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Sisko orb experience
Series: Deep Space Nine
Story by: L.J. Strom
Teleplay by: Hans Beimler
Directed by: Jonathan West
Production information
Episode no.: 5x10
Production no.: 508
First aired: Week of 30 December 1996
Date: 2373

Sisko experiences visions that let him see the future, as Bajor's admission into the Federation is about to go ahead.


While Admiral Whatley visits Bajor for the Federation admission ceremonies of that world, Benjamin Sisko begins to have flashes of insight to the lost city of B'hala. The discovery of B'hala is a portentous event described in the prophecy of the Bajoran religion, as it will signal a specific series of dramatic results as an interaction with the Prophets and their Celestial Temple.

Sisko's intense visions warn him of danger as Bajor stands ready to join the Federation. The superstitious Bajorans listen to Sisko, who they have named their Emissary to the Prophets, causing Admiral Whatley to grow concerned about the power that Sisko holds. Bashir warns that the visions could be destroying Siskos's mind, and recommends a procedure to stop the contact with the wormhole aliens. With Sisko losing his grip on reality, Jake Sisko gives consent for his father's surgery.

Sisko's final remembrance of this mental contact warns of an oncoming swarm of enemies which would destroy Bajor if it were a Federation member, and Bajor accordingly withdraws from the potential membership.



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Bajor-B'hava'elBajoran State MuseumCardassiaIlviaStarfleet Headquarters


USS Rio Grande (Danube-class) • Janitza-class

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Bajoran MilitiaBajoran Provisional GovernmentStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran ResistanceChamber of MinistersDominionFederation CouncilMaquis


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Background informationEdit

  • "Rapture" features the first chronological canon onscreen appearance of the current grey-shouldered uniform, which had been created for Star Trek: First Contact. The uniform had not been introduced in all of Starfleet however, as several visiting officer dignitaries wear the 2366 design of uniform. The costumers used variations of a uniform vest and a heavy coat that were not ever seen again in Star Trek, as well as a unique combadge placement, above the seam of the gray yoke of the overcoat variation, rather than below the seam where it occurs on every occasion elsewhere of Sisko's coat in this episode.

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