Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 1

Image in the Sand (2)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Sep 30, 1998 on Syndicado
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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

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  • Great opener for season 7

    Featuring one of Star Trek's longest teasers (clocking in at over eight minutes), "Image" breaks the tradition of loud, action oriented season openers and instead gives viewers an introspective, character-based hour with four separate storylines and no resolution.

    The centerpiece, naturally, is the show's leading man, with Avery Brooks stepping back into the same Sisko we closed season six with: a lost man who has come home to search for a direction. With a little help from (and a connection between) the Prophets and his family, he finds one. The idea behind it is bold but makes quite a bit of sense: with the Prophets existing outside of time, Sisko's connection to them should not be bound to the present but should also include the past and the future. In the short term, by crafting this dynamic in an abstract way, the writers create mystery and intrigue. In the longterm, they subconsciously make the entire tapestry of his life more understandable and his story more powerful. It's heady stuff, but it comes across well here and (pardon the human idea) in the future, with Brooks eschewing his usual dramatic acting and internalizing just about everything instead. His plot threat ends here with the introduction of a new character; and it's curious that it doesn't have any connection to the other events of the episode; but that makes it all the more of a pleasant surprise as it plays out as a poignant and underplayed moment itself.

    Meanwhile, the station-based B story features "Colonel" Kira being forced to work with a Romulan. The worst part? The Romulan is actually reasonable and polite. Eventually, however, the Romulan turns out to be a Romulan and Visitor gets to play to her strengths as Kira interrupts a high level meeting with the same feistiness she has in her first scene in the series, way back in "Emissary". (I love scenes where a low level character interrupts high level characters with a self righteous rant. It always plays well. See: X Files)

    Meanwhile, in the C story (also station-based) Worf is really depressed over Jadzia's death, and his friends try to figure out how to help. This includes an appearance from holographic lounge singer Vic Fontaine that's gratuitously shoehorned in, with Vic singing "Jadzia's favorite song" for Worf before the Klingon smashes the holographic furniture. This might mean something to fans of the show if we'd ever actually heard Vic sing it to her. As is, it would make more sense to us (and be shorter) if Worf were to catch sight of a Tongo game at Quarks and break the bar in half instead. But the writers probably figure that with a new character like Vic it's important to keep him involved to continue to build his part in the show.

    Last (and least) is a D story on Cardassia with Weyoun and Damar assessing the situation.

    The interesting thing to think about in real world terms is that all four stories were probably shot right next to each other (apart from location shooting). But Star Trek has always been good at establishing different looks and feels from the same stages. It has to. It supposedly takes place all over the universe but has always shot its television in quite limited locations in California. This episode demonstrates just how well Star Trek does it: we have New Orleans, DS9, and Cardassia all shot on adjacent stages, and they're all believable locations that seem lightyears away from each other. That's how you bring your viewers the universe on a budget.

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

    Okay, so we really don't get much time to meet Ezri, but already I am annoyed. Jadzia was my favorite in the cast, and I am bummed that they replaced her with someone so whiny, and to put it bluntly, so unworthy.

    I did enjoy the parts with Sisko searching for answers; the mystery is very intriguing. I am very curious about the woman he sees in his visions.

    It seems like it will be a decent season, if the early indications stay true. Avery Brooks' acting is much improved from earlier seasons, something that really has me happy. For a long time, I really couldn't stand his character at all!moreless
  • A successful successful start. More of a character development and situation builder episode.

    A decent start to the final season that draws upon several average but necessary subplots. These are: the growing Pah-Wraith movement, Worf's reaction to the death of Jadzia, Kira's new role as Station Commander and Sisko's quest to reconnect with the Prophets. Which means this is more of a dialogue and character development/situation building episode. As a result none of the above are very substantial on its own. Yet together they form a cohesive story which provides a balance of drawing on the roots of the last season, setting the seeds for forthcoming events and entertaining us. Not an easy thing to do.

    In these objectives it succeeds, even if it never reaches the lofty heights of a 10.

    Though the screenplay for each is lean and to the point. Which is a good thing - as nothing is dwelt upon, thus providing a decent fast-pace to the unfolding events. Add to this, the constant changing nature of the locations, from the Station, to the Defiant, to Sisko Sr's restaurant, Worf quarters, the holodeck, etc... which reinforces the snappy overall feel.

    Despite the obvious issues with the removal of Terry Farrell, Im sure Im one of the few who liked the introduction of Ezri, and her character arc. Shame it had to be at Jadzia's expense.

    A good start and does what it needs to do, to get the final season off the mark.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Megan Cole

Megan Cole


Guest Star

Johnny Moran

Johnny Moran

Bajoran Man

Guest Star

Barry Jenner

Barry Jenner

Admiral Ross

Recurring Role

Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Joseph Sisko

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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!

    • Quark: You wanna get Jadzia into Sto-Vo-Kor? Fine, fine, I'm all for it. But can't you do something more sensible? Make a donation in her name. Or bribe someone.

    • Vic: Well something is driving Worf cuckoo. Your buddy needs some help, and soon! The band is threatening to quit!
      Quark: They can't quit! They're holograms.
      Vic: They don't know that!

    • Bashir: So, what'd you find out?
      O'Brien: That you should never try to match drinks with a Klingon.

    • Damar: Do you ever wonder what goes on, inside the wormhole, I mean?
      Weyoun: Mmm... not really.
      Damar: The Prophets and the Pah-Wraiths locked in some form of... celestial battle. It's fascinating.
      Weyoun: I never realized you had such a vivid imagination.
      Damar: There's a lot about me you don't know.
      Weyoun: Just remember, too much imagination can be... dangerous.

    • Jake: Dad, what's wrong?
      Sisko: I had a vision from the Prophets. I was on Tyree in the desert, digging in the sand. And then I uncovered a face, the face of a woman... and that's all. I've never seen her before. Now I know why I came back here, Jake. I have to find her. I have to.

    • Cretak: This is ridiculous. I regret not informing your government about our weapon emplacements. But I didn't think it was necessary - we're your ally.
      Kira: Then remove the weapons.
      Cretak: That would leave the hospital unprotected.
      Kira: Bajor will guarantee its safety.
      Cretak: I'm afraid that's not acceptable.
      Kira: Either you remove the weapons, or we will.

    • Quark: (talking about Sto-vo-kor) What makes you think she wants to spend eternity there? I know I certainly wouldn't. Imagine what it must be like - hoards of rampaging Klingons, fighting and singing and belching and sweating...
      Bashir: Sounds like this place on a Saturday night.
      Quark: Would you want to spend eternity here?

    • O'Brien: There is one way for Worf to ensure that Jadzia gets into Sto-vo-kor. He has to win a great battle in her name.
      Quark: What if I let him beat me at tongo?
      O'Brien: Not good enough. Unless he has to carve his way through a hundred Jem'Hadar to reach the table.

    • O'Brien: (talking about why Jadzia isn't in Sto-vo-kor) And secondly, she didn't die in glorious battle.
      Quark: You mean being murdered in cold blood by a Pah-wraith doesn't count?

    • Joseph: Life is full of choices... you make them and hope for the best. Sometimes you're right, sometimes you're not. I made a mistake.
      Sisko: Yeah... you did.

    • Kira: I can remember when the cult of the Pah-wraiths was considered a joke... now those red armbands are appearing all over Bajor. It's like everyone's gone crazy.
      Odo: A lot of people feel abandoned by the Prophets...
      Kira: Believe me, I know how they feel. But that's no excuse to turn to hate and fear.

    • Kira: Odo, I wish you'd stop doing that.
      Odo: Doing what?
      Kira: Calling me by my rank. I was promoted two months ago. Besides, it sounds so... formal.
      Odo: Has Admiral Ross - or should I say Bill - arrived yet?

    • Jake: We've left him alone for the past three months. He said he came here to figure out a way to contact the Prophets, to make things right. So far, he hasn't even left the restaurant.

    • Ezri: Hello, Benjamin.
      Sisko: Do I know you?
      Ezri: It's me, Dax.

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