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Image In The Sand

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Production # 551
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Aired Week Of: __ _____, 1998
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Original Stardate: 52___._
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Synopsis - With Sisko on Earth for the past 3 months, the Dominion/Cardassian alliance has taken the upper hand in the war; while Worf is still in mourning for Jadzia and in thirst for great battle. Bajor finally agrees to a Romulan presence aboard DS9, and allows them to build a hospital on one of their moons; but there may be more than medical facilities there. After 3 months of no progress, Sisko finally receives a vision from the prophets, who are locked in a battle with the pah-wraiths in the closed celestial temple.

Image In The Sand revealed to Sisko not only the identity of his true mother, but also why he was destined to become the Image In The Sand of the Prophets to Bajor; bringing closer to completion the circle we saw begin in the series' premiere, Emissary.

Another point of interest on this circle was the tie-in of his baseball. Even back in Emissary, we saw Sisko's baseball; and the prophets used an image from his mind of him playing baseball with his son to talk to him; an image he in turn used to teach the prophets about coporeal life outside the wormhole. At the end of 5th season's A Call To Arms Sisko left his baseball in his office, when they evacuated, as a message to Dukat, that he'd be returning. And lastly in last season's finale, Tears Of The Prophets, Sisko took his baseball with him, leading Kira to suspect that he might not be returning. And here in Image In The Sand, we see Sisko playing the piano in his father's restaurant, with the baseball on top. Then the baseball rolls off onto the floor; Sisko stops and receives a vision from the prophets. And the first thing we see in that vision is the baseball, a little beat up, but there as the camera pans over to Sisko digging in the sand on Tyree and eventually uncovering the face of his birth mother.

Some notes on his mother that we learn here: her name was Sarah and she and Joseph Sisko met in a place called Jackson Square in June of 2331 and married a few months later; she left him, probably just after Ben was born, for no apparent reason (so far).

Although hearing about Pah-Wraiths quite a bit since season five's The Assignment, this is the first time we hear about the group known as the Cult of the Pah-Wraiths. This to me begins to draw some parallels between Bajor's religion and Christian faiths here on Earth; with most of Bajor following the Prophets, while even if most of us on Earth don't necessarily follow Christ, we at least believe in God; and then a small group of Bajorans following the Pah-Wraiths, while on Earth we have a small percent of people that follow the anti-Christ.

Other good points about this episode are: This is the first time that we've actually seen an exterior shot of "Sisko's", with a neon sign to boot. We learn that Kira finds Bajoran Jumja sticks too sweet to her liking, and was advised to try a Romulan Ozol Twist, which is quite tarte. The newly promoted Colonel Kira and Odo reminising about their kiss in front of Quark's in last season's His Way. And later in the episode, Worf and O'Brien reminiscing about the Enterprise, specifically Barclay and his holodeck programs from TNG's 3rd season episode, Hollow Pursuits. Speaking of Worf, his interaction with Nog on the Defiant Bridge was cute as well; again talk of stembolts.

The only downfall in this show seems to be with the numbers in the years surrounding Sarah's disappearance and the fact that Ben would have never given this a second thought growing up.

Cast

Series' Regulars
Captain Benjamin Sisko™ - Avery Brooks
Major Kira Nerys™ - Nana Visitor
Lt. Cmdr. Worf™ - Michael Dorn
Constable Odo™ - René Auberjonois
Ensign Ezri Dax - Nicole deBoer
Dr. Julian Bashir™ - Alexander Siddig
Chief Miles Edward O'Brien™ - Colm Meany
Quark™ - Armin Shimmerman
Jake Sisko™ - Cirroc Lofton

Semi-Regulars
Weyoun - Jeffrey Combs
Damar - Casey Biggs
Admiral Ross - Barry Jenner
Martok - J.G. Hertzler
Nog - Aron Eisenberg
Vic Fontaine - James Darren
Joseph Sisko - Brock Peters

Guest Cast
Senator Cretak - Megan Cole
Bajoran Man - Johnny Moran
Sarah Sisko - Deborah Lacey (Uncredited)

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by: Les Landau


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