Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) is a television series in the Star Trek Universe. It is the only Star Trek series to be set aboard a space station rather than a starship, and is notable for its lengthy story arcs. It first aired in 1993 and ran for seven seasons, being well-received by critics and ...

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When in production was the Changeling story arc determined?

Entire question is spoilers. At the beginning of DS9, Odo's origin is unknown and he's the only known member of his race. Very mysterious. When were these ideas determined during production?
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Why is this race in control of the Dominion?

Other than their abilities — which can be considered an advantage in some areas (just as superior strength for Klingons or better reasoning skills for Vulcans) but which I fail to accept as the ...
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Why do the the vorta have telekinetic powers in one episode, and at no other time?

In the DS9 episode "The Jem'Hadar," Eris the Vorta has telekinetic powers. Later, throughout the Dominion War, no other Vorta have telekinetic powers. Do they just never use them, or was Eris the only ...
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Why didn't they have multiple vorta clones activated at once?

Why wouldn't the dominion use all the tools they developed? Having 5 Weyouns is better than one.
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Does the name 'Quark' have a different meaning in Ferengi culture?

I was just considering the character of Quark and what an unusual name it was. Of course a quark is a sub-atomic particle or the German word for cottage cheese, but it seems peculiar that a Ferengi, ...
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Do we ever learn why there was a delay in symptoms of the disease in Odo?

DS9 "When it pours..." BASHIR [on monitor]: I was running a scan on the sample you left when I noticed something unusual. ODO: Unusual in what way? BASHIR [on monitor]: The disease ...
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Why do we see so few Andorians or Tellarites serving in Starfleet or aboard starships?

Obviously, out of universe having these alien species would be a huge headache for make-up and financial drain in terms of production costs, but is there an in-universe explanation? Tellarites and ...
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Any Jeffrey Nordling appearance in Star Trek The Next Generation?

I have just stated watching (along with my wife) DS9 after about two weeks break since ending watching entire TNG. When we started watching "Past Prologue", my wife recalls that she saw the same actor ...
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Which Captain ordered the most Crew to their deaths?

Currently rewatching all of Voyager, and remembering how callous Janeway was in ordering Tuvix's death. And how many times she threatens to, and actually activates the Self-Destruct Sequence. I ...
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Why is the Dominion considered the Alpha Quadrant's biggest threat?

In 3x17 - Visionary, the Romulan delegate mentions that the Dominion are the biggest threat to the Alpha quadrant - how so? The Romulans are certainly also aware of the Borg, and at least until this ...
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What happened to Laas after he left DS9?

From the final 10-episode arc of Deep Space Nine we learned several things about the Morphogenic virus afflicting all of the Changelings. (major spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the end of DS9) ...
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How did Non-Federation powers view environmentalism?

Given that the Federation is generally described as a paradise, it's safe to say it's pollution free. We also got a general view of Ferengi views of environmentalism in the Deep Space Nine finale. How ...
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Do Federation prisons still use bars on the cells?

Watching DS9, S2E21, The Maquis, Pt II. Sisko is trying to talk Cal out of further activities with the Maquis. He tells Cal that the Federation won't stop until Cal was "behind bars". Since we know ...
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How are self-replicating mines supposed to work?

Standard replicators are able to replicate mundane materials and smaller not-too-complex machines. At one point, under the influence of a Cardassian anti-riot program, the replicators in DS9 are ...
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Are Chameloids related to the founders?

The character Martia in Star Trek VI is very similar to that of the founders, is there any indication that she and her species (The Chameloids) are related to the founders? Could she have been one of ...
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How could Odo be knocked unconscious?

In the DS9 episode Vortex (S1:E11), Odo is knocked unconscious in the cavern by falling rocks. Being a changeling, how is this possible? Despite his outward appearance, he is not actually a humanoid ...
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How did they make it look like Agent Sloan from Section 31 was disintegrated in front of the Romulan council?

DS9 "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges": NERAL: It is the finding of this Committee that Senator Cretak has conspired to commit treason against the State. Sentence to be determined at a later date. ...
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“Introduction” of Enterprise E in DS9

In the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" (season 5 episode 6) there is this small piece of dialog: Dulmur: Be specific, Captain, which Enterprise? There've been five. Lucsly: Six. Was ...
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Is the USS Defiant (Defiant class) or the NCC 1701-E Enterprise (Sovereign class) a stronger ship for battle?

I'm rewatching DS9 and have been watching a lot of the Dominion war battles. I see a lot of the Galaxy class ships in the battles. I don't recall seeing any of the sovereign class ships in any of the ...
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How did Dukat beam onto DS9?

DS9 "Tears of the Prophets": (Dax lights a couple of big candles then turns to the Orb box.) DAX: I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly. I don't come here a lot. And to be perfectly ...
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Did the prophets stop all ships from coming through the wormhole or just the Dominion forces?

DS9: "Tears of the Prophets": DAMAR: I believe you owe me an apology. WEYOUN: I believe you're right. DAMAR: Now, if Dukat can get our reinforcements through the wormhole WEYOUN: ...
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Who are the “soulless minions of orthodoxy?”

DS9 "In the Cards": GIGER: Doctor Bathkin of Andros Three was the first to come up with the answer to solving the puzzle of death. Keep the cells energised. Keep them in the game by teaching ...
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Did the USS Olympia go forward in time?

DS9 "The Sound of her Voice": LISA [OC]: My name's Lisa Cusak. Until a couple of days ago, I was the commanding officer of the Olympia. SISKO: The Olympia. LISA [OC]: We left the ...
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What happened to the time portal in DS9 “Time's Orphan”?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": DAX: It's some sort of time portal. From the chroniton signature, we think it sent Molly about three hundred years into the past. So the Federation now has it's hands on a ...
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Why did they use a transporter instead of somebody simply walking through the field grabbing Molly and walking back to the current time?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": DAX: It's some sort of time portal. From the chroniton signature, we think it sent Molly about three hundred years into the past. KIRA: I wonder what this place was ...
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Do we know any of the details about Worf's fights with the Kelvans?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": WORF: No. I am a Klingon warrior and a Starfleet officer. I have piloted starships through Dominion minefields. I have stood in battle against Kelvans twice my size. I ...
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How did they find Captain Sisko at the end of the DS9 episode “Waltz?”

DS9 "Waltz": DUKAT: I'm so glad we had this time together, Benjamin, because we won't be seeing each other for a while. I have unfinished business on Bajor. They thought I was their enemy? ...
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Do we ever find out what happened to Dr. Giger or The Cellular Regeneration and Entertainment Chamber after the DS9 episode “In the Cards?”

DS9 "In the Cards": GIGER: Doctor Bathkin of Andros Three was the first to come up with the answer to solving the puzzle of death. Keep the cells energised. Keep them in the game by teaching ...
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Why didn't the Ferengi Commerce Authority take Quark's mother's house and possessions?

BRUNT: Of course there is. You can break the contract. QUARK: Me, break a Ferengi contract? Never. BRUNT: Never? I wonder if there's enough Ferengi left in you to stick to that. Part of ...
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Do the Jem'hadar contain a tinge of compassion, empathy, and fairness which goes against their genetic encoding?

DS9: "By Inferno's Light": [Internment centre] (Ikat'ika stops Worf as he crawls to a post.) IKAT'IKA: Enough, Klingon. You have proven your worth. MARTOK: Worf, you heard him. ...
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How exactly did the prisoners escape the Jem'hadar prisoner camp?

DS9 "By Inferno's Light": MARTOK: He wired the message and the transmission coordinates directly into the system circuitry. That way all he had to do was connect the transmitter to the power ...
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Was the Doctor Bashir on the DS9 station the real Doctor Bashir or his Changeling replacement during the episode “The Begotten”?

DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1": GARAK: When were you brought here? BASHIR: Over a month ago. I was attending a burn treatment conference on Meezan Four. I went to bed one night and ...
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How did the Klingon war that Sisko refers to spread Starfleet thin?

DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow (Part 1)": SISKO: A Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant will affect Cardassia every bit as much as it's going to affect us. Besides, we need all the help we can ...
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Is Sisko referring to the events of First Contact here and if so how does it affect things?

DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow (Part 1)": SISKO: A Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant will affect Cardassia every bit as much as it's going to affect us. Besides, we need all the help we can ...
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In the opening credits to Deep Space Nine what are those flashing things on the outside of the station?

At the 1:18-1:20 mark of the following opening credits video for DS9 there are some flashing objects that I've never seen in an episode. I don't really recall them ...
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Did Sisko violate Starfleet regulations or Federation laws when he fired a torpedo to devastate a planet's atmosphere & force it's occupants to flee?

DS9 "For The Uniform": SISKO: Major, I want you to send the following message on all Maquis frequencies. To all the members of the Maquis resistance. This is Captain Sisko of the USS Defiant. ...
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Was “Far Beyond the Stars” ever written up by anyone?

In the DS9 episode "Far Beyond the Stars", Sisko experiences a vision, induced by the Prophets, in which he is a struggling science fiction short story writer named Benny Russell, living in 1950s ...
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How does the baby changeling transfer itself into Odo?

After reading my question if there's an obvious answere in a later episode, then just let me know and I'll delete my question. DS9 "Begotten": QUARK: A Yridian I've been dealing with sold me ...
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What was the phaser setting when Sisko took the wall down to find the Bajoran hidden city of B'hala?

DS9 "Rapture" 19:30 min mark: KASIDY: Ben, it's a wall of stone. SISKO: But what's behind the wall? (Sisko fires his phaser and the stone dissolves to reveal that they are looking ...
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How is Odo able to establish a link with solids or is he linked to the great link somehow and they are manipulating the situation?

There is a similar question here that was closed for some reason as being opinion based. My question is not a general question about whether or not the Founders are able to establish a telepathic link ...
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How was Sisko able to fight a changeling in hand to hand combat?

DS9 "Things Past": THRAX: Halt! (Dax whirls and shoots the guard behind them, then gets shot herself. Odo fights that guard, Sisko fights Thrax. Garak shoots the guard who is throttling ...
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Shouldn't the Deep Space Nine crew now be in TOS episode “Trouble with Tribbles?”

I just got done watching the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations". In the episode some of the crew from DS9 go back in time to the the time of TOS "Trouble with Tribbles." Now Sisko, Dax, Odo, ...
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What gives Raktajino its kick?

Does Raktajino contain caffeine or some other stimulant? How potent is it?
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Transporter capability of Danube-class runabout

What was the capability of the transporter of a Danube-class runabout? I am aware there were only two pads, but on multiple occasions we see more than two people being being beamed onto one pad (ST: ...
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Which, in order are the physically strongest & quickest; Vulcan, Klingon, Romulan, Jem'Hadar, Borg drone, Cardassian, Bajoran, & Trill? [closed]

I used the major protagonists and antagonists in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. If you'd like to add some Delta Quadrant like the Vidiians or the Kazon, you're more than welcome. If you have other ...
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Where can I get a “Welcome to Quarks” mug? [closed]

This is a merchandise question. If it's not appropriate to the forum then please let me know the rule and I'll delete the question. DS9 "The Quickening": WORF: How did you do it? O'BRIEN: ...
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Why would the Federation allow a trial and request for extradition of Worf without formal relations in place with the Klingons?

DS9 "Rules of Engagement": T'LARA: This hearing will come to order. We are here to consider the request of the Klingon Empire that Lieutenant Commander Worf be EXTRADITED for trial on charges ...
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How does this restore Kurn, Worf's brother's, honor?

DS9 "Sons of Mogh": KURN: I have never understood you, Worf. But I do know this. In your own way you are an honourable man. (Kurn passes out.) WORF: And you will be an honourable man ...
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Morally/Legally how could Dr. Bashir, a Federation doctor, perform the operation he did to Worf's brother Kurn by wiping his memory?

DS9 "Sons of Mogh": KURN: I have never understood you, Worf. But I do know this. In your own way you are an honourable man. (Kurn passes out.) WORF: And you will be an honourable man ...
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When did our universe and the Star Trek universe diverge?

Note that my question assumes as a given that Star Trek is in an alternate universe which diverged from ours at some point in history. That seems really, really obvious and undeniable to me. So the ...