Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) is part of the Star Trek Universe. It's the only Star Trek series to be set aboard a space station rather than a starship. It first aired in 1993 and ran for seven seasons, being well-received by critics and winning several TV awards.

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Why addict the Jem'Hadar to Ketracel White?

One of the few things that bothers me about the Dominion arc in Deep Space Nine is the Jem'Hadar. I enjoy the concept but I don't understand why they would be genetically addicted to Ketracel White ...
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Why fire phasers like (ballistic) guns?

In the Dominion War arc of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, we see several scenes involving ground battles between Federation troops and Jem'Hadar soldiers. One thing that always strikes me as odd is the ...
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Could the Quadros 1 probe have been launched in 2193?

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Emissary" establishes the existence of the Quadros-1 probe, which surveyed the Gamma Quadrant. Apparently it encountered the Idran system, close to the Gamma ...
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Could telepaths read a changeling's mind?

Has anyone ever heard of an instance where somebody from a race of telepaths (for example, Betazeds) tried to read the thoughts of a changeling posing as a solid and what the results were? Could a ...
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Is Worf still an ambassador?

In the final episodes of DS9, Martok became Chancellor of the Klingon High Council and Worf was named Federation Ambassador to the Klingon homeworld. However, in Nemesis, Worf is back in uniform and ...
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In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, what was the Prophets' penance?

In episode S6E6 of Deep Space Nine, titled "Sacrifice of Angels", Captain Sisko convinces The Prophets to stop the Dominion fleet which is heading through the wormhole. They agree, but tell them there ...
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Was the Defiant escorted back out of Dominion space in Broken Link?

In the episode "Broken Link," Odo needs to go to the Great Link to be cured. However, having been attacked by the joint Tal Shiar/Obsidian Order fleet, the Founders have relocated and don't want ...
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Any idea what was the final verdict in DS9 [duplicate]

In Deep Space Nine, The whole serie is centered around "The Prophets". Through the show there are questions about what they are and what they can do. At first, Benjamin Sisko (The Emissary) think of ...
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Why did Bajor allow the Cardassians and Dominion to retake DS9?

In "A Call to Arms" (DS9, episode 5x26), it's made clear that the Dominion has a non-aggression pact with Bajor, which would prevent the Cardassians from retaking Bajor. However, since DS9 is under ...
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Are energy beings considered “biological?”

In "Forsaken," Dax posits that non-biological life could exist---mechanical life, for instance. We know this is the case since nanites, among other mechanical life, exist. My question is whether Dax ...
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Was the Dominion the Federation's greatest enemy? [closed]

Of course the Federation has had many enemies throughout its existence that have provided very compelling cases as to how severe of a danger they are to them. Even the Borg represented an extremely ...
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How did they know which O'Brien was the original?

In the Deep Space Nine episode "Whispers" Miles O'Brien is apparently replaced with a replicant that was supposedly programmed to interrupt some peace talks in the Parada system. At the end of the ...
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How did the Great Link transform Odo into a human?

Maybe I'm not appreciating the Founders as I should, but literally creating organs and such inside of Odo, changing his DNA, etc., seems to be Q-level ability. Does the canon ever explain how Odo was ...
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Star Trek Next Gen/DS9 crossovers?

How many times does the Next Gen storyline cross over with that of DS9? And how significant are those crossovers to either storyline, if any?
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What culture or (cultures) did the Albino recruit his troops from?

On the Memory Alpha page for DS9 : Blood Oath it identifies the Albino's second-in-command as a Markalian, but the rank and file are shown with one-way visors that cover their faces so we never see ...
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Were Jem'Hedar always genetically engineered?

Did the Founders create them from scratch or did they 'corrupt' a species that once bred naturally?
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How did Bajoran light ships get into space?

I don't recall there ever being any mention of these craft having rocket or ion propulsion or anything of the like, how did they overcome Bajor's gravity (the garv-plate Sisko added himself and the ...
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Does Odo lose consciousness when he goes into his bucket?

Not sure if Odo is totally unconscious or if he retains some sort of awareness while "resting" in his bucket. What do the episodes say?
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Can changelings be knocked out?

Not with a hypospray, but with a strong blow to the head, or a sufficiently powerful phaser blast. Could Odo, Laas, or the Female Changeling, etc., be knocked unconscious?
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Is Deep Space Nine supposed to be a dream?

In the episode "Far Beyond the Stars", Sisko speculates that maybe his entire world is just the imagination of Benny Russell, a science fiction writer in the 1950's on Earth. Did the writers intend to ...
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Why does the changeling turn to black powder after dying?

In DS9's "The Adversary," Odo kills the Ambassador Krajensky Changeling by slamming it into the Defiant's warp core. Injured, the changeling whispers final words to Odo and then crumbles into black ...
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Shouldn't the Federation have apologized to the Dominion?

Context: At the end of DS9 season 2, a Jem'Hadar directly tell Sisko - "The Dominion will no longer stand by and allow ships from your side to violate our territory." Question: Isn't the Dominion's ...
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What genuine references are there in Voltaire’s “U.S.S. Make Shit Up” song?

Since Voltaire claims the quotes were mostly based on fan input and his own recollection of the series, I was wondering if it would be possible to get all the episodes together that contain the scenes ...
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When did Cardassia first achieve interstellar travel?

I know that it is established in DS9 that Bajorans used their solar sailors to travel as far as Cardassia before the Cardassians had achieved interstellar travel, but when did the Cardassians actually ...
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Do energy creatures come in various sexes?

Other than the Q (who can change their appearance at will, so it's hardly convincing), it seems that "male" and "female" only appear to be functions of physical beings in the Star Trek universe. Are ...
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Could Data or Odo be knocked out with a hypospray?

(I don't know if it's okay to ask about two different characters in the same question. I doubt it, but someone please let me know.) We know that Data's systems can be affected on occasion (see "The ...
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Are changelings immortal?

In a particular DS9 episode, the Female Changeling tells Odo something along the lines of, "When you're a changeling, you're timeless." Does this statement mean that changelings don't age, and ...
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Why are starships in Star Trek so slow to retaliate when fired upon in battle?

This question is with respect to starships battles in Star Trek TNG and DS9. In many episodes, the Enterprise (or other Federation starship) is fired upon, but they don't retaliate quickly enough. ...
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Were the Hebitians ancient Cardassians or a different species?

The Memory Alpha page on Cardassian history talks about an ancient civilization on Cardassia called the Hebitians, who were supposedly peaceful and spiritual. Due to lack of resources as well as ...
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Can I skip DS9, Season 1 entirely? [closed]

I started Deep Space Nine : Season 1, Episode 1 and I found it boring Based on that, I'm debating whether to skip season 1 and jump to season 2. Are there any episodes in Season 1 that are essential ...
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Do transportees experience the passage of time?

In Star Trek when one is transported, does it feel instantaneous regardless of if there is a need to store the person's pattern in the pattern buffer for any length of time? Is the sensation of ...
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What nations are represented by the flags in the background in the episode Rapture?

In the season 5 episode "Rapture", during the ceremony scene, in the background we can see a number of colourful flags. One is quite clearly the flag of the Federation... But there are at least ...
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Androids in the 24th century?

There seems to be a considerable lack of androids in the 24th century aside from Soong-type androids. We do, however see that the area of robotics still is progressing, especially at the Daystrom ...
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Who has been denied membership in United Federation of Planets?

During the TNG series, several planets are shown in various stages of the application process for membership with the UFP but we don't see the final outcome of those applications, but it doesn't look ...
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Why do they drink synthehol in the Star Trek Universe?

Synthehol is a chemical variant of alcohol. It appears to have the same taste and smell as "real" alcohol to most individuals, but none of the intoxicating effects associated with alcohol. This being ...
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How old is Q from Star Trek? [duplicate]

Based on when the last child was born in the Continuum, we know that he's at least a millennia old. How old is he? Following the death of Quinn, a massive Q Civil War broke out, as the forces of the ...
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Were there any hints about this character’s true identity in Deep Space Nine?

The episode In Purgatory's Shadow reveals that: and their appearance in this episode wearing their old uniform suggests that the switch had occurred several episodes ago. Do any of these episodes ...
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Where did all the Tribbles go?

At the end of Trials and Tribble-Ations, we see the whole station swarming with the Tribbles brought back from DS9's excursion to the past episode The Trouble With Tribbles. Everyone, short of ...
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Do we ever hear from O'Brien's 'dog' again?

The Forsaken details the incursion of an electronic being into DS9, named 'Pup' by O'Brien, who is eventually placed in a recursive program by O'Brien to keep it from running amok with the station. ...
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Were blood screenings ever an effective way to test for changelings?

In DS9, the concept of bleeding to test for changelings is introduced by Gowron, who seems convinced that taking blood is an effective countermeasure to changeling incursion. However, during the ...
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What produces the sound of transportation?

Whenever people transport in Star Trek, we hear a distinctive sound which seems to be unique for each Trek series. In-universe, where does this sound come from, what produces it and why is ...
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What is the punishment for violating the Treaty of Algeron?

Both the Romulans and the Federation have regularly violated the Treaty when it suits them. Starfleet has obviously developed and manufactured cloaking/stealth technology and the Romulans make regular ...
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What is the smallest cloaking device in the Star Trek universe?

Like all technology improvements, the power and size requirements for cloaking technology seem to be getting smaller and more efficient. In 2370, Quark illegally acquired a small cloaking device and ...
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How is local transportation managed on Earth

I was wandering how local transportation is managed on earth in the 24th century. In one shot (I don't recall where, when or even if) I remember seeing a train-like glass ball moving near Starfleet ...
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If the Klingons joined the United Federation of Planets would they have to give up their cloaking technology?

The 'Tomed Incident' between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire in 2311 that cost thousands of lives and led to the signing of the 'Treaty of Algeron' which banned Federation ...
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What starship in the Star Trek universe has beaten a Galaxy Class starship in single combat?

The Borg Cube ship is obviously one such ship that has beaten a Galaxy class in single combat. Another is the Tamarian cruiser, TNG 5x02 'Darmok'. ...
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Why does Ezri break the rejoining rules?

In DS9 "Rejoined" we learn that Trills must not pursue romantic relationships with people their former hosts had romantic relationships with. The reason for this rule is that the symbiont transfer is ...
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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

If they are civilian in the common sense, why then do they wear military style uniforms, have a military hierarchical command and military rank structures; have a Starfleet Command and a Starfleet ...
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What happened to Nog's field promotion on the Valiant?

During "Valiant" (S06E22), Nog is given a field promotion from Ensign to Lieutenant Commander when he's assigned by Tim Watters (himself only a Red Squad Cadet who received a field commission to ...
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Married Couples in the Star Trek Universe?

It just occurred to me that hardly anyone in any of the series is married! What's up with that? O'Brien is married, Dr Crusher and Cpt Sisko are widowed, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres get married - ...