“Sanctuary” is the 30th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the tenth episode of the second season.
Displaced humanoids from the Gamma Quadrant claim Bajor as their home.
A damaged vessel comes through the Wormhole and its passengers are transported aboard Deep Space Nine. They are from a race called the Skrreeas, but their language is difficult for the universal translator to understand and thus takes an inordinate amount of time to study it and create an adequate translation matrix. However, they seem to trust Kira, who escorts them around the station. The female Skrreea and her three companions have a hard time adjusting to rules and regulations at first, but the universal translator eventually translates their language and enables them to communicate.
The female reveals that her name is Haneek and her people’s homeworld was conquered by a species called the T-Rogorans, who were, in turn, conquered by the Dominion. Sisko promises to help Haneek and her people find a new homeland, and when several more Skrreean ships come through the wormhole, they are welcomed warmly. Kira buys a dress for Haneek that Haneek seemed to be admiring when the universal-translator was not yet functioning. However, Haneek admits that Kira mistakenly thought that she admired it. The two laugh and appear to become friends.
As more and more Skrreeans arrive on the station, Haneek begins to fear that she will not find Kentanna, the Skrreeans’ long-sought homeworld. However, the Skrreean leaders decide that Bajor is the Kentanna they seek. Sisko suggests a nearby planet, Draylon II, as a reasonable alternative, but the Skrreeans are adamant in their decision. They meet with representatives of the Bajoran government, who refuse to allow them to relocate there; a famine is spreading, and the Bajoran government does not believe it can support the Skrreean population.
Tumak, Haneek’s son, takes one of the Skrreean ships and heads to Bajor. At Sisko’s request, Haneek tries to convince him to disengage his engines because the ship has a dangerous radiation leak. Two Bajoran vessels approach him and also try to get him to shut down his engines, so they can tow him to safety. However, Tumak refuses to shut down his engines. A firefight ensues, resulting in the destruction of Tumak’s ship due to the radiation leak.
The Bajoran government stays with its decision to refuse asylum, so the Skrreeans have no choice but to move to Draylon II after all. Hurt over her son’s death and angry with the Bajorans, Haneek’s final words to Kira are bitter. She reminds Kira that the Skrreeans were farmers, and could have helped Bajor overcome the famine. Haneek then leaves with her people.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Les Landau.
- Writer(s): Gabe Essoe and Kelley Miles.
- Release Date: 28 November 1993.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.