Ensign Ro

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 45076.3: Admiral Kennelly assigns the Enterprise to help resolve tensions with the Bajora, an isolated, once-advanced race whose territory was long ago taken by the Cardassians. Since then, the Bajora have carried out terrorist attacks on the Cardassians, and now, according to Kennelly, the Bajora have traveled outside their own system and attacked a Federation outpost. The Enterprise is to contact the Bajoran terrorist leader Orta and offer serious discussions after years of sympathetic talk and no action. Ensign Ro Laren, herself a Bajoran – recently court-martialed but pulled out of prison by Kennelly – is assigned to the Enterprise. Ro is an abrasive officer who does not want to be on the ship or the mission. She does, however, tell Picard to contact Keeve, leader of a Bajoran colony that has no technology and isn’t even able to adequately feed or clothe its own people. On another planet, Picard contacts Orta – after being abducted by Orta’s guards – and discovers that the Bajora do not have the resources to attack anything beyond their own system. Ro then reveals to Picard that Kennelly is aware of this, and that she and the Enterprise are being used by the Cardassians to quietly get rid of the Bajora “threat” by escorting them straight into the Cardassians’ line of fire.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Rick Berman and Michael Piller
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro), Cliff Potts (Admiral Kennelly), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Scott Marlowe (Keeve Falor), Frank Collison (Gul Dolak), Jeffrey Hayenga (Orta), Harley Venton (Transporter Technician), Ken Thorley (Mr. Mot), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: Michelle Forbes was later offered the chance to bring Ensign Ro to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a regular, but she opted to pursue a film career instead, and the character of Major Kira Nerys was created to fill the gap.

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Emissary

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 46379.1: Commander Ben Sisko and his son Jake, both survivors of the Wolf 359 Borg massacre, arrive at the planet Bajor as part of a Starfleet team taking over the abandoned Cardassian space station Deep Space 9. The station, which was intentionally damaged by the Cardassians before they left it behind, is being pieced together by newly-transferred Operations Chief O’Brien from the Enterprise. Sisko also meets Major Kira, his Bajoran first officer who doubts the ability of the provisional government of Bajor to avert a civil war and trusts the Federation even less; Odo, a mysterious shapeshifter in charge of station security; and Quark, the suspicious Ferengi kingpin who’s eager to get out of town before the regulatory hand of the Federation clamps down on his shady “business” affairs.

Sisko is summoned to the Enterprise for a briefing with Captain Picard, whom he still remembers as the man responsible for the death of thousands, including Sisko’s wife, in the Borg invasion attempt. Picard gives Sisko the Federation’s orders regarding management of Deep Space 9 – to do everything, short of violating the prime directive, to get the struggling Bajora back on their feet so they can join the Federation. Sisko, however, is considering resigning from Starfleet to raise his son in a better environment. Soon afterward, the Enterprise departs to undertake other duties as the station’s new doctor, the brilliant but inexperienced Julian Bashir, and science officer Jadzia Dax arrive. Dax, a Trill who has lived in a number of bodies, is an old friend of Sisko’s. Sisko, at the suggestion of Kira, travels to Bajor and visits Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Opaka, who tells Sisko that he is to be the emissary of the people to the temple of their gods. Opaka reveals an Orb, a mystic object of a type which has appeared throughout Bajoran history. The Orb envelops Sisko in a brief recollection of his first meeting with his wife, and then releases him. Opaka gives him the Orb, and the news that Sisko – whether he likes it or not, whether he even knows it or not – will find the temple. He returns to Deep Space 9 and hands the Orb over to Dax for further study.

The Cardassians return, ostensibly to make use of the station’s amenities. Dax discovers that reports of the Orbs’ appearances correspond to a certain area of space near Bajor. She and Sisko set out in a Federation Runabout to investigate, and stumble across a wormhole that shoots them 70,000 light years across the galaxy. Trying to return to the station, their ship is halted. Dax is taken back to the station by an Orb, while Sisko is kept and studied by noncorporeal beings who built the wormhole. These beings have no conception of linear time, existing simultaneously in the past, present and future, and they ask Sisko questions about the ephemeral nature of humans, which they do not comprehend. Dax, back on Deep Space 9, fills the crew in on details of the wormhole. Major Kira orders O’Brien to shift the station’s position so that it stands in front of the wormhole. A Cardassian ship, however, enters the wormhole, but is damaged by the wormhole life forms. When another Cardassian flotilla arrives and finds no sign of the missing ship, they threaten to open fire on Deep Space 9 unless Kira agrees to surrender the station. In the wormhole, the aliens’ study of Sisko reaches an end when they discover the human drive for knowledge, and they are puzzled by Sisko’s inability to get over the death of his wife.

At the station, Kira’s brinksmanship abilities and her feisty confrontations with the Cardassians result in a firefight, damaging the station heavily. The solution to the confrontation lies with Sisko, if he can overcome the wormhole beings’ manifestations of his inner barriers and escape from the wormhole.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Avery Brooks (Commander Benjamin Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Siddig El Fadil (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Lt. Jadzia Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller
directed by David Carson
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard/Locutus of Borg), Camille Saviola (Kai Opaka), Felecia M. Bell (Jennifer Sisko), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Joel Swetow (Gul Jasad), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Stephen Davies (Tactical Officer), Max Grodenchik (Ferengi Pit Boss), Steve Rankin (Cardassian Officer), Lily Mariye (Ops Officer), Cassandra Bryam (Conn Officer), John Noah Hertzler (Vulcan Captain), April Grace (Transporter Chief), Kevin McDermott (Alien Batter), Star Trek: Deep Space NineParker Whitman (Cardassian Officer), William Powell-Blair (Cardassian Officer), Frank Owen Smith (Curzon Dax), Lynnda Ferguson (Doran), Megan Butler (Lieutenant), Stephen Rowe (Chanting Monk), Thomas Hobson (young Jake), Donald Hotton (Monk #1), Gene Armor (Bajoran Bureaucrat), Diana Cignoni (Dabo Girl), Judi Durand (Computer Voice), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes: John Noah Hertzler is also known as J.G. Hertzler, who would return later in the series in the role of General Martok.

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Past Prologue

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Shortly after Dr. Bashir excitedly reports to Sisko a meeting with a merchant who happens to be the only remaining Cardassian on the station, a Bajoran ship is detected with hostile Cardassians hot in pursuit. The single occupant of the damaged Bajoran vessel is beamed aboard and is discovered to be a member of a group of violent Bajoran extremists who have not yet ceased their terrorism against the Cardassians. Requesting asylum, all Tahna does is invite Sisko’s suspicion. Sisko is further put in a tenuous situation when the Cardassian ship’s commander demands that Tahna be turned over for his crimes against the Cardassians. Kira, herself a former member of Tahna’s underground, tries to convince Tahna to give up his violent tactics, but he refuses, and it turns out that his visit to Deep Space 9 is all part of another of his inevitably bloody gambits for revenge. This time, however, Tahna plans action not only against the Cardassians, but the Federation as well – and he expects Kira to help him.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Kathryn Powers
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Nordling (Tahna), Andrew Robinson (Garak), Barbara March (Lursa), Gwynyth Walsh (B’etor), Vaughn Armstrong (Gul Dunar), Susan Bay (Admiral)

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Battle Lines

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: On a routine day at the station, Kai Opaka, the Bajoran spiritual leader who helped lead Sisko to discover the wormhole when he first arrived at DS9, pays a surprise visit. Sisko, Kira and Bashir take Opaka on her first trip through the wormhole. Before they can return to the station, a signal is detected from a series of satellites orbiting a moon in the Gamma Quadrant. When Sisko’s Runabout investigates, it is fired on by one of the satellites, forcing the ship to crash-land on the moon. Opaka dies on impact, but before Kira has long to grieve, warriors appear and take the crash survivors back to their camp. It is discovered that two groups of combatants have been stranded there for centuries, fighting a war in which no one ever dies – not even newcomers who find themselves in the line of fire.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Richard Danus and Evan Carlos Somers
story by Hilary J. Bader
directed by Paul Lynch
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Camille Saviola (Kai Opaka), Paul Collins (Zlangco), Jonathan Banks (Shel-la), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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The Storyteller

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 46729.1: As the leaders of two Bajoran factions arrive on the station where Sisko hopes to diplomatically steer them away from solving their differences in combat, O’Brien and Dr. Bashir depart to Bajor in response to a distress call which vaguely stated that an entire community is jeopardized. Bashir is puzzled to find all of the villagers except one – the elderly Sirah – in perfect health, yet the locals still insist that they are in mortal danger. They discover, when the Sirah makes his appearance at a yearly festival (against Bashir’s recommendation), that the threat comes from the legendary Dal’Rok, a mythical creature which descends upon the village for five nights of each year in an attempt to destroy it. But every year in the past several generations, the village Sirah told a Story, somehow halting the Dal’Rok’s onslaught. This year, the Sirah will not complete his Story…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Kurt Michael Bensmiller & Ira Steven Behr
story by Kurt Michael Bensmiller
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Lawrence Monoson (Hovath), Kay E. Kuter (The Sirah), Gina Philips (Varis), Jim Jansen (Faren), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Jordan Lund (Woban), Amy Benedict (Woman)

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Progress

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 46844.3: With the aid of the station crew, the Bajoran provisional government prepares to convert a moon into part of a power system needed to help Bajor overcome the damage caused by decades of Cardassian rule. On a final inspection flyover of the moon, Kira and Dax detect humanoid life on the suface. Kira beams down and finds stubborn old Mullibok, who has been living on the moon almost since the Cardassians arrived to take over Bajor. Mullibok and his two neighbors rendered mute by Cardassian torture years ago refuse to leave the moon, even when Kira warns that the conversion of the moon into a power facility will kill all life there. But when Kira begins the first steps of the provisional government’s orders to remove the settlers by force, she finds herself sympathetic with Mullibok’s plight and joins in their fight to stay until the imminent end.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Peter Allan Fields
directed by Les Landau
music by John Debney

Guest Cast: Brian Keith (Mullibok), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Nicholas Worth (Alien Captain), Michael Bofshever (Toran), Terrance Evans (Baltrim), Annie O’Donnell (Keena), Daniel Riordan (First Guard)

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Duet

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A Federation freighter arrives and delivers a passenger who needs medical attention. At the mention of the passenger’s disease, Kira realizes that whoever it is, they were at a forced labor camp operated on Bajor by the Cardassians which Kira helped to liberate years ago. But the patient turns out to be a Cardassian. Kira places him under arrest and, against Sisko’s advice, interrogates him. Under questioning, the Cardassian suddenly proclaims himself to be Gul Darhe’el, who commanded the labor camps and authorized genocidal killings of Bajorans. Kira, along with the Bajoran provisional government, takes a more vested interest in proving him guilty of past atrocities…even if he isn’t who he says he is.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Peter Allan Fields
story by Lisa Rich & Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci
directed by James L. Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Harris Yulin (Marritza), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Ted Sorel (Kaval), Tony Rizzoli (Kainon), Norman Large (Captain), Robin Christopher (Neela)

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In The Hands Of The Prophets

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Vedek Winn, a Bajoran spiritual leader who is a prime contender for the position of Kai, appears in Keiko’s classroom and declares that Keiko’s scientific teachings about the wormhole are in conflict with Bajoran beliefs. Winn’s announcement divides the Federation officers and Bajorans on the station who follow Winn. Sisko attempts to enlist the aid of Vedek Bareil, the quiet leader in the race to become Kai, but initially meets with no cooperation. When terrorist acts begin, it becomes apparent that Bajoran political interests may also be deeply involved – and the Federation crew of Deep Space 9 may have outstayed their welcome.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Louise Fletcher (Winn), Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Robin Christopher (Neela), Michael Eugene Fairman (Vendor)

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The Homecoming

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A visitor to DS9 gives Quark the earring of a legendary Bajoran POW, and Quark hands it over to Kira. Kira recognizes it as the one belonging to Li Nalas, the greatest freedom fighter in Bajoran history and legend. Kira convinces Sisko to loan her a Runabout – and Chief O’Brien as pilot – to travel to Cardassia IV. Recovering Li Nalas and a handful of other Bajorans from a forced-labor camp, Kira and O’Brien rush back to DS9. Though the Bajoran provisional government officially condemns Kira’s cabalier rescue operation, the Bajorans on the station and everywhere rejoice in Li’s return. Sisko hopes Li can reunite the gradually dissolving Bajoran government, which is splitting into many factions, including the extremist reactionary Circle, isolationists who mean to evict all non-Bajorans from Bajor or DS9. The Circle is, in fact, beginning to make its presence known aboard the station, as is Li Nalas, when he winds up replacing Kira as the Bajoran liaison officer on DS9.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Avery Brooks (Commander Benjamin Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Siddig El Fadil (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Lt. Jadzia Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ira Steven Behr
story by Jeri Taylor and Ira Steven Behr
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Richard Beymer (Li Nalas), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Michael Bell (Borum), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Frank Langella (Minister Jaro), Leslie Bevis (Freighter Captain), Paul Nakauchi (Tygarian Officer)

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The Circle

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Kira has been recalled to Bajor, and accepts an invitation from Vedek Bareil to spend some time at his monastery. There, she encounters the Third Orb, which gives her a strange vision including Dax, Vedeks Winn and Bareil, Minister Jaro, and the Bajoran Chamber of Ministers. In the meantime, as Li Nalas tries to fit into his role as DS9’s first officer, the crew stumbles across evidence that the Circle is not just an isolated faction, but is instead a well-organized and surprisingly well-armed movement which is waiting in the wings to overthrow the provisional government of Bajor by force. Unknown to the Circle’s members, however, they are being provided weapons by the Cardassians, who anticipate correctly that Starfleet will order Sisko and all other Federation personnel to evacuate DS9 and leave Bajor to its own political machinations, wide open for a renewed Cardassian occupation. The Circle launches assault ships to take over the station, and many of the Starfleet occupants have no choice but to stay behind and fight for their survival.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Peter Allan Fields
directed by Corey Allen
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Louise Fletcher (Vedek Winn), Richard Beymer (Li Nalas), Stephen Macht (Krim), Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Frank Langella (Minister Jaro), Bruce Gray (Admiral Chekote), Mike Genovese (Zef’no), Eric Server (Peace Officer), Anthony Guidera (Cardassian)

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The Siege

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: DS9 is being abandoned, and everyone from the Starfleet contingent to civilians are evacuating to various places of safety. In the meantime, Sisko and some others decide to stay and fight it out with the Bajoran assault squadrons. Kira is determined to get proof of the Cardassians’ interference in Bajoran affairs to the Chamber of Ministers, even if it means walking into the assembly and showing the evidence to them herself. Li tells her where to find hidden fighter craft left over from the Cardassian occupation, and with Dax’s help, Kira sets out on her mission. Bajorans General Krim and Colonel Day, along with several shiploads of soldiers, take over the station, cautious because there is no resistance. Sisko, Li, Odo, and many other crew members begin to wage guerilla warfare upon DS9’s new occupants. Kira and Dax, after a quick dogfight with Bajoran assault ships, crash-land on Bajor and are rescued by Vedek Bareil, who gets them into the Chamber of Ministers with the damning evidence intact. As the Circle’s popularity dissolves before the eyes of its high-ranking supporters, the Bajoran troops on DS9 are ordered to stand down – but some of them insist on bearing a deadly hatred that will cost the Bajora one of their greatest legends.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Michael Piller
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Louise Fletcher (Vedek Winn), Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Steven Weber (Day), Richard Beymer (Li Nalas), Stephen Macht (Krim), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Frank Langella (Minister Jaro), Katrina Carlson (Bajoran Officer), Hana Hatae (Molly)

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Cardassians

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 47177.2: A Bajoran man arrives on DS9 with his adopted son, a young Cardassian who was abandoned when his people withdrew from Bajor. This draws the attention of the Cardassian government, particularly Gul Dukat, who claims he is eager to solve the dilemma of Cardassian war orphans left behind on Bajor. DS9’s resident tailor, Garak, seems to find Dukat’s sudden pledge to resolve the abandoned children’s situation ironic, since the boy in question is really the son of one of the civilian assembly who voted to pull the Cardassian military out of Bajoran space – one of Dukat’s political adversaries. Sisko and Dr. Bashir, aided and abetted by Garak’s cryptic advice, must decide the fate of the Cardassian youth, possibly deciding the end result of an internal power struggle whose combatants couldn’t care less about the boy’s situation.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by James Crocker
story by Gene Wolande and John Wright
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Andrew Robinson (Garak), Robert Mandan (Kotan Pa’Dar), Terrance Evans (Proka), Dion Anderson (Zolan), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Sharon Conley (Jomat Luson), Karen Hensel (Deela), Jillian Ziesmer (Asha)

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Necessary Evil

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 47282.5: Quark is hired to retrieve a list of names hidden on DS9 by a Bajoran five years ago, but when he gets curious about the list’s contents, a Bajoran man enters his bar and shoots him. As Quark fights for his life in the infirmary under guard, Odo realizes that this incident is somehow linked to the murder of a Bajoran five years ago, when Odo was assigned to investigate his first crime on DS9 by Gul Dukat. The Bajoran whose murder Odo never solved turns out to be the husband of the woman who paid Quark to get the list. Five years ago, she accused Kira of the crime, claiming that the then-resistance fighter was having an affair with the woman’s husband. Though the woman is currently involved in some suspicious activities, she was correct in one of those assumptions.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Peter Allan Fields
directed by James L. Conway
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Katherine Moffat (Pallra), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Robert Mackenzie (Trazko)

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Preemptive Strike

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 47941.2: A reception for recent Stafleet Advanced Tactical Training graduate Ro Laren is cut short when the Enterprise responds to a Cardassian ship’s distress call. Arriving on the scene, Picard and the crew discover that the Cardassians are under attack by a flotilla of small vessels commanded by the renegade Maquis. After chasing them off and assisting the Cardassians, the Enterprise receives a visit from Admiral Nechayev, who delivers to Picard the message that Starfleet intends to use Ro to infiltrate the Maquis, and she accepts the mission, posing as an ex-Starfleet defector and gaining the acceptance of the Maquis. However, when Ro and her “fellow” Maquis are the targets of a vicious Cardassian sneak attack, she questions Starfleet’s rationale for stopping the Maquis and makes her defection a reality.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Renè Echavarria
story by Naren Shankar
directed by Patrick Stewart
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Michelle Forbes (Lt. Ro Laren), John Franklyn-Robbins (Macias), Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev), William Thomas Jr. (Santos), Shannon Cochran (Kalita), Richard Poe (Gul Evek)

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The Collaborator

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: The choosing of Bajor’s new Kai draws near, and some candidates are not above resorting to hardline tactics to discredit their rivals. When one of the top Bajoran traitors of the Cardassian occupation turns up on the station and is promptly pardoned by Vedek Winn, Kira’s suspicions are aroused, as is her anger when Winn accuses Vedek Bareil, the leading candidate in the race and Kira’s lover, of collaborating with the Cardassians. Kira makes every attempt to clear Bareil’s name as the election looms, but only discovers more evidence pointing him out as a traitor to the Bajora. By the time Kira learns the truth about Bareil’s involvement in a massacre that cost the lives of 43 Bajoran freedom fighters including the late Kai Opaka’s son, Winn has become Bajor’s new Kai.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Gary Holland and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
story by Gary Holland
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Louise Fletcher (Vedek Winn), Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Bert Remsen (Kubus), Camille Saviola (Kai Star Trek: Deep Space NineOpaka), Charles Parks (Eblan), Tom Villard (Prylar Bek)

Notes: Gary Holland was in charge of writing and producing the promos, “next week” trailers and print advertisements for the Star Trek series at the time this episode was written and aired; he named Prylar Bek in honor of the founder of Beck-Ola, a production company to whom Paramount outsourced the actual making of its Star Trek promos and trailers.

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Life Support

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 48498.4: Vedek Bareil is severely injured in an accident aboard a Bajoran transport ferrying him and Kai Winn to groundbreaking peace negotiations with the Cardassians. Bareil dies, but Bashir is able to jump- start the Vedek’s brain again, reviving him with some very unconventional surgical techniques. Winn needs Bareil’s advice, as only he is fully conversant with the treaty being discussed, but the prospects of keeping Bareil alive without putting him in stasis are not hopeful, and despite Bashir’s strictest protests Bareil will not rest or allow himself to be put into stasis. As the peace talks reach a critical stage, the only option left to keep Bareil’s knowledge of the treaty available will rob him of his humanity and eventually his life.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by Christian Ford & Roger Soffer
directed by Reza Badiyi
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Lark Voorhies (Leanne), Ann Gillespie (Nurse Jabara), Andrew Prine (Legate Turrel), Eva Loseth (Riska), Kevin Carr (Bajoran)

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Destiny

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 48543.2: The first joint scientific venture between Bajor and Cardassia is to be a communications relay satellite placed at the Gamma Quadrant end of the wormhole, and two Cardassian scientists – with an observer from the Obsidian Order not far behind – arrive on DS9 to deliver the payload. As if the unease about the new Bajoran-Cardassian peace accord isn’t enough, Vedek Yarka arrives from Bajor to inform Sisko – still regarded as the Emissary in Bajoran culture – that prophecy predicts the Cardassians’ presence will result in calamity, not the least of which will be the closure of the wormhole. As the mission progresses, it all starts adding up as prophesied, including the appearance of a comet which could damage or destroy the wormhole.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by David S. Cohen & Martin A. Winer
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Tracy Scoggins (Gilora), Wendy Robie (Ulani), Erick Avari (Vedek Yarka), Jessica Hendra (Dejar)

Notes: A few years later, Tracy Scoggins would board another space station, appearing as Captain Lochley in the final season of Babylon 5.

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Shakaar

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Word reaches the station that Bajor’s First Minister has died, and Kai Winn has put herself in a position to take that office in the upcoming election. One of Winn’s first acts as head of the provisional government is to ask Kira to retrieve soil reclamators from the D’Kor province. Kira will have to deal with Shakaar, the former leader of her resistance cell during the occupation, and he is unwilling to surrender the equipment. Winn declares martial law and Shakaar and Kira, along with several others from the D’Kor farming community, become outlaws.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Gordon Dawson
directed by Jonathan West
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Duncan Regehr (Shakaar), Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn), Diane Salinger (Lupaza), William Lucking (Furel), Sherman Howard (Syvar), John Doman (Lenaris), John Kenton Shull (Security Officer), Harry Hutchinson (Trooper)

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Crossfire

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Bajor’s new First Minister – Shakaar, Kira’s old friend and the head of her former resistance cell – arrives on the station for negotiations with Federation delegates concerning speeding up Bajor’s admission. No sooner is Shakaar aboard than there are threats on his life, and Odo must guard him around the clock, a task made especially difficult when Shakaar and Kira start getting close…very close. Odo, who is himself secretly in love with Kira, is caught up in emotional turmoil that starts to affect his ability to do his job, to the point of endangering Kira’s and Shakaar’s lives.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Renè Echavarria
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Duncan Regehr (Shakaar), Bruce Wright (Sarish), Charles Tentindo (Jimenez)

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Accession

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A battered old-style Bajoran lightship emerges from the wormhole with one passenger: Akorem Laan, a famous poet who left Bajor 200 years ago. Since he was the first person to meet the Prophets, and since they healed him, Akorem believes himself to be the Emissary, a role that Sisko is all too happy to relinquish to him. Akorem begins trying to lead Bajor back to the old days, when their caste system, the d’jarras, determined the careers people followed. Confusion results, and Sisko can only conclude that his mission to bring Bajor into the Federation has failed. Meanwhile, O’Brien tries to readjust his life when Keiko returns, pregnant with their second child.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Jane Espenson
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Robert Symonds (Vedek Porta), Camille Saviola (Kai Opaka), Hana Hatae (Molly), Richard Libertini (Akorem), David Carpenter (Onara), Grace Zandarski (Latara), Laura Jane Salvato (Gia)

Original title: The Other Emissary

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Things Past

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Odo, Sisko, Dax, and Garak are returning in a runabout from a conference on the occupation. When the runabout arrives back at the station, however, they are found in a catatonic state with their minds active, seemingly the result of a plasma storm. Meanwhile, the four find themselves living the roles of Bajorans on Terok Nor during the occupation. Strangely, the security chief is Odo’s predecessor, Thrax, although all signs point to it being the time period after Odo had become chief. And, according to Odo, the Bajorans they are supposed to be are soon to be unjustly executed for attempting to kill Gul Dukat.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Michael Taylor
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Victor Bevine (Belar), Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Kurtwood Smith (Thrax), Brenon Baird (Soldier), Louahn Lowe (Okala), Judi Durand (Station Computer Voice)

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Rapture

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: After seeing a painting of B’Hala, Sisko becomes inspired to seek the legendary lost Bajoran city, guided by markings on an obelisk that mark the city’s location by the position of the stars. Sisko replicates the obelisk in a holosuite to try and recreate the missing markings, but the computer shorts out and knocks him unconscious. Due to this experience, Sisko has visions that may reveal the fate of Bajor – but the price may be his life.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Hans Beimler
story by L. J. Strom
directed by Jonathan West
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates), Ernest Perry, Jr. (Admiral Whatley), Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn)

Notes: This is the first episode in which DS9’s crew appears in the grey-shouldered Starfleet uniforms first seen on the Enterprise crew in Star Trek: First Contact; the costumes were actually ready and could have been used at the beginning of the fifth season, but were held back until the first episode that was scheduled to air after the movie’s premiere.

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover with notes by Earl Green

The Darkness and the Light

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 50416.2: A Vedek is killed during a religious ceremony – Latha, a member of Kira’s former resistance cell. Kira gets a message with an electronically scrambled voice saying “That’s one.” Someone has a vendetta against the Shakaar, and kills four more of Kira’s friends, each time sending another message of the same sort. It is clear that the murders are all connected to Kira, and that she is the killer’s ultimate target. Kira, who is still heavily pregnant, defies advice to go off on a personal mission to find the person who is killing her friends.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by Bryan Fuller
directed by Michael Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Randy Oglesby (Silaran Prin), William Lucking (Furel), Diane Salinger (Lupaza), Jennifer Savidge (Trentin Fala), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Matt Roe (Latha), Christian Conrad (Brilgar), Scott McElroy (Guard)

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A Call To Arms

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 50975.2: In order to stop the Dominion from sending caravans to Cardassia, Starfleet authorizes Sisko to place a minefield at the entrance to the wormhole. With war now imminent, a Bajor/Dominion non-aggression pact is signed with Sisko’s endorsement, to ensure Bajor’s survival. Rom and Leeta are married, and Worf and Dax become engaged, while Odo and Kira agree to set aside their relationship for now. When the Dominion attacks, the station must fight them off until the Defiant finishes setting the minefield – but all may already be lost.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Chase Masterson (Leeta), Melanie Smith (Ziyal), Casey Biggs (Damar)

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A Time To Stand

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: It is three months after the beginning of the war, and things look bleak for the Federation. After a major defeat for Starfleet, Sisko and his crew are taken off the Defiant and given a new assignment. Bajorans return to Terok Nor under the Dominion treaty. Kira and Odo want the Bajoran security force restored as well, armed and with full authority as before. However, there will be a price. Meanwhile, Sisko’s new mission is to take the Jem’Hadar ship he captured last year and destroy what is believed to be the main Ketracel-white storage facility in the Alpha Quadrant, deep in Cardassian space. But will they even manage to make it there?

Season 6 Regular Cast: Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko), Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Terry Farrell (Lt. Commander Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Bashir), Nana Visitor (Major Kira)

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Casey Biggs (Damar), Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross), Brock Peters (Joseph Sisko)

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Behind The Lines

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 51145.3: On Terok Nor, Kira and Rom engineer a brawl between the Cardassians and the Jem’Hadar, a ploy which Odo had disapproved of. At this time comes the female Changeling, who has been trapped in the Alpha Quadrant by the minefield. Odo’s need for answers soon overcomes his distrust of her, and soon they are sharing the Link, to Kira’s dismay – which could spell disaster for the entire Alpha Quadrant. Meanwhile, Sisko is promoted to the position of adjutant to Admiral Ross, and must stay behind as the Defiant goes on a mission to destroy a vast Dominion sensor array.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Rene Echavarria
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Casey Biggs (Damar), Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross), Salome Jens (Female Changeling)

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Favor The Bold

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Sisko’s plan to take back DS9 is approved by Starfleet, while on the station, Kira and Quark are anxious to free Rom, who has been scheduled for execution; but Rom urges Quark to destroy the antigraviton beam instead. Ziyal tries to talk to her father on Rom’s behalf, but he refuses, causing a renewed estrangement. With the minefield coming down within a week, Jake sends a message (via Morn) to his father, who hastens the assembling of the task force. Finally Sisko sets out, once more in command of the Defiant, to retake DS9 and prevent Dominion reinforcements from arriving through the wormhole – but Weyoun and Dukat are ready.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Melanie Smith (Ziyal), Casey Biggs (Damar), Chase Masterson (Leeta), Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross), Salome Jens (Female Changeling), William Wellman Jr. (Bajoran Officer), Bart McCarthy (Admiral Coburn), Ericka Klein (Admiral Sitak), Andrew Palmer (Jem’Hadar Soldier)

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The Sacrifice Of Angels

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: As the battle begins, Kira and her associates are “held for questioning.” Ziyal aids Quark in freeing them, and Kira and Rom head for the central computer core, aided along the way by Odo, who has broken away from the Female Changeling’s influence. Meanwhile, the Defiant breaks through the Dominion lines and heads for DS9 – too late to prevent the detonation of the mines. Then Sisko orders the Defiant into the wormhole to face the Dominion reinforcements.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Melanie Smith (Ziyal), Casey Biggs (Damar), Chase Masterson (Leeta), Salome Jens (Female Changeling), Darin Cooper (Cardassian Officer)

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover

Wrongs Darker Than Death Or Night

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: On what would have been her mother’s 60th birthday, Kira is contacted by Dukat, who claims that he and her mother had been lovers. Kira investigates via the Orb of Time, which sends her to 2346. There, she meets and befriends her mother, Kira Meru, only to be taken along with her when they are chosen as “comfort women” for the Cardassians. Meru catches Dukat’s eye, and to Nerys’ dismay, seems to be taken in by his solicitude. Will Nerys let her anger and disappointment lead her to change the timeline?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by Jonathan West
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Leslie Hope (Meru), Marc Alaimo (Dukat), David Bowe (Basso), Wayne Grace (Legate), Tim deZarn (Halb), Thomas Kopache (Taban), John Marzilli (Scavenger), Marc Marosi (Gul), Judi Durand (Station Computer Voice)

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The Reckoning

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A tablet is found under the ruins of B’Hala, and Sisko brings it to the station for translation. This brings him into conflict once again with Kai Winn, who demands that the tablet be returned. The sudden instability of the wormhole is a sign to the Kai that the Prophets are angry. Sisko agrees to return the tablet, but later he smashes it, releasing two energy discharges. They are a Prophet and a pagh wraith, who will battle it out in “the Reckoning” to determine Bajor’s future.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson
story by Harry M. Werksman & Gabrielle Stanton
directed by Jesus Salvador Trevino
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: James Greene (Koral), Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn), Judi Durand (Station Computer Voice)

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