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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This takes place in 2372, 2373, 2389, 2408, 2422 and 2450. See more »


Captain Sisko: [to his son] Look at you. You're older than I am!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Muse (1996) See more »


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Good but it's one that does NOT improve with repeated viewing.
28 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Visitor" is a very, very good episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". However, unlike a typical episode, if you re-watch it years later, it really doesn't hold up so well. You cannot blame the show for this--it's just that MUCH of what you see in this one of the future are things you KNOW cannot take place--such as the presence of Jadzia Dax or the continued adversarial relationship with the Dominion.

When the show begins, Jake Sisko witnesses his father disappearing due to a warp core accident. Then, the rest of the show is set much later--showing Jake as he ages (played by Tony Todd). And, how the future CAN be changed. But as I alluded to above, people who re-watch it will quickly realize that this future could NOT take place--so the ending comes as no big surprise. Still, Todd is a wonderful actor with a melodious voice--and seeing him in the show was quite nice. And, the material really is very emotionally charged and you might just find yourself shedding a tear or two as the program progresses.

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