Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993): S01E01 – Emissary, Part 01


Introduction

“Emissary” is the two-part series premiere, comprising the pilot and second episodes, of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Set in the 24th century, the series begins following the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy, in orbit of the planet Bajor.

In this episode, Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his son Jake (Cirroc Lofton) arrive with Starfleet personnel on the station shortly after Cardassian occupation forces have departed. While working to repair the station and assist the Bajoran people, Starfleet discovers a mysterious wormhole which promises to bring astonishing change to the galaxy.

Outline

Commander Benjamin Sisko is assigned by Starfleet as station commander of “Deep Space Nine” in orbit of Bajor, previously used by the Cardassian Union during its occupation of the planet, now re-purposed to help Bajor to enter into the Federation. Sisko is resentful of the duty, having lost his wife Jennifer three years prior during the Borg attack at Wolf 359 and destruction of his former ship, the USS Saratoga, and worried about the well-being of his teenage son Jake while on the station. When he and Jake arrive, they find the station nearly stripped bare of unessential systems by the Cardassians, and the Bajoran staff, led by Major Kira Nerys, distrustful of Starfleet’s presence. As the USS Enterprise delivers more Starfleet staff, including Chief Miles O’Brien and his family, Sisko becomes more despondent at the prospect of living on the station as he receives his orders from Captain Picard, the man Sisko holds responsible for Jennifer’s death. Sisko informs Picard that he is contemplating resigning from Starfleet to seek a civilian position, but continues as ordered to perform his job as Station Commander.

With the help of Odo, a shapeshifter who is the station’s chief of security, Sisko manages to convince the Ferengi barkeeper, Quark, to remain aboard the station, helping to keep the station as an active waypoint for ships as well as providing Jake a friend in Quark’s nephew, Nog. He later visits the spiritual leader Kai Opaka on Bajor, who shows him the Orb of Prophecy and Change, one of several similar orbs believed to be sent by the Bajoran Prophets. Sisko looks into the Orb and finds himself reliving the moments when he met Jennifer for the first time. After his vision, the Kai tells Sisko that she believes him to be the “Emissary”, a messiah figure who will help Bajor, and gives him the Orb to study further. When Sisko returns to the station, he finds the rest of his staff has arrived, including Chief of Medicine Dr. Julian Bashir and Science Officer Lt. Jadzia Dax, whom Sisko happily recognises as a Trill and the current host of his former friend Curzon Dax. Sisko gives Dax the Orb to study for a scientific explanation of the way it works.

The station is soon visited by its former commander, the Cardassian Gul Dukat, who was also the last Cardassian prefect of Bajor. Dukat informs Sisko that he has his ship parked in orbit near the station and asks permission for his crew to visit the station’s promenade – which Sisko grants. Later, Dax discovers that the Orb is related to several phenomena in the Denorios Belt near Bajor. Sisko realises that any investigation will tip off the Cardassians, and arranges for Odo to use his shapeshifting abilities to disable the Cardassian sensors. With the Cardassians unable to detect them, Sisko and Dax prepare to take a runabout to investigate the Denorios Belt.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): David Carson.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman and Michael Piller.
  • Release Date: 03 January 1993.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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