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The Storyteller 

While Sisko tries to negotiate an agreement between two Bajoran factions, he orders O'Brien to escort Bashir to investigate an emergency that endangers a village.


David Livingston


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

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Lawrence Monoson ... Hovath
Kay E. Kuter ... Sirah
Gina Philips ... Varis Sul
Jim Jansen ... Faren
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Jordan Lund ... Woban
Amy Benedict ... Woman


Much to his dismay chief O'Brien is ordered by Sisko to escort Bashir to a Bajoran village. He is to help out with a medical emergency that endangers the entire community. After arriving there's only one person sick, the Sirah. He seems very pleased with the arrival of O'Brien and designates him as 'the one'. It soon becomes clear the Sirah is the only person capable of defeating the Dal'Rok, a terrible monster that attacks every year after the harvest and doesn't show up on tricorder. Meanwhile on DS9, Sisko tries to negotiate between the Paqu and the Navot, two rivaling Bajoran factions. Ninety years ago they agreed to a river being the border between their lands, but after the Cardassians diverted the river, Paqu territory became bigger. The leader of the Paqu, Tetrarch Varis Sul, is a young girl and Nog and Jake try to impress her. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Release Date:

2 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior shots of the village are reused from the TNG two-parter "Birthright, Part I" and "Birthright, Part II", where the model was used for a Romulan prison camp on Carraya IV. See more »


When Nog throws Odo the bucket, Odo catches it with its opening towards him. Yet although it was full of oatmeal only a minute earlier and should still have some residues in it, not the slightest drop is spilled onto Odo. See more »


Jake Sisko: When I have a problem I can't figure out, I ask my dad.
Nog: I ask my dad too!
Varis: It helps, doesn't it?
Jake Sisko: Yeah.
Nog: No.
Jake Sisko: My dad's a, a pretty smart guy.
Nog: Mine too... in his own way.
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Featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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The Big Chief
27 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Chief O'Brien ends up on a planet where once a year a threat appears. Something that looks like some Pillsbury dough gone ma shows itself in the sky. It fires laser shots at the people. An old man stands on at the top of some steps and yells at it and it goes away. The problem is that he is dying and when the inevitable happens, Chief O'Brien is at hand and is given the title the old guy had. Of course, he is helpless to do anything. This is a silly situational thing. What is this thing and why is it malevolent?

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