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When the troubled Commander Sisko takes command of a surrendered space station, he learns that it borders a unique stable wormhole.


David Carson


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard / Locutus of Borg
Camille Saviola ... Kai Opaka
Felecia M. Bell ... Jennifer Sisko
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Joel Swetow ... Gul Jasad
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Stephen Davies ... Tactical Officer


Commander Benjamin Sisko, whose life has changed after his wife was killed in the battle with the Borg at Wolf 359, is to take command of the space station Deep Space Nine near Bajor. The station had been built by the Cardassians, as Terok Nor, but recently taken over by the Bajorans after a very oppressive occupation of their planet was ended. Sisko's task: The station had been left in ruins - stripped by the Cardassians after they withdrew. Merchants are preparing to leave, and its Bajoran commander, Major Kira Nerys, seems to dislike the Federation. When Sisko gets to talk with Kai Opaka, the Bajoran religious leader, she tells him he is the long awaited emissary of the Bajorans. Once Commander Sisko arrives with his teen-aged son, Jake, they're introduced to the constable of DS9, a 'shape-shifter' named Odo, and Quark, a Ferengi, who, as owner of the bar on the stations promenade, is also head of the Promenade's Merchant Association. Soon, the Federation's science officer, Jadzia ... Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The Original Feature Length Pilot Episode


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Release Date:

3 January 1993 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Donald Hotton was credited as Monk #1 , but became a Name in the official Star Trek Customizable Card Game: Prylar Mond. See more »


During the attack, a supposedly solid fallen girder or column on the Promenade is seen to bend like foam when someone lands on it. See more »


[first lines]
Locutus of Borg: Resistance is futile. You will disarm your weapons and escort us to sector 0-0-1. If you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you.
Vulcan Captain: Red alert. Load all torpedo bays, ready phasers.
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Alternate Versions

The two-hour pilot was cut into two parts for re-airing during the DS9 run, and in syndicated reruns. See more »


Spoofed in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Prophet Motive (1995) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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An Excellent Intro to Deep Space Nine
11 August 2003 | by aurora777See all my reviews

From its opening moments, this entry in the Star Trek universe was compelling. The characters are terrific and the setting is filled with possibilities. There's a sort of "Old West" feel to Deep Space Nine. Sure, the Law (StarFleet) reigns supreme, but when you're on the frontier, things aren't always black and white.

Over the length of the series, the characters realized such distinct personalities, preferences, hobbies and motivations. Even meeting them for the first time in "The Emissary", it was obvious that these were people with unique pasts limitless futures. The 3D characters in Deep Space Nine are far more interesting than their hollow counterparts in The Next Generation.

If you like the original Star Trek, skip TNG and cozy on up to Deep Space Nine. The spirit of Captain Kirk is alive and well in DS9 and "The Emissary" is a great way to meet the crew.

Personal note: I just love Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat. I've never seen him in anything else, but the episodes with Dukat are wonderful.

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