Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (1330)

  • Kira: If you don't take your hand off my hip, you'll never raise another glass with it again.
    Quark: (sighing as she storms away) I love a woman in uniform.

  • Jennifer: Are you going to tell me your name?
    Young Sisko: Ben Sisko. I... I just graduated from Starfleet Academy. I'm waiting for my first posting.
    Jennifer: A junior officer? My mother warned me to watch out for junior officers.
    Young Sisko: Your mother's going to adore me.
    Jennifer: You're awfully sure of yourself.
    Young Sisko: It's not every day you meet the girl you're going to marry.

  • Sisko: I was just talking to our good neighbor, Quark. He's laying odds the provisional government's going to fall.
    Kira: Quark knows a sure bet when he sees it. This government will be gone in a week. And so will you.

  • Sisko: My officers, the Bajoran engineers, and all their families depend on the shops and services of this Promenade. But if people like you abandon it, this is going to become a ghost town. We need someone to step forward and say, 'I'm staying. I'm rebuilding.' We need a community leader. And it's going to be... you, Quark.
    Quark: (laughing) Me?!
    Odo: You seem to have all the character references of a politician.

  • O'Brien: Sir, have you ever served with any Bajoran women?
    Sisko
    : No. Why?
    O'Brien: I was just wondering, sir.

  • Bashir: This is where the adventure is. This is where heroes are made. Right here... in the wilderness.
    Kira: This wilderness happens to be my home!
    Bashir: I didn't mean...
    Kira: The Cardassians left behind a lot of injured people, Doctor. You can make yourself useful by bringing some of your Federation medicine to the 'natives'. (sarcastically) You'll find them a friendly, simple folk.

  • Kai Opaka: (about Sisko) How ironic... one who does not wish to be among us is to be the Emissary.

  • Kira: You are throwing it all away... all of you!
    Bajoran Bureaucrat: You're being a fool!
    Kira: Well, then, don't ask my opinion next time!

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Notes (726)

  • The episode won an Emmy Award for¬†Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

  • The pilot episode was originally titled "The Ninth Orb", which referred to Sisko's experiences in the Wormhole.

  • Several of Benjamin Sisko's early scenes, including his first meeting with Major Kira and Jake were reshot, because they felt that Sisko was too coming across as too harsh. Other scenes, such as more footage of the U.S.S. Saratoga were cut for lack of time.

  • They originally planned to have a male Kai, and they intended to have all visitors to the Kai disrobe completely before speaking with him. They also wanted the Kai to sense the pagh through foot massage, but they decided that was too unwieldy, and changed it the pagh's sensor point to the earlobes.

  • This episode originally aired together with "Emissary (Part 2)" as a two-hour pilot episode.

  • Alexander Siddig was originally Rick Berman's first choice to play Benjamin Sisko.

  • In an April 2003 interview, Avery Brooks stated that he was contractually required to appear with hair to prevent confusion with his character Hawk, from Spenser: For Hire. Once the character of Sisko became established, Brooks was allowed to shave his head and grow his beard again.

  • Jadzia Dax was originally planned to be shown as someone from a weightless environment. However, the costs of the special effects and the restrictions of her wearing wires caused this idea to be axed. The idea itself was later reused for the episode "Melora".

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Trivia (663)

  • Although the scene was cut when shown in syndication, Captain Picard personally beams Chief O'Brien from The Enterprise to DS9. In that scene, the background music transitions from The Next Generation theme to that of Deep Space Nine.

  • In the opening credits of every episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the dust trail following the comet can briefly be seen to form an image of Leonard Nimoy (Spock) taken from Star Trek III.

  • In this initial episode, Armin Shimerman's "Quark" makeup is slightly different in tone and coloration than the following episodes.

  • The wormhole did not appear in the opening sequence in this episode to preserve one of the main story points of the debut episode.

  • A scene filmed, but later cut was Sisko being offered a job on Earth. The scene featured John Carter as the Chancellor.

  • Cirroc Lofton, Patrick Stewart, Felecia Bell, Camille Saviola, Stephen Davies, Lily Mariye, Cassandra Byram and Garman Hertzler all make appearances as "Prophets" in addition to their credited roles.

  • Goof: In one scene, when the station is being fired on by the Cardassians, we see what appear to be girders falling on people. In the very next scene, we see someone fall on one of the girders and crush it flat.

  • Keiko O'Brien starts her school in this episode.

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Allusions (204)

  • The Tower Of Babel
    The episode is named after the Tower of Babel, a tower in the Old Testament which was to be built to the heavens. Its construction was postponed indefinitely because God gave everyone an individual language, making it impossible to communicate.

  • O'Brien: I believe they (Q and Vash) actually met in Sherwood Forest.

    This refers to the Next Generation episode "Qpid", in which Q created a "Robin Hood" scenario with himself as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Vash as Maid Marian, and Picard as Robin Hood.

  • Quark and Nava: Nava asking Quark for the opportunity to introduce synthehol to the Gamma Quadrant.
    This scene is extremely similar to the opening scene of The Godfather where Bonasera asks Don Vito for a favor. This similarity includes everything from the dialogue, the room, and even the tone of Quark's voice.

  • Yogi Berra When discussing whether or not to abandon their study of the station and its inhabitants' imaginations, the alien portraying Buck Bokai tells the others, "It ain't over 'till it's over". This is a reference to another famous baseball player, New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra. Berra was famous for this, as well as many other quotes.

  • If Wishes Were Horses The title of this episode is from the first line of a nursery rhyme. The full line is "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride", meaning that if wishing could make things happen then even the most destitute people would have everything they wanted.

  • Lwaxana: (speaking to Odo) We've learned that on this station you are the thin beige line between order and chaos.
    The Thin Blue Line is a documentary on the murder of a Texas police officer in 1976 while making a traffic stop. The prosecutor in the eventual trial referred to the police as "the thin blue line" separating society from anarchy.

  • Laser Induced Fusion
    Laser induced fusion is currently only theoretical, but it's main advantage is that it is (theoretically) much more efficient than current fission induced fusion. O'Brien's comment that it is "bloody inefficient" is another of Star Trek's pokes at 'old' technology that is cutting edge now.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    The scene when the crew are attempting to shutdown the computer in ops is a homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, where Bowman dismantles Hal in the same fashion.

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