On the eve of Bajor's entry into the Federation, Sisko locates the ruins of the ancient lost city of B'hala on Bajor. As the visions that are guiding him prove potentially fatal, Sisko must choose between faith and his life.
Tropes featured in "Rapture":
- Crazy-Prepared: Quark apparently keeps flags of all the major powers in case they take over the station.
- Early Installment Weirdness: This is the first DS9 episode to feature the Starfleet uniforms from Star Trek: First Contact, and it's evident that, except for Michael Dorn, who's already worn it, the main cast hasn't gotten used to them yet.
- Explosive Instrumentation: Apparently Invoked by the Prophets to kick off Sisko's visions.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: To celebrate Bajor's upcoming entry into The Federation, Quark arranges a drumroll-accompanied unfurling of a banner...with the Klingon emblem on it.
- Heel Realization: Though it doesn't stick, Winn is moved by Sisko's visions."Before Captain Sisko found B'hala, my path was clear. I knew who my enemies were. But now nothing is certain."
- Innocuously Important Episode: Sisko foresees locusts appearing over Bajor before heading for Cardassia. A few episodes later, a Dominion fleet exits the wormhole and heads for Cardassia, which has joined the Dominion. The same two-parter also revealed that Bashir had been replaced by a Changeling in-between "The Ascent" and this episode.
- That's not all. Sisko also predicts that if Bajor joins the Federation now, Bajor would be destroyed. At the end of the season, Bajor signs a non-aggression pact with the Dominion, which they never could have done as a Federation world, and the pact protects them for the episodes where the Dominion is occupying the station.
- And if that wasn't deep enough, in the relaunch, the Federation begins to aid the reconstruction efforts on Cardassia after 'The Fire' (the Founder's decision to unleash the Jem'Hadar on the citizenry of Cardassia Prime), the same as they did for the Bajorans after the Occupation.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Winn during a discussion with Kira."Those of you who were in the Resistance, you're all the same. You think you're the only ones who fought the Cardassians, that you saved Bajor single-handedly. Perhaps you forget, Major, the Cardassians arrested any Bajoran found to be teaching the word of the Prophets. I was in a Cardassian prison camp for five years, and I can remember each and every beating I suffered. And while you had your weapons to protect you, all I had was my faith... and my courage. Walk with the Prophets child... I know I will"
- Whatley also makes a valid point about the problems of having the Bajorans view a Starfleet officer as a religious figure.
- Manly Tears: Sisko is devastated when his visions are taken away.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Jake's plea to his unconscious father before giving Bashir permission to operate.
- Shout-Out: Sisko's obsession with the spire and his seeing clues in his food would seem to suggest a reference to the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
- Skepticism Failure: Whatley disbelieves Sisko's visions until Sisko remarks that Whatley's son, Kevin, has forgiven him. Whatley had never told anyone about his problematic relationship with his son.
- The Runabout Came Back: Kasidy has served out her prison sentence and returned to the station.
- Undying Loyalty: The Bajoran Council of Ministers unanimously vote against entry into the Federation based on Sisko's warning.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kassidy gives Sisko one for putting his "mystical journey" above being there for his son.
- Whatley then gives Sisko one for derailing Bajor's entry into The Federation.