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The Visitor 

Melanie, an aspiring writer, wants to know why Jake Sisko stopped writing at 40. Jake tells how his father died in an accident and then suddenly reappeared.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 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
Tony Todd ... Adult Jake Sisko
Galyn Görg Galyn Görg ... Korena
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Rachel Robinson ... Melanie
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Jake Sisko, now an old man, is living alone in a house in a bayou. He gets an unexpected visit from Melanie. She's an aspiring writer and considers Jake as her favorite author. She was surprised he published only two works. At the age of 40, Jake simply stopped writing and Melanie wants to know why. Jake starts telling her the story of how his father died in an accident on the Defiant. Benjamin and Jake went to see the wormhole undergo a subspace inversion, that only happens once in several decades. Something was wrong however and the warp core was about to breach. After repairing it, Sisko was hit by a beam and disappeared. Few months later things were returning to normal for Jake, but suddenly he saw his father in his bedroom, only to disappear a moment later. But this wasn't the only time his father reappeared. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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It was also nominated for a Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation," which was won by the Babylon 5 (1993) episode Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows (1995). "The Visitor" was also up against Apollo 13 (1995), Toy Story (1995), and 12 Monkeys (1995) for the Hugo Award. See more »


When O'Brien is attempting to escape and is grabbed by the throat and slammed down on the table, it is appears to be a body double or stunt actor being tossed around and not Colm Meaney. See more »


Captain Sisko: I'm no writer; but if I were, it seems to me I'd wanna poke my head up every once in a while and take a look around, see what's going on. It's life, Jake. You can miss it if you don't open your eyes.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Muse (1996) See more »


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13 December 2011 | by Thomas-AnSee all my reviews

In my endeavor to re-watch the entirety of all three Start Trek series (TNG, DS9 and VGR), this one episode stands out in its refinement, sensitivity, emotional delivery, and substance. Philosophically it is up there with "Tapestry" from TNG, but stylistically flows a lot better. The storytelling, mood, and delivery are in the realm of art. I was amazed this was television. Flawless and exceptional performances.

The story explores a parental bond that stands the tests of time; genuine and resonant. Brooks', Todd's, and Lofton's performance is so authentic and personable; it generates a lake of emotion that by induction we find our own inner world sway and careen in synchronicity with uncanny levels of fidelity. Rarely a story can deliver its message more accurately. It is probably what a Vulcan mind melt must feel like.

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9 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Dolby SR



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1.33 : 1
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