When Sisko is picked to head up an attack on the Cardassian homeworld, the Prophets appear to him in a vision, warning him of impending doom if he leaves the station.



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When Sisko is picked to head up an attack on the Cardassian homeworld, the Prophets appear to him in a vision, warning him of impending doom if he leaves the station.

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17 June 1998 (USA)  »

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The medal Sisko is given is named after Christopher Pike, the original captain in the original Star Trek (1966) series pilot Star Trek: The Cage (1986). See more »


Martok: Leave it to a Romulan to run at the first sign of trouble.
Letant: And leave it to a Klingon to leap to the wrong conclusion.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) See more »


Here's to the Losers
Written by Jack Segal and Robert Wells
Performed by James Darren
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They sure crammed a lot into one episode!
25 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Tears of the Prophets" is an absolutely amazing episode, as more happens in this one that in many two-part episodes! It's absolutely jam-packed with plot, action and significant events--making it a must-see season six finale.

When the episode begins, the Federation thinks it's FINALLY about time to take the attack to the Dominion instead of fighting a defensive battle. The problem is that while the Klingons are ALWAYS ready to fight, the Romulans are happy to continue a defensive fight--so convincing them to join in is important. Oddly, however, just before departing DS9 for the fight, the Prophets tell Sisko not to go...but oddly, he goes anyway. Oops.

So, life on the station should be pretty routine, huh? Not exactly. Dukat is now possessed with the dreaded Pah-Wraiths and this possessed jerk is bound for the station--and it will mean the death of one of the crew remaining on the station.

Overall, this is a very exciting episode, though I am sure many were NOT happy to see a beloved series regular killed off. I didn't like it, but think killing a few regulars now and again isn't bad, as it heightens realism (it should NOT always be red shirts who die). Plus, I liked seeing that under a wig and some makeup, the leader of the Romulan fleet is David Birney--someone who folks of my generation should quickly notice and appreciate. Well worth seeing and mandatory viewing for fans of the series. And, incidentally, an excellent way to celebrate the 150th episode of the series.

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