Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 02 E 09 Second Sight

It's a somber anniversary for an insomniac Sisko. Four years since the Borg assault on Wolf-359. And the fourth anniversary of his wife dying during the attack. Wandering the promenade late at night, he meets a mysterious woman named Fenna. As the two discuss the stars, Sisko offers to show her around the station. Only for her to mysteriously vanish when he turns around.

The next morning, Sisko is oddly peppy. Drinking tea and striking up conversation with the ops crew. Kira finds this unusual morning mood quite unnerving. But business calls. Sisko is meeting noted terraform scientist Professor Gideon Seyetik...who is poking around inside a flux reactor.

Seyetik is a boasting, self-obsessed braggart. With good reason. His work has turned dead planets into lush, habitable paradises. His latest work is set to be his crowning achievement. Breathing life back into a dead sun called Epsilon 119.

Gazing out a window yet again, Sisko is visited by Fenna again. When Sisko inquires about Fenna, she panics and makes for the nearest turbolift. And vanished yet again. After asking Odo to help find her (With a very vague and unhelpful description of her) he heads with the rest of the crew to the Prometheus for dinner with Professor Seyetik.

After regaling them with yet more stories of his lauded accomplishments, and admitting that he knows full-well that he's egotistical and braggadocious, Seyetik introduces his latest wife. A Halanan named Nidell. Sisko and Dax are shocked to find she looks exactly like Fenna. After finishing dinner, Sisko hangs back and grills Nidell about pretending to be someone else. But she insists she's never met Sisko before.

Returning to ops, Odo arrives with startling news. No one but Professor Seyetik has left the Prometheus since it arrived. Which means Nidell couldn't have been with Sisko. Returning to his quarters, he's surprised to find Fenna waiting for him there.

After a brief talk and a kiss, she vanishes again. This time literally. Fading into nothing right in front of Sisko's eyes. Determined to get answers, Sisko joins the expedition to reignite Epsilon 119.

As the ship journeys to the dead star, Seyetik talks about his favorite thing: himself. Namely how he met Nidell. After breathing life into her planet, she became infatuated with him. The two got married and Seyetik took her off-world.

In between this story, Seyetik seems almost somber. His life has been an escalating chain of accomplishments and breakthroughs. He seems worried that Epsilon 119 will be the one achievement he can never top, and his drive to always do something better will be at an end. He quotes a Klingon epic poem - "Pity the warrior who slays all his foes."

Returning to his quarters on the ship, Sisko yet again finds Fenna waiting for him. He calls Dax to his quarters, but Dax is baffled when she scans Fenna. She reads as nothing but pure energy. Taking Fenna with them, they head for Nidell's quarters for answers.

When they arrive, they find Nidell passed out and in shock. She appears to be dying, but there's nothing they can do. Then Seyetik spots Fenna. He is outraged that she dares show her face there. Wanting an answer to this question, Dax takes Fenna with her while Seyetik explains the situation.

Seyetik has had a lot of wives. Most found him fun for a time, but eventually grew tired of his self-obsessed nature and left him. Nidell wants to leave him as well, but there's a hitch: Her species mate for life. Even though deep down she wants to end their marriage, she can't bring herself to do it.

In addition to this, her species are telepathic. And due to her swirling emotions, Fenna came to be. A projection of what she wishes she could have. But Fenna's existence is killing her.

Sisko tries explaining this to Fenna, but she just can't believe it. But other issues arise. Namely, their arrival at Epsilon 119. And the launch of the shuttlepod that will reignite the sun. With Seyetik inside.

The crazy old fool has found a way to set his wife free and ensure Epsilon 119 will be his greatest and final scientific accomplishment. He compares himself to the warrior from the poem he quoted earlier, and says that this star is his very last foe. He's going to ride the shuttlepod into the dead star.

Talking with Sisko over the com as he draws near, he makes sure to leave his obituary with him. With a jovial cry of "Let there be light!" the shuttlepod impacts and Epsilon 119 is born anew. After this event, Fenna vanishes. For good.

Back aboard DS9, Nidell inquires about Fenna. What she was like. Sisko's response?

Sisko: "She was just like you."


  • All Just a Dream: Subverted. During the first act, the viewer is lead to believe that Fenna is merely a hallucination, brought forth by Sisko's sense of loneliness. But then Dax mentions she has seen Fenna too...
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Seyetik goes out like a scientific badass, granting a dead star new life—and saving his wife from being stuck with him forever.
    "Let there be light!"
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Seyetik brags about Nidell's cooking. Everyone seems to agree with him.
  • Hidden Depths: Seyetik seems like a raging egomaniac—and he is. But he's also self-aware enough to know that his larger-than-life persona grates on people, and he genuinely cares for his wife's well-being.
  • Insufferable Genius: Seyetik is an insufferable braggart, is fully aware that he's an insufferable braggart, and doesn't care - in fact he seems to find it amusing. But his accomplishments in his field make his ego well warranted.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fenna and Nidell have this vibe, even extending to their clothes for most of the episode.
  • Stepford Smiler: Both Seyetic and Nidell. Beneath the Happy Marriage Charade, their marriage has fallen into Dead Sparks.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Nidell's mind, and she doesn't even know it.