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Battle Lines 

After showing Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Opaka the wormhole, she, Sisko, Bashir and Kira crash land on a moon. Kai Opaka dies and the three meet the unfriendly locals.


Paul Lynch


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




Episode complete credited cast:
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 (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark (credit only)
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Camille Saviola ... Kai Opaka
Paul Collins Paul Collins ... Zlangco
Jonathan Banks ... Shel-la
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Kai Opaka, the spiritual leader of the Bajorans announces a visit to DS9. She doesn't say much, but makes it implicitly clear she's interested in the wormhole. Sisko, Bashir, Kira take a runabout to show her the wormhole and pass through it to the other side. They receive a strange distress call coming from an unknown source. Sisko wants to return home, but Opaka tells him they should not take notice of her. The signal leads to a mysterious satellite network, which releases an energy burst, disabling the runabout. They make a violent crash-down on a moon, where Opaka dies almost instantly. It isn't long before the surviving 3 are picked up by a group of unfriendly locals, the Ennis. They say they are put as prisoners on the moon after a long war with the Nol-Ennis, a war ehich is continued on the moon. When the Nol attack, something strange happens. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Release Date:

25 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Battle Lines" was the final Star Trek episode to be directed by Paul Lynch. See more »


In the opening, Commander Sisko is studying Major Kira's file on a computer view screen. He turns the view screen off, but the very visible outlines of the file text (as well as Major Kira's photo) can easily be discerned on the darkened screen, revealing it to be a transparency illuminated from behind and not a true computer screen image. See more »


Major Kira: I'm afraid the Prophets won't forgive me.
Kai Opaka: They're just waiting for you to forgive yourself.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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26 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Kai is an interesting figure. I've always admired figures who risk their personal safety for a cause that is big. If one can take the religion out of it. I think of people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Kai has a sort of sixth sense and demands to be taken on a rescue mission, only to be submerged in a civil war among a culture that can be regenerated after death by microbes. Soon, the Commander, Kira, and Doctor find themselves trying to negotiate a settlement in an age old war. This is old stuff in the Star Trek world, but at least the results aren't so Kirkish.

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