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The Ascent 

When Odo and Quark crash land, they must put aside their differences to climb a mountain to signal for help. Jake and Nog try to be roommates, but their different styles clash.


Allan Kroeker


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
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog


When Odo and Quark crash land, they must put aside their differences to climb a mountain to signal for help. Jake and Nog try to be roommates, but their different styles clash.

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This is the final episode to regularly feature the uniforms originally created for the series that were introduced in Season 1. In the next episode onward, the uniforms are replaced by the new uniforms that were introduced in Star Trek: First Contact. However, the original DS9 uniforms would continue to be used for the duration of Star Trek: Voyager (as the Voyager is already lost in the Delta quadrant by the time Starfleet issues the new uniforms). The uniforms were seen on Deep Space Nine twice more, in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In Purgatory's Shadow (1997)" and in the flashback scenes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999)". See more »


Odo and Quark struggle to climb several mountains to reach the top of the highest one so that they can use a portable transmitter. However, since there are no obstructions ABOVE them or surrounding them, any location that was high enough would have been sufficient. See more »


Quark: [about the Orion Syndicate; before the runabout crash-lands on a planet] I'm not a member. I just know people who know people who know some other people...
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Referenced in The Orville: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes (2019) See more »


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14 January 2021 | by skinnybertSee all my reviews

Finally, an episode with no plot conveniences, no murky elements, no miring melodrama-- it's all built on character, motivation, and complication. Not to overlook the actors: Cirroc Lofton brings depths not previously seen, as do Auberjonois and Shimerman. Eisenberg's Nog is almost a new character, and not without subtlety -- but he always was. Point is, though -- the writing was there in the first place for the actors to amplify. We can already see how the plot has to go, but the writing gave the actors real moments to LIVE and breathe, devoid of whiz-bang excitement but fully alive in their roles.

This is only Kroeker's second directing job for DS9, but evidently he caught on fast; the directing is clean and well-paced. Not surprisingly he went on to do a lot more -- not just DS9 but Voyager and Enterprise as well. A strong episode all around.

P.S. Some people seem to have difficulty with the goofs. Near-freezing temps can still have a waterfall without ice, so there's no goof in that.

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25 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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