Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Image in the Sand (2)

Season 7, Ep 1, Aired 9/30/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: Unknown Three months after the wormhole was sealed and the Bajoran Orbs became useless, Sisko receives a vision from the Prophets of a woman's face buried in the sand. When this woman is revealed to be Sisko's real mother, an old necklace of hers leads Sisko to look for the Bajoran Orb of the Emissary. He believes that this Orb can re-open the wormhole and reactivate the other Orbs. Kira, now in command of Deep Space Nine until Sisko returns, is informed that the Romulans wish to set up a station office and a hospital on a Bajoran moon. Bashir and O'Brien attempt to console Worf, who is still mourning for Jadzia. Just before leaving to search for the Orb, Sisko encounters a young Trill woman who reveals herself as the new host of the Dax symbiont, Ezri.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Michael Dorn

    Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Avery Brooks

    Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Great opener for season 7

    By Celedorian, Dec 19, 2014

  • Interesting episode (the bits with Sisko in particular), but I really don't like this Ezri character.

    By LisaGansky, Jul 25, 2005

  • A successful successful start. More of a character development and situation builder episode.

    By AvatarBlue, Mar 17, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Damar: I wouldn't trust a Cardassian that didn't drink a glass of Kanar every once in a while.
      Weyoun: Tell me Damar, when you are alone do you even bother with a glass or do you just drink that swill directly from the bottle?

    • Miles: Gentlemen, we are home.
      Julian: There should be a law against convoy duty lasting more than ten days.
      Nog: I'll say one thing for guarding convoys, it's usually a lot safer than fighting on the front lines.
      Worf: Is that the reason you joined Starfleet ensign, to be safe?!

    • O'Brien: Relax, don't take it so personally. Worf is just going through a bad time at the moment.
      : I think he needs to focus on something other than Jadzia and I hate to admit it, but a little combat duty might just do the trick.
      O'Brien: Pretty soon the Defiant will be going into battle. Worf will be happy and the rest of us will be miserable.
      Nog: It's not that I'm afraid to fight I just don't want to die. I wish Captain Sisko were here.
      : So do I ensign. So do I.

    • Worf: (to Nog) It is a time for warriors to do great deeds, to truimpth in glorious battles. Not, waste away protecting a ship of stem-bolts.

    • Odo: Nerys, I realise that things may seem bleak at the moment, but there's always hope.
      Kira: When did you turn into an optimist?
      Odo: Hmph, it must have been that day in front of Quark's, when we kissed for the first time!
      Kira: That was some kiss, wasn't it!
      Odo: Changed my life!

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    Notes (6)

    • The song Avery Brooks (as Captain Sisko) is heard playing on the piano in the restaurant is "Round Midnight."

    • Bajor's fourth moon is revealed as Derna.

    • Kira has been promoted to Colonel and sports a different hairstyle.

    • Admiral Ross' first name is revealed to be Bill (or William).

    • All The Way performed by James Darren.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Nitpick: How did Worf and O'Brien know about Lt. Barclay's Musketeer holodeck program? The only people to see it in The Next Generation's "Hollow Pursuits" were Riker, Geordi and Troi. Given their disgust with the program, not to mention Barclay's shyness precluding showing it to anyone else, it doesn't stand to reason that Worf or O'Brien even had a copy to view.

    • We learn that even with over 6 years of interacting with the Federation, Dominion and other powers, Bajoran's ships are still as inferior as they were at the end of the Cardassian Occupation. This can be explained by the internal struggle that almost led them to two civil wars, the priority to recover economy, specially agriculture and the fact that Bajor never joined the Federation, therefore having no access to its military technology.

    • Goof: Sisko and Jake are looking at the picture of the mysterious woman and his father. Look closely when Sisko stands up and carries the picture to his father, you'll notice the picture is different.

    • Goof: In the scene when Admiral Ross informs Kira of the Romulan arrival, she looks over a padd and places it on the desk next to the little stand used for Sisko's baseball. In the shots over Kira's shoulder, the stand is to the right of a partition in the desk, while the padd is near the left edge of a green light within the desk. The padd and stand are right next to each other. When the shots shift to over Ross' shoulder, the stand is on the other side of the partition, and the padd farther away. The padd and stand aren't even close to each other.

    • Goof: Just before Ezri's first appearance (at Sisko's on Earth), notice the strap from the bag slung across Joseph Sisko's shoulder. First it is twisted on his shoulder, then flat, then twisted, then flat again.

    Allusions (1)

    • Tyree
      The planet was named after the Richard Harris character, Benjamin Tyreen, in the 1965 Sam Peckinpah film Major Dundee.

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