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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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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?


Bashir was originally named Amaros. See more »


When Sisko and Dax cross into the Gamma Quadrant for the first time, the computer incorrectly identifies the nearest star system as a ternary system. It says that the star system is comprised of twin O-type companions. A ternary (also called trinary) system would have three stars in it, as this one only has two it would be called a binary star system. Also it seems highly unlikely that Sisko and Dax would know this system from memory, it's a obscure, uninhabited star system over 70,000 light-years from Federation space and has only been scanned by long range sensor probes, yet some how they both know off the top of their heads where this star system is. 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 »


Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Battle Lines (1993) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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21 August 2019 | by kreuzfahrerSee all my reviews

Emissary is a wonderfull introduction to DS9. It perfectly sets up the premise of the show and plants the start of some of the major plotlines. On the other hand it is a bit confusing at times.

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