Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 21

The Reckoning

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 29, 1998 on Syndicado
8.0
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Stardate: Unknown A mysterious tablet is found in the ruins of B'hala, foretelling that "The Reckoning" will soon begin. As Sisko tries to translate the texts on the tablet, Kai Winn pays a visit to Deep Space Nine, demanding that the tablet should be given back to Bajor. Sisko, getting an impulse from the Prophets, smashes the tablet, releasing strange energy-beings. Subsequentely, a Prophet saying that she must defeat the 'Evil One,' which will then usher in Bajor's Golden Age, possesses Kira. Sisko does not intervene, even when the 'Evil One' inhabits the body of his son, Jake.moreless

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  • Okay Sisko Episode But Nothing Special

    6.5
    Throwing a bit of Kai Winn into a Sisko story, this episode (a loose followup to fifth season's "Rapture") has a lot of talk for the first three quarters before a comic book ending pitting good versus evil. Unlike the usual situation with Sisko trying to do the right thing while Winn invokes the prophets to further her agenda, this time the formula is reversed, with Sisko kind of coming off like a jerk if you're looking at it from Winn's perspective. (Actually it's kind of funny to see Sisko explain that the prophets want him to do the things he does while Winn is all like, "Quit using the prophets as an excuse!")



    It all leads to a "main character must die" tease that's reminiscent of "Amok Time" but which is visually more along the lines of Ghostbusters. In the end, the dilemma is resolved by one character's surprising decision, though the story suffers from not having an explanation for it, leaving fans to argue over why it was made.



    Still, the episode is fun for what it is and is a turning point for Kai Winn, sending her down the path she will continue until the series finale.

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  • An intense sequel to "The Rapture".

    9.0
    Starting in season 3, the writers made sure to spend at least one episode per season advancing the Prophets arc - which, in some ways, matched the Dominion War in importance. This episode continues that arc, while unifying a few other loose ends and propels the story toward the final season.



    Along with the "blurred boundaries between good and evil" theme, the Prophets arc did more than any other element of DS9 to break with the traditional, hyperscientific Star Trek universe. By this point, it's not clear whether Sisko's loyalties lie with Starfleet anymore, or even with his family! At its climax, the episode introduces an unusual element that I believe had never appeared in Star Trek before - two effectively supernatural beings battling it out, with humanity and other mortals reduced to mere spectators.



    As usual, Louise Fletcher offers a wonderfully textured performance as the villanous Kai Winn.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

James Greener

James Greener

Koral

Guest Star

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher

Kai Winn

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jadzia: (frustrated by having to translate ancient Bajoran) Just do me one favor? If you talk to the Prophets again, ask them for a dictionary!

    • Quark: You know, I feel I have a civic duty here to do something about all the doom and gloom. Which is why I want to tell you that I've extended Happy Hour.
      Bashir: Extended it?!
      Quark: From now on, every hour is Happy Hour. At least until business picks up. Eat, drink and be merry.
      Bashir: For tomorrow we die.
      Odo: So what does the Captain think about this?
      Worf: He is reserving judgment until the computer has finished the translation.
      Bashir: Who knows, the rest of the tablet probably says, 'Go to Quark's, it's Happy Hour!'
      Quark: I like the way you think, Doctor.

    • Sisko: (reading the translated tablet) 'The Prophets will weep, their sorrow will consume the Gateway to the Temple'.
      Jadzia: Tell me I'm wrong, but isn't the Gateway to the Temple Deep Space Nine?

    • Kira: (about Kai Winn) In a way, I feel sorry for her. She spends her whole life in service to the Prophets, and then one day, after years of self-sacrifice and commitment, she gets her reward - she's elected Kai. It should've been the greatest moment of her life.
      Sisko: But my being the Emissary spoiled it for her.
      Kira: The Kai has always been the spiritual leader of Bajor, but Winn has to share that position with you. And to make matters worse, you're an outsider - that's something she can never forgive you for.

    • Jadzia: During the reckoning, the Bajorans will either suffer horribly or... eat fruit.
      Sisko: ...Eat fruit.
      Jadzia: Given the tone of the rest of the inscriptions, I would bet on the horrible suffering.

    • Jadzia: You know how Starfleet feels about this Emissary thing. It makes them very uncomfortable that you've allowed the Bajorans to view you as a religious icon. It used to make you uncomfortable, too.
      Sisko: Not anymore. I guess the Prophets have spoken to me too many times.
      Jadzia: I remember when you used to call them wormhole aliens.
      Sisko: Wormhole aliens or Prophets, it doesn't really matter. The fact is, they exist outside of time, and over the centuries, they've given the Bajorans glimpses of the future. Glimpses that the Bajorans wrote down to help guide succeeding generations. If whatever's written here can help me avoid mistakes and make the right decisions, I'd be a fool to ignore it.
      Jadzia: Fair enough. But if you don't mind, I'm going to keep thinking of them as wormhole aliens.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die
      This line is quoted by Quark and Bashir, is from the Bible and is found in both Isaiah 22:13 and 1 Corinthians 15:32

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