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Sisko rebuilds an ancient Bajoran space vessel from the blueprints, and he and Jake take the ship on a trip, attempting to prove that the ancient Bajorans went beyond their solar system without warp drive.


Cliff Bole


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




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Bari Hochwald Bari Hochwald ... Elizabeth Lense
Chase Masterson ... Leeta


Sisko has just come back from opening a library on Bajor. In the library he found blueprints of ships that the Bajorans apparently used 800 years ago to explore their star system. These ships didn't use a warp drive, but had solar sails and were propelled by light pressure. Some scholars even say they reached Cardassia. Sisko decides to try to recreate one of them and take it into space to prove it's possible. He asks Jake along, but he doesn't want to go. When Jake receives a message from Wellington, New Zealand he changes his mind. He wants to tell his father something. Meanwhile Dr. Bashir anxiously awaits the arrival of the Kensington. On board is Dr. Elizabeth Lense, she was the best of his medical class on the Academy and took the most prestigious job, medical officer on the Lexington. When the two meet, she completely ignores him. Bashir doesn't take it too well. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This episode contains the second hint of Jake's literary talents. It was revealed in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Abandoned (1994) that he wrote romantic love poetry. Here he is revealed to have composed a short story about the Maquis. See more »


Sisko mentions adding an artificial gravity net because he isn't comfortable in zero gravity, but the ship is otherwise designed for zero g. The winches and cranks would be very difficult (if not impossible) to use without gravity. See more »


Commander Sisko: [to Jake] We'll make a sailor out of you yet.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Facets (1995) See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Performed by Terry Farrell, Nana Visitor, Colm Meaney and other crew members
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Totally out of order
11 November 2006 | by giannhs_karfoSee all my reviews

This episode does not belong to any of the star trek series.

It's script has way too many incoherences not only to any sci-fi logic, to the entire star trek universe, to DS9 series, but even to it'self. Those flaws are too many to describe but i would suggest to those that pay too much attention in the series coherence to skip this episode in order to avoid getting frustrated.

The only thing that i would say you could find interesting is the first appearance of Sisko with a goatee which may stand for the turning of him to a more serious character for the rest of the series (like he wasn't a stiff already), he also shows some interest in galactic archeology and history (a futile attempt to come closer to the character of Picard) and the first (unreasonably) friendly gesture by the cardasians towards him, without any gain for them.

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