Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 2

The Visitor (9 Oct. 1995)

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Melanie, an aspiring writer, wants to know why Jake Sisko stopped writing at 40. Jake tells how his father died in an accident and then suddenly reappeared.



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Jake Sisko, now an old man, is living alone in a house in a bayou. He gets an unexpected visit from Melanie. She's an aspiring writer and considers Jake as her favorite author. She was surprised he published only two works. At the age of 40, Jake simply stopped writing and Melanie wants to know why. Jake starts telling her the story of how his father died in an accident on the Defiant. Benjamin and Jake went to see the wormhole undergo a subspace inversion, that only happens once in several decades. Something was wrong however and the warp core was about to breach. After repairing it, Sisko was hit by a beam and disappeared. Few months later things were returning to normal for Jake, but suddenly he saw his father in his bedroom, only to disappear a moment later. But this wasn't the only time his father reappeared. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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47 Reference: Jake's pad displays 4747 in the upper left corner. See more »


Adult Jake Sisko: It was me. It was me all along. I've been dragging you through time like an anchor. And now it's time to cut you loose.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Muse (1996) See more »


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One of television's finest hours
25 March 2007 | by (San Antonio, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

I met Tony Todd at a horror film convention yesterday. On the way there I decided that if he wasn't too busy I was going to tell him that of all the good, great, or terrible things he's been in, this single episode of Deep Space Nine is my most favorite. This episode made me cry like a baby. I only saw it once, back when it originally aired, but I still get choked up thinking about it twelve years later. I never knew my father and this story made me feel how acutely that absence has impacted my life. Silly, I know. But that's the true power of art; and yes, sometimes television is art.

I didn't know if he would even remember being in it. I didn't know if it meant as much to him as it did to me. I didn't know if he would smirk at my trek-geekiness.

When I stepped up to select a picture for him to autograph, I noticed one of the pictures was from an episode of Voyager that I'd forgotten he was in. He asked if I liked Star Trek and I admitted that I did.

Then he said "Have you seen The Visitor?" I won't go into details because they're not mine to share, but as he explained his personal connection to the story, I realized that this episode may actually mean more to him than it does to me. And it means an awful lot to me.

If you watch only one episode of any Star Trek series ever, make it this one.

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