking to now are their descendants! It's confusing, I know, but far weirder time accidents have happened on the show. The problem is this--if they go back some other way, the nice people and wonderful civilization they've encountered here will be undone--and will never come to exist. What actually happens to end this episode just blew my mind and it concerns Odo.

This episode sure did a lot to further the progression of the relationship between Odo and Kira. Because of that, it's very important and a must-see. It's also a terrific episode regardless.

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