Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 22

Explorers (8 May 1995)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Bari Hochwald ...
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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The concept of a solar sail was first proposed on Earth by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1921 - this would have made the Bajorans about 400 years ahead of Earth. See more »


Captain Sisko speculates that the rapid journey to Cardassia is made possible by the solar sails capturing faster-than-light tachyon particles, in addition to the expected solar wind, thereby achieving "warp speeds." However, even in the universe according to Star Trek, no ship can exceed the speed of light in normal space. Warp drive operates in part by creating a warp field, or subspace field or bubble, around a ship, which bypasses the speed-of-light limitation. However, the Bajoran-style sail-ship did not have a warp field generator. Therefore, even if the sails had also been able to capture tachyon particles, it would not have been able to achieve warp speed. See more »


[Gul Dukat has expressed concerns that Sisko might encounter something unexpected during his flight on a Bajoran lightship]
Commander Sisko: Like what?
Gul Dukat: Oh, I don't know. A Maquis ship, perhaps.
Commander Sisko: Why would the Maquis have any quarrel with an unarmed ship sailing toward the Denorios Belt? They have nothing at stake here, nothing to prove. Or should I say disprove?
Gul Dukat: Commander, I contacted you out of concern for your safety. But you seem to be intimating that I've made some sort of threat.
Commander Sisko: Ah, then I'm glad I was ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Facets (1995) See more »


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Totally out of order
11 November 2006 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This episode does not belong to any of the star trek series.

It's script has way too many incoherences not only to any sci-fi logic, to the entire star trek universe, to DS9 series, but even to it'self. Those flaws are too many to describe but i would suggest to those that pay too much attention in the series coherence to skip this episode in order to avoid getting frustrated.

The only thing that i would say you could find interesting is the first appearance of Sisko with a goatee which may stand for the turning of him to a more serious character for the rest of the series (like he wasn't a stiff already), he also shows some interest in galactic archeology and history (a futile attempt to come closer to the character of Picard) and the first (unreasonably) friendly gesture by the cardasians towards him, without any gain for them.

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