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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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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Actress Chase Masterson originally auditioned to play the role of Mardah, Jake Sisko's girlfriend in the episode "The Abandoned". However, when Avery Brooks, who was directing the episode, saw her, he decided that she was too old to be the girlfriend of a sixteen-year-old. When Masterson returned to play the character of Leeta, it was originally intended to be a one-episode character, but the producers were so impressed with her performance that they wrote the character into "Facets", and subsequently decided to add her to the list of recurring characters in season 4. 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 »


[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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References Chariots of Fire (1981) See more »


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What's with the instant beard and Jake's sudden growth spurt?
26 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" begins, suddenly Commander Sisko has a cool beard (sort of like Spock's in "Mirror, Mirror") and Jake seems a little taller. Obviously some time elapsed between this and the prior episode and it's odd no one mentioned this in any way.

The plots of this one are incredibly slight. First, just like Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki, Commander Sisko decides to fly some sort of space sailboat across space to lend credence to a theory that the Bajorans were great outer space explorers during ancient times. He takes Jake along with him and the two do some bonding. And, second, speaking of bonding, the bromance between Dr. Bashir and Miles O'Brien is going to a greater level of intimacy. When an old rival of the Doctor's comes aboard and doesn't seem to recognize him, he's bummed and so he and O'Brien decide to get drunk and get to know each other better.

Overall, I'd rank this one rather low--simply because nothing of any consequence happens. It's a filler episode and did little, if anything, to enhance the overall plot or themes of the show. Very skippable.

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