Sisko faces a conflict between his Starfleet duties and his role as the Bajoran Emissary when an ancient Bajoran prophecy predicts a joint Federation-Cardassian project will lead to the destruction of the wormhole.



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Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Ulani Belor
Vedek Yarka
Jessica Hendra ...


A team of Cardassian scientists comes to visit the station to help set up a subspace communications relay in the Gamma Quadrant. Suddenly a Vedek, named Yarka, wants to speak with Sisko. He brings a warning from the prophets and advises to refuse Cardassians access to the station. He refers to Trakor's third prophecy which tells of 3 vipers - the Cardassians - who return to their nest in the sky - Deep Space Nine - which ultimately leads to the destruction of the Celestial Temple - the wormhole. Sisko and Kira dismiss it at first, since only two Cardassians scientists are coming. But, when a third Cardassian scientist arrives, Kira begins to give the prophecy credence. With more and more of the predictions are coming true, Sisko must make a choice: his Federation duties, or his role as Emissary. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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13 February 1995 (USA)  »

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A copy of the script for this episode was sold off in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. See more »


The crew of the Defiant observe a comet near to the gamma quadrant exit to the worm hole. The comet has a tail - comets only develop tails as they approach a star. The star heats up the comet, which produces a tail of water vapor which always points away from the star. See more »


Major Kira: I'll work with anyone who's interested in peace.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Accession (1996) See more »


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Religious nuts? Not likely...
22 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Erick Avari and Tracy Scoggins

Erick Avari and Tracy Scoggins guest star in this installment of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9"--Avari plays a Bajoran religious leader and Scoggins a Cardassian who is pretty decent...and who falls in love with Miles O'Brien!

When the episode begins, Bajoran prophecies are brought to the fore, as what's happening now around the wormhole was foretold by religious leaders of old. Not surprisingly, Sisko is very skeptical-- especially when his being the Emissary is brought up again and again in light of the prophecy about the wormhole. At the same time, some Cardassians are on the base...and folks are very suspicious of them.

I appreciated how the Bajoran prophecies are NOT superstitions on the show. In fact, this an other episodes often seem to support the prophecies and create a highly unusual atmosphere for the show. Well done and worth seeing.

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