(written from a Production point of view)
|"Shadows and Symbols"|
|DS9, Episode 7x02|
Production number: 40510-552
First aired: 7 October 1998
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| Written By|
Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
|←||Arc: The death of Dax and the Sisko's purpose (3 of 3)|
Sisko searches for the mysterious Orb of the Emissary; Worf, Martok, Bashir, O'Brien, and Quark attack a Dominion shipyard in orbit around Monac IV; Kira confronts the Romulans over their military base. (Part Two of Two)
In Joseph Sisko's restaurant, the young woman claiming to be Dax introduces herself as Ezri, and explains to Benjamin Sisko how she got the symbiont. Ezri was serving on the USS Destiny, which was en route to the Trill homeworld when the Dax symbiont took a turn for the worst. It needed to be joined immediately and since Ezri was the only Trill on board, she received the symbiont. Ezri has come to Earth to seek help from Sisko on how to cope with her new situation. Despite Sisko's promise to do all he can, he tells her that he, Jake, and Joseph are on their way to Tyree to seek the Orb of the Emissary. Ezri quickly volunteers to come along, saying that "it'll be just like old times, except...different."
On the IKS Rotarran, Worf, Martok, Julian Bashir, and Miles O'Brien are preparing for their mission to destroy the Monac shipyards, in honor of Worf's late wife, Jadzia Dax. As they complete the necessary Klingon rituals, Quark arrives and pledges his life to the mission's cause - to get Jadzia into Sto-vo-kor. An impressed Martok remarks that "perhaps there is some Klingon in you after all," though Quark says that he wouldn't go that far. After the completion of the ritual (which included the contribution of the participants' blood, much to Quark's distress), the Rotarran departs Deep Space 9.
Aboard the runabout USS Rio Grande, Sisko is finishing treating an embarrassed Ezri for space sickness. Jake confides in Ezri how happy he is that she came along on the trip, noting the seemingly positive influence her presence is having on his father. Ezri assures Jake that his father will be fine, and goes on to say that she is an assistant ships counselor. Jake is shocked by this; "You're a therapist!?" Ezri tells Jake that she wasn't always so confused. She orders and takes a sip of Raktajino, before recoiling in disgust and remembering how much she hates Raktajino. When Jake asks why she ordered it, Ezri responds that Curzon and Jadzia liked it.
On Deep Space 9, Admiral Ross tells Colonel Kira Nerys that he shares her outrage about the Romulans placing weapons on Bajor's moon Derna. Kira asks Ross what the Federation plans to do about the situation, and Ross says that the Federation Council has sent a protest to the Romulan Senate - whom have already sent a protest back. "Politics," the admiral spits. Despite Kira pressing Ross to do better, he can only tell her that the Romulans will eventually remove the weapons, and adds that the Federation will not help the Bajorans remove the weapons by force; they are not as important to the war effort as the Romulans. Kira tells Ross that the weapons are missing launch sequencers, and that she intends to set up a blockade around Derna to see that the Romulans do not get them to the moon.
The Rio Grande arrives in orbit of Tyree and Sisko tells everyone to prepare to beam down. As Sisko makes sure his elderly father is sure he wants to beam down to the hot planet below, he suddenly hears a voice asking for a Doctor Wykoff to report to isolation ward four. When Sisko asks if anyone else heard the voice, Ezri responds in the negative. Sisko dismisses it and the four beam down to the planet to begin their search.
As the Rotarran cloaks, O'Brien and Worf explain the plan. When the Rotarran gets close enough to the Monac sun, the ship will fire an EM pulse at the sun, causing a solar plasma ejection that will destroy everything within a hundred million kilometers - including the shipyards. "The things we do for love," Quark says. Quark, outraged at the angry glare he received from Worf immediately afterwards, complains to O'Brien and Bashir about Worf's unappreciative attitude that they are risking their lives to get Jadzia into Sto-vo-kor. Despite O'Brien and Bashir's warnings not to force the issue, Quark presses Worf for "two little words." Worf gives them to him: "Be Quiet!" Worf bitterly tells Quark that he owes him nothing and goes on to say that Quark, Bashir, and O'Brien are only on the mission to convince themselves that they were "worthy" of Jadzia - not to get her into Sto-vo-kor. Worf says that it is Quark who should be thanking him for allowing him to come on the mission, and storms off the bridge.
On Tyree, Ezri asks Sisko if they are getting any closer, to which Sisko replies that he doesn't know, and that he's not even sure if they're going in the right direction. Dax reminisces about one of her previous hosts, Audrid, and how she loved to walk. Sisko asks why Ezri is telling him this, and Ezri tells Sisko of the fast pace he has kept up and that they may want to let Joseph and Jake catch up. Sisko stops and asks his father how he's doing. Exhausted and being helped by Jake, Joseph only yells "never better!"
In Dominion Headquarters on Cardassia Prime, Damar is gloating to a Cardassian woman that it is only a matter of time before they can breach enemy lines, thereby driving the Federation Alliance out of the Cardassian Union. As they sip Kanar and toast to victory, Weyoun enters and orders the woman, named Siana, to leave, suggesting that if she were to hear what he has to say to Damar he would be forced to have her executed. After Siana leaves, Weyoun informs Damar of the need to increase production at the Monac shipyards by 15% in order to retake the Chin'toka system.
Back on Deep Space 9, Kira and Odo are discussing the planned blockade. The Bajoran Provisional Government can only spare twelve impulse ships for Kira's effort. As Odo wonders how those twelve ships would be able to stand up to even one Romulan warbird, Kira confesses that she has no intention of firing on the Romulans and that if the Romulans were to attack, they would jeopardize their relations with the Federation. Kira hopes that this is a risk the Romulans don't want to take, while Odo hopes that the Romulans don't call Kira's bluff.
Meanwhile, Sisko and Ezri are still searching for the Orb on Tyree. Benjamin stops to retrieve his baseball from his backpack before continuing on. He stops when he hears the voice asking for Doctor Wykoff again, allowing Ezri to finally catch up. She asks if the spot they are stopped at is where the Orb is buried, and Sisko says that he thinks so. Despite this, Sisko's uncertainty is not enough for Ezri and she throws his baseball in frustration when she realizes that Sisko is barely paying attention to her concerns. Sisko suddenly realizes that the spot where the baseball landed is where they need to start digging, much to Ezri's disbelief.
- "Ships log, stardate 52152.6. We've set up a blockade around Derna. So far, no Romulan ships have tried to challenge it."
Kira reads the title of the book Odo gives to her, Kiss Me Deadly. As they talk about the book, one of the bridge officers reports an incoming hail from Deep Space 9. It is Admiral Ross and Senator Cretak, informing Kira that there are fourteen Romulan warbirds on their way to Derna to deliver medical supplies. Kira smugly asks Cretak why warbirds are needed to deliver medical supplies, a question that interests Ross as well. Cretak says that the Romulans wanted their supplies to arrive safely, but Kira threatens that if the warbirds attempt to run the blockade the supplies will not arrive at all. Despite Ross' warnings that Kira's talk won't help the situation and his pleas for compromise, she maintains that any warbird attempting to reach Derna will be fired upon before ending the transmission. In DS9's wardroom, Cretak tells Ross that she is not concerned; "the Colonel is a brave woman but she's not stupid. She's bluffing."
As Jake helps his grandfather to some shade, Sisko is becoming increasingly agitated with the voice he has been hearing. "I wish he'd get there!" Sisko says in frustration, leaving Ezri confused.
On the Rotarran, Martok angrily asks Worf if he wasn't welcome on the mission along with the others. Worf says that Martok is a different case, since he is a Klingon and Jadzia was a member of his House. Martok stresses that Bashir, O'Brien, and Quark were her friends and that they are honoring her with their presence. As they enter the bridge, Worf approaches them and apologizes for his behavior and says that he is pleased that they came. O'Brien is dumbfounded, as it is the first time he has ever heard Worf apologize to anyone. As the men return to their stations, the ship reaches the Monac system. Martok orders the sun to be displayed on-screen and Quark wonders how close they will need to get to it. Martok chuckles and with a defiant grin on his face, replies; "too close."
Back on Tyree, Sisko has finally managed to dig up the Orb of the Emissary. Sisko plans to open it, but is interrupted by a voice; "Mr. Russell, put it down." Suddenly, Sisko is no longer on Tyree, he is in a padded cell as Benny Russell, and Doctor Wykoff is pleading with Benny to put down the pencil. Benny responds that he isn't finished with his story - Captain Sisko has found the Orb of the Emissary, but he hasn't opened it yet.
Wykoff reminds Benny of his promise to not write on the walls, but Benny simply responds that he was not being given any paper. When Wykoff tells Benny that he should be resting, Benny cheerfully says that he doesn't need to rest and wants to tell his stories. Despite Benny's claims that he is fine and his request to go home, Wykoff says that "people who are fine don't write on walls." Wykoff continues to press Benny to stop writing, but Benny is insistent.
Meanwhile, Ezri tells Sisko to open the box, but Jake realizes that he cannot hear her. When Jake tries to open the box, a burst of energy throws him back. Only his father can open the box.
- "Ships log, supplemental. Senator Cretak said that the Romulan warbirds would be here in eight hours. She was wrong, they're two hours early."
Odo reports that the warbirds are eight minutes away from being in weapons range. Kira warns the Romulans that any ship traveling within transporter range will be fired upon, but the warbirds refuse to turn back. Admiral Ross contacts Kira and appeals to her again to end the blockade. Cretak tells Kira that she will use whatever force is necessary to ensure that the "medical supplies" reach their destination, but also that she is willing to compromise. Kira again presses the Bajoran Government's position: As long as there are Romulan weapons on Derna, there will be no negotiation. Despite Ross' and Cretak's pleas to end the blockade, Kira remains defiant.
As the Rotarran moves closer to the Monac sun, O'Brien locates a magnetic instability where they can set off a solar ejection, but is unsure if it will have the necessary trajectory to destroy the shipyards. Worf orders the ship to move in closer.
Meanwhile, Wykoff tries to persuade Benny to paint over his stories, and promises him that if he does so he can walk out of the hospital a free man. Back on Tyree, Sisko is furiously digging a hole so he can bury the Orb.
As Wykoff continues to pressure Benny to paint over the stories, Sisko is covering the Orb with dirt. Despite Ezri's appeals for him to stop and open the box, Sisko continues.
The Romulan fleet approaches Derna and power their weapons. Kira prepares to engage the warbirds.
O'Brien reports that they are ready to trigger the solar ejection. The Rotarran de-cloaks and moves in on the Monac sun. Worf gives the order to fire, but nothing happens. As O'Brien begins working on the problem, three Jem'Hadar fighters move in on the Rotarran.
On Tyree, Sisko is about to destroy the Orb. Ezri moves to stop him, and reminds him of his promise to Jadzia to make things right again. As Sisko is about to smash the Orb, he suddenly drops his shovel. Simultaneously, Benny drops his paint roller and assaults Wykoff and the hospital staff, allowing him to write that Sisko opens the box. As Sisko does, a Prophet emerges from the Orb and makes its way to the wormhole, where it forces the invading Pah-wraith out and re-opens the wormhole.
On the bridge of Kira's ship, DS9 reports that the wormhole has reappeared. Inspired by this, Kira decides to stand her ground against the Romulans.
The Jem'Hadar fighters open fire on the Rotarran. As O'Brien reports that the EM pulse is ready, Martok and Quark order the beam fired. This time it works, and the sun begins swelling to encompass the shipyards and the pursuing Jem'Hadar ships. The Rotarran crew relishes in their victory as Worf says his final prayer for Jadzia's memory.
As the Romulan warbirds turn away, Admiral Ross hails Kira and tells her she has won; Cretak has agreed to remove the weapons. When asked what changed her mind, Ross tells Kira that if Cretak wouldn't remove the weapons, he would, and credits Kira for changing his mind.
Back on Tyree, Sisko speaks to the Prophet who has taken the form of Sarah Sisko, Benjamin's real mother. Sisko demands to know why the Prophet took control of his mother, to which she tells him that it was necessary to ensure his birth. Sisko is surprised by this, and asks why he had to become the Emissary of the Prophets. The Prophet simply says that "it could be no one else." Sisko's latest orb experience ends, and along with Jake, Joseph, and Ezri, returns to the runabout.
Sisko and Jake return to Deep Space 9, where Benjamin receives a warm welcome from the Bajoran population for returning the Prophets to Bajor. Ezri happily greets the station's senior staff, who look in fascination at the new Dax after being told who she is by Jake.
"Is it so hard to say thank you?"
"Don't do this, Quark."
"Do what? All I'm asking for is two little words."
"That's two words, all right... just not the two I was hoping for."
- - Quark, O'Brien, and Worf
"But why me? Why did it have to be me?"
"Because it could be no one else."
- - Sisko and Sarah
"You have definitely gotten stranger."
- - Ezri Dax, about Sisko
"Get out of my way!"
"Ben, you came here to find the Prophets, remember?"
"No! Listen to me! You promised Jadzia you would make things right. Well, now is your chance. Open the box, Ben."
- - Ezri Dax and Benjamin Sisko
"The Federation has already sent a strong protest to the Romulan Senate condemning their action."
"That's a start. What happens next?"
"They've already issued a formal protest of our protest."
- - Ross and Kira
"Senator Cretak said the Romulan warbirds would be here in nine hours. Well, she was wrong. They're two hours early."
- - Kira
"I hope Jadzia appreciates all this..."
"I'm sure she does."
- - Quark and Bashir, after the shipyards are destroyed
"You can blink now, Colonel - you've won. Senator Cretak has agreed to remove the weapons from Derna."
"What changed her mind?"
"I told her, if she didn't remove them, I would."
"And what changed your mind?"
"You did...Remind me never to play poker with you."
- - Ross and Kira, after the Romulans back down
"Odo! (giggles) Nerys! Julian! It's so good to see you! Worf, we need to talk!"
"That's right, Ezri Dax! Incredible, isn't it?"
"It cannot be..."
"She's so much... shorter!"
"Just when you thought things couldn't get more interesting!"
- - Ezri Dax, Bashir, Jake, Worf, Quark and Odo
Story and script
- Brock Peters makes his last appearance as Joseph Sisko in this episode. In defending the decision to send the 72 year old Peters into the Palmdale desert for the scenes on Tyree, Ira Steven Behr explained that "Ben came back home to be with his father, and I just felt that keeping the family together meant something. If it had been my kid off, I'd have gone with my kid. If it had been Bonanza, Ben Cartwright would have gone with Little Joe and Hoss, and even Adam Cartwright." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
- Ira Behr refers to the Kira/Romulan story in this episode as the "Cuban Missile Crisis" story, but it was specifically written in such a way that it was Starfleet who back down, not the Romulans. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
- Worf's poem to Jadzia reads: "Open your gates, Sto-vo-kor. Welcome Jadzia to your halls. Welcome this honored warrior. Welcome her, Sto-Vo-Kor, for all eternity." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
- The writing on the wall in Benny Russell's cell was genuine handwriting done by the entire Art Department, under the supervision of Michael Okuda. The writing was supposed to be the history of Deep Space 9, as told by Russell; all the stories as seen by viewers since the pilot episode, "Emissary". When deciding what to actually write on the walls, Okuda used an early manuscript draft of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, and he had his team copy out the episode summaries from every episode prior to "Shadows and Symbols" – so the writing is literally the history of Deep Space 9. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
- Nicole de Boer and director Allan Kroeker knew each other very well from the TV series Beyond Reality, where they had shot ten episodes together. Neither were aware however that the other was working on Deep Space Nine until they met on-set on the first day of shooting this episode. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
- This episode features Casey Biggs (Damar) as Dr. Wykoff, continuing the concept of people in Sisko's Benny Russell visions being played by series regulars or recurring guest stars without prosthetic make-up.
- The Sarah Prophet confirms in this episode that the Pah-wraith released by Dukat in "Tears of the Prophets" is Kosst Amojan.
- The Prophets tell Sisko in this episode that he "is necessary;" this recalls the fourth season episode "Accession", where they tell him he is "of Bajor," and that they sent Akorem Laan into the future in an effort to get him to accept his role as Emissary of the Prophets.
- The episode title may be a reference to the expression "types, shadows, and symbols," a term from Biblical exegesis, referring to hidden or symbolic prophecy rather than explicit foretelling of the future. See  or  for more details.
- The Benny Russell vision in this episode is sent to Sisko by the Pah-wraiths to divert him from his efforts to reopen the Wormhole; the previous vision, as seen in the episode "Far Beyond the Stars" was sent to him by the Prophets to help him get over the death of a close friend (Quentin Swofford).
- A few months after this episode aired, the desert filming location used for the surface of Tyree was seen again as the surface of a Delta Quadrant class D planet in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Gravity".
- One of the vessels shown in the Bajoran Blockade is a reuse of the Karemma starship from "Starship Down".
- The novel given to Kira by Odo is Mickey Spillane's 1952 Mike Hammer novel Kiss Me Deadly.
- Senator Cretak would next be seen in the episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", where she would be played by Adrienne Barbeau.
- This marks the last appearance of Weyoun-5, the fifth in a series of clones of Weyoun, seen in every appearance since "Ties of Blood and Water" in the fifth season. Between this episode and "Treachery, Faith and the Great River", he would die off-screen in a mysterious transporter accident and be replaced with the defective clone Weyoun-6.
Video and DVD releases
- UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 7.1, catalogue number VHR 4811, 1 March 1999.
- As part of the DS9 Season 7 DVD collection.
Links and references
- Rene Auberjonois as Constable Odo
- Nicole de Boer as Counselor Ezri Dax
- Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Commander Worf
- Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
- Colm Meaney as Chief Miles O'Brien
- Armin Shimerman as Quark
- Alexander Siddig as Doctor Julian Bashir
- Nana Visitor as Colonel Kira Nerys
- Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun
- Casey Biggs as Damar/Wykoff
- Barry Jenner as Admiral Ross
- J.G. Hertzler as Martok
- Deborah Lacey as Sarah Sisko
- Megan Cole as Cretak
Special guest star
- Majel Barrett as Narrator
- Elliot Durant III as a Bajoran officer
- Dennis Madalone as a Klingon officer
- James Minor as a civilian
- Tom Morga as an asylum orderly
- Mark Newsom as a Bajoran officer
- Todd Slayton as a civilian
- James Lee Stanley as a Bajoran security deputy
- Unknown performers as
- Henry Kingi, Jr. as stunt double for Cirroc Lofton
- Lane Leavitt - stunt safety on location
- Ken Lesco as stunt double for Casey Biggs
- Chuck Madalone - stunt safety on location
- Tom Morga - stunt safety on location
- John Lendale Bennett - photo double & stand-in for Avery Brooks
- Jennifer Berland - photo double for Nicole de Boer
- Boone - stand-in for Cirroc Lofton
- Uriah Carr - stand-in for Alexander Siddig & Lori Lively
- Amy Kate Connolly - stand-in for Nana Visitor
- Dominique - stand-in for Nicole de Boer
- W. Gordon - stand-in for Brock Peters
- Clynell Jackson III - stand-in for Avery Brooks
- Mark Lentry - stand-in for Rene Auberjonois, Barry Jenner, J.G. Hertzler, and Tom Morga
- David B. Levinson - stand-in for Armin Shimerman
- James Minor - stand-in for Michael Dorn
- Robin Morselli - stand-in for Jeffrey Combs, Megan Cole, and utility stand-in
- Randy Pflug - stand-in for Colm Meaney, Casey Biggs, Barry Jenner, and Cuauhtemoc Sanchez
- Todd E. Slayton - photo double & stand-in for Cirroc Lofton
- Steve Wilson - photo double for Brock Peters
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