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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.01b - Shadows and symbols

Stardate around 52140
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

Following his vision from the Prophets, Sisko (Avery Brooks) travels to the desert planet of Tyree in his search for the crucial Orb of the Emissary. Upon finding the artefact, his actions produce results which unleash both future consequences and explanations of the past more far reaching than even the Emissary could ever foresee...

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Nicole de Boer .... Ensign Ezri Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Colonel Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Casey Biggs .... Damar
  • Barry Jenner .... Admiral Ross
  • JG Hertzler .... General Martok
  • Megan Cole .... Senator Cretak
  • Brock Peters .... Joseph Sisko
  • Ira Steven Behr .... Screenwriter
  • Hans Beimler .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The Orb of the Emissary is one of those nifty things no-one ever heard of until it was needed, like The Omega Directive.

This episode is more self-contained than its partner, Image in the sand. Its storyline is driven more by narrative than exposition, so its a tad more dramatic. The best parts of it, for me, were firstly, Benjamin's obsession with his mission at the expense of those around him, and secondly, the tension between Colonel Kira and Senator Cretak. Yes, Colonel. At last. How long does it take to rise through the ranks of an impoverished militia like Bajor's?

Anyhoo, while everyone knows that Ben will find the Orb, there is a wonderfully suspenseful debate over whether he will open the box it's contained in. Receiving a prophetic vision saying not to is a pretty strong hint not to. And yes, Doctor Wykoff is played by the guy who plays Damar, ostensible leader of the Cardassian Empire.

It is the superb sense of things going wrong all over the place that makes this episode worth watching.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 29 January 1999

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