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Sisko begins having visions that may show him how to best help Bajor, but they're killing him.


Jonathan West


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Kasidy Yates (as Penny Johnson)
Ernest Perry Jr. Ernest Perry Jr. ... Admiral Charles Whatley
Louise Fletcher ... Kai Winn


Captain Sisko and Major Kira retrieve a lost painting from the occupation, Sisko hears a prophecy that he can unlock a legendary lost city in Bajoran mythology and while trying to use the computer to save a scanned image of the painting, he suffers shock from the holosuite and starts having health problems and visions of the lost city. Written by Jared Johnson

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In this episode, Kira makes it explicitly clear for the first time that she is happy for Bajor to join the Federation, acknowledging the contrast to her opinion of five years ago, as seen in such early episodes as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In The Hands Of The Prophets (1993), and accrediting the change in her feelings to her time on the station and the influence of Captain Sisko, whom, of course, Kira sees as the Emissary of the Prophets. See more »


Dax says that "Starfleet should accept a new member every week". The Federation's civilian government accepts new members, not Starfleet. See more »


Admiral Whatley: The Bajorans requested that the signing ceremony take place on your station. So make sure you spruce up that floating bicycle wheel of yours.
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References Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Well, I liked it....
6 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I noticed one of the other reviews on IMDb for this episode REALLY hated this episode--referring to it as 'mumbo jumbo'. Well, I can respect their opinion but I actually liked it. Perhaps this is because I've already seen all the episodes and know where it's all heading. The bottom line is that there is an odd religious angle to the series and it's probably something you'll either love or hate. And, I must admit that there is a lot of stuff that ain't exactly typical of other sci-fi TV shows!

When the episode begins, Captain Sisko is looking at an odd obelisk that was discovered on Bajor. But soon he becomes VERY transfixed with the object--neglecting sleep, eating or his other duties. It turns out that he's having visions that are being given to him by the Prophets. In fact, one of these leads him to discover a previously hidden holy city--an astounding find indeed. But, it's also very bad because the visions are taking a toll on him and unless they can get him away from the obelisk and operate, he'll die. It's also very bad because the visions don't fit in with the Federation and its plans.

This is a weird episode full of mumbo jumbo--but I liked it and the overall plot and LOVE where it eventually leads (the final few episodes are mind blowing, believe me). Watch it and try to withhold judgment until you see the rest.

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