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Emissary

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Production # 401-2
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AIRDATE DATA
Aired Week Of: 4 January, 1993
Order in Season 1: 1-2 Order in DS9: 1-2
Order for all Star Trek series: 245-6
STARDATE DATA
Original Stardate: 43997
46379.1
Order in Season 1: 1-2 Order in DS9: 2-3
Order for all Star Trek series: 183,247

Synopsis - Two years after Commander Benjamin Sisko looses his wife in the Borg attack at Wolf 359, he takes command of the Bajoran Space Station, Deep Space Nine, only to find that it's former Cardassian crew did not leave it in the best of condition. When the Bajoran Kai gives him a mysterious orb, it leads him to discover a stable wormhole. Inside the wormhole, he is taken captive by an alien race who does not understand the concept of linear time.

Emissary does much to lay groundwork and provide foundation for an onslaught of fascinating stories. It is here in the first episode of the series that a bold spiritual presence is established. The Bajoran faith is special to its people. It pulled them through a long and laborious occupation by a sinister force.

Enter Station Commander Benjamin Sisko. On the surface, a typical Starfleet Officer. But one who has known pain and struggle: pain of losing his wife to, in his mind, the man overseeing his start at DS9, Captain Jean-Luc Picard; and the struggle of balancing both his career and the now-solo-rearing of his son, Jake. This pain and this struggle allow him a certain sympathy in understanding the trials of the people of Bajor that might not be present in other Starfleet Commanders.

Despite this, it is clear our Commander is not happy about his new command. And who could blame him? He'd like to expose his son to the best possible life after their loss. What kind of life can one find on a war-torn station with a war-torn people?

Having never been raised to be a man of Faith himself, he sees the Bajoran faith as something rather senseless to himself. Yet sees that it means something to Bajor; and therefore gives it due respect. But is put off a bit when the Kai starts referring to him as the Emissary.

However, upon discovering the wormhole and the aliens within it, he begins to find some insight into the Bajoran faith. He also learns that he is here for a purpose. While he does not understand the purpose and is still quite skeptical of the Bajoran faith, he knows that he must see the purpose through, and remain in the post assigned him: Station Commander Deep Space Nine.

Another character which will grow and ultimately become another strong facet in the tapestry of the series is the station's Chief of Security, shape-shifter Constable Odo. A man with no history but his own. Hoping to find one day, where he is from. An answer which has a diefic proportion of its own.

Other regular characters introduced here are as follows: Major Kira Nerys, a Bajoran who survived the occupation by joining a resistance cell and fighting back against the Cardassians. This gives her a toughness which she must learn to control when she realizes she no longer has to fight just to stay alive until the next day.

Doctor Julian Bashir, a brash young lieutenant, fresh out of Medical School, just waiting to see what adventures wait for him on the edge of this new frontier. Once gaining a better sense of his surroundings and his place within them, he'll become one of the best attributes to the station and series.

Lieutenant Jadzia Dax, a young woman with seven lifetimes of experience to guide her way and mentor her commander and old friend, Ben Sisko. Already a strong character, her growth must come on the inside and focus on her relationship with the Dax symbiont which inhabits her.

Chief of Operations, Miles Edward O'Brien, a character already known from his travels aboard the USS Enterprise on Star Trek: The Next Generation. While he will enjoy the problem-solving of the engineering struggles he must now face, the real struggle for him will be establishing a family life with his wife and daughter in this new environment.

Bartender Quark, a Ferengi, now must learn to live and adapt to life on the station under Starfleet jurisdiction; not to mention how to keep profits up at the same time. He must also learn that sometimes there is more to life than latinum.

Civilian Jake Sisko, son of the station commander, he must learn to make friends and find both fun and himself in this new environment.

Other concepts that we are introduced to here are the wormhole aliens themselves (aka the prophets) and the fact that they exist outside of time - past present and future are all one and the same to them; Sisko's love of Baseball and the fact he always keeps his baseball on his desk; the Bajoran Orbs (their link to the prophets) and how through these orbs they experience visions about themselves for guidance; Sisko's past friendship with Dax as Curzon; Quark's troublesome nephew, Nog; and more.

Cast

Series' Regulars
Commander Benjamin Sisko™ - Avery Brooks
Major Kira Nerys™ - Nana Visitor
Constable Odo™ - René Auberjonois
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax™ - Terry Farrell
Dr. Julian Bashir™ - Alexander Siddig
Chief Miles Edward O'Brien™ - Colm Meany
Quark™ - Armin Shimmerman
Jake Sisko™ - Cirroc Lofton

Semi-Regulars

Guest Cast

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Directed by: David Carson
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