Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 6, Episode 21

The Reckoning (29 Apr. 1998)

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Spiritualists on Bajor summon Captain Sisko to the planet surface, where they show him a stone tablet with some unknown inscriptions. Once on DS9, the inscription reveals an ancient ... See full summary »

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Spiritualists on Bajor summon Captain Sisko to the planet surface, where they show him a stone tablet with some unknown inscriptions. Once on DS9, the inscription reveals an ancient prophecy of coming disasters surrounding the wormhole, Bajor, and DS9, as those around him voice their uneasiness about Sisko being an Emissary for the planet. Written by Moviedude1

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When shooting the battle between the Prophets and the Pah-Wraiths, much of it consisted of Nana Visitor and Cirroc Lofton staring at one another intently, and then the special effects were added to the scene later. Both Lofton and Visitor found it difficult to keep a straight face throughout filming. See more »

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Major Kira: [to Sisko] The Kai has always been the spiritual leader of Bajor. But Winn has to share that role with you. And to make matters worse - you're an outsider, a non-Bajoran. That's something she can never forgive you for.
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"Come, Child", says the annoying, religious leader to a middle-aged fellow kneeling nearby.
6 June 2014 | by (Korea) – See all my reviews

Another boring episode featuring Bajoran religious fanaticism at work. No doubt this episode was tailored to accommodate the American obsession with religion. It's a wonder that Bajor manages to be a space-faring culture with such backwards mentality. Hear this: to them, it's perfectly logical that a weird space phenomenon (the gate), as well as their planet's meteorology and geology, could be severely upset depending on the particular location of an archaeological artefact.

Something funny about Bajor, but also about most other Star Trek "races", is the fact that they achieve global unity in such eminently polarising subjects as religion or ideology. Look at human religions, and see how they're prone to split into rival branches, over trivial, petty details, and with such intensity that their members are not above killing people from the other side at the slightest "provocation". Religion has never been a unifying force: it's been one of the main dividers within humankind, and a willing originator of death, suffering, intolerance.

The fact that this is a work of science fiction does not mean that shoddy plot designs should be acceptable, when they breach the credibility of a universe based on progress.


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