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Battle Lines 

After showing Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Opaka the wormhole, she, Sisko, Bashir and Kira crash land on a moon. Kai Opaka dies and the three meet the unfriendly locals.


Paul Lynch


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark (credit only)
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Camille Saviola ... Kai Opaka
Paul Collins Paul Collins ... Zlangco
Jonathan Banks ... Shel-la
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Kai Opaka, the spiritual leader of the Bajorans announces a visit to DS9. She doesn't say much, but makes it implicitly clear she's interested in the wormhole. Sisko, Bashir, Kira take a runabout to show her the wormhole and pass through it to the other side. They receive a strange distress call coming from an unknown source. Sisko wants to return home, but Opaka tells him they should not take notice of her. The signal leads to a mysterious satellite network, which releases an energy burst, disabling the runabout. They make a violent crash-down on a moon, where Opaka dies almost instantly. It isn't long before the surviving 3 are picked up by a group of unfriendly locals, the Ennis. They say they are put as prisoners on the moon after a long war with the Nol-Ennis, a war ehich is continued on the moon. When the Nol attack, something strange happens. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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25 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"Battle Lines" was the final Star Trek episode to be directed by Paul Lynch. See more »


In the opening, Commander Sisko is studying Major Kira's file on a computer view screen. He turns the view screen off, but the very visible outlines of the file text (as well as Major Kira's photo) can easily be discerned on the darkened screen, revealing it to be a transparency illuminated from behind and not a true computer screen image. See more »


Kai Opaka: Don't deny the violence inside of you, Kira. Only when you accept it can you move beyond it.
Major Kira: I've known nothing but violence since I was a child.
Kai Opaka: In the eyes of the Prophets, we're all children.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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14 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Bajoran holy woman, Kai Opaka, unexpectedly shows up on Deep Space 9. Even more unexpectedly, she longs to be taken through the wormhole. However, after the runabout with Sisko, Kira, Dr. Bashir and Kai Opaka nears a moon, the planet's defense systems knocks down their craft and the Kai is killed. Once on the surface of this moon, they find a hellish and stupid group who are CONSTANTLY at war with their enemies. Now here's the rub...soon Kai Opaka comes back to life and Dr. Bashir realizes that their's some artificial organism that deliberately keeps everyone on the moon alive forever...and this war seems to be going on forever because these folks are stupid idiots. What's next?

This episode actually seems very similar to an episode from the old "Star Trek", "Day of the Dove"--except that "Battle Lines" is much better and doesn't suffer from a silly and unrealistic ending. Well worth seeing.

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