Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 17

Accession

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 26, 1996 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 49600.7 200 years after his disappearance, a Bajoran poet emerges from the wormhole claiming to be the real Emissary.

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  • A snoozer

    6.0
    DS9 returns to Bajoran politics and prophecies for this Sisko/Kira story - sort of a poor man's "Destiny" (from the prior season). The episode flirts with a lot of meaty material: Sisko passes the Emissary torch to another, Kira questions her future, a religious leader brings back an archaic idea, the Bajorans have differing opinions of how to handle this, and there's even a murder. (And if that's not enough, Kai Opaka makes her last appearance in the series). Yet most of the issues go unexplored, and there's a lack of energy behind what we do see. It's as if everyone is getting a bit tired of Bajoran spiritual beliefs and they're now just going through the motions. (The B story itself, about the O'Brien family dealing with change, is forgettable in its own right).



    Special guest star Richard Libertini (as Akorem Laan, the new Emissary) does the script no favors. He's a weak antagonist with no gravitas or presence. Had David Warner played the part (as originally intended) it's likely Warner and Avery Brooks would have given the Akorem/Sisko adversarial relationship enough sparks to carry the episode; but Warner's wife didn't want "Accession" to disrupt a vacation and asked her husband to decline. What we're left with is underwhelming.

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  • An ancient Bajoran poet comes through the Wormhole and claims to be the Prophets' Emissary. At first Sisko is glad to give up the title, but has second thoughts once the new Emissary announces a sweeping back-to-the-roots philosophy.moreless

    7.0
    Up until this point, Captain Sisko's grappling with his anointment as the Emissary of the Bajoran Prophets has been a recurring theme in this series. Though obviously uncomfortable with this messianic role, he'd accepted it out of both practical reasons and respect for the Bajoran people.



    The arrival of the Bajoran poet bails Sisko out; he's glad to concede the Emissaryship to the new guy. The problem is that the new Emissary has a very strong vision for Bajoran society -- he wants to bring back a very strict caste system that Bajor had before the Cardassian Occupation.



    The Bajorans are somewhat shocked by this announcement, but most of them try to adapt as well as they can. Major Kira announces her resignation and begins to explore her "heritage" as an artist. (Without much success.) Sisko becomes alarmed once he realizes that the new caste system will disqualify Bajor from Federation membership. Things get even more out of hand once a man is murdered for refusing to adhere to his caste.



    It's an intriguing premise, but the writers waste a good opportunity. Sisko tries to reclaim his title; he and the poet go to the Wormhole and the Prophets settle the dispute by reaffirming their original choice.



    The second plot of the episode -- O'Brien readjusting to life when Keiko returns to the station (with a second child), after a long period of effective bachelorship -- is not very interesting. But it does generate the two best moments of the episode Worf's response to the suggestion that he'll deliver Keiko's second baby (hilarious!), and Keiko's clever plan to reunite Bashir and O'Brien.



    Also, I enjoyed the scene at the end of the episode where Kira presents Sisko with one of her "statues".moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Richard Libertini

Richard Libertini

Akorem Laan

Guest Star

Robert Symonds

Robert Symonds

Vedek Porta

Guest Star

David Carpenter

David Carpenter

Onara

Guest Star

Camille Saviola

Camille Saviola

Kai Opaka

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Hana Hatae

Hana Hatae

Molly O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Time Index 42:18 and several seconds after. When Kira gives Sisko her sculpture, you can see it is grey. In the next scene, the same side that was grey is now brown.

    • Nitpick: Akorem has missed out on the last 200 years, yet when he awakes and is told that he is on a space station near Bajor, which is run by the Federation, he doesn't ask 'what space station?' or 'what Federation?'.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Akorem: If the d'jarras belong in the past, why did you send me into the future?
      Prophets: For the Sisko.

    • Sisko: No more blessings to give, no more prophecies to fulfill. I'm just a Starfleet officer again; all I have to worry about are the Klingons, the Dominion and the Maquis. I feel like I'm on vacation.

    • Akorem: (to Sisko) Oh, your pagh is strong. I see now why Kai Opaka believed you were the Emissary, and why Winn fears you.

    • Kira: (learning that Akorem's unfinished poem was now finished) If the timeline's been changed, then why do I remember things the way they used to be?
      Sisko: (smiling) The Prophets work in mysterious ways!

    • Bashir: (O'Brien and Bashir return to O'Brien's quarters and they find it a mess) It's sort of a shame to pack all this stuff away.
      O'Brien: Wish I didn't have to.
      Bashir: It's almost like, sculpture. A monument to your year as a bachelor.
      O'Brien: I suppose it is.
      Bashir: Who are we to dismantle this, piece of art?
      O'Brien: I don't know. But if we don't, Keiko'll dismantle me.

    • Bashir: Chief O'Brien is going to have a baby.
      Quark: (to O'Brien) I thought your females carried your young.

    • Kira: That's the thing about faith - if you don't have it, you can't understand it, and if you do ... no explanation is necessary.

    • Bashir: (talking about the Prophets) So... any idea what they might've been trying to tell you?
      Sisko
      : Sure... that I have too many neuropeptides rolling around in my head.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Quark: Oh, I used to love reading to him. You know, 'See Brok acquire. Acquire, Brok, acquire.'

      This an allusion to the preschool level books written by Zerna Sharp, which uses characters Dick and Jane to teach young readers through repetition of words and phrases. These books were popular training tools in the 1930s through 70s, but have since been replaced by new books that uses phonics as a teaching method.

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