Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 17 Accession
A 200 year old Bajoran flies through the wormhole, claiming to be the chosen Emissary. Meanwhile, O'Brien finds out Keiko's pregnant again.
This episode contains examples of:
- A God Am I: When Akorem wakes up in the infirmary, he introduces himself as the Emissary.
- Bookends: The episode begins with Sisko uncomfortably performing a Bajoran marriage blessing. It ends with him happy to attend a Bajoran girl's birthday party.
- Call Back:
- When Quark tells Worf that Keiko's going to have a baby, Worf exclaims "Now?!?". In the Next Gen episode "Disaster", Worf delivered the O'Briens first child Molly during an emergency.
- The four-shift rotation first proposed in "Starship Down" is made permanent.
- Character Development: This is when Sisko starts to accept his role as Emissary.
- The Chosen One: This episode is all about Sisko finally stepping up and owning his distinction as Emissary of The Prophets. Before, he was uneasy about being a religious icon to the Bajorans and feels relieved when Akorem Laan takes up the mantle, but after he witnesses Akorem's reactionary intentions and their logical progression (namely the event detailed in the Dark Shepherd trope below), he steps up.
- Dark Shepherd: Vedek Porta turns out to be this when he kills another vedek for having an unclean djarra.
- Fantastic Caste System: This episode reveals that Bajor had one of these before the Cardassian Occupation. Akorem tries to bring it back, but the results are less than pleasant until Sisko puts a stop to it. You can see the schism it would cause to Bajoran society immediately: Some Bajorans are enraptured by their new Emissary's mission, while others are disconcerted (like Kira).
- Heel Realization: The Prophets make Akorem realize that he was wrong in calling himself the Emissary.
- Irony: Sisko sums it up to Kira—Starfleet doesn't like the idea of one of its officers being the Emissary, but when Sisko steps down from the role, Starfleet doesn't like the results.
- Prophetic Fallacy: Akorem stakes his claim to being the Emissary on the assumption that being the first to find the wormhole makes him the one the Prophets chose. Being beings that exist outside of linear time, he is only first by the perception of mortals. As the Prophets see it, they found Sisko then grabbed Akorem later to teach Sisko a lesson.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Nana Visitor had become pregnant, thus, the writers started a plotline about a Keiko O'Brien pregnancy. Then, once Nana became visibly pregnant, the in-universe child was implanted into Kira later this season in "Body Parts".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Worf makes some preemptive plans to be far away from DS9 when the O'Brien's baby #2 is due, remembering how he got entangled in the birth of their first child.
- Society Marches On: In-universe; the Bajorans abandoned the djarras because of the Cardassian Occupation, and never returned to them because of the length of said occupation. The Prophets even say that the caste system is "of the past".
- Sucksessor: Akorem turns out to be this, forcing Sisko to reclaim the role of Emissary.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Bashir and O'Brien never finish any of the beers they order.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Kira has no idea how she can remember Akorem's poem as being unfinished when it's actually completed. Sisko's response: "The Prophets work in mysterious ways."
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: To the Bajorans who didn't care for the return to the D'jarra castes, Akorem as Emissary could be construed as this.
- Vetinari Job Security: Sisko's worthiness to be the Emissary is confirmed.