Sisko and Chief O'Brien discover a colony which lives without technology.



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Episode cast overview:
Odo (credit only)
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil) (credit only)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Vinod (as Michael Buchman Silver)
Computer Voice (voice)


Sisko and O'Brien are surveying the area surrounding the wormhole to look for habitable planets. They are stunned to find there's already a colony present in the Orellius system. After beaming down they find out none of their technology is working anymore, they can't beam back. It seems a duonetic field is preventing all EM activity. The villagers are survivors of a personnel transport that crashed down on the surface ten years ago. Alixus, a woman that seems in charge of the group of people, tells of their pride in achieving to survive without using any technology. While Sisko suspects a rescue party will come soon, Alixus is convinced they're here to stay for a while and urges them to adapt to the group and abandon technology. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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13 February 1994 (USA)  »

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The colonists say that they have not seen a Starfleet uniform in ten years. The style would have been the kind seen at the beginning of The Next Generation. See more »


When Joseph introduces Miles and Ben to his wife, Alixus, she addresses Miles correctly, even though Joseph doesn't say who is Miles and who is Ben. See more »


Alixus: No one follows me; they follow their own hearts.
Commander Sisko: My heart tells me to try to get back to my ship.
Alixus: I'm sure it does. But if we'd had that attitude for the last ten years, we wouldn't have been doing what was necessary to survive here - to find the plants, herbs, molds that cure disease. We've conquered seventeen illnesses, with the most powerful resource man has: his ingenuity.
Commander Sisko: An interesting philosophy. And while we're debating it, a woman is dying.
Alixus: We're doing everything we can for her.
Commander Sisko: No, ...
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Planet of the Luddites.
18 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the early 19th century, a group of artisans found their way of life threatened by new technologies--particularly when it came to weaving. So, in reaction, many of these so-called 'Luddites' went on an anti-technology crusade--destroying new equipment and seeking the old ways. Today, the term generally refers to anyone who is anti-technology--just like the planet where O'Brien and Sisko crash. Here they find a group of humans who have rejected technology and have created a simpler agrarian lifestyle. It seems first. However, soon it becomes obvious that this settlement is being run by a very controlling and strange woman who will do anything to ensure that the two follow their lifestyle as well. Can the pair manage to escape the clutches of this cult-like settlement?

I really liked this episode. It was creepy but also an interesting look at cult-like groups. Well worth seeing and pretty mind- blowing.

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