Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998): S06E21 – The Reckoning


Introduction

“The Reckoning” is the 145th episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 21st episode of the sixth season.

Sisko is called to Bajor when an ancient tablet addressing the Emissary is discovered.

James Greene guest stars as Koral. Academy Award-winning actress Louise Fletcher returns as the Bajoran religious bureaucrat Kai Winn.

Outline

An archaeological dig on Bajor reveals an ancient tablet in an ancient Bajoran language that addresses the Emissary. Captain Sisko brings the tablet to Deep Space Nine for further study, raising the ire of Kai Winn, who protests not being consulted in advance, and resents Sisko’s connection with the Prophets, as he is an outsider. Dax’s analysis of the tablet reveals an upcoming event called the “Reckoning”, possibly involving the destruction of the station, and during which Bajor will experience great suffering. Meanwhile, the wormhole begins to behave erratically, causing disturbances on both the station and the planet. Winn attributes this to Sisko’s possession of the tablet and forces him to agree to return it to the planet in the morning. That night, however, Sisko becomes frustrated at the Prophets and feels compelled to smash the tablet, which releases red and blue vapours that dissipate into the station. Kai Winn is furious, but Sisko states his belief that he is doing the Prophets’ will.

The station begins to experience mysterious power fluctuations, and the crew soon discover that Major Kira has become possessed by the blue mist – a Prophet – which is exuding intense power. The Prophet reveals that it is waiting for a Pah Wraith to battle it in the Reckoning. Most of the senior staff strongly recommend flooding the Promenade with radiation that would force the being to leave Kira, but Sisko refuses to interfere with the Prophets, and Odo states that he believes she is a willing participant. Sisko evacuates the station, but Kai Winn stays behind to witness the conflict, as Bajoran prophecies indicate that the Prophet’s victory in the battle will result in a golden age for Bajor.

The Pah Wraith then appears, having taken over the body of Jake Sisko, and the two begin to face off on the Promenade, creating a dangerous energy buildup. Sisko orders the last of the crew to evacuate, but refuses to leave his son behind, believing the Prophets will not allow him to be killed. With the Prophet appearing to have the advantage, but both adversaries showing wounds from the struggle, Winn executes the command to flood the Promenade with radiation, interrupting the conflict and forcing both beings to leave. After her recovery, Kira accuses Winn of intervening out of jealousy over Sisko’s greater faith, and warns her she will have to answer for the consequences of her actions.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Jesus Salvador Trevino.
  • Writer(s): Harry Werksman and Gabrielle G. Stanton.
  • Release Date: 29 April 1998.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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