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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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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
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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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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13 February 1995 (USA)  »

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The prospect of introducing two sympathetic Cardassians was done as a way of showing there are different kinds of people in Cardassian society. See more »


In the episodes opening, when Quark brings kanar for the Cardassian's coming to the station, he places a bottle on a table, just as the camera switches away. When the shot switches back to Quark he is just turning back from the table to deliver a line to Dax. He then appears to turn to Sisko and the shot switches to Sisko. Sisko is holding the bottle, though he appears to be across the room from Quark and the table where the bottle was placed. See more »


[last lines]
Vedek Yarka: There are signs that Trakor's Forth Prophecy will soon come to pass as well.
Commander Sisko: Don't tell me that has something to do with me.
Vedek Yarka: You, Commander? Well, it is a prophecy about the Emissary.
Commander Sisko: Tell me about it.
Vedek Yarka: Trakor's Forth Prophecy says that the Emissary will face a fiery trial, and he'll be forced to choose...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Canamar (2003) See more »


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Religious nuts? Not likely...
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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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