Sisko rebuilds an ancient Bajoran space vessel from the blueprints, and he and Jake take the ship on a trip, attempting to prove that the ancient Bajorans went beyond their solar system without warp drive.



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Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
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Elizabeth Lense


Sisko has just come back from opening a library on Bajor. In the library he found blueprints of ships that the Bajorans apparently used 800 years ago to explore their star system. These ships didn't use a warp drive, but had solar sails and were propelled by light pressure. Some scholars even say they reached Cardassia. Sisko decides to try to recreate one of them and take it into space to prove it's possible. He asks Jake along, but he doesn't want to go. When Jake receives a message from Wellington, New Zealand he changes his mind. He wants to tell his father something. Meanwhile Dr. Bashir anxiously awaits the arrival of the Kensington. On board is Dr. Elizabeth Lense, she was the best of his medical class on the Academy and took the most prestigious job, medical officer on the Lexington. When the two meet, she completely ignores him. Bashir doesn't take it too well. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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8 May 1995 (USA)  »

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No explanation is provided as to how a Bajoran lightship managed to penetrate Bajor's atmosphere without burning up, nor how such a lightship was propelled high enough to make it through the atmosphere. It can therefore be inferred that either ancient Bajorans built their lightships outside of Bajor's atmosphere, or the lightships were housed within some sort of rocket capable of atmospheric penetration. In either case, their early technology must have been far superior to that of any other major power in the Alpha Quadrant during that period. See more »


The solar-sail spaceship could not have gotten from the surface of Bajor into space, using the sails. No mention was made of how this was done, and for such an evidently primitive culture, it isn't likely they had suitable rockets. Further, even if the Bajoran sail-ships had been able to reach Cardassia or some other planets, they would not have been able to land and then take off again for a return to Bajor. See more »


[Sisko and Jake have managed to 'sail' all the way to Cardassia, where they are greeted by Dukat]
Gul Dukat: I've been asked to convey a message from the Cardassian government: "Your voyage is a testament to the spirit of the ancient Bajorans who first ventured out into space. It could not be more appropriate that your arrival coincides with the discovery here on Cardassia of an ancient crash site, a site that our archeologists believe contains the remnants of one of the Bajoran vessels whose journey... ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Facets (1995) See more »


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Scientifically horrendous
25 August 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

The episode itself is passable, neither very good nor terrible, but it's hard to look past the enormous flaws in the design. Solar sails are an old idea, which means the writers are not justified to not realise they would need to be kilometers' wide to function. The steampunk feel of the ship may be aesthetically interesting, but space travel with astrolabes and sextants is pushing it too far. And the concept that one man can build such a spaceship in his backyard in a few days borders on laughable. Not to mention that 800 years in the past is hardly such a long time for an interstellar journey to pass into the sphere of legend. Other problems, such as the inability of the ship to take off from the planet surface or to land, or return, are secondary.

All in all, I think the series goes to great lengths to establish the Bajorans as possessors of some sort of admirably rich culture both technologically and spiritually, like they went through an idealised Earth past - but for me, such exaggerated and unrealistic (even in Star Trek terms) plot devices make them more and more annoying as a species.

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