In the first three seasons of DS9 it is strongly implied that Commander Sisko's father is dead, but from season 4 and up Joseph Sisko makes several appearances in the show. Now I would like to know if Commander Sisko's participation in the Bell Riots changed the timeline and brought his father back to life or did the writers just forget Joseph Sisko was supposed to be dead when they wrote him into the show?
Reasons I believe Joseph Sisko was originaly meant to be dead. Thanks to Hypnosifl for finding most of these.
- On several occasions Commander Sisko refers to his father as having been a chef. But during later appearances it is clear the elder Sisko is still a chef and has no plans to ever retire. And besides a gourmet chef is a gourmet chef till the day he dies whether he is retired or not.
- The scene from The Alternate, where Commander Sisko tells Odo about his father's illness. Yes he never said his father died, but the way he talked it did not sound to me as if the story had a happy ending.
- But the clearest evidence in my opinion comes from Commander Sisko's log entry at the beginning of Past Tense part 1. He mentions looking forward to visiting his sister in Portland. He makes no mention of seeing his father, which seems odd considering how close they seem and his health.