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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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 - ...
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How many sentient bio-ships have been shown in the Star Trek universe?

We're introduced to an amazing creature, a living bio-ship named Gomtuu (called 'Tin Man' by Starfleet) who was observed while orbiting Beta Stromgren in TNG 3x20, 'Tin Man'. Through first contact ...
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What could the Department of Temporal Investigations do in the event of a time paradox?

In the famous DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations we see the Department of Temporal Investigations asks some questions of Sisko and his recent unexpected time travel. What would they do in the ...
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Are Dominion War ships weaker than Pre-Dominion War ships

In TOS, TNG, Voyager, the movies and early seasons of DS9 we see great ship to ship battles that last multiple phaser / torpedo hits. In the starship series, we often here Worf / Tasha / Tuvok say ...
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What type of computer systems do Starships use? [closed]

Star Trek starships are massive, incredibly advanced pieces of technology, with a lot of that technology being handwaved most of the time, but references to it cropping up in dialogue frequently ...
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Assimilated Founders

Are there any works, canon or otherwise, that deal with the concept of the Founders, or other shapeshifters, being assimilated or otherwise encountering the Borg. The idea of an assimilated Founder ...
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Has the Federation ever kicked a planet or civilization out of the federation?

I've seen several episodes where planets have petitioned the Federation for membership; and still others where the Federation is watching a planet's development in anticipation for future membership ...
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Why Don't Klingon Weapons Have Sheathes?

Many Klingon weapons are featured during the show, and the chracters display a reverence for them like a Japanese sword master would have for a high piece of craftsmanship. A good traditional ...
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Are the Founders telepathic with solids? [closed]

In the DS9 episode "Things Past" Odo creates a telepathic link with his fellow officers, a link that Dr. Bashir compares to the Great Link formed by the Founders because Odo's humanoid brain still ...
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Why did Dax and Sisko see different worlds when landing in the Wormhole?

I just started watching DS9, and one thing about the pilot episode bugs me - When the shuttle lands in the wormhole, and Sisko and Dax get out to investigate, they see two completely different worlds ...