Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 9

Second Sight

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 21, 1993 on Syndicado
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 47329.4 For the first time since the death of his wife, Sisko falls in love. However, his new interest seems to suffer from a bizarre form of split personality.

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  • Star Trek does "Portrait of Jennie" in a very Star Trek way - technobabble and faux jeopardy

    It's "Portrait of Jennie" as a Star Trek episode. Unfortunately, as Trek too often does, the beauty of the mystery is eschewed for a rational, technobabble answer with some faux jeopardy at the end.

    "Portrait", in both book and film form, works because the enigmatic woman becomes more interesting with each encounter. Here, the idea of "the mysterious woman who keeps disappearing" serves as a jumping off point, but without actually "jumping off": there's no real story beyond the premise, just an explanation, as if the joy of the mystery is in the answer.

    There's also a B story about an arrogant scientist's attempt to reignite a star. The casting director must have put out a call for the most over the top actors in the business, because Richard Kiley makes no attempt to be subtle. His flamboyant performance is equally comical and galling.

    The A and B stories join together by the end. But with neither story particularly satisfying in their own right, their unification falls short of providing a fulfilling climax. Fortunately, ideas from "Portrait of Jennie" would be better used in DS9's fourth season episode, "The Visitor".moreless
  • I thought this one was OK - certainly not the worst of the second season.

    I am in a minority here, because this episode strikes me as far, far better than "Melora." That's not to say that's great or even good, but many of the things that made "Melora" weak - the annoying romantic interest, the implausibility of the instant romance, and the incessant preachiness - are all absent here.

    Yeah, Sisko's girlfriend is rather bland and the scifi device a little contrived. But there's also plenty to like here - Sisko himself (much more convincing than Bashir in "Melora), his fun interplay with Dax, and of course the hilarious Seyetik. The latter alone makes this episode quite entertaining in parts.

    Still, much better stuff lay ahead.moreless
  • Hot on the heels of 'Melora' comes another insipid 'romance of the week'.

    I understand that 'Second Sight' was a rather desperate attempt on the part of the writers to get a hold on the character of Sisko, who'd basically slipped off the radar the moment the pilot ended. It's quite extraordinary to note that this is actually the first Sisko episode since the pilot a season and a half ago...

    Sadly, this is a flimsy romantic fantasy that simply doesn't ignite. There are some neat ideas and a gentle, understated chemistry between Sisko and Fenna, but ultimately the script is weak and by the time the end credits roll, I was left with a feeling of 'SO WHAT?' Not DS9's greatest hour - although I did kind of enjoy the egotistical terrafirmer Seyetik.moreless
  • Not DS9's finest hour

    'Second Sight' was definitly not one of my favourite episodes. I found the character of Fenna/Nidell herself to be annoying and irritating. Her innocence and her voice grated on my nerves. I'll admit that it was good to see Sisko happy again, but did it have to be with someone like her?

    The background storyline, however, was not without merit. The rebirthing of a dead star is a concept I found intruiging. Not to mention the humourous arrogance of Professor Seyetik. The man knew he was great and he loved himself for it. I saw a lot of Bashir in him.

    I found the confusion over Fenna/Nidell to be entirely unbelievable. I mean, wouldn't the professor have informed his wife of her other 'personality', so that when Sisko asked her if she had a twin, she would be able to explain to him what had happened?

    Overall, this is not a great episode. At times you begin to wonder where it's going and if you maybe missed something along the way. Not DS9's finest hour.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Salli Richardson-Whitfield


Guest Star

Richard Kiley

Richard Kiley

Professor Gideon Seyetik

Guest Star

Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson

Lt. Piersall

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • O'Brien: All right, lieutenant. I've got the warp drive on the Prometheus purring like a kitten. It'll do 9.6 in a pinch, but I wouldn't take it any faster.
      Jadzia: I thought the theoretical maximum for those engines was warp 9.5.
      O'Brien: Ah, it was...

    • Fenna: I don't think I've ever seen the stars shine so brightly.
      Sisko: The Bajorans call that constellation The Runners. I can never figure out if they're running toward something or away from something.
      Fenna: Does it really matter? Sometimes it just feels good to run.

    • Seyetik: So, what were we talking about?
      Sisko: You.
      Seyetik: Ah, of course! My favorite subject.

    • Kira: Commander, do you think he'd notice if we weren't here when he got back?
      Sisko: Don't even think about it, Major. I've had dinner with about two dozen Bajoran Ministers. I think you owe me this one. Besides, Seyetik is one of the Federation's greatest minds.
      Kira: I know. He told me.

    • Seyetik: A great terraformer needs the green thumb of a gardener, the eye of a painter and the soul of a poet. And, of course, it doesn't hurt to be a raging egomaniac!

    • Seyetik: Of course it'll work! I never fail. Well, I did once, but I found it didn't agree with me. So, I swore never to do it again and I never break my word.

    • Sisko: My son and I visited Blue Horizon on the way to Deep Space Nine. I must say I was impressed.
      Seyetik: Of course you were. I created the place and even I'm impressed!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Richard Kiley, an accomplished actor, was best known as the voice behind many National Geographic TV specials. Sadly, he died in 1999 of bone marrow disease.


    • Prometheus
      The starship assigned for the mission to reignite Epsilon 119 was the USS Prometheus. In greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus brought fire to man.

    • Seyetik: "Let there be light!"
      Professor's Seyetik last words were of course taken from The Bible. It's the verse God used, when he created the universe.