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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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
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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 "awkward" moment between O'Brien and Bashir marks the beginning of a running joke about the chief's love for his best friend. A later example is "Hippocratic Oath", in which he finds himself agreeing completely with Bashir's analysis of a fight he has had with Keiko and stops short of saying he wishes Keiko was a man, much to the doctor's amusement. Another situation comes up in "Extreme Measures", where O'Brien refuses to admit that he likes Bashir more than Keiko. 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 »


[O'Brien has doubts that the ancient Bajoran solar vessels were capable of space exploration]
Major Kira: You sound just like a Cardassian.
Chief O'Brien: I beg your pardon?
Major Kira: They have denied the possibility of ancient contact for decades, because they cannot stand the idea of Bajor having interstellar flight before they did.
Chief O'Brien: With all due respect, Major, you're beginning to sound like a Romulan.
Major Kira: A Romulan?
Chief O'Brien: There is no piece of technology in existence they don't claim they invented before everyone else.
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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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