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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" Tears of the Prophets (TV Episode 1998) Poster

Trivia

The medal Capt. Sisko's given is named after Christopher Pike, the original captain of the USS Enterprise, in the original Star Trek (1966) series pilot Star Trek: The Cage (1986).
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Took place shortly before Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
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The inscription on Sisko's medal reveals his middle name is 'Lafayette'.
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The 150th episode of Deep Space Nine.
Just as it had in the fifth season finale, "Call to Arms", and just as it would in the seventh season finale, "What You Leave Behind", Sisko's baseball carries great thematic significance at the end of this episode.
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This episode confirms what is alluded to in "The Reckoning"; that the Dominion have not attempted to bring any reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant since their fleet was destroyed by the Prophets in "Sacrifice of Angels".
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Bashir and Quark's reaction to the news that Dax and Worf are going to try for a baby recalls their conversation in "Change of Heart", where they both realize that they are still in love with her.
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Dukat is still using the Federation shuttle he procured from the USS Honshu in "Waltz".
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This episode features the last chronological appearance of the second-generation TNG uniforms (first seen in TNG: "Evolution") in command red, as worn by two officers present during the briefing room scene. Two officers later appear wearing TNG operations-gold uniforms in an establishing shot of Starfleet Headquarters in VOY: "Pathfinder", because this shot was recycled from "Homefront". William T. Riker and Deanna Troi later appear in TNG uniforms in the Star Trek: Enterprise series finale "These Are the Voyages...", although that episode took place in 2370, more than four years before the events of Tears of the Prophets.
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The title for this episode is derived from a line spoken in "Emissary", the series pilot; when presenting Sisko with an Orb for the first time, Kai Opaka describes it as "the tear of the prophet."
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This episode represents the first time we have seen the "real" (as opposed to hallucinations or holograms) Damar and Weyoun since "Statistical Probabilities".
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Originally titled "Tears of the Gods".
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This takes place in 2374.
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This episode features the First Battle of Chin'toka.
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The Gratitude Festival was first seen in the third season episode "Fascination".
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As mentioned in another entry, Sisko's middle name is 'Lafayette'. It had been originally suggested in the tie-in book 'Legends of The Ferengi', by Ira Steven Behr's and Robert Hewitt Wolfe'. Even through utility was first spoken in a earlier episode.
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Casey Biggs (Damar) is a member of the Enterprise Blues Band, which writes and performs songs about Star Trek. The other members are Vaughn Armstrong, Richard Herd, Steve Rankin, William Jones, and Ronald B. Moore. Biggs plays the rhythm guitar, and sings some of the back-up vocals.
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Casey Biggs (Damar) is the ex-husband of Roxann Dawson who played B'Elana Torres in Star Trek Voyager.
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Michelle Horn (Saghi) later appears in "Penumbra".
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Jeffery Combs has the distinction of portraying eight different characters on Star Trek series. He has played the roles of Brunt, Weyoun, Shran, Tiron, Kevin Mulkahey, Penk, Krem, and a holosuite guest. He is one of only five actors to play seven or more different characters in the Star Trek franchise, the others being Randy Oglesby, J.G. Hertzler, Vaughn Armstrong and Thomas Kopache. Coincidentally, Combs has appeared on Star Trek with all four of those actors.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This is where Jadzia Dax dies. The producers were against such a radical plot development, especially with just one more season to go, but it was Terry Farrell's wish. After six years, she wanted to move on. Her death scene was one of the hardest things she ever had to do. She genuinely found herself tearing up at Worf's grief.
Jadzia's death scene was filmed at the beginning so Terry Farrell's series wrap wouldn't be done after a sad scene. She was given a Klingon bat'leth for a parting gift.
The producers were extremely happy with the way the episode turned out. There were a number of problems in getting the script finished, but in the end they were surprised at how much they managed to cram in, and how well it all hung together. The scenes with Damar, Dukat and Weyoun. Visits from the Prophets and the Pah-Wraiths. A song from Vic Fontaine. And Dax's death. It was such a busy show, and one where everything coherently gelled. The producers thought it a wonderful set-up to the seventh and final season.
Worf's farewell song to Jadzia is: "Only Qo'noS endures. All we can hope for is a glorious death. Only Qo'noS endures. In death there is victory and honor."
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It is not clear why, when Sisko was removed from the bridge of the Defiant, Kira took command of the ship and not Worf. We have seen in various episodes, and it was explicitly stated in "Apocalypse Rising", that Worf, as a Starfleet officer, is the XO of the Defiant, while Kira, as part of the Bajoran Militia, is second in command of Deep Space 9.
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Martok's forecast about the victorious end of the War in one year ties into the fact that the writers expected Deep Space Nine to last one more year (making a total of seven seasons), and their intention to end the series with the end of the war and victory by the Federation, Klingon Defense Forces and Romulan Star Empire.
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An alternate ending was filmed, but deleted: Gul Dukat reveals to the Cardassians that the wormhole is more than a gateway to the Gamma Quadrant, but the temple of the Prophets, as well, and, is apprehended. When trying to speak an incantation, Dukat becomes possessed, when breaking a Pah-Wraith statue.
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Although Farrell never appeared on the series again, she did reprise her role as Jadzia in the video game Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen in 2000.
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Jadzia Dax was seen again in her and Worf's wedding picture in "What You Leave Behind".
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The blue Federation flag that graces Dax's coffin was later reused in ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II", in the USS Defiant's briefing room.
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The James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) in particular the short lived marriage of James Bond and Tracey Draco, which Tracey Draco is tragically killed by Irma Bunt has been speculated by a few to be a major influence behind the short lived marriage of Worf and Dax and Dax's tragic demise.
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