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In the Hands of the Prophets 

Vedek Winn, a candidate in the race for the open Kai position, stirs up trouble on DS9 when she attempts to boycott Keiko's school for not teaching Bajoran religious beliefs.

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Keiko's teaching the station's children about the wormhole, when Vedek Winn, one of the most important religious leaders of the Bajorans and a possible candidate to become the next Kai, arrives. She despises the scientific way Keiko chooses to explain the phenomenon, and calls it 'blasphemy.' She'll not allow it, and takes the Bajoran children of the school. Both Keiko and Winn are not willing to give in, and Sisko travels to Bajor to get the support of Vedek Bareil. Meanwhile chief O'Brien finds an interlock's missing from his toolkit. Together with a new engineer, Neela from Bajor, they start looking for it. They find it back in a corridor, together with the remains of ensign Aquino. It looks like an accident, but O'Brien has his doubts. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The matte painting of the Bajoran city from "Emissary" was modified for this episode to show that the damage to the city had been repaired. See more »

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Commander Sisko: Sometimes I wonder if we'll ever find the common ground we need to bring Bajor into the Federation.
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Edited from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dramatis Personae (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Introducing one of the best villains in the series...
16 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Vedek Winn (Louise Fletcher) obvious in its attack on modern fundamentalists vacant Kai position

Adding the character Vedek Winn (later Kai Winn) was a wonderful decision. The series needed an infusion of such a deliciously evil person and through the course of the show, Winn (Louise Fletcher) became came more and more entertaining to watch. So, because of this, "In the Hands of the Prophets" is well worth your time.

When the show begins, Vedek Winn is visiting Deep Space 9. However, as she observes Keiko teaching about the wormhole, Winn in incensed that the existence of the wormhole isn't being attributed to the prophets but to some unknown aliens. Winn insists that her religious interpretation of this be taught or else she'll mobilize her followers to resist the Federation. When she does mobilize them, running the station becomes practically impossible. But what's worse is that Winn is also very willing to do ANYTHING to get her point across in this obvious power grab, as she is vying to become the Bajorans' next Kai (sort of like their Pope).

This plot is clearly meant as a parallel to modern fundamentalists in their objections to some things taught in public schools. In the case of Kai Vedek, she exploits all this for her own selfish reasons-- which is what I liked about the show. I did find its attack on fundamentalism today to be a bit obvious, however its connection to Winn was rather interesting. Worth seeing--even if the show did seem a bit too obvious in its attack on fundamentalists today.


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