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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Commander Sisko
... Odo
... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
... Lieutenant Dax
... Jake Sisko
... Chief O'Brien
... Quark
... Major Kira
... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard / Locutus of Borg
Camille Saviola ... Kai Opaka
... Jennifer Sisko
... Nog
... Ferengi Pit Boss
... Tactical Officer
... Ops 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 teenaged son, Jake, they're introduced ticonstable of DS9, a 'shape-shifter,' named Odo, and Quark, a Ferengi, who, in affirm to owning the bar on the stations promenade, is also head of the Promenade's Merchant Association. Soon, the Federation's science officer, ... Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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3 January 1993 (USA)  »


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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The first officer aboard DS9 would have been Ro Laren, but she was replaced by Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) because Michelle Forbes did not want to commit to a six-year contract working on DS9. Indeed, the reason the producers had decided to set the show on Bajor in the first place was because of Ro. 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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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Unprecedented and Unequaled in Scope and Complexity
29 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Deep Space Nine was the most complex, broad and innovative offering to come out of the Star Trek Franchise. Based on a space station near a stable wormhole leading through an inhabited inter-dimensional gateway into a different quadrant of the galaxy millions of light years away, DS9's aliens were REALLY alien, it's stories ranged from near-universal to personal in scope, and its characters and their relationships to one another were more intimately explored than before or since. Sci Fi TV has rarely, if ever dived so deep into the wellsprings of intellect and drama (moreso than the new BSG, TNG and Firefly - which is saying a lot) Central to the show's grand (7 year) story arc is Benjamin Sisko, the space station's brilliant but somewhat reluctant and disgruntled new commander. Sisko is also - possibly - a prophesied messiah of the people of Bejor: The Emissary. This story begins in the hour and a half long opening episode. Almost all of the main characters are also introduced, and at least hints to the most important relationships (Sisko-Kira; Sisko-Odo; Sisko-Kira; Sisko-Quark; Sisko-Jake; Kira-Odo; Odo-Quark and Sisko-Dax) are dropped.

Among the many plots and subplots established and developed in the Emissary, the most important are Sisko's back-story. Our commander is a widower who to an extent blames the federation for the loss of his beloved wife, dedicated single father, and an ingenious officer. Unlike all of his predecessors, Sisko also has a goofy and even downright awkward side, which is very refreshing after years of the stodgily military Picard and the space cowboy man-ho Kirk.

Sisko arrives at his newly transferred Cardassian space station and finds it in a state of chaos and disrepair. The "Cardies" apparently wrecked the place as they departed the station and the formerly occupied planet of Bejor, and all of the merchants are preparing their departure . Battling his own career demons, Sisko must find a way to put the place and its people back together while dealing with more than one race which distrusts Star Fleet's intentions, and - perhaps - along the way he will find some inspiration for staying with Star Fleet despite his numerous and profound misgivings.

And I am leaving about 80% of Emissary's storyline out of this review intentionally.

The special effects, script and directing of Emissary established the very high standard that DS9 would maintain almost perfectly in its seven year run. Although the acting in this first episode was occasionally a little stiff, given the scope and convoluted plot, and the newness of the complex characters which would evolve later in the series, I think this is understandable. The major exception regarding acting is Kira (Nana Visitor) - for whom this is one among many show-stealing performances ranging through the entire series.

Recommended for alert and attentive TV watching.

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