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In the Hands of the Prophets 

Vedek Winn, a candidate in the race for the open Kai position, stirs up trouble on DS9 when she attempts to boycott Keiko's school for not teaching Bajoran religious beliefs.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 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
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Robin Christopher ... Neela
Philip Anglim ... Vedek Bareil
Louise Fletcher ... Vedek Winn
Michael Fairman ... Vendor (as Michael Eugene Fairman)


Keiko's teaching the station's children about the wormhole, when Vedek Winn, one of the most important religious leaders of the Bajorans and a possible candidate to become the next Kai, arrives. She despises the scientific way Keiko chooses to explain the phenomenon, and calls it 'blasphemy.' She'll not allow it, and takes the Bajoran children of the school. Both Keiko and Winn are not willing to give in, and Sisko travels to Bajor to get the support of Vedek Bareil. Meanwhile chief O'Brien finds an interlock's missing from his toolkit. Together with a new engineer, Neela from Bajor, they start looking for it. They find it back in a corridor, together with the remains of ensign Aquino. It looks like an accident, but O'Brien has his doubts. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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20 June 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The matte painting of the Bajoran city from "Emissary" was modified for this episode to show that the damage to the city had been repaired. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Vedek Bareil: Today I am only a vedek. If the Prophets will it, someday I may be Kai. And I can be a better friend to you then.
Commander Sisko: In other words, being my friend now might hurt your chances?
Vedek Bareil: The Prophets teach us patience.
Commander Sisko: It appears they also teach you politics.
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Edited from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dramatis Personae (1993) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

I'll be honest here and say that I only made it through three episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I realized that this isn't an adequate amount of episodes to fairly judge this season.

Here's the thing, though: I found myself so incredibly bored while watching those three episodes that (at least at this point) I have no desire to continue watching any further.

From what I have heard (from people who really like DS9), the attraction is that the show is much more serialized than other other Trek show. It takes a few seasons to get to that point, though, and I just don't have the patience right now to weed through multiple seasons of average material to (potentially) get to that point.

Another reason why I'm stopping my DS9 experiment before it really ever even got off the ground? Besides TOS & TNG (the series that everyone seems to enjoy), I'm a "Voyager" guy. I watched every episode of that series and very much enjoyed it. It seems like Voyager & DS9 are polar opposites in terms of type of show, so perhaps DS9 really isn't for me.

What I didn't like in the early goings was how slow everything unfolded and how much politics was involved. It was like they took all the things I didn't care for on TNG (Klingon/Cardassian politics, plotted space wars) and made a show about that.

I have no doubt that the show improves in quality as it goes along, but I just don't know if I'm ready (or ever will be) to put in the time to see it through.

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