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When the troubled Commander Sisko takes command of a surrendered space station, he learns that it borders a unique stable wormhole.


David Carson


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard / Locutus of Borg
Camille Saviola ... Kai Opaka
Felecia M. Bell ... Jennifer Sisko
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Joel Swetow ... Gul Jasad
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Stephen Davies ... Tactical Officer


Commander Benjamin Sisko, whose life has changed after his wife was killed in the battle with the Borg at Wolf 359, is to take command of the space station Deep Space Nine near Bajor. The station had been built by the Cardassians, as Terok Nor, but recently taken over by the Bajorans after a very oppressive occupation of their planet was ended. Sisko's task: The station had been left in ruins - stripped by the Cardassians after they withdrew. Merchants are preparing to leave, and its Bajoran commander, Major Kira Nerys, seems to dislike the Federation. When Sisko gets to talk with Kai Opaka, the Bajoran religious leader, she tells him he is the long awaited emissary of the Bajorans. Once Commander Sisko arrives with his teen-aged son, Jake, they're introduced to the constable of DS9, a 'shape-shifter' named Odo, and Quark, a Ferengi, who, as owner of the bar on the stations promenade, is also head of the Promenade's Merchant Association. Soon, the Federation's science officer, Jadzia ... Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Did You Know?


Being set in a specific place, as opposed to a show on the move, "Emissary" and its subsequent series presents the first (and so far only) Trek premise in which the main setting is not a starship, being set instead aboard space station Deep Space 9. See more »


There is no explanation in the change of uniforms after Sisko boards Deep Space 9. We see Chief O'Brien in the newer uniform (division color on the shoulder with the gray under tunic) while Sisko remains in the TNG style uniform. Later, Sisko appears in the newer uniform while Dax and Beshir arrive in the TNG style uniform.

None of the Enterprise crew are shown in the newer uniforms and even Chief O'Brian is in a TNG style uniform when he revisits the Enterprise and is later transported back to DS9.

There are a few theories as to the difference of the uniforms. 1) there were uniforms for starship crew and non-starship crew or 2) a new uniform design was created and Starfleet members were allowed to wear whichever uniform they chose.

The same issue would occurs during the motion picture "Star Trek: Generations" (1994) which would air a year later where the crew would alternate between the two different style uniforms.

Another change to the inform is the shade of blue on the science uniforms. The TNG style was blue while the newer style was a teal blue. There is a discernible difference in this style to what was used on Voyager. On Voyager, the tunic laid flat where as this style used on DS9 would stick out towards the top where it met the gray under shirt. There are also variations in the color of the under tunic. Sometimes it was gray, sometimes it would appear a light purple. Grey would be the color used on Voyager. See more »


[first lines]
Locutus of Borg: Resistance is futile. You will disarm your weapons and escort us to sector 0-0-1. If you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you.
Vulcan Captain: Red alert. Load all torpedo bays, ready phasers.
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Alternate Versions

The two-hour pilot was cut into two parts for re-airing during the DS9 run, and in syndicated reruns. See more »


References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded (1991) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Very good series premiere
16 June 1999 | by shadow-54See all my reviews

Emissary was Deep Space Nine's pilot episode. And not a bad one either. A fitting beginning to a 7 year story.

I don't think it was perfect, like The Next Generation's Encounter at Farpoint, but it did introduce all the characters and settings of this incredible show. Emissary reminds me of Babylon 5's Pilot Episode: The Gathering, which was aired a month after Emissary.

Deep Space Nine's first couple of years weren't THAT great, but then the show started to rise with a great storyline and great situations, such as the Klingons' separation from the Federation, Sisko's destiny and the Federation's war against the Dominion and Cardassian alliance. And Emissary was the 2 hour series premiere that gave birth to all this. Emissary has a good storyline. Sisko's encounter with the prophets beat any alien encounters ever seen before in Star Trek history. Sisko's background related to the Battle of Wolf 359 as well as his meeting with Picard make the series an excellent sci-fi drama. Kira started out as the angry vengeful Bajoran and grew intensively over the past 7 years, becoming an incredible leader and fighter. I was astonished to see Miles and Keiko O'Brien becoming part of the show, which affected deeply their personal lives as they moved from the excessive perfection of the USS Enterprise to the station that resembles our gritty reality rather than Roddenberry's perfect future.

Rick Berman and Michael Piller did a great job creating this show and keeping it alive and healthy after Roddenberry's death, while giving a fitting end to The Next Generation.

Paramount Pictures did a great job, creating both the pilot and the show. I give Emissary a 9 out of 10.

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