- Born April 15 , 1922 · Syria
- Died July 31 , 2013 · Calabasas, California, USA (complications from Alzheimer's disease)
- Birth name Michael George Ansara
- Height 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)
- Born in a small village in Syria, Michael Ansara came to the United States with his American parents at the age of two, living in New England, until the family's relocation to California ten years later. He entered Los Angeles City College with the intention of becoming a doctor, but got sidetracked into the dramatics department. A stint at the Pasadena Playhouse (where fellow students included Charles Bronson , Carolyn Jones and Aaron Spelling ) led to roles on stage and in films; the starring role (as Cochise) on the popular television series Broken Arrow (1956) elevated Ansara to stardom. During the series' run, he met actress Barbara Eden on a date arranged by the 20th Century-Fox publicity department; the two later married. He played the Klingon commander Kang on three Star Trek television series: Star Trek (1966) , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995) . He also played Buck Rogers' evil adversary Kane on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) , and provided the voice of Mr. Freeze on Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and its spin-offs. Michael Ansara died at age 91 from complications of Alzheimer's disease in his home in Calabasas, California on July 31, 2013. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <[email protected]>
- Spouses Beverly Kushida (June 4, 1977 - July 31, 2013) (his death) Barbara Eden (January 17, 1958 - May 25, 1974) (divorced, 1 child) Jean Byron (May 15, 1949 - October 3, 1956) (divorced)
- Children Matthew Ansara
- Deep authoritative voice
- Often played brooding, menacing villains
- Often played Native American characters
- Early in his career, he was identified as being an Egyptian. In fact, he was born in Syria of Lebanese extraction and has no connection with Egypt at all.
- Along with Jonathan Frakes , Marina Sirtis , Armin Shimerman , John de Lancie , Richard Poe and Mark Allen Shepherd , he was one of only seven actors to play the same character in three different live-action "Star Trek" series. He played Kang in Star Trek (1966) , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995) .
- Following his death, he was interred with his son Matthew Ansara at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
- On Monday, June 25, 2001, his son Matthew Ansara (with second wife Barbara Eden ) died of an accidental drug overdose at age 35. His body was found in his car in a parking lot off a freeway in Los Angeles, California.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
- That has been one of the best, most rewarding things about being an actor -- traveling throughout the world, meeting all kinds of different people and learning about other cultures.
- We're all human. We have our foibles, we've made mistakes and yet there is still greatness.
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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 02 E 19 Blood Oath
Quark is having a problem. There's a drunken Klingon in his holosuite who refuses to leave until he's won a recreation of a historic battle. He enlists Odo for help, and the Klingon turns out to be Kor , much older than when we last saw him, and piss drunk. Odo convinces him that his victory celebration awaits him and manages to lure him to the drunk tank. A second Klingon arrives to claim Kor, who else is it but Koloth . And if that's not enough, Kang joins them. All three Klingons have come to be reunited for a final mission, but they didn't realize that Dax was onboard. Curzon Dax was a close friend of theirs and wants in on whatever they've got cooking.
It turns out that years ago, a Klingon criminal known as "the Albino" was raiding Klingon colonies. Kor, Koloth, and Kang, were sent to stop his raids, but the Albino escaped and swore vengeance on their firstborn sons. He made good on this threat, killing all three of their firstborn sons including Kang's son Dax, of whom Curzon Dax was godfather. Curzon joined the three Klingons in swearing a blood oath to kill the Albino someday, but he's always evaded them. Now Kang has found his location and got Kor and Koloth together for an attack.
Dax is conflicted. She knows that Trills typically do not carry over commitments from their past lives, but she still feels Curzon's outrage and desire for justice for the murder of his godson. She asks Kira about her experiencing killing during the Bajoran war for independence. Kira doesn't want to talk about it, so Dax comes clean about her reasons. Kira warns her that killing will also cause a piece of yourself to die as well. But Dax decides that she still wants in. She confronts Kor, who is busy boozing and whoring it up at Quarks, and convinces him to let her join. But he warns her that Koloth and Kang are unlikely to change their minds.
Dax finds Koloth practicing his impeccable bat'leth skills in the holosuite. She engages him a sparring session and does pretty well for herself before getting disarmed and bested. Koloth admires her warrior spirit and gives his blessing, but he warns her that Kang is dead-set against her. Dax argues that Kang has no right to deny her vengeance, so Kang angrily relents, telling her to come with them and "be damned."
Dax requests a leave of absence, but Kira has blabbed Dax's intentions to Sisko, who is furious. He denies Dax's leave and tells her that she cannot take justice into her own hands and start murdering people. Dax counters that by Klingon law, her intentions are legitimate. Sisko is unmoved, telling her that if she leaves, she may not find her position waiting for her when she returns. She leaves anyway.
En route to the Albino's stronghold, the gang ponders their approach. The Albino is holed up with dozens of guards. They discuss a clandestine approach, but Kang is adamant that they make a frontal assault for glory. All four state gravely, "It is a good day to die," but once the others have left, Dax confronts Kang on his determination to make a seemingly suicidal attack. Kang admits that he has already spoken to the Albino, who promised his pursuers a noble end to their vendetta if they will fight 40 of his guards in toe-to-toe combat. Weary of the chase, Kang agreed. However, Dax convinces him that an honorable victory is superior to an honorable death.
On the Albino's planet, the foursome stake out the Albino's compound and discover that the planned meeting ground has been covertly mined, so the Albino never intended to honor his deal after all. The gang stages a commando raid through the Albino's defenses until the Albino calls a general alarm. There's a huge brawl in the Albino's main command center, during which both Koloth and Kor are injured. Kang engages the Albino is single combat, but his bat'leth breaks, and the Albino deals him a mortal blow. Dax moves forward to strike down the now-helpless Albino, but she cannot bring herself to kill him. Kang revives long enough to stab the Albino in the back before dying. With Koloth dead of his wounds, only Dax and Kor remain alive. Kor begins singing a Klingon dirge.
- The Alcoholic : Kor has become one, to the disgust of his friends, particularly Koloth.
- Badass Boast : When Koloth arrives in Odo's office without being seen. Odo: How did you get in here? Koloth: I am Koloth. Odo: That doesn't answer my question. Koloth: Yes, it does.
- Bittersweet Ending : The mission is a success, and Jadzia is spared from having a murder on her conscience by Kang. But two of her good friends are dead, and once she's back at the station, Kira and Sisko just can't look at her the same way .
- Bloodless Carnage : The bat'leth is employed liberally against the Albino and his guards by Dax and the Klingons, but not a drop of blood is to be seen.
- Blood Oath : It's right there in the title. Kor, Koloth, Kang, and Curzon Dax swore a blood vow to capture and kill the Albino for killing their firstborn sons (or, in Curzon's case, his godson Dax, who was Kang's child). They've spent decades hunting him down, and Jadzia feels compelled to complete the oath even though Trill culture states she has no obligation to her past lives.
- Call-Back : Kang mentions the Klingon restaurant from Melora and Playing God in citing the decline of his culture.
- Continuity Cavalcade : Three of the most prominent Klingons to appear in TOS come back and unite for one last mission.
- Cornered Rattlesnake : The Albino is a Dirty Coward who uses dishonorable tactics and cowers behind his goons, but once his goons are all dead and he's forced to go one-vs-one against Kang, he actually proves to be quite a skilled opponent and actually manages to break Kang's weapon and fatally wound him.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon : "I will cut his heart out and eat it while he watches me with his dying breath !" This doesn't exactly happen, unless it's off-screen.
- Deal with the Devil : Invoked word for word in Kang making a deal with the Albino. Appropriate, given what happened in the original episode he starred in the Original Series.
- A Death in the Limelight : For Koloth and Kang
- Dirty Coward : When confronted by the four vengeance-seekers, the Albino thrusts his consigliere in front of him.
- Dirty Old Man : Kor doesn't mind Dax being an attractive young woman. He really doesn't mind.
- Disappointed in You : Sisko and Kira's cold glances at Dax in the final scene indicate their disapproval of her actions, but they make no move against her.
- Domestic Abuser : Kang says he located the Albino from one of his "discarded wives", who feared her husband so much she'd only reveal his location in a message left after she died.
- Exact Words : Odo's justification for turning off the holosuite while a drunk Kor is inside, despite Quark's objections. Kor threatened to kill Quark , after all.
- Expy : In creating the characters of the three Klingons as they are now, Kor was inspired by William Shakespeare 's Falstaff, while the other two are from The Magnificent Seven (1960) — Koloth after James Coburn 's Britt and Kang after Yul Brynner 's Chris.
- Faceless Goons : It saves time and money on funny rubber foreheads.
- Famed in Story : When Koloth states that he is a Dahar Master, Odo immediately adopts a respectful tone.
- The Glomp : On seeing Dax is now in the body of a beautiful woman, Kor demands a kiss. He gets a hug instead.
- Going Native : Curzon Dax made a blood oath despite being a Federation ambassador. Far from being just a political move to get the Klingons on side, Dax takes the oath so seriously she continues it as Jadzia Dax.
- Good Old Ways Kang: The old Klingon ways are passing. There was a time, when I was a young man, the mere mention of the Klingon Empire made worlds tremble. Now, our warriors are opening restaurants and serving racht to the grandchildren of men I slaughtered in battle.
- Grumpy Old Man : Koloth and Kang.
- He Knows Too Much : Dax worries that the traders Kang spoke to might have warned the Albino. He replies that they'll never warn anyone ever again.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen : Dax reminds Kor of his past triumphs, leading to a rare moment of sobriety. Kor: The only weight I carry now, dear comrade, is my own bulbous body. I was once, if you remember, far less than you see, and far more than I have become.
- I Gave My Word : Interesting variation on this with Dax, as her previous host Curzon gave his word to avenge the death of his godson (Kang's son). Even though she's not required to uphold her previous host's promises, Jadzia goes through with it.
- Inadequate Inheritor : Although Kor accepts the new Dax right away, Jadzia has to prove herself to Koloth and Kang.
- Instant Death Stab : When Kang uses a dagger to stab the albino in the back at the climax, the albino instantly and wordlessly drops dead.
- Irony : Kang dies fighting in a burning house .
- It Works Better with Bullets : Dax works out a Techno Babble means of deactivating the disruptors of the Faceless Goons , so they have to rely on hand weapons.
- Killed Off for Real : Kang and Koloth die of their injuries.
- A Lady on Each Arm : Which leads to a dilemma when you're got a jug of blood wine in front of you.
- Leeroy Jenkins : Kang can't come up with a better strategy than " Attack! Attack! Attack! ", prompting Jadzia to peg him as a Death Seeker .
- Legendary in the Sequel : The three Klingon captains Kirk faced are living legends by now.
- Loophole Abuse : Although Klingon blood oaths are forever, Kang wants to let Dax out of theirs, since Curzon was the one who swore the oath and Jadzia is an entirely different person. Nothin' doin' .
- Lured into a Trap : The Albino has secretly contacted Kang, offering him a chance for a glorious death in a battle with forty of his mooks . Turns out there was actually a large bomb under the place where this fight is supposed to take place. Fortunately Dax makes Kang tell the truth and comes up with another option.
- Mundane Made Awesome : Koloth is shown cutting his food with exact strokes of his knife, just to show how he's constantly maintaining his skills.
- Mutual Kill : The Albino mortally wounds Kang. Moments later, Kang stabs the Albino in the back just before succumbing to his wounds.
- Mythology Gag : When Kor pulls open the holosuite doors, the sound effect of doors opening from The Original Series can be heard. Fitting, considering Kor was a prominent antagonist back during Kirk's time as captain of the Enterprise .
- No Name Given : The villain is only ever referred to as the Albino.
- No Sympathy : When Quark complains about Kor threatening to kill him, Odo gives a mock "Awww..."
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day : Kang is fatally wounded in the final confrontation, but he turns out to have enough life left in him to get back up and kill the Albino when Dax is unable to do it, before dying properly.
- Outliving One's Offspring : Cruelly invoked by the Albino, who took vengeance on Kor, Koloth, and Kang by killing each of their firstborn sons.
- Papa Wolf : Kor, Koloth, and Kang are ultimately driven by this trope—the Albino deliberately used a virus to kill each of their firstborn sons as revenge for them thwarting his raids. Curzon Dax was also involved, as he served as godfather to Kang's boy.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner : Delivered to the Albino courtesy of Kang. Kang: Look upon your executioners, killer of children!
- Red Right Hand : The villain is an albino Klingon simply called "the Albino."
- Releasing from the Promise : Kang and several others try their best to convince Jadzia that she has no part in Curzon's oath. But she refuses to release herself.
- Retired Badass Roundup : Dax has to work at getting all three Klingon legends to support her joining and to work together for one last glorious battle.
- Revenge Before Reason : According to Trill tradition, Dax has no obligation to anything promised by a past host, in fact Trill society dictates near-total disconnect from past lives, and the Klingons aren't pressuring her either.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! : Jadzia's way of justifying herself to Sisko.
- Something Only They Would Say : Jadzia convinces Kor of her previous identity as Curzon Dax by making comments about the old Klingon's anatomy that only a close friend would know.
- Space Pirates : The Albino led a bunch of these before Kor, Koloth, and Kang put a stop to his operation.
- Stating the Simple Solution : When the four are wondering whether the Albino is actually in his compound, Koloth declares that he will go and find out. Kor asks how, and Koloth snaps, "I'll ask somebody!" (Of course, he's implied to be rather... forceful with his questioning.)
- Status Quo Is God : Sisko promises dire consequences for Jadzia and her future in Starfleet should she disobey his orders and go after The Albino. When she returns, Sisko and Kira shoot her dark looks but allow her to work at her station. Nothing is ever made of the incident. The very next episode starts with Kira cheerfully inviting Dax to dinner.
- Stealth Expert : Koloth is one. He manages to sneak up on Odo as well as around the Albino's base.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred! : With the Albino mocking Dax while her bat'leth is at his throat. Kang mistakes her lack of resolve for her letting him land the death blow himself . (Doesn't he?)
- Sword over Head : Dax balks at killing the Albino. Ironically this is mistaken for Only I Can Kill Him by Kang, who stabs the Albino In the Back while he's mocking Dax's lack of resolve. Kang then thanks Dax for allowing him to strike the death blow.
- Vitriolic Best Buds : Koloth, towards Kor. On seeing him drunk in Odo's holding cell, his immediate response to give up and leave. Even his last words are him refusing to die before Kor.
- Would Hurt a Child : In the past The Albino avenged his ruined plans by infecting the firstborn sons of Kang, Koloth, and Kor with a fatal virus.
- Wrecked Weapon : Kang has an Oh, Crap! moment when his bat'leth shatters while fighting the Albino.
- You Can Keep Her! : Koloth goes to bail Kor out of Odo's cells, but is so disgusted by the drunken wretch he walks off and leaves him there. Fortunately Dax overhears Odo complaining about him and convinces Odo to release him into her custody.
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Star trek: deep space nine cast & character guide.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had the biggest cast of characters of any Trek show, meaning that Captain Sisko had numerous allies in the Dominion War.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was a groundbreaking show that broke with tradition by setting the story on a space station instead of a starship.
- The characters in DS9 were complex and multi-dimensional, facing moral dilemmas and challenging the utopian vision of Star Trek.
- DS9 had a talented cast, including Avery Brooks as Captain Sisko, Nana Visitor as Major Kira, and Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien, who brought depth and nuance to their roles.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was the biggest and most ambitious Star Trek show of the time, and featured a huge cast of characters that extended far beyond the titular space station's crew. Star Trek: DS9 was the first of three shows to spin off from the hugely successful Star Trek: The Next Generation . Set on a space station instead of a starship was the first of many ways in which Star Trek: Deep Space Nine broke with tradition. Set amidst the fallout from Cardassia's withdrawal from Bajor after decades of oppressive rule, DS9 was a show that was never afraid to interrogate Gene Roddenberry's utopian vision at the turn of the 20th century.
When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began its Dominion War arc in season 4, it became a forerunner to the longform storytelling embraced by modern Trek . DS9 was ahead of its time, and that didn't always go down well with die-hard fans of classic Star Trek . However, in recent years, DS9 has had a streaming renaissance that has revealed new depths to the show. While Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was best known for its darker themes and longform storytelling, it also had some of the franchise's best ever comedy episodes. The careful tonal maintained by DS9 's writers was aided by its extensive cast of characters.
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20 Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko
Captain Benjamin Sisko was many things - a Starfleet officer, the Bajoran Emissary, a devoted father, grieving widower, and decorated war hero. This meant that Sisko was painfully aware of his dual responsibilities as a Bajoran religious figure and a Starfleet officer. Sisko often had to make difficult moral decisions to fulfill these dual roles during the Dominion War. After playing a crucial role in leading the Federation alliance to victory against the Dominion in the DS9 finale, Sisko was called to the Celestial Temple to serve the Bajoran Prophets. Sisko was played by actor Avery Brooks , who was best known for playing the lead in A Man Called Hawk . Sisko's clean-shaven face and full head of hair in DS9 's first three seasons was to distinguish the character from Hawk.
19 Nana Visitor as Major Kira Nerys
Major Kira Nerys was a former Bajoran resistance fighter, and served as Sisko's second-in-command on Deep Space Nine. This created a fascinating new dynamic for Star Trek: DS9 , because Kira had the Bajoran's best interests in mind, leading to conflicts with Starfleet. Kira was also forced to confront her history in the Bajoran resistance, as she came face-to-face with Cardassian war criminals and clashed with former colleagues who rejected the Federation's plans for Bajor. Ultimately, Kira used her experiences with guerilla warfare to help the Cardassians rise up against the Dominion, a crucial moment in ending the war. Kira was played by Nana Visitor, and it was her first major role in an ongoing TV series since Working Girl in 1990.
18 Colm Meaney as Chief Miles O'Brien
Colm Meaney played Chief Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation for six seasons by the time he transferred to Deep Space Nine. O'Brien's experiences in the Cardassian border wars made him a perfect character for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's increased focus on the Cardassian and Bajoran conflict. O'Brien's prejudice against the Cardassians was used against him in a number of DS9 episodes, notably "Tribunal", in which he was framed as a Maquis traitor. O'Brien had an incredibly rough time during DS9 , experiencing physical and mental torture and the harsh realities of the Dominion War. After all the hardship, it's unsurprising that he accepted a position at Starfleet Academy at the end of DS9 .
17 Terry Farrell as Lt. Jadzia Dax
Lt. Jadzia Dax was a Trill host, joined with the Dax symbiont after the death of its previous host, Curzon. Curzon Dax had been a mentor to the young Benjamin Sisko, leading to him affectionately referring to Jadzia as " old man ". Jadzia inherited Curzon's friendship with Sisko, but she also inherited the old man's fondness for the three Klingon warriors Kor (John Collicos), Koloth (William Campbell), and Kang (Michael Ansara). This affinity with Klingon culture allowed her to bond with her future husband, Lt. Commander Worf (Michael Dorn) when he joined the station's crew. The couple were tragically torn apart when Jadzia Dax was killed off in DS9 's season 6 finale. After DS9 , Terry Farrell went on to play Reggie in the Ted Danson sitcom Becker .
16 Alexander Siddig as Doctor Julian Bashir
Alexander Siddig is the nephew of Star Trek Generations actor Malcolm McDowell, and got his big break playing Dr. Julian Bashir in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Bashir was a young and ambitious Starfleet medic whose obsession with spy fiction and friendship with the shady Cardassian tailor endeared the character to viewers after a rocky start. It was later revealed that Julian was an illegal Augment, but the noble sacrifice of his father Richard Bashir (Brian George) allowed him to remain in Starfleet. Starfleet's black ops group Section 31 later attempted to recruit Bashir, and he was horrified, but grimly fascinated with their immoral methods for protecting the Federation. After DS9 ended, Alexander Siddig went on to appear in other genre shows like 24 , Game of Thrones and Gotham .
15 Rene Auberjonois as Constable Odo
Constable Odo was one of Star Trek : Deep Space Nine 's Changelings , who orchestrated the war against the Federation, meaning that Odo became an enemy of his people. He was also used by Section 31 to spread a genocidal weapon intended to wipe out the Dominion threat, to the horror of Doctor Bashir and the crew of Deep Space Nine. Odo returned home to teach his people the positive things he learned from his years living alongside the " Solids " and his relationship with Kira. Odo was played by Rene Auberjonois, who was best known for his work with the filmmaker Robert Altman on acclaimed movies like M*A*S*H and McCabe & Mrs. Miller . He also played himself in Altman's Hollywood satire The Player .
14 Armin Shimerman as Quark
Having previously attempted to launch the Ferengi as the new threat in Star Trek: The Next Generation , Armin Shimerman was cast as Quark. Realizing that the Ferengi were much better served as a slightly comic satirization of capitalist greed, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine did the best Ferengi episodes in the entire Star Trek canon. That was down to Shimerman and his Star Trek Ferengi family , who played a key role in realizing Deep Space Nine as a thriving commercial hub as well as a strategic Starfleet location. While playing Quark in the final seasons of DS9 , Shimerman was also playing Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer .
13 Michael Dorn as Lt. Commander Worf
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 4 was a watershed moment for the series, as it broke the alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. This crucial moment necessitated the enlisting of Michael Dorn's Lt. Commander Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation . Worf's DS9 arc was far more satisfying than that of TNG as he fell in love, got married, and learned about command from Captain Benjamin Sisko. He ended DS9 as a Federation ambassador, but his return in Star Trek: Picard season 3 proved that diplomacy didn't suit him. After DS9 , Michael Dorn continued to play Worf in one more TNG movie and also played the President of the United States in Heroes season 2.
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12 Nicole de Boer as Ensign Ezri Dax
Nicole de Boer succeeded Terry Farrell as Ezri, the latest host for the Dax symbiont in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 7. The actress had previously starred in 1997's The Cube , but Ezri Dax was her first major role on TV. Ezri was an unwilling host, and was therefore much less self-assured than Jadzia, however she soon became more comfortable with herself, thanks to the support of the DS9 crew. At the end of the series, she was in a relationship with Dr. Bashir, effectively wrapping up the story of Julian's unrequited love for Jadzia.
11 Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat
Marc Alaimo is widely credited for influencing the design of the Cardassians in Star Trek , when they were introduced in the TNG episode "The Wounded". In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Dukat had overseen the dying days of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor , and had a fascinating arc throughout Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Dukat sold his people out to the Dominion, and reclaimed Deep Space Nine for Cardassia, before he was driven mad with grief. Dukat decided to destroy Bajor once and for all by unleashing the demonic pah-Wraiths. He was foiled by Sisko, who gave his life in the process. Prior to Star Trek , Alaimo had roles in the movies Total Recall and Tango and Cash .
10 Andrew Robinson as Elim Garak
Gul Dukat's other nemesis was Elim Garak, Deep Space Nine's resident tailor and spymaster. Gul Dukat hated Garak because he held him responsible for the death of his father, believing that Garak had betrayed him to the secretive Obsidian Order. Garak had a strong friendship with Dr. Julian Bashir, whose loyalty helped Garak cope with his exile from Cardassia. In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine finale, Garak's work in liberating Cardassia from the Dominion saw him finally win back favor from the government. Andrew Robinson was best known for his role as Larry in Hellraiser and also played the Scorpio killer in the classic Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry .
9 Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Jake Sisko was the son of Benjamin, and maintained a close relationship with his father throughout Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Jake was a budding writer, but the Dominion War changed his aspirations, convincing him to take up a career as a reporter instead. Jake remained on DS9 when it was retaken by the Cardassians and also found himself on the front lines of the Federation-Klingon war. Jake was also best friends with Quark's nephew Nog, and it was a great choice by DS9 to send Nog, rather than Jake, to Starfleet Academy. Cirroc Lofton continues to host The 7th Rule: A Star Trek Podcast , which he co-hosted with Nog actor Aron Eisenberg until his sad death in 2019.
8 Penny Johnson Jerald as Kasidy Yates-Sisko
Benjamin Sisko's second wife was the freighter captain Kasidy Yates, who was also the mother of his second child. Ben and Kassidy's relationship was fraught with difficulty, but it weathered the storm of her imprisonment for smuggling and the Dominion War. It's likely that it also weathered the storm of Captain Sisko's Star Trek: DS9 ending , which saw him leave Kasidy, Jake and his unborn child for the Celestial Temple. Penny Johnson Jerald was a well-known face when she joined DS9 having starred in Gary Shandling's acclaimed The Larry Sanders Show . She went on to play the manipulative Sherry Palmer in 24 and later returned to science fiction as Dr. Claire Finn in Seth MacFarlane's The Orville .
7 Aron Eisenberg as Nog
Nog had the distinction of being the first Ferengi to join Starfleet, having been inspired by both Sisko and O'Brien. Nog's entry into Starfleet came during the Dominion War, and he was duly enlisted in the fighting. Nog was severely wounded, losing a leg and becoming withdrawn and depressed. It was thanks to the intervention by holographic lounge singer Vic Fontaine (James Darren) that pulled Nog back from the brink in "It's Only a Paper Moon", one of Star Trek 's best holodeck episodes . Eisenberg sadly died in 2019, but his Seventh Rule podcasts with Cirroc Lofton are a wonderful testament to the biggest and best-loved role of his career.
6 Max Grodénchik as Rom
Nog's father Rom was the first Ferengi to unionize in the classic Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Bar Association" leading to the staff at Quark's Bar going on strike. Rom was incredibly progressive for a Ferengi, supporting equal rights, fair treatment of workers, and respecting women. It's for this reason that Rom's ascension to the role of Grand Nagus at the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was such a positive move. Max Grodénchik looks set to reprise the role of Rom for a future episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 .
5 Chase Masterson as Leeta
Rom's future wife, Leeta the Bajoran dabo girl was played by Chase Masterson, who had previously guested in shows like ER and Sliders . Leeta caught the attention of Doctor Lewis Zimmerman (Robert Picardo) and Doctor Julian Bashir during her time in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . However, it was Rom who was her true love, and the pair lived happily ever after on Ferenginar. Leeta is also expected to join Rom in Lower Decks season 4 as both characters were seen in the trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con 2023.
4 Rosalind Chao as Keiko O'Brien
Chief Miles O'Brien's wife Keiko also transferred from Star Trek: The Next Generation to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Keiko had some interesting storylines in DS9 , such as the surrogate baby triangle between her, Miles and Kira. She also had to support Miles through the psychological traumas inflicted on him throughout DS9 , and took an active role in clearing her husband's name with the Cardassians. Keiko left DS9 with Miles to live a - hopefully less stressful - life on Earth in the Deep Space Nine finale.
3 J.G. Hertzler as General Martok
General Martok was one of several Star Trek: DS9 characters impersonated by Changelings during the Dominion War. It was the Changeling Martok who was responsible for convinced Chancellor Gowron (Robert Reilly) to go on the offensive at the start of DS9 season 4. Once the original Martok was returned to the Klingon Empire, he became a war hero and engaged in a power struggle with Gowron. This power struggle tested the loyalties of Worf, but ultimately he sided with Martok, earning an Ambassador role in the process. J.G. Hertzler had several guest spots in shows like Seinfeld , Diagnosis Murder and The New Adventures of Superman before being cast as Martok.
2 Salome Jens as The Female Changeling
Salome Jens had a long list of credits - including Martha Kent in the short-lived Superboy series - before being cast in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Female Changeling and spokesperson for the Dominion. The Female Changeling attempted to tempt Odo back to the Great Link on a number of occasions, but was always unsuccessful. She was a ruthless tyrant who sought to subjugate all solid life to bring order to the universe, and she almost succeeded, where it not for the heroism of the DS9 crew and their allies.
1 Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun
Jeffrey Combs played several characters in Star Trek franchise, but the most memorable has to be Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's Weyoun. The Vorta were a clone species, so Combs played each version of the only solid that the Female Changeling ever trusted. Weyoun was a slimy and overconfident Star Trek villain, and this ultimately ended his line. Coldly gloating over the extensive loss of life during the liberation of Cardassia, he was gunned down by Garak. Combs continues to feature in Star Trek to this day, playing the Andorian Commander Shran in Star Trek: Enterprise and Agimus in Star Trek: Lower Decks .
Second Sight (episode)
- View history
- 1.2 Act One
- 1.3 Act Two
- 1.4 Act Three
- 1.5 Act Four
- 1.6 Act Five
- 1.7 Log entries
- 2 Memorable quotes
- 3.1 Story and script
- 3.2 Production
- 3.3 Reception
- 3.5 Video and DVD releases
- 4.1 Starring
- 4.2 Also starring
- 4.3 Guest Star
- 4.4 Special Guest Star
- 4.5 Co-Star
- 4.6 Uncredited Co-Stars
- 4.7 Photo Double
- 4.8.1 Other references
- 4.9 External links
Summary [ ]
Up late, Jake Sisko can't sleep either. He had a nightmare he is reluctant to share with his father, but eventually reveals it was about running around the corridors of the station , unable to find his father. Once he feels better, he returns to sleep, adding as a footnote he misses his mother.
Commander Sisko , however, still can't sleep. He wanders around the darkened and empty Promenade , looking out the window , and counting the stars . A mysterious woman comes up behind him, and talks to him about the stars for a while. She introduces herself as Fenna , and seems to take an interest in him. They talk for a while, about the station. She doesn't say much about herself, but that she can't stay here long. As he is offering to show her around the station, she disappears.
Act One [ ]
The next morning in Ops , Commander Sisko seems to feel more alive than he did last night, even ordering a different drink, chiraltan tea (with a double twist of lemon ), instead of the raktajino he usually takes to start every day for the last year. Major Kira Nerys notices this, and is surprised. Lieutenant Jadzia Dax calls on the com, and asks him to meet Professor Gideon Seyetik , a terraformer and an extreme egomaniac, but charming. He arrived to the station in the USS Prometheus , for an experimental attempt in reigniting a dead sun, Epsilon 119 . He's more than excited and optimistic about his experiment. Dax reminds him it is just a theory, but he brushes it off.
Soon, while Commander Sisko is gazing out of the window again, Fenna reappears, and asks if his invitation to tour the station is still open. He says it is, and shows her around. In one of the upper pylons, looking at the view of the station, she always seems to say exactly the right thing. When he asks about her, she can't say much, and she runs off right away. Once she gets to the turbolift , she's gone.
Act Two [ ]
" Commander, do you think he'd notice if we weren't here when he got back? "
At dinner in his quarters , when Sisko is unable to concentrate on Jake's anecdote, he concludes his father is in love. As he points out, he's showing all three of the signs according to Nog : loss of appetite, daydreaming, smiling all the time. When Jake asks about her, Sisko is at a loss of words to describe her.
Sisko next goes to see Odo in the security office to have him try to find Fenna. He's also unable to describe her to him; the description is vague at best, but Odo will do what he can. Later, Dax takes him aside, wanting to know what's going on, as she saw the two of them on the Promenade. She reminds him that, even if she's a female now, Sisko used to tell Curzon all about his love interests. Sisko assures her it's too early to talk about it.
The crew of Deep Space 9 is sharing dinner with Prof. Gideon Seyetik and his wife Nidell
Before the dinner, the professor is charming as always, even if a bit self-congratulatory, and dominates the conversation. Seyetik explains the process of how the star will be reignited in addition to his projects. Julian Bashir remarks on Seyetik's works of art on Ligobis X , and nine-volume autobiography , one for all of his marriages, he jokes. Meanwhile, his wife, Nidell , has been preparing the meal, yet to meet the crew. After awhile, Seyetik goes to check on her, and she comes out to greet the crew. Surprisingly, she looks just like Fenna. " Now, we have something to talk about, " Dax quietly tells Sisko.
Act Three [ ]
Toward the end of dinner, Seyetik details his stew recipe, which he perfected after years. Nidell, however, does not seem enthused about the dinner. Sisko whispers to Dax that she is pretending not to recognize him. When he asks her about talking to him, she knows nothing about what he's talking about. She doesn't know who Fenna is, either, but she is quite defensive.
As Sisko and Dax return to the station, Sisko says he is convinced it's her. Odo, however, soon informs him that he couldn't find her after checking all of the logs. Sisko tells him not to bother, saying he did, aboard the Prometheus . Odo is perplexed; he says that no one has left the Prometheus except for the professor.
She also doesn't show up the next day. Sisko is puzzled. Quark offers to talk to him, recognizing the " I've been stood up " look, but Sisko declines. When he enters his quarters, she suddenly appears, and embraces him. He asks her about Nidell, but she has never heard of her either. She doesn't have a twin sister, and she is still hesitant to say where she came from or who she really is. Her only reply is that she thought she was looking for a place, but she was really looking for him. After he kisses her, she suddenly fades out of existence, as if she were non-corporeal. Sisko becomes distraught.
Act Four [ ]
After Chief Miles O'Brien and Dax reconfigure the Prometheus ' warp drive , Sisko comes to travel along with Seyetik's team – and his wife. Dax doesn't think it's a good idea, but Sisko says he needs answers.
En route on the bridge , Dax works with the commanding officer, Piersall , and Sisko talks with Professor Seyetik. He talks about himself on the way there. He has an expectation to keep outdoing himself, quoting a Klingon poet , G'trok , who wrote in The Fall of Kang about a warrior having slain all his enemies. The talk turns to how he met Nidell. She was the daughter of a dignitary, and she was infatuated with him from the moment she met him. He was the first one to take her off-world, and he would give up the entire universe for her.
When the Prometheus arrives at the dead star , Sisko suddenly sees Fenna in his quarters. He immediately calls for Dax. When Dax scans, there is no matter there, just energy . Fenna is frightened, but Sisko takes her hands and wants to help find out what's going on. The three go to Nidell's quarters, where they find Seyetik frantic over her condition. She won't wake up. Dax finds she is in shock. When Seyetik sees Fenna, he recognizes her and knows exactly what happened. Fenna is surprised.
Act Five [ ]
Fenna doesn't understand, but Seyetik is outraged, as he was under the impression Fenna would never return to them. The professor explains Fenna is an illusion created by Nidell's unconscious mind. She is a psychoprojective telepath , and has obviously produced Fenna before. According to Dax's scans, there is a lot of energy coming from Nidell's occipital lobe . Dax doesn't believe she can survive more than an hour or two. She also doesn't believe she can do anything about it, despite Seyetik's insistence.
Sisko has Dax take Fenna outside, and Sisko talks to Seyetik. All of the charm fades from him as he explains what's going on. Nidell doesn't know what's happening; she is unconscious, and this happens when her species have strong emotions. All of his wives , he says, have trouble with him after a while; they hate him in the end as much as they love him in the beginning. Nidell can never leave him, because her species, the Halanans , mate for life. Sisko then goes to talk to Fenna, and explains this to her. She can't believe it, and doesn't want to die. Sisko promises to remember her, and that it's a dream. Dax then calls from the bridge, and says that Seyetik has launched the shuttlepod – with himself on it.
The dead star as it is seen from the USS Prometheus shortly before it is reignited by Prof. Seyetik
Piersall has opened communications with Seyetik, and Sisko tries to convince him to turn around. However, Seyetik says he is freeing Nidell forever, and not just from her current predicament, but from her mating obligation. He cheerfully says he has even written his own obituary , which he would like Sisko to take to the Daystrom Institute . He promises to send it off. Exclaiming " let there be light! ", Seyetik's shuttle impacts the star and it is reignited. Then, Fenna disappears from the bridge.
Nidell says goodbye, and thanks Sisko. She says she will probably stay on her homeworld New Halana for the rest of her life, and wishes she could remember Fenna, but she can't. Before she leaves, she asks Sisko what Fenna was like, and is told, " She was just like you ."
Log entries [ ]
- Personal log, Benjamin Sisko
- Station log, Deep Space 9, 2370
Memorable quotes [ ]
" Admit it, chief, if you were on a station where everything worked, you'd be miserable. " " You may be right, sir. " [sparks fly from the panel he's working on] " But I'd be willing to give it a try! "
" Something wrong? " " No, nothing. " " If something's bothering you, major, I want to hear it. " " It's just that… every morning for the last year, I've seen you walk in here and start your day with a raktajino. " " I love raktajino. " " I know, you never even talk to anyone until you've had your first cup. " " Because I'm not awake until I've had my first cup. " " So… how come you're drinking Chiraltan tea?" [pause] " I, uh… I just felt like having something different. That is all right with you, isn't it, major? " " Of course, you can drink whatever you like. " " Why thank you major, I appreciate your support. " [drinks]
" Do you always do that? " " Do what? " " Say exactly the right thing. "
" Of course it'll work: I never fail! Well, I did once, but I found it didn't agree with me, so I swore never to do it again, and I never break my word. "
" The last time I saw her, she was wearing a… she was wearing red."
" It's hard to talk man-to-man with a woman. "
" Commander, do you think he'd notice if we weren't here when he got back? " " Don't even think about it, major. I've had dinner with about two dozen Bajoran ministers, I think you owe me this one. Besides, Seyetik is one of the Federation's greatest minds. " " I know, he told me. "
" Commander, obviously you have mistaken me for someone else. " " Seems that way… doesn't it? "
" So honor the valiant who died 'neath your sword ", " But pity the warrior who slays all his foes. "
" Keep your eye on the viewscreen, commander, you'll never see anything like this again. Let there be light! "
" I wish that I could remember Fenna. What she did, how she felt. But I can't, I'm sorry. " " It's all right. I can remember for both of us. " " Tell me one thing. " " If I can. " " What was she like? " " Fenna? She was just… like you. "
Background information [ ]
Story and script [ ].
- Mark Gehred-O'Connell 's original pitch for this episode involved Bashir meeting a mysterious woman who keeps disappearing. He goes to his colleagues for aid in tracking her down but he discovers that no one aboard the station has ever seen her except himself, and as such, he has to unravel the mystery alone, as his crewmates begin to think he's imagining the whole thing. Bashir ultimately discovers that the woman is in fact a projection by a woman who is abused by her husband. This original version of the story was more of an adventure/mystery than a romance. ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ? ))
- Changing the story to focus on Sisko rather than Bashir was Michael Piller 's idea, because he felt that the Sisko character had become far too aloof, and he saw this episode as a way to humanize him. According to Ira Steven Behr , " During the second season , Michael kept saying 'Let's define Sisko.' That's when he and I had conversations about making Sisko the builder, on establishing the difference between him and Picard , the explorer. Sisko is a builder, he stays with a project until the finish. That helped us to see Sisko in a whole lot of different ways. He's a guy who's solid and real and human ." The writers felt that giving Sisko a romance would help them to better define the character, and would help the audience to better connect with him on an emotional level. ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ? ))
- Seyetik was based on director John Huston. ( Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages , p 65)
- The poem referenced by both Seyetik and Sisko is called " The Fall of Kang ", and it is implied that the poem is about Kang 's last great battle. However, ten episodes later, in " Blood Oath ", Kang turns up on DS9 alive and well. The Kang in the poem is apparently a different Kang. ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ? ))
- According to Robert Hewitt Wolfe , Seyetik 's terraforming technology is based upon the Genesis Device as seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ; " It was established Federation terraforming technology. Of course, the Genesis device didn't work, but obviously Seyetik's work is built upon the research of previous scientists. And it was a nice way to reference the movie. " ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ? ))
Production [ ]
- Dan Curry and Gary Hutzel used a blue screen effect to show Deep Space 9 from Sisko and Fenna's perspective from a viewing port in an upper pylon. ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ? ))
Reception [ ]
- This episode is not a favorite of Ira Steven Behr . He commented " For the show to work, Sisko had to respect Seyetik, and for whatever reason, there was never any current of understanding between Sisko and him. And for me, the show fell apart. The audience had to like Seyetik. He kills himself. How many times do we see a guy commit suicide on Star Trek ? It was a great ending, an ending worthy of John Huston , but it just seemed like some other wacky thing this character was doing. You didn't feel the sorrow ." ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ? ))
- Michael Piller commented " It had a great premise. It's the old Portrait of Jennie idea where a mysterious woman keeps disappearing in front of your eyes, and we should have made it work ". ( Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages , p 66)
- Writer Mark Gehred-O'Connell enjoyed the final episode, commenting: " When I saw it on the air, I was thrilled by it. The change [the writers] made in their draft were largely dialogue changes. Their number-one critique of my writing was that my dialogue was far too romantic – too 'purple', in Michael [Piller]'s words. I was trying to write romantically because 'Second Sight' was a love story, but they thought it was too romantic. Michael strongly believes that it's possible to create romance without hearing the characters speaking romance. That was another lesson I learned. ". Gehred-O'Connell enjoyed Avery Brooks ' performance and thought that Salli Elise Richardson was wonderful: " I couldn't have imagined anyone better to play the woman of Sisko's dreams ". ( The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine issue 10 )
- This episode marks the first appearance of a USS Prometheus in Star Trek . Although the Nebula -class is externally similar to the Galaxy -class , not a single piece of any standing set from The Next Generation appeared – the wall outside Seyetik's quarters is a single length of stock Starfleet wall built specifically for DS9 scenes, Seyetik's quarters are a brand new set built from the remains of the runabout aft section seen in TNG : " Timescape ", and the bridge is a re-dress of the USS Excelsior bridge set from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , combining its forward and aft walls. This smaller starship bridge continued to be seen throughout the series as the bridge of various ships, both Federation and not; it later appeared in DS9 : " The Jem'Hadar " as the bridge of the USS Odyssey .
- This is the first episode of the series to be directed by Alexander Singer .
- This episode takes place on the fourth anniversary of the Battle of Wolf 359 , although the stardate of the episode does not correspond to the anniversary.
- Seyetik's last words, " Let there be light ," comes from Genesis 1:3 of the Bible.
- The dress worn by Fenna is reused and worn by Antonia in Star Trek Generations and Leosa , Barclay 's seducer in VOY : " Inside Man ".
- The concept of reigniting a dying sun was previously explored in TNG : " Half a Life ".
- Lwaxana Troi suggested to Odo that an upper pylon would be a good place for a picnic in DS9 : " The Forsaken ", much as Fenna suggests to Sisko in this episode.
Video and DVD releases [ ]
- UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 15, 6 June 1994
- As part of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Second Season Vol. 1 LaserDisc ( Japan only)
- As part of the DS9 Season 2 DVD collection
Links and references [ ]
Starring [ ].
- Avery Brooks as Commander Sisko
Also starring [ ]
- Rene Auberjonois as Odo
- Siddig El Fadil as Doctor Bashir
- Terry Farrell as Lieutenant Dax
- Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
- Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
- Armin Shimerman as Quark
- Nana Visitor as Major Kira
Guest Star [ ]
- Salli Elise Richardson as Fenna / Nidell
Special Guest Star [ ]
- Richard Kiley as " Seyetik "
Co-Star [ ]
- Mark Erickson as Piersall
Uncredited Co-Stars [ ]
- Bill Hagy as Prometheus ops ensign
- David B. Levinson as Broik
- Mark Major as Beakface
- Robin Morselli as Bajoran officer
- Leslie Stump as Explorer #1
- John Tamaki as Explorer #2
- Buck-toothed alien
- Prometheus command officer
- Prometheus sciences officer
- Villus Thed
Photo Double [ ]
- Lauree Sugar – photo double for Salli Elise Richardson
References [ ]
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Other references [ ]
- USS Prometheus dedication plaque : 40 Eridani A Starfleet Construction Yards ; Berman, Rick ; Chief of Staff ; Piller, Michael ; Roddenberry, Gene ; Yoyodyne Division
External links [ ]
- " Second Sight " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
- " Second Sight " at Wikipedia
- "Second Sight" at StarTrek.com
- " Second Sight " at the Internet Movie Database
- " "Second Sight" " at MissionLogPodcast.com , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
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- 2 Sito Jaxa
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Star Trek: Deep Space 9: 10 Best One-Off Characters
From Kang to Eris, these standout one-off characters are some of the very best to grace Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is one of the most unique entries the franchise has ever produced. After two live-action series and an animated series all set on starships, this series moved the setting to a space station. Without the exciting new destinations in each episode, the show's writers had to ensure the characters who came across the space station were complex. That, in turn, led to some great characters who only ever appeared on the show once.
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These characters made the most of their limited screen time, providing character growth to series regulars, advancing key storylines, and bringing joy to fans of this compelling series.
Kang is one of the legacy characters to make his way aboard Deep Space Nine . He first appeared as an antagonist of Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series before making his return in Deep Space Nine . He appeared in episode 19 of season two, entitled Blood Oath . He is on a mission to resolve a blood feud before he dies.
Throughout the episode, his work with Jadzia Dax leads him to recognize her on the same level as the other Klingons he served with. It also provided an amazing social commentary in the same vein that Gene Roddenberry originally envisioned where bonds were allowed to extend beyond blood, race, or species.
Senator Vreenak was incredibly important to the Dominion War storyline as well as the development of Captain Benjamin Sisko's character. He appeared in episode 19 of season six, entitled In the Pale Moonlight . Vreenak is an important part of the plan hatched by Sisko and Garak to cause the Romulans to enter the Dominion War.
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Vreenak is able to see through Sisko's deception and refuses to allow the space station commander to manipulate him. He would die in a shuttle accident set up by Garak which would lead to the Romulans entering the war as Sisko and Garak had planned. Vreenak's appearance leads to a change in Sisko's moral code, and his unknowing sacrifice ends up saving Deep Space 9.
Ee'char served as a cellmate for Miles O'Brien in an implanted memory where O'Brien thought he was serving a 20-year prison sentence . He appeared in episode 19 of season four, entitled Hard Time . Ee'char seems very helpful but is unwilling to help O'Brien escape what he thinks is a prison cell. Eventually, the perceived bond between O'Brien and Ee'char is broken and O'Brien kills Ee'char for a piece of food.
When O'Brien is back on the space station, the guilt over killing Ee'char in the memory has him on the brink of suicide. Ee-char serves as an amazing reminder of the effect incarceration can have on a person's mental well-being.
7 Lenara Kahn
Lenara Kahn's appearance led to some interesting questions for what may be the most controversial episode of Star Trek ever. She appeared in episode six of season four, entitled Rejoined . In the episode, the trill that is linked to Jadzia Dax meets up with the trill linked to Lenara Kahn. The two were an item when linked to previous hosts but are now linked to new hosts. The episode raises questions about love and cultural respect as the pair are not supposed to be together with their new hosts, but they still feel a bond with one another.
The trills have to consider throwing away everything they've worked for to be together or if one of them can walk away from the other. The appearance also broke boundaries as the two actresses playing Kahn and Dax shared a kiss, the first kiss between two female characters on any Star Trek series.
6 Adult Jake Sisko
While Jake Sisko may be a regular character, the adult version of him from another timeline only appeared on the show once. He appeared in episode three of season four, entitled The Visitor . In the episode, Captain Sisko is believed to be dead after he ends up in a temporal displacement where no time passes for him but does everyone else. Adult Jake Sisko is a published author, but upon learning his father isn't dead, the adult version of Jake works to restore his father.
He accomplishes this feat by sacrificing his own future so Captain Sisko can return to his own time and further improve his relationship with Jake in the current timeline. It's a powerful episode about the desire for more time with lost loved ones and the lengths some are willing to go to achieve that.
5 Aamin Marritza
Aamin Marritza's appearance serves as an incredible social commentary on the future and how it may not be as enlightened as we would want it to be. He appears in episode nine of season, one entitled Duet . Marritza is a Cardassian arrested on the station for his alleged role in a massacre at a labor camp . He is believed to be the Cardassian who operated the camp and committed the atrocities before it is revealed that he was just a filing clerk at the camp and is living with survivor's guilt for the atrocities he witnessed.
In just one appearance, he is able to make the viewer hate him with every fiber of their being when they think he is a war criminal. Then, he is able to garner compassion from the same viewers when his survivor's guilt is made known.
4 James Leyton
What happens when fear and paranoia take over leaders? Usually, a police state and that's what we get with Admiral James Leyton after the Dominion is successful in sowing distrust. He appears in episode 12 of season four, entitled Paradise Lost . Leyton's fear and paranoia of the shapeshifters who lead the Dominion led him to declare martial law and to start testing people's blood to see who is an imposter.
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It's an overreach in government that is increasingly frightening because it's a very believable route. It's been seen throughout history and unfortunately will continue as long as those in charge promise safety in exchange for freedom.
3 Kira Meru
Kira Nerys gets to meet her late mother and learns she wasn't the woman Nerys thought she was but was still strong in her own way. Kira Meru appears in episode 17 of season six, entitled Wrongs Darker Than Death And Night . Kira Nerys always viewed her mother as a fighter but learns Kira Meru's strength came from her willingness to stay with Dukat and the Cardassians to provide for her husband and daughter.
The episode tackles the intricacies of war and how things aren't always black and white. This vision of the past leads Nerys to view her mother as a collaborator in what she sees as an unjust occupation but ends with her being unable to condemn her own mother.
2 Cal Hudson
This Starfleet officer comes in to help deal with the Maquis situation, a group of colonists displaced by the Federation's treaty with Cardassia. Cal Hudson appears in episodes 20 and 21 of season two, entitled The Maquis: Parts One and Two . He's an old friend of Captain Sisko's who, at first, appears to be helping the Federation deal with the Maquis, who they must treat as enemies due to diplomatic relations.
But he reveals himself to be helping the Maquis, willing to throw away everything to help the little guys while questioning the values of the Federation that failed them.
Eris paves the way for the primary villains of the entire series. She appears in episode 26 of season two, the Jem'Hadar . She's an alien with psychic powers who is in the company of Sisko and Quark after they've been abducted during a camping trip.
After working with Eris to escape, she reveals herself to be a Vorta, a lieutenant in the Dominion. Eris tricks Sisko and Quark the entire time and sets up the Dominion on its quest to retaliate against the rest of the galaxy for what it views as past wrongs.
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TNG & DS9 Cameos In Star Trek: The Original Series’ Final Movie Explained
Posted: November 4, 2023 | Last updated: November 5, 2023
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country featured cameos from actors of both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, showcasing the Klingon-Federation alliance in the TNG era.
- TNG's Michael Dorn played Colonel Worf in the movie, portraying him differently from his role as Worf in The Next Generation.
- Rene Auberjonois, who later played Odo in Deep Space Nine, appeared as Colonel West in Star Trek 6 but his scenes were mostly cut from the theatrical release. The most recent Blu-ray release includes the restored scenes.
The final Star Trek: The Original Series movie featured cameos from a number of actors from both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Depicting the last mission of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the USS Enterprise, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country depicted how the Klingon Empire became Federation allies during the TNG era. Conceiving TNG , Gene Roddenberry had always felt that a Klingon on the bridge of the USS Enterprise would be a strong indicator of how far the Federation had come in the intervening century.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released in 1991, when Star Trek: The Next Generation was at the height of its success. Because of this, it made sense for the final Star Trek: The Original Series movie to reference the TNG era. By 1991, TNG and TOS cameos were becoming more commonplace due to the fact that the Star Trek spinoff had finally escaped the shadow of its predecessor. Due to the success of TNG in 1991, Rick Berman and Michael Piller were considering a third Star Trek series, and Undiscovered Country coincidentally included two actors that would later feature prominently in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine .
Michael Dorn’s Cameo As Colonel Worf In Star Trek 6 Explained
Michael Dorn's role in Star Trek 6 was the character of Colonel Worf, who was the grandfather of Star Trek: The Next Generation 's favorite Klingon. Kirk's defense attorney was originally created with no actor in mind, Nicholas Meyer was keen to cast TNG 's Michael Dorn. The actor played the Colonel differently from how he'd performed Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation . Michael Dorn later recounted that he felt Colonel Worf would have been more comfortable with his Klingon heritage as he had never been separated from Klingon society.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was Michael Dorn's first experience of portraying a Klingon on the big screen, and his second scene in the movie was unfortunately cut for time. In Star Trek 6 's dramatic climax, it was planned that it would be Colonel Worf who would unmask the Federation President's would-be assassin. Although cut from the theatrical version of Undiscovered Country , the scene was restored for the VHS and Director's Cut versions. More interesting still, Dorn shared this deleted scene with one of his future Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-stars.
Rene Auberjonois’ Star Trek Character Before Odo Explained
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's Odo actor was a personal friend of Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country 's writer-director Nicholas Meyer. Rene Auberjonois therefore agreed to play the role of the villainous Colonel West in Star Trek 6 as a favor to his old friend. Sadly, however, all of Auberjonois' scenes, including him being revealed as the sniper, were cut from the theatrical cut of the movie. They were later restored on the VHS release, before being excised again for the DVD release of the theatrical cut in 2009. The most recent Blu-ray release has all of Colonels West and Worf's scenes restored.
West was one of the corrupt Starfleet officers behind the conspiracy to derail the Khitomer peace talks, working alongside another future star of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Actor Brock Peters, who would later play the father of Captain Benjamin Sisko , had previously played Admiral Cartwright in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home . Cartwright returned for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , turning heel and playing an integral part in the framing of Captain Kirk, before being exposed by the crew of the USS Enterprise-A. As Joseph Sisko, Brock Peters thankfully played a far more avuncular and open-minded character.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is available to stream on Paramount+.
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Deep Space Nine Shows How Star Trek Does Religion
Star Trek doesn't often incorporate religion into its stories or central characters' lives, but Deep Space Nine made room in the galaxy for faith.
- Gene Roddenberry wanted Star Trek to showcase a galaxy that moved on from religion.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine made religion a big part of its story, and the show wouldn't have worked as well without it.
- Deep Space Nine shows how "faith" and "science" can coexist in Star Trek without violating its creator's vision.
When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted 30 years ago during the broadcast TV mid-season, it was markedly different from the other two entries in the franchise. It was the first series set on a space station as opposed to a Starfleet vessel, dealing with heavier political topics than the always-political series had before. Yet, what made Deep Space Nine so unique was that it was the first time Star Trek tackled religion in a truly respectful way. In the first episode, "Emissary," Commander Benjamin Sisko was a disaffected Starfleet officer tasked with bringing the Bajoran people into the Federation fold .
Over the course of the episode, Sisko and company discovered a hidden, stable wormhole leading to the Gamma Quadrant of the galaxy. While traveling through the wormhole, Sisko encountered non-corporeal aliens who did not experience time in the way "linear" creatures do. These aliens were worshipped on Bajor as "the Prophets," and Sisko became the titular emissary based on ancient Bajoran prophecies. While Star Trek tackled meeting gods before Deep Space Nine , the series was the first time the fact-based scientific approach to the universe was married with "faith" in something that science didn't quite understand. This was a controversial choice at the time, but Deep Space Nine wouldn't have been as good of a series without this element. However, this choice flew in the face of what franchise creator Gene Roddenberry wanted .
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Gene Roddenberry Did't Want Star Trek to Endorse Religion
Star Trek was more than TV show for Roddenberry. He saw it as a way to highlight his progressive worldview of an Earth united in the pursuit of exploration, science and peace. Along with national divisions, he saw religion as detrimental to humanity's evolution . "Gene was totally opposed to any kind of reference to religion," Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Brent Spiner said in The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman. "He wasn't particularly keen on mythology; science fact was sort of his thrust," Spiner added.
Deep Space Nine producers, however, pushed back on this idea to executive producer Rick Berman, who wanted to keep Roddenberry's vision alive after the Great Bird of the Galaxy suddenly passed away in 1991. In the same book, writer Ronald D. Moore said he believed it was "insane there's no religion" on Earth just three centuries after the modern day. He noted that religions have survived for millennia as a part of the cultural tradition of societies. With Deep Space Nine's Bajorans, their faith was both cultural and literal. After all, Sisko proved the Prophets existed.
Deep Space Nine series co-creator Michael Piller saw the show as "the showdown between the humanist ideals of the Federation and the religious spiritual philosophy of Bajor." Yet, where Deep Space Nine was about the marriage of science and faith, Roddenberry's Star Trek wasn't. In fact, one of his first ideas for a feature was tentatively titled The God Thing , in which the crew of the USS Enterprise meet and kill "God." This ended up loosely being the plot of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier , where God was just another evil-but-powerful alien.
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Another way Deep Space Nine broke up the Star Trek mold until that point was by introducing a more serialized element to its storytelling. By making Sisko the Emissary of the Bajoran Prophets, the eventual captain of the USS Defiant had to balance that responsibility with his duties as a Starfleet officer. He initially rejected the title, even giving it up at one point. Yet, eventually he accepted his role, using the guidance of the Prophets and his judgment as a Starfleet officer to do what was best for the Bajoran people.
In the Season 5 episode "Rapture" he prevents Bajor from joining the Federatio --, a move that saved them from destruction when the war with the Dominion broke out. Yet, unlike the Force in Star Wars , the Prophets were not exactly magical and mysterious. They were simply non-corporal aliens of a kind that have appeared in Star Trek before and after Deep Space Nine . They were, presumably, ancient Bajorans who ascended beyond corporeal space and linear time. This meant there was a "scientific" basis for their existence. Gods work in mysterious ways, and the Prophets were no different.
The explanation Deep Space Nine gave for the way the Prophets approached things had little to do with religion. These aliens didn't remember how linear existence worked. So their messages were vague and, in some cases, delivered long before the specific events they meant to warn Bajor about. Similarly, Starfleet can't study them further or establish contact out of respect for Bajoran culture. Perhaps once they joined the Federation, the mystery of the Prophets could be clarified, but that wasn't the story Deep Space Nine wanted to tell.
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Deep Space Nine's Prophets Weren't the Only 'Gods' in Star Trek
As mentioned, Roddenberry often encouraged Star Trek writers to put their crews up against some god-like beings. In the classic Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" the crew of the USS Enterprise meets the Apollo of Greek mythology. He was simply an alien. The crew also met the Squire of Gothos in The Original Series episode of the same name. This creature was more like another of the Star Trek gods, Q from The Next Generation . An alien who had the power to change reality with the snap of their fingers.
In The Final Frontier the Enterprise crew meets another god, possibly a renegade Q . This creature was imprisoned on a planet at the center of the galaxy. This planet was surrounded by the "galactic barrier" preventing ships from traveling to the planet and, presumably, preventing the God of Sha'ka'ree from escaping. However, for all his might, a few photon torpedoes and a blast from a Klingon Bird of Prey disruptor sent him to meet his maker.
In most cases when Star Trek characters meet a god-like being, it's an oppositional encounter. The Prophets of Bajor however, while frustrating, were not villains. They truly cared for the people of Bajor. This means the Bajorans' faith in them was not misplaced, even if the spiritual elements were unnecessary. The Squire, Q, Apollo and other gods are often very human in their behavior, yet the Prophets were truly alien. Deep Space Nine took from Arthur C. Clarke that any significantly advanced technology or civilization would be indistinguishable from magic.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is streaming in its entirety on Paramount+ .
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DEEP SPACE. ENDLESS ADVENTURE. Relive all seven seasons of the series that took the Star Trek franchise into uncharted territory. Commander Benjamin Sisko is in charge of a diverse crew aboard the Deep Space 9, a space station in a constant power struggle with rival species due to its strategic position close to a nearby wormhole, which allows speedy travel to the far reaches of space.
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The crew and residents of Federation space station Deep Space Nine let the wonders-and dangers-of the galaxy come to them in this hit syndicated series, the third entry in the "Star Trek" universe, that ran from 1993-1999. Avery Brooks stars as DS9 commander Benjamin Sisko, along with Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig, Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, and Nana Visitor.175 episodes on 47 discs. 135 1/2 hrs. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English; featurettes; interviews.
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 7.68 x 5.87 x 4.53 inches; 2.73 Pounds
- Media Format : Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 133 hours and 6 minutes
- Release date : November 2, 2021
- Actors : Colm Meaney, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Armin Shimerman
- Studio : Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B09DMXRCYL
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 47
- #334 in DVD
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