“Tears of the Prophets” is the 26th and final episode of the sixth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 150th episode overall.
The episode featured the death of Jadzia Dax and the final appearance of actress Terry Farrell.
Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet-managed Bajoran space station Deep Space Nine. In this episode, the Federation decides to move on the offensive against the Dominion. Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is warned by the prophets not to leave the station, but decides to ignore their warning. As Starfleet attacks a Cardassian star system, Dukat (Marc Alaimo), possessed by a Pah-wraith, arrives at the station. He mortally wounds Lt Cmdr. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) and disables the Bajoran wormhole. After Dax’s death, Sisko declares that he is leaving the station and returning to Earth.
The premise of the attack on the wormhole originated as a plan to end the seventh season of DS9, and was again suggested for the end of season six when planning began for that season. The imminent departure of Farrell, who elected not to renew her contract, caused problems for the writers as they sought to include both elements into the episode. The episode raised themes of revenge and the conflict between military service and religion. Although the critical review was positive and the episode received a high level of press coverage due to the publicised death of Jadzia Dax, it was viewed by 4.1 million viewers in the first broadcast, the joint-lowest figures for the season.
Admiral Ross (Barry Jenner) informs Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) that Starfleet intends to go on the offensive in the war against the Dominion and intends to move to invade Cardassia. They evaluate the plans and decide to move against the Chin’toka star system. Meanwhile Lt Cmdr. Worf (Michael Dorn) and Lt Cmdr. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) discuss their plans to have a baby with Dr. Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig). Both Bashir and Quark (Armin Shimerman) mourn the fact that it means that Worf and Dax’s marriage is solid and neither have a chance with her. They both visit the holosuite to see Vic Fontaine (James Darren) who counsels them on their loss. Sisko meets with General Martok (J. G. Hertzler) and the Romulans to discuss the plans for Chin’toka and discover that they need to attack immediately as the Cardassian-Dominion are about to improve the defences. The night before the attack, Sisko receives a vision from the prophets, who warn him not to leave the station. Sisko tells Ross about the vision, who responds that he must decide between his duty to Starfleet and the prophets.
Meanwhile, the Cardassian leader, Damar (Casey Biggs), receives intelligence about the Starfleet movements towards Chin’toka and orders his troops to speed up the deployment of weapon platforms in the system. Dukat (Marc Alaimo) arrives and discloses his plan to allow one of the enemies of the Prophets, the Pah-wraiths, to possess him. He reveals a Bajoran artefact, which he breaks. A red mist swirls around him and he is possessed by a Pah-wraith. The combined fleet arrives at Chin’toka just as the weapons platforms are activated. As the fleet is being destroyed, on board the USS Defiant, Elim Garak (Andrew Robinson) informs Sisko that the platforms can be taken offline if they find and destroy the central power source.
They discover it on a nearby moon and destroy it by tricking the platforms to fire on their own power supply. On the station, Dax is visiting the Bajoran Temple to thank the Prophets for her pregnancy. Dukat, possessed by the Pah-wraith, suddenly transports in. Dax goes for her phaser but he hits her with bolts of energy from his hands and she collapses. He opens an orb of the prophets and the energy leaves his body, entering the orb which turns black. Outside the station, the Bajoran wormhole implodes. Dukat, back to his old self, apologises to Dax and departs the station. The crew of the Defiant are informed of the attack and rush back to the station. When they arrive, they are informed that the wormhole is gone and all the Bajoran orbs have turned dark. Bashir says that he was able to save the Dax symbiont but not Jadzia. She survives long enough to say goodbye to Worf. Over Jadzia’s coffin, Sisko says that he has to leave the station and announces that he is returning to Earth. He departs with his son, Jake (Cirroc Lofton), leaving Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) in charge of DS9.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Allan Kroker.
- Writer(s): Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler.
- Release Date: 17 June 1998.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.