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This episode was inspired by the Heaven's Gate cult led by Marshall Applewhite. In March of 1997, Applewhite and 38 other members (including the brother of Star Trek (1966)'s Nichelle Nichols) committed suicide, believing they were aliens and their bodies would be transported to a space ship hidden behind a passing comet. The group has an official website, which is still accessible today.
Promazine is a real drug, but it is used as an anti-psychotic.
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This takes place in 2375.
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This episode represents the final stage in the complex relationship between Kira and Dukat.
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This episode came about because the writers felt that since the six-episode arc and "Waltz" they had allowed the character of Dukat to slip too much into the background.
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In the original script, Dukat was the leader of a group of aliens. However, this was changed because the Cult of the Pah-wraiths had already been established when the Bajoran wormhole was closed in "Tears of the Prophets", and again in "Image in the Sand".
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The first shot of Dukat was purposefully designed to give the effect of a halo above Dukat's head.
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In the scene where Dukat locks Mika in the airlock and then opens it, Mika isn't blown out into space as would happen upon opening a pressurized airlock to open space. Considering the slowness of the airlock outer door opening, it would have been a very messy death.
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Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.
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For the scene where the baby is born, the producers at first opted for an animatronic baby because there are very strict rules regarding how much prosthetics you apply to a child. They hired the people who created the Chucky doll for Child's Play (1988), but the effect was more spooky than intended. It looked like "Chucky with a Bajoran nose." When they first shot the scene, with Dukat holding the baby up it produced howls of laughter because the baby looked so phony. The scene had to be reshot with a real baby instead.
Maureen Flannigan plays a woman who gives birth to an alien hybrid. In the sitcom "Out Of This World" (1987-1991), she played an alien hybrid.
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