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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Melanie: [on Ben Sisko's accident] I'm not sure I could ever get over losing somebody like that; right in front of my eyes.
Adult Jake Sisko: People do. Time passes, and they realize that the person they lost is really gone. And they heal.
Melanie: Is that what happened to you?
Adult Jake Sisko: No - I suppose not.
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I'm frankly shocked by all the good reviews this one gets.

As it says in the summary, Sisko is zapped to another dimension and Jake spends a lifetime trying to bring him back. This is all told by Jake as he's a very old man to a fan.

The big problem, apart from the fact that the episode is very boring, is that this is out-of-character behavior for Jake. As a boy who's butt heads with Weyoun more than once and fought against Jem'Hadar soldiers, you'd expect him not to be such a crazy guy who just can't get over his obsession, even after his father requests him to.

This episode always struck me as a season filler, one of the bad episodes that were made so that a full season could be made. It's surprising so many people consider it the best. It's not sad, it's not touching, it's just lame.


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