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The Storyteller 

While Sisko tries to negotiate an agreement between two Bajoran factions, he orders O'Brien to escort Bashir to investigate an emergency that endangers a village.


David Livingston


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
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Lawrence Monoson ... Hovath
Kay E. Kuter ... Sirah
Gina Philips ... Varis Sul
Jim Jansen ... Faren
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Jordan Lund ... Woban
Amy Benedict ... Woman


Much to his dismay chief O'Brien is ordered by Sisko to escort Bashir to a Bajoran village. He is to help out with a medical emergency that endangers the entire community. After arriving there's only one person sick, the Sirah. He seems very pleased with the arrival of O'Brien and designates him as 'the one'. It soon becomes clear the Sirah is the only person capable of defeating the Dal'Rok, a terrible monster that attacks every year after the harvest and doesn't show up on tricorder. Meanwhile on DS9, Sisko tries to negotiate between the Paqu and the Navot, two rivaling Bajoran factions. Ninety years ago they agreed to a river being the border between their lands, but after the Cardassians diverted the river, Paqu territory became bigger. The leader of the Paqu, Tetrarch Varis Sul, is a young girl and Nog and Jake try to impress her. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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2 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kay E Luter who plays Sirah, played the Cyrithian in the TNG episode The Nth Degree See more »


When Nog throws Odo the bucket, Odo catches it with its opening towards him. Yet although it was full of oatmeal only a minute earlier and should still have some residues in it, not the slightest drop is spilled onto Odo. See more »


Jake Sisko: When I have a problem I can't figure out, I ask my dad.
Nog: I ask my dad too!
Varis: It helps, doesn't it?
Jake Sisko: Yeah.
Nog: No.
Jake Sisko: My dad's a, a pretty smart guy.
Nog: Mine too... in his own way.
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Just a kid
22 October 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This DS9 story has the action shift to Bajor as Commander Sisko is brought in as a mediator to settle a dispute between two Bajoran communities. Back during Cardassian occupation the river that was the boundary line was diverted and one community was left with a lot less turf. "

Avery Brooks's problem is that the new head of one faction is a 14 earth years Bajoran girl who really has not had much time to just be a kid. Oddly enough his son Cirroc Lofton and Aron Eisenberg help with that.

And Chief O'Brien gets a job he doesn't want as savior of a village from a monster. What is the monster? Refer to Forbidden Planet for the answer.

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