Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 2

Emissary (2)

5
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 03, 1993 on Syndicado
8.7
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Emissary (2)
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Stardate: 46392.7

Captain Ben Sisko takes command of the Bajoran space station Deep Space Nine, formerly Terok Nor, recently abandoned by the Cardassian Empire. The discovery of the first stable wormhole, controlled by time-independent aliens, worshipped by the Bajorans as gods (called Prophets), gives Sisko religious significance as the aliens Emissary. This is part two of the two hour pilot, which was later cut into two episodes. This half of the pilot focuses on developing a relationship between Sisko and the wormhole aliens and positioning the space station prominently near the wormhole.

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  • Nothing like reviewing the Part 2 of single episode! (That's sarcasm. I hate this sort of thing.)

    9.0
    Do yourself a favor and just watch Emissary as it was intended and as it appears on DVD, netflix, and most other platforms: as one episode and not divided in half. Unfortunately, when its shown on TV as two separate episodes there are scenes cut out to make room for the extra credit sequences and the "last time, on Deep Space Nine" bit.



    That said, the second half is slower than the first, but a satisfying resolution nonetheless. The remainder of my review appears under "part 1". (You may proceed with the thumbs down for this awful review!)moreless
  • Overly lengthy scenes with the Prophets drag this half down, but the stage is still set for the rest of the series.

    7.0
    The second half of "Emissary" relies a lot on lengthy scenes of Sisko's interrogation by the Prophets of Bajor - an idea that runs way too long. Michael Piller's insistence on using baseball as a metaphor for humanity is too heavy-handed. (Though I enjoyed the baseball references throughout the series.)



    The other plot - Kira and O'Brien holding off a far superior Cardassian force - is kind of fun, with some fireworks. There are several jokes at Bashir's naivete, which was pretty egregious at this point in the series. That said, the on-station sequences feel like the setup they're intended to be rather than being great in its own right. Better stuff lay ahead.moreless
  • I loved this episode...

    9.0
    Personally, I loved this episode...



    We get to see more about the Bajorans, the Ferengi, the Trill, and the Cardassians here... and end up with the prospect of meeting a lot more new species...



    Of course, this brings in the risk of starting a new war, like what ends up happening later in the series. Not everyone is going to be happy about having the new wormhole available to anyone and everyone in the Alpha Quadrant, but it does bring the prospect of being able to mine different things that the Federation, and others, may or may not need in the future.moreless
  • The first episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    9.2
    Emissary is a very well done pilot episode and a great start to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This is definitely one of the best pilots for a Star Trek series. A lot of the actors played their roles perfectly right from the start, especially Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir). I absolutely loved Dr. Bashir right from the start, and he has definitely always been my favorite character from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and my favorite good guy character out of all of the main characters from Star Trek as a whole. My only complaint about this episode is the sequences with the wormhole aliens. Those parts were just both weird and obnoxious. All in all, I thought that this episode was very well done with it being the first episode of a series.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

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Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott

Alien Batter

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Joel Swetow

Joel Swetow

Gul Jasad

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Camille Saviola

Camille Saviola

Kai Opaka

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Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

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Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Kira: Shields up!
      O'Brien: What shields?

    • Sisko: We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions but for new questions.

    • O'Brien: Computer, you and I need to have a little talk.

    • Kira: You don't think Starfleet took command of this space station without the ability to defend it, do you?
      Jasad: Defend it? Your space station could not defend itself against one Cardassian warship.
      Kira: You're probably right, Jasad. And if you were dealing with a Starfleet officer, they'd probably admit we have a hopeless cause here... but I'm just a Bajoran who's been fighting a hopeless cause against Cardassians all her life... so if you want a war, I'll give you one.

    • Sisko: (viewing Jennifer in a vision) I see her like this, every time I close my eyes. In the darkness, in the blink of an eye, I see her like this.

    • Sisko: The game wouldn't be worth playing if we knew what was going to happen.

    • Sisko: (talking to the Prophets) And that is why I am here. Not to conquer you with weapons or with ideas. But to coexist and learn.

    • Sisko: That may be the most important thing to understand about humans. It is the unknown that defines our existence.

    • Sisko: The rules aren't important... what's important is - it's linear. Everytime I throw this ball a hundred different things can happen in a game; He might swing and miss, he might hit it. The point is you never know. You try to anticipate, set a strategy for all the possiblities as best you can... but in the end it comes down to throwing one pitch after another, and seeing what happens.

    • Sisko: It can be argued that a human is ultimately the sum of his experiences.

    • Odo: Doctor, most people in my experience wouldn't know reason if it walked up and shook their hand.

    • Kira: If you don't take that hand of my hip, you'll never be able to raise a glass with it again!
      Quark: I love a woman in uniform.

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