Sisko faces a conflict between his Starfleet duties and his role as the Bajoran Emissary when an ancient Bajoran prophecy predicts a joint Federation-Cardassian project will lead to the destruction of the wormhole.

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... Commander Sisko
... Odo
... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
... Lieutenant Dax
... Jake Sisko (credit only)
... Chief O'Brien
... Quark
... Major Kira
... Gilora Rejal
... Ulani Belor
... Vedek Yarka
Jessica Hendra ... Dejar
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A team of Cardassian scientists comes to visit the station to help set up a subspace communications relay in the Gamma Quadrant. Suddenly a Vedek, named Yarka, wants to speak with Sisko. He brings a warning from the prophets and advises to refuse Cardassians access to the station. He refers to Trakor's third prophecy which tells of 3 vipers - the Cardassians - who return to their nest in the sky - Deep Space Nine - which ultimately leads to the destruction of the Celestial Temple - the wormhole. Sisko and Kira dismiss it at first, since only two Cardassians scientists are coming. But, when a third Cardassian scientist arrives, Kira begins to give the prophecy credence. With more and more of the predictions are coming true, Sisko must make a choice: his Federation duties, or his role as Emissary. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The relay station is a reuse of the Amargosa observatory model from Star Trek Generations. Gary Hutzel also had the job of adjusting it to appear in this episode. "In the feature, it has extremely long extensions on it. So basically, I took a saw to it! We cut off the extentions and redesigned a couple of elements and did a new paint job." The script describes it as being "the size of a runabout, with high-tech antennae and communications gear." ( See more »

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The crew of the Defiant observe a comet near to the gamma quadrant exit to the worm hole. The comet has a tail - comets only develop tails as they approach a star. The star heats up the comet, which produces a tail of water vapor which always points away from the star. See more »

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Odo: [on Sisko's role as Emissary] It's just an observation, of course; but it's always seemed to me that you've never been comfortable with it.
Commander Sisko: [pondering this] I can't deny that, I... Are you suggesting that I'm dismissing this prophecy too easily because I don't want to be the Emissary?
Odo: I'm not suggesting anything. But it's been my experience that all humanoids have an agenda of some sort, and that their agendas can influence them without their even realizing it.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Accession (1996) See more »

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Religious nuts? Not likely...
22 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Erick Avari and Tracy Scoggins

Erick Avari and Tracy Scoggins guest star in this installment of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9"--Avari plays a Bajoran religious leader and Scoggins a Cardassian who is pretty decent...and who falls in love with Miles O'Brien!

When the episode begins, Bajoran prophecies are brought to the fore, as what's happening now around the wormhole was foretold by religious leaders of old. Not surprisingly, Sisko is very skeptical-- especially when his being the Emissary is brought up again and again in light of the prophecy about the wormhole. At the same time, some Cardassians are on the base...and folks are very suspicious of them.

I appreciated how the Bajoran prophecies are NOT superstitions on the show. In fact, this an other episodes often seem to support the prophecies and create a highly unusual atmosphere for the show. Well done and worth seeing.


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