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Combs, who had originally auditioned for the role of William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), was cast as Tiron by this episode's director, Jonathan Frakes (who actually got the part of Riker).
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This is Jeffrey Combs' 1st appearance in any "Star Trek" series, but over the next eleven years, he would become one of the franchise's most prolific guest stars. Appearing in a further 43 episodes across Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Star Trek: Voyager (1995), and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). Furthermore, he would later play 3 distinct recurring characters (2 in this series, alone); the Ferengi liquidator, Brunt, the Vorta administrator Weyoun in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), and the Andorian commander, Shran in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). He also appeared in the series finales of both series.
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This episode is based on Brigadoon, a musical about a magical Scottish village that appears only once every one hundred years. Co-Executive Producer Ira Steven Behr, an admirer of Brigadoon, confessed to originating the idea about making an episode based on the musical.
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Jeffrey Combs has the distinction of portraying eight different characters on Star Trek series. He has played the roles of Brunt, Weyoun, Shran, Tiron, Kevin Mulkahey, Penk, Krem, and a holosuite guest. He is one of only five actors to play seven or more different characters in the Star Trek franchise, the others being Randy Oglesby, J.G. Hertzler, Vaughn Armstrong and Thomas Kopache. Coincidentally, Combs has appeared on Star Trek with all four of those actors.
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This episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes, who played William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
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This is the first episode in which Sisko goes back into the Gamma Quadrant since the season opener, in which they located the Founders and effectively initiated a cold war with the Dominion.
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The aerial view of the settlement on Meridian was a reuse of a shot previously used in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)'s sixth season episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Birthright, Part II (1993). That shot was a composite of a Thai jungle picture, taken by Dan Curry, and a maquette of the Carraya IV Romulan prison camp. For "Meridian", the shot was slightly modified to match the full-scale set of Meridian. To dispel the notion of it being a walled prison, a large hall was added to the depiction of the model, matching the full-scale set, a small building was put outside the walls with other walls and watch towers either being removed or modified.
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During the first meal Deral asks Jadzia how far down her markings go, to which she replies "All the way". It is seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Equilibrium (1994) that Jadzia's spots do go down to her feet, as they can be seen briefly in shots of her on the hospital bed at the Trill home-world.
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The garden set of Meridian, where Jadzia and Deral engage in a relationship, was filmed at the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California. The house of Deral is a reuse of the set used for the temple in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Masks (1994), and was built on Paramount Stage 18. The backdrop seen outside the house was actually a 270-degree backdrop borrowed from Walt Disney Studios, where it had been originally created to be used on Mary Poppins.
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Some members of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) staff consider this episode to be the weakest of the season.
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Tiron (played by Jeffrey Combs) orders an Andorian Ale in Quark's. He later appears in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) as the Andorian Commander Shran.
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This episode marks the first appearance of the Defiant's transporter room.
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Meridian's reveal in the teaser on the Defiant's viewscreen is similar to when the planet Aldea appeared suddenly in front of the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation: When the Bough Breaks (1988).
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47 Reference - O'Brien says that the next dimensional shift will occur in 47 minutes.
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Mark O'Connell's original title for the episode was "Prophet in the Wind".
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This takes place in 2371.
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This episode is considered by a few to be a loose remake of Red Dwarf: Holoship (1992): Jadzia Dax falls in love with Deral, an inhabitant of the Meridian planet, which Deral and the inhabitants of that world have no physical beings and Dax decides to leave Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) to stay on Meridian. Arnold Rimmer falls in love with Commander Nirvanah Crane, member of the Holoship, which all crew members are computer-generated holograms and Rimmer decides to leave Red Dwarf to join the Holoship crew. Terry Farrell (Dax) played the second version of The Cat in Red Dwarf (1992).
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A script for this episode was sold off on an online auction.
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The hologram consisting of Kira Nerys' body and Quark's head was supposed to be Nana Visitor's body with Armin Shimerman's head (in make-up) inserted in post-production. Although Visitor was scheduled to appear in the shot, it would have required her to wear a foam rubber head, which would be replaced by Quark's head. However, Visitor was still reeling from claustrophobia as a result of the Cardassian make-up she wore for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Skin (1994). When her make-up artist, Camille Calvet, attempted to place the rubber head on her, Visitor panicked. Thus, body double Leah Burrough filled in for her.
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