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:
Dr. Julian 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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8 May 1995 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2371. See more »


The solar sails presented in the episode are far too small to propel even a small vessel in space. Real solar sails would have to be many kilometers/miles across to pick up a usable amount of energy, and very lightweight compared to what is shown. The sails shown in this episode appear not much larger than would be found on a similar-size sailboat on water. See more »


Chief O'Brien: You're not an in-between kind of guy.
Doctor Bashir: What do you mean?
Chief O'Brien: Well, people either love you, or hate you.
Doctor Bashir: Really?
Chief O'Brien: I mean... I hated you, when we first met.
Doctor Bashir: I remember.
Chief O'Brien: But now...
Doctor Bashir: And now?
Chief O'Brien: Well... now I don't.
Doctor Bashir: That means a lot to me, Chief, it really does.
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References Chariots of Fire (1981) 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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