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A man claiming to be the emissary comes through the wormhole. Sisko is happy to give up his position. Meanwhile Keiko returns and O'Brien stops spending time with Bashir.


Les Landau


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Robert Symonds ... Vedek Porta
Camille Saviola ... Kai Opaka
Hana Hatae ... Molly O'Brien
Richard Libertini ... Akorem Laan
David Carpenter ... Onara


The crew is surprised when the wormhole opens and an ancient Bajoran lightship comes through. Inside is the poet Akorem Laan who disappeared from Bajor over two centuries ago. Laan was rescued by the prophets and now sent back as emissary, so he claims. Sisko doesn't feel like contradicting him since the prophecies seem to suit the story of Laan better. He is also relieved to be finally able to give up the difficult position. But Sisko gets second thoughts when Laan wants to reintroduce the D'jarras, the abolished Bajoran caste system. Meanwhile Keiko returns from Bajor and tells O'Brien she is pregnant. The chief feels compelled to be at home in his free time and stop spending it with Bashir. It's very obvious he misses the holosuite adventures with the doctor though Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This episode marks the first time the Prophets say "We are of Bajor, *you* are of Bajor" to Sisko. This statement initiates a thread in the overall plot of the series that would not not be explained for 62 episodes, in the premier of Season 7. See more »


Captain Sisko: I was just reading one of Akorem's poems, "The Call of the Prophets".
Major Kira: Oh, that's one of my favorites. It's a shame he never finished it.
Captain Sisko: He did. Look.
[he hands her the PADD with the poem]
Major Kira: Now, this is confusing. The last time I read this poem, it ended after the 12th stanza. If the timeline's been changed, then why do I remember things the way they used to be?
Captain Sisko: The Prophets work in mysterious ways.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Destiny (1995) See more »


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Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Who is the Emissary?!
2 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When this episode begins, Akormen Laan (Richard Libertini) arrives on DS9 and announces that HE is the Emissary and NOT Captain Sisko. You'd think Sisko would be happy, and he initially is, but later he comes to wonder if he really IS this Emissary spoken of by the Bajoran holy men and women.

An additional plot in this one is the return of Miles O'Brien's family. Now you'd THINK he'd be happy for their return, but with the bromance going on between Miles and Dr. Bashir (make of this what you will-- MANY folks on the internet have!), Miles feels saddened with their return. After all, Dr. Bashir is a better playmate for Miles and he hopes they can continue their adventures.

The theme for this one is 'be careful what you wish for--you might just get it'. And, it's a decent episode. But nothing earthshaking (or Bajorshaking) occurs and it's a rather slight show.

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