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For use on questions about Star Trek: Deep Space 9, the 1993 Star Trek TV Series. Use this tag in conjunction with the [star-trek] tag and other relevant tags (such as character tags).

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Moral debate on sentience and what being alive means [on hold]

In Star Trek TNG, TOS and Voyager they at some point debate what sentience is and what makes a person a person. Picard with Data/Moriarty, Janeway with The Doctor/holos, Kirk and Spock with the ...
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Are promotions in Star Trek arbitrary?

I noticed that the rise in rank of some officers seemed very arbitrary. Thus, Chief O'Brien is still only a cadet (according to his heel on his uniform), but he has nevertheless achieved and ...
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Are Changelings’ molecules polar or nonpolar?

Would a Changeling be able to mix with other substances? In DS9, it said Odo couldn’t really eat, he described it as “messy”. Did that mean that the food or liquid fell out of him or that it mixed ...
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What other actors played different characters in TOS and TNG/DS9/Voy?

I was recently reminded that the same actor, Diana Muldaur, played blind human telepath Miranda Jones in TOS and Doctor Pulaski in TNG. Majel Barrett Roddenberry played Nurse Chapel in TOS and ...
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Has a human ever mastered the mind meld?

In any canon series of Star Trek has a human been able to master the mind meld?
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What happened between Garak and Ziyal's grandfather?

Is there any further information than this singular quote about what Garak did to Ziyal's granddad? Or maybe more importantly how it was a significant enough and well-known act that even Major Kira ...
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What happens to the runabouts when Starfleet abandons DS9 at the start of the Dominion War?

In "A Time to Stand" (S5E26) Starfleet mines the entrance to the wormhole, starting the Dominion War. No reinforcements are sent to defend Deep Space Nine so the fleet can destroy Dominion shipyards, ...
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How does Odo gain energy?

Odo doesn't eat and doesn't sleep - he just reverts to his liquid form and stays that way for a few hours. But that surely generates no energy. With that in mind, how does he get the energy that he ...
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What was the point of the exercise at the start of Way of the Warrior?

At the beginning of Way of the Warrior the entire DS9 crew is busy flushing out a Changeling in what turns out to be a drill. But the whole thing ends when Odo grabs Dr Bashir by his shoulder, in a ...
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Why does the Regent want a cloaking device?

In "The Emperor's New Cloak" (S7E12 of DS9), Grand Nagus Zek (foolishly) travels to the mirror universe looking for new business opportunities, and is captured by Regent Worf. Mirror Worf demands a ...
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Why would mirror Jadzia be joined to Dax?

In "Through the Looking Glass" (S3E19 of DS9), mirror O'Brien kidnaps Benjamin Sisko from the primary universe to temporarily replace the dead mirror Sisko who is/was the leader of the Terran ...
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Why doesn't the Bashir Changeling slay Deep Space Nine's senior staff?

During the Dominion War, after Dr. Bashir is replaced aboard the station with a Changeling, why doesn't the Changeling at least attempt to kill the senior staff? Killing the staff would likely be ...
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How does Sisko legally return Tosk to the Hunters?

In the episode Captive Pursuit, Tosk is arrested for attempting to tamper with a weapons locker. When the Hunters arrive, they demand Tosk be released to them to conclude the hunt. After agreeing to, ...
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Do the Nausicaans have a government?

For regular (or somewhat regular) species, the Nausicaans are about the least civilized in the canon. They seem aggressive and always wanting to fight, much like the Jem'Hadar. The two would probably ...
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How can Sisko exist in the Mirror Universe?

Benjamin Sisko's mother was possessed to ensure he would be born and become the emissary but in the Mirror Universe the wormhole had not been discovered, the prophets had not been met and Sisko was ...
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In Star Trek, what was the name of Benjamin Sisko's favorite ship?

I'm trying to register on Sf Debris' forum, but the registration question is “What is Benjamin Sisko's favorite ship called?” I've used The Defiant or USS Defiant but it tells me it's incorrect. Am I ...
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Why are there different levels of security and analysis in Star Trek?

I wonder why there are different levels of security and analysis in Star Trek: if the goal is to be as efficient and safe as possible, why not activate the analysis and / or security systems directly ...
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What Star Trek effects shot was reused the most?

It's well-known that (especially in the TNG era), shots of ships and planets were frequently reused since they were expensive to create. Many matte paintings were reused with minor (or no) retooling,...
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Are Federation citizens and/or Starfleet officers allowed to replace healthy organs with bionics if they choose to?

Throughout Star Trek's run we see common use of medical bionics to replace unhealthy organs: Picard has a artificial heart where his was stabbed by a Nausicaan, Geordie has artificial eyes to ...
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Could Geordi detect Changeling infiltrators?

With his handy VISOR, would Geordi be able to detect Changelings masquerading as humans, Klingons, or even fog? Or could the Changelings still fool him?
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What happens to the ore-processing facilities of Deep Space Nine?

Deep Space Nine the physical space station is built by the Cardassians as an ore-processing facility (named Terok Nor) and used as such until it is taken over by the Bajorans and Federation at the ...
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Why is Worf in Nemesis? [duplicate]

Worf is one of my favorite Star Trek characters. A defining moment in his character arc is at the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine when the Federation appoints him ambassador to the Klingon Empire. ...
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Are all memories shared between Dax symbiont?

On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Facets," Jadzia Dax finally makes plans to undergo her Zhian'tara, in which she has the chance to actually meet her previous hosts by temporarily transferring each one'...
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In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, how is Odo able shapshift his comm badge? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the characters, Odo is able to shape-shift into other forms, including his humanoid form. When he is in his humanoid form, he is able to form clothing. That makes ...
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What is the role of command track officers in Starfleet? [duplicate]

Everyone is familiar with the gold shirts of TOS and the red shirts of DS9/TNG, the ‘command track’ officers, but I’m somewhat confused about how their responsibilities contrast with ‘operations’, ‘...
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Why did Starfleet expose themselves so easily to new species during Deep Space Nine?

On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in Shadowplay (season 2, episode 16,) Dax and Odo transport themselves to a planet’s surface. There they find a species which they have never met before. In Battle ...
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Can ship/station scanners in Star Trek determine a person's age?

During one of the episodes in season one of Deep Space Nine, Sisko asks O'Brien to find his son. Since Jake doesn't have a combadge, Chief must've found him by recognizing he's the only young human on ...
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Why did Nog ask Vic, “Do you dream?”

In DS9: It's Only a Paper Moon Nog asks the hologram character Vic Fontaine, "Do you dream?" Is this a reference to HAL from 2001: a Space Odyssey?
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Has Q ever interacted with the Changelings?

Given Q's personality, the Changelings would seem a prime example of a species he would want to interact with, test and mess with. They have a god complex, like to manipulate and control other species ...
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How big can a Changeling get [duplicate]

In DS9 all Changelings are shown to be human size, however given their body is more like a clay substance than an actual body, have changelings ever been shown to take very large or very small forms?
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Does a Changeling have its own distinct body?

In DS9 the Changelings are shown in two different ways. Initially Odo is shown to have grown from a child to an adult indicating that each Changeling has its own distinct physical body. In later ...
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How “old” is Odo?

I am watching the season 2 episode “The Alternate” in which Dr Mora, the scientist who discovered Odo, relays stories about his early years and expresses doubt that Odo was ready to leave. Is it ever ...
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Is there any connection between the Vorta and the Romulans?

In Star Trek V, Sybok mentions Vorta Vor, the Romulan paradise or original place of creation. Assuming the perspective of the Jem'Hadar, the Vorta play a similar role: By supplying them with Ketracel ...
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Is the neck coloring favored by Cardassian females a tattoo or just makeup?

Throughout the run of DS9, Cardassian females can often be seen with one or more of their neck-bones colored in blue or purple. An example is in the screenshot below. It's a neat little cultural quirk ...
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Is Benny Russell a creation of the Pah-Wraiths?

Roughly around the time the Pah-Wraiths were introduced in DS9 (Season 6), Benjamin Sisko started having visions that implied his life was really the creation of Benny Russell, an author in 1950s New ...
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Who is this Starfleet crewman and why is he wearing an old uniform?

In DS9 episode "Tears of the Prophets" (S06:E26), Sisko is holding a conference where he attempts to convince the Romulans to help invade Cardassia. In the background is a guy in a TNG-style Starfleet ...
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What “enhanced” abilities does Dr. Julian Bashir show after S5:E16?

In episode S05:E16 of DS9, "Doctor Bashir, I Presume", it is revealed that Dr. Julian Bashir was At the end of the episode he throws a near-perfect dart game and Chief O'Brien jokes about having to ...
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What is this device on top of a Federation Runabout? [duplicate]

The Bajoran/Federation outpost Deep Space Nine has several Federation runabout vessels assigned to it. One of them, either the Ganges or the Rio Grande, can occasionally be seen with a device attached ...
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How many Son'a were left after Star Trek: Insurrection?

In the film Star Trek: Insurrection, the main antagonists are the Son'a, a species that is an offshoot of the Ba'ku species. Apparently, there weren't too many Son'a that left the Ba'ku. During the ...
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Why does the Changeling Dr Bashir allow the baby Changeling to die?

It has been established that Dr Bashir in the episode "The Begotten" of Deep Space Nine, the episode with the dying baby Changeling, was actually a Changeling impostor. Question: If so, why did the ...
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What ship models does Sisko have in his office?

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Captain Benjamin Sisko has a few models of ships in his office. Which ships does he have? I believe I saw the Voyager (probe, not Star Trek ship), but that is all that I ...
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In Star Trek Deep Space 9, How did Benjamin Sisko see his dead wife again?

I remember seeing an episode where he was sitting and talking to his dead wife. How could that have happened?
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What are all the jokes on the DS9 Promenade Directory?

This image shows all of the shops along the promenade on DS9. LCARS DS9 COMPUTER DISPLAY What are all the in-jokes and references?
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Why didn't Sisko et al. check Lisa's numbers?

I was reading this question when I spotted something interesting. "The Sound of Her Voice" opens like this: LISA [OC]: My name's Lisa Cusak. Until a couple of days ago, I was the commanding ...
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Was Terok Nor the main administrative facility during the Bajoran Occupation

Dukat used Sisko’s office on Terok Nor when he was Prefect of Bajor, so he had a presence there for sure. I find it difficult to believe however it was the prefects’ and what must have been a massive ...
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When does First Contact take place in relation to DS9? [duplicate]

Star Trek: First Contact was released while the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was still running. When does the film take place in conjunction with the series. I know that it should take ...
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Why would Koval stay in the war?

In the DS9 episode Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges, Admiral Ross secretly wants to get Koval the open seat on the Continuing Committee. When Bashir confronts Admiral Ross about this, he says "So Koval ...
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Who was Odo's informant?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Improbable Cause," we see the Changeling head of security Odo meet with some unknown Cardassian informant. Since that episode, there have been plenty of ...
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Is there a reason why Sci Fi Australia wouldn't get the broadcast licenses for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

In Australia, the Foxtel (Pay TV) Channel SciFi (ch 123) has been airing repeats of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. while not strange by itself what gets me is that The Next ...