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Season Six

Tears Of The Prophets

Production # 550
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Aired Week Of: __ _____, 1998
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Original Stardate: 51___._
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Synopsis - Worf and Jadzia decide to have a baby, as the Federation decides to go on the offensive in the war. As Starfleet convinces the Klingons and Romulans to join them in the invasion of Cardassia, Gul Dukat returns to the Cardassian military with a new weapon after studying the ancient Bajoran texts.

Tears Of The Prophets has the honour of being the sixth season finale; and as with most DS9 season enders, it's left unresolved with Sisko gone home to contemplate his recent failure as both Tears Of The Prophets of the Prophets of Bajor and as a Starfleet Captain.
This was also the final episode for actress Terry Farrell, whose character was lost in this episode as the actress wished to depart. Her farewell scene was wonderfully emotional and well acted.
Sisko's decision to leave the station, instead of heeding the word of prophets, seems out of character now. Six, three or even two years ago, it would have been plausible for him to ignore the words of the prophets; but with the growth his character has undergone, especially within the past two years, it seemed more like the writers were just struggling to find a new way to do away with the Jadzia character. Starting with last season's Rapture and especially this season, whenever his faith in the Prophets has been tested, he has not waivered; until now.
Sisko's leave-of-absence at the end of this episode, was an interesting touch, especially with Kira noting that he took his baseball with him; insinuating that he might not return. The final shot of Sisko in his chef's uniform sitting on the back steps of his father's restaurant, cleaning pots, left an eerie feeling, as you could see he was seriously contemplating whether to go back to Bajor, and set things right with the Prophets again, or just give up and resign from Starfleet; and Bajor.

Of interesting note, a nice dedication to the Original Series first pilot, The Cage as Sisko was presented with the Captain Christopher Pike Medal of Valour for outstanding service displayed in reclaiming DS9 earlier this season, and in general during the war.


Series' Regulars
Captain Benjamin Sisko™ - Avery Brooks
Major Kira Nerys™ - Nana Visitor
Lt. Cmdr. Worf™ - Michael Dorn
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
Garak - Andrew Robinson
Weyoun - Jeffrey Combs
Gul Dukat - Marc Alaimo
Nog - Aron Eisenberg
Legate Damar - Casey Biggs

Guest Cast
Letant (Romulan Official) - David Birney
Admiral Ross - Barry Jenner
Vic Fontaine - James Darren
Saghi (Bajoran little girl) - Michelle Horn
Glinn (Cardassian Guard) - Bob Kirsh

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr &
Hans Beimler
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

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