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.
  • Book Ends: 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.
  • 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.
  • Neglectful Precursors: It's never explained why the Prophets sent Akorem to DS9's time (200 years in the future from his perspective), rather than sending him back to his own era (which they ultimately do anyway, but apparently only after being reminded).
    • Their intention is to make Sisko get off his behind and accept his role as the Emissary, which he does by the end of the episode.
  • 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.
  • 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.