Deep Space 9: S1E1, Emissary

So, following various star trek tumblrs  (eg Star Trek Gifs, Not in Front of the Klingons) has made me want to watch Deep Space 9 from start to finish. I think originally, I only watched bits of the first series, unlike The Next Generation, which I watched religiously every evening after school at 6pm on Sky 1. A couple of years back, I sat and watched the entirety of TNG from start to finish; a few months later, I watched if again. It’s amazing! I love Star Trek! So yes, now I want to watch DS9 from start to finish, and I have the episodes.

BUT, thanks to the amazing Fashion It So, I want to blog about it too! So let’s go on a crazy wild ride to Bajoran space and see what’s going down at Deep Space 9 (DS9).

Episode summary: Ben Sisko has a strop at Captain Picard, meets a Bajoran Dawn French and goes on a trip, blackmails a Ferengi, energy beings, Picard again, Cardassians. There’s some amazing beachwear in this episode.


Daft sexist tropes exist in the 23rd century (is it the 24th? I forget), but it’s from the eternally long-suffering O’Brien, who always looks like he should be chain-smoking outside a pub somewhere on a Tuesday afternoon. “Have you ever worked with Bajoran women, sir?” He says to Sisko. As we will remember from the Bajoran episodes of the later seasons TNG, Bajoran women are massively stroppy and the men are a bunch of wet blankets. Indeed, Sisko meets Major Kira, who is busy having a strop at the Bajoran government. She then has a strop at Sisko. THEN Sisko goes to meet the Bajoran Religious leader, who looks like Dawn French in a kimono, who sends him on a trip (but doesn’t have a strop), and tells him to find some orbs in a celestial temple in order to re-align his chakras. Or something. It seems I zone out when even Star Trek religion is mentioned.

BACK ON DS9 Odo does some shape-shifting, Quark is a Ferengi, Dax and Bashir turn up (I’d forgotten about Dax!), hilarity ensues, Major Kira has a strop at Bashir, oh the gang’s all here. Also it turns out “The Promenade” always makes me think of Lassiter’s (whoooo), for some reason.

How DARE you not grow up in a refugee camp under terrible oppression! Yeah, check your privilege Bashir

O’Brien says goodbye to the Enterprise, where we find out this Fun Fact: O’Brien has a favourite transporter room. “Number 3!” Good to know it wasn’t just Geordi being a hopeless geek on the Enterprise.

“Number 3 was always my favourite too. Don’t tell number one.” oh snap, TNG humour.

A bit later, possibly we’re in episode 2 now, the Cardassian Gul Dukat comes in with some thinly veiled threats and tries to get one of the orbs from Sisko. Dax, meanwhile, works out where the celestial temple might be, but to sneak past the Cardassians, Odo has to blow the special effects budget for this episode and shape shift into a bag. Also, O’Brien kicks something to make it work. Amazing.

In fact, just when you thought you’d seen the power of mid-1990s computing special effects, WORMHOLE, in which Sisko gets trapped. Back on DS9, Dax Techs some Tech with Science, and with O’Brien work out if they lower the weight of the station they can move it next to the wormhole entrance. WHAT.

Wormhole! Does anyone else think of Magic Eye pictures when you see the inside of the wormhole?

In the wormhole, Sisko is explaining concepts such as time, baseball and linear procreation to some energy beings, who have taken the form of his dead wife to communicate with him, and also mess with his brain.

“What is this?” “oh ffs”

Cardassians attack DS9, O’Brien Techs amazingly without ever looking like anything other than someone who’s got home from work late and realised the offies all shut 10 minutes ago. “Bloody Cardassians! I just fixed the damn thing!”

Anyway, Sisko returns in the nick of time and saves the day. Hurrah!

Slightly disappointed we still haven’t seen any Cardassian facial hair, it really is special, and I’ve only seen in it in the incredible TNG Series 6 Episode, Chain of Command Part Two. you know the one. There.. Are.. Four.. Lights! I think it was that episode, anyway. Cardassian beards are subtle, but marvelous.

See? Lassiter’s.

4 thoughts on “Deep Space 9: S1E1, Emissary

  1. Hilarious look at the pilot, loving it. I can’t wait to read what you have to say about amazing episodes like the Season 1 finale ‘Duet’, or when we get to the more meaty bits in season 3 and 4 😀

    Just a couple of comments and trivia:

    -O’Brien is basically Colm Meaney playing a working class Dublin fella in space. Him being a working class fella from Dublin, it’s always kinda been his schtick (Except when he tries to be American for films like Con Air and just makes us laugh). I love him. He’s, like, in EVERY goddamn Irish movie ever.

    -O’Brien’s goodbye scene in the transporter room was cut from many re-broadcasts, possibly because the pilot ran over time. This, and the fact I find the pilot relatively boring and rarely ever re-watch pilots, means I didn’t see this wonderful scene until VERY recently despite watching DS9 when it first aired and in many re-runs.

    -Cardassian facial hair only has one outing, I’m afraid. It’s in the Next Gen episode ‘The Wounded’, where Cardassians were first introduced, with greatly different uniforms and looking more beige than their better known bluish-gray skintone. the only character to sport it was Gul Macet, played by Marc Alaimo, who became a DS9 regular as Gul Dukat.

    -More Alaimo/Cardassian trivia: When coming up with the look for the Cardassians, they wanted more than just the typical ‘rubber forehead’. Alaimo inspired the make up artists by the fact he had a very, very long neck, so that’s how they decided on the very reptilian neck ridges for Cardassians. Also the Cadassian forehead ‘spoon’ was inspired by a painting one of the designers saw, of a woman with a spoon in her forehead.

    -Crossover Fact: From this episode, Quark and Morn are two of only four characters to ever appear in all 24th Century Trek shows (TNG, DS9 and Voyager). The other two are Q and Gul Evek.

  2. The Prophets are a nightmare in that pilot episode. I think they ditch that whole non-linear time thing sharpish at least.

    SO many good (and by that I mean wholly deserving of abuse) first season episodes to look forward to. Can’t wait to read how you get on with The Passenger (crewmember gets possessed by a Slow Talker) and Move Along Home (trapped in a boardgame, the crew has to hopscotch and sing nursery rhymes to escape, including Kira who does all that AND strops at the same time!)

    My sister and I used to rent the two episode tapes from Blockbuster every weekend and do impressions of Bashir during the boring bits. He got a lot better, but in that first season he was known in our house as “The Model”.

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