continuity gaff apologism:In the TNG episode "Up the Long Ladder" Whorf busts out a Klingon tea set for some ceremony. The cups and pitcher used for the Klingon tea ceremony were seen again many years later in the DS9 episode "The Ship". In that episode, the Vorta Kilana brings food and drink to Sisko using this tableware.
The Dominion is an allegory for the United States and where they are headed
Jake accidentally becomes the 24th century L.Ron HubbardHis novel Anslem becomes the fictional work that inspires an actual religion. Of course the atheisticFederation looks at this like a bunch of primitive whacko mumbo jumbo, but the adherents point to the obvious miracles of Captain Sisko as proof. Jake hating all of this becomes a recluse and never writes anything again. Of course this just further intensifies his mystery.
Bajorans would start playing baseballTo the Bajorans baseball would not only be the national past time for the entire planet, it would actually be a religious observation. Each vedic temple would form a team to play in the league and each temple would have a baseball field, the bigger temples would be full on stadiums. Whichever temples wins The World Series gets to name the next Kai. Before each game a vedic would give a speech about the history of baseball, and how the Emissary used the lessons of baseball to explain linear time to the Prophets. Hot dogs and beer would become like the communion wafers.
Jake Sisko is the 24th century Jack London
O'Brien's flucuating rank
Pure Klingons and part-Klingon hybrids, have very diverse aging patterns. It has nothing to do with hybridization with humans.This would explain Alexander, Worf, Kang, Kor and Koloth's ages. Remember that statistical variation exists within any population. It may be that Klingon individuals are subject to more varied aging patterns, such that an 8 year old Klingon could either resemble a cognitive and physic young adult, an adolescent, or even a child, depending on their individual genetics. This leaves open the possibility that Worf was in his 20's during Star Trek: The Next Generation or possibly much younger like Alexander was when he joined the Rotarran's crew (9 years old and looking like an older teen or young adult). Officially Worf was in his twenties during Next Gen, so maybe the super-aging comes from his mother's side of the family (and she was half human). But if the pattern holds, any Klingon young adult might be between 9 and 21 in human years. The onset of Klingon puberty might be much less regular or predictable among Klingons than humans or other species. Puberty could hit them at 6 or at 12-14. It depends on the individual and probably the developmental patterns in their families. If I had to guess I'd assume that Romulans and Vulcans experience something similar, since they can either look middle aged to elderly in their mid 100's, or much younger at the same age, like Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager. This might complicate Ponn Farr, though.
Worf has the Klingon version of Obsessive Compulsive DisorderCompared to other Klingons, Worf is anal retentive. This was part of his own culture shock in early Next Generation episodes. He's often at odds with other Klingons. His quarters are always immaculate and he likes everything a certain way and becomes very irritable when he doesn't get what he wants. Then, there's his obsession with the details of his wedding, and just watch his interaction with General Martok (and other Klingons) in the later Deep Space 9 seasons.
The "Orion Syndicate" is actually the O'Ryan Syndicate, a 24th century descendant of the Irish MobHence, the reason we never see any actual Orions (the green-skinned humanoids from The Original Series) in episodes that involve the Syndicate, and why humans seem to fill its higher ranks, along with a bunch of other aliens including people from other Federation planets (and non-Fed species like the Yridians). Also explains why the Federation seems so interested in it. It's not an Orion venture at all. It's the O'Ryan Syndicate!
The Dominion War was instigated by the Cardassians, and was part of a long-term Cardassian political strategy to infiltrate the FederationThe war was instigated by the Cardassians to make them seem like really sympathetic pawns; remember that Cardassians are long-term planners; sacrificing the dignity and comfort of a generation, not to mention millions of lives when they rebelled against the Dominion at the end of the war, is second-nature to them. Even their epic novels typically take place over several generations and involve a tradition of sacrifice and duty to the state. Their militaristic culture is practically based on Machiavellian politics. Now, as an occupied power, they've endured horrors eerily similar to what they themselves did to the Bajorans. By the end of the war, when they rebel against the Dominion, the Cardassians really look like they've been tragically screwed. But this is what they want. They want the rest of the galaxy to see them as just as sympathetic as, if not more than, the Bajorans. In the next generation, growing up after the Dominion War, the Cardassians will basically be the new Bajorans, dispossessed and broken. Then eventually they'll join the Federation, supposedly as a last resort, but this is actually in line with their greater plan: once they've got their foot in the door, they will use their superhumanoid politicking skills to take over the Federation Council, and Earth itself. They'll beccome the lawyers and intelligence agents of the Federation, just like Vulcans are the diplomats and scientists of the Federation. Earth will become a colony of Cardassia, and Cardassia will take over the Federation without a single shot fired.
Captain Boday, a "Gallamite," is really just a human with a transparent skull.Why not? We've never actually seen him, and the "Gallamites" could easily be a human colony, or a religious organization rather than a species. Maybe Gallamites are just humans who are really into bio-augmentation. Maybe they display their brains like status or wealth. They're not Federation citizens because they practice genetic engineering, which is banned by Federation law. But they probably trade with the Federation. Captain Boday was an often-alluded-to freighter captain.
Bashir's genetic enhancements were done on the order of Section 31Bashir's parents were constantly changing jobs, so it is unlikely they would have been able to accrue enough finances to afford the expense of such intensive therapy. The therapy took place on Adigeon Prime, a planet outside the Federation, and therefore the technicians performing the operation would have required monetary compensation, not the credits that are only good within the Federation. It has been established that the ad-hoc currency between space-faring economies is gold-pressed latinum, something the average Federation citizen doesn't usually have or need, and it is unlikely the Bashirs would have access to, at least in large amounts. However, an organization as powerful and most likely as well-funded as Section 31 would be able to afford such an operation. It had also been stated by Sloan in "Inquisition" that they had been observing Bashir for a long while. Section 31 approached the Bashirs with the offer of the operations, with the agreement that they would raise their son in such a way to be amenable to joining Section 31 when they felt he was ready. Throughout the series, Bashir mentions that his parents strongly disapproved of his considering a career in tennis and their encouragement in his decision to join Starfleet (most of their recruits are from Starfleet). His interest in spy literature may have been introduced by his parents, wanting him to have a certain romanticism towards the profession. Richard and Amsha didn't accidentally reveal his enhancements to his colleagues and Zimmerman, but were ordered to by Section 31, who hoped that Bashir would become isolated and have no one to turn to but S31. However, his colleagues pretty much just shrugged and told him to throw darts from further back. Richard chose to come through for his kid and make that prison deal so Julian could live his life on his own terms, at least until Sloan came for him.
The wormhole aliens/Prophets are descendants of the Bajorans.The Bajorans will evolve into them at some point in the future, at which point they'll exist at all times simultaneously. This will allow them to use the Orbs and, later, the Emissary to guide their ancestors' development. They are literally "of Bajor." "The Sisko is of Bajor" because he's half-Prophet and therefore half-Bajoran.
Jake Sisko is a nine-lived enchanter, and the "writing school" in New Zealand is the twenty-fourth century equivalent of Chrestomanci Castle; he's supposed to go there to train to be the next Chrestomanci.This is why he's the only person who doesn't have a duplicate in the mirror universe.
The dim who gives Dax her combadge back in "Past Tense, Part II" is one of the hippies Kira and O'Brien encountered earlier in the episode — and much earlier in the timeline.Think about it. The guy's obsessed with the idea of becoming invisible — which is how the transporter must have looked to him — and he seems to realize that the badge (just like those ones he saw back in the sixties) has something to do with it. It's unclear how he knows aliens were involved; maybe Kira was speaking Bajoran the whole time and he wasn't privy to the translation, making it clear that her language was not of this world. (One possible objection to this theory: he seems awfully spry for the septuagenarian he must be by 2024. But assuming a strong constitution and maybe some just-over-the-horizon advances in medical care, it's within the realm of possibility.)
Kira Nerys is a Kira.And what is more, she is the latest of a long line of Kiras. That is why she was such an effective member of La Résistance. This did not come out in that episode where the caste system was briefly reintroduced because what government figure would want to impose that caste from above?
In the Mirror Universe, the Dominion is a democracy.A liberal, Utopian democracy where genetic engineering ensures food for billions of citizens of hundreds of worlds. The Dominion is a powerful trading entity, it exports it genetically engineered supercrops. The Changelings walk freely among the Solids, long ago having defended them against invasion by infiltrating the invaders. There are no Jem'hadar or Vorta, they were never created.
The Sufficiently Advanced Aliens in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine are the Force ghosts of Jedi and Sith Lords.At some point between the two continuities, both orders died out (or decided to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence to prevent the Borg from assimilating the secrets of the Force — even the Sith would have to acknowledge that they'd be unable to stop the Borg). They took up residence in a wormhole and continued fighting with each other and messing with the Muggles. Like the Force users, the Wormhole Aliens have a blue-good/red-evil color scheme, display the power of telekinesis while possessing humans, and are maddeningly cryptic about anything important.
During the Dominion War, there was a popular Klingon play written based on Glory.Klingons would love that story. An officer helps those under him Level Grind in badass, and then he and many of them die in glorious combat. They could just watch Glory if that work survived Earth's Dark Age — which is dubious, given how fragile film is as a medium. But Klingons would want the story retold in the original Klingon and with the original Klingon characters.
Quark's bar is a multi-dimensional nexus.In the Mirror Universe, everybody has a different role than in the "normal" universe - except Mirror Quark, who also ran Deep Space Nine's bar until Mirror Kira had him executed for helping Terrans escape from the station. Maybe Quark has a bar on Deep Space Nine in every universe in which a version of Deep Space Nine exists. Another example: In our own universe, Deep Space Nine exists as a fictional station in a TV series. Quark does exist as a character in this series's narrative and has a bar on Deep Space Nine.
Darvin subconsciously wanted the crew of the Defiant to prevent him from changing the past.That's why he made this remark about his statue having a tribble in his hand, thereby hinting at the location of the bomb. In fact, that's why he told them the plan at all. If he'd waited a few hours, then he could have told them "You Are Too Late."
O'Brien gets replaced by a replicant sometime during "Armageddon Game".Recall that, in "Armageddon Game", O'Brien's death gets faked, and Keiko figures it out by Spotting the Thread that he never drinks coffee in the afternoon — except, as he claims at the end, he does drink coffee in the afternoon. In "Whispers", the episode immediately following, he's been replaced by a replicant. The replicant drinks a ton of coffee. Keiko was right. The real O'Brien doesn't drink coffee in the afternoon. It's just that, sometime on the way back from being rescued in "Armageddon Game", he was swapped for a caffeine-powered robot.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas takes place on ancient Bajor.Sinbad's ship looks like an ancient Bajoran lightship. The gate to Tartarus is, of course, the wormhole. And Eris is probably a Pah-wraith. The Book of Peace may somehow be related to the Tears of the Prophets.
Treasure Planet also takes place on ancient Bajor.Morph is somehow related to the Founders. Captain Amelia is an ancestor of Kira Nerys.
Joseph Sisko spends the first few years of the show in stasis, waiting for a medical breakthrough.Early on, Captain Sisko speaks of his father as though he was dead (though he never quite comes out and says it); sometime around the beginning of season 4, he starts referring to him in the present tense again. When Joseph appears in "Homefront", he's had a number of organ replacements and Benjamin and Jake both feel the need to nag him about his health. We know, based on the way Bashir treats Vedek Bareil, that Starfleet medical procedure includes the option of putting a patient in indefinite stasis until their condition can be cured. Now, back in the TNG episode "The Neutral Zone," when the Enterprise ran into the cryogenic satellite, Dr. Crusher and Data referred to its occupants as dead, including those who were revived. Apparently, this applies to modern stasis techniques as well. Presumably, Joseph Sisko was brought out of stasis during the break between seasons 3 and 4, which is why we don't hear about it on the show when it happens. Perhaps when the Enterprise-D blows up, Dr. Crusher decides to spend some time on research again...
Odo and the other changelings are the result of Instrumentality.
The Founders' standard appearance is an (attempted) imitation of the appearance of the original Humanoid we see in the The Next Generation episode "The Chase".They look suspiciously similar. Of course, the female Founder is played by the same actress (Salome Jens), but the makeup is also similar (except for the ears).
Eris (the first Vorta to appear in Deep Space Nine) was not really a Vorta, but something completely different.Eris was able to beam away from the Station with no Dominion ships anywhere nearby (and we know that the Dominion does not use cloaking devices). If the Dominion had this technology, why do they never use it again? My guess is that Eris is not really a Vorta, but something entirely different.
The Dominion didn't defeat the Maquis.The only information we have is the intelligence gathered by Starfleet's secret service. We never see it happen. Also, it's very unlikely: neither the Cardassians nor the Federation were able to defeat the Maquis, and the Dominion isn't THAT much more advanced.
Nagus Zek was replaced by a shapeshifter/surgically-altered Section 31 agent/surgically-altered Romulan agent sometime in season 7 — or, alternatively, he and Quark's mother were both suffering extreme dementia.Seriously, abdicating in favour of Rom? In the unlikely event we return to the Star Trek Prime universe continuity in the future I predict it will show the Ferengi as the alien trash of the galaxy as their world and society have imploded. This will give the Dominion/Federation/Romulans/Threat Of The Week an excuse to set up in the Alpha Quadrant again to "help" rescue Feringinar.
The Federation wanted to start the war w/ Dominion but found themselves outclassed and outgunned when they did.Despite numerous warning from residents of the Gamma Quadrant about the Dominion, Star Fleet kept constantly probing deeper into the Gamma Quadrant and establishing colonies until they provoked the attack that destroyed the USS Odyssey. Then the Federation attempts a poorly planned and executed "peace initiative" that ends in its delegation being captured and "brainwashed" by the Dominion. This failure wasn't followed not by a retreat from the Gamma Quadrant, but a military buildup of Deep Space Nine. When it was it was discovered that Dominion had infiltrated all levels of Star Fleet,the Tal Shi'ar and the Obsidian Order,the Federation did not warn the Romulan and Cardassian governments against an attack into the Gamma Quadrant (although they knew it was imminent) and thus ensured that two of their Alpha Quadrant opponents were weakened. Finally,rather than destroying the wormhole and thus preventing an attack on the Alpha Quadrant, the Federation "dithers" and allows the a war to begin w/ an enemy that,it's later revealed to have been manufacturing bio-weapons to combat against. A conspiracy of dunces? No...a series of actions and misdirections that lead to an intended goal: A confrontation w/ the Dominion
The Prophets didn't need Sisko to explain anything to them.They were putting on a act in order to force him to come to terms with his own grief, because the Prophets work in mysterious ways.
Q doesn't bother the station much because of the Prophets.When he shows up, he doesn't do anything truly Q-like—he basically annoys everybody because why not. He didn't do any truly spectacular things out of courtesy to the Prophets, who don't like other godlike beings playing in their backyard.
Commander Sisko created the Bajoran Religion.The Prophets live outside of linear time. While they did send out probes, Cdr. Sisko is the first time any linear being responded to them. The Prophets then send out more probes to gather data; however, they appear at different time periods due to the Prophets living outside normal time. And since Sisko told the Prophets that they were of Bajor, the Prophets decided to fulfill their designated role as gods of Bajor. Some wanted to guide Bajor, others wanted to rule or destroy it; these later become the Pah-Wraiths. The main evidence for this is the Prophets' behavior. They go from people who have no idea of Bajor to declaring "We are of Bajor," and performing various miracles that determine the course of Bajoran history (such as when they destroyed the invading Dominion fleet). There's also the sketchy evidence of the Bajoran symbol; when it is standing on end, it bears a vague resemblance to the Star Fleet Delta, with three points and a star. The reason the Prophets' behavior appears so contradictory is because they are operating outside of linear time; this allows them to meddle in Bajor's past as they grow more accepting of their apparent role as gods.
Garak "betrayed" Tain by coming out of the closet.We're never told exactly why or how Garak betrayed Tain. (And that's good, WMG is more fun than knowing.) He himself claims he did no such thing. What if Garak came out of the closet to his father as being anything other than a healthy Cardassian heterosexual? That would be a flagrant violation of the Cardassians' most sacred belief, that family comes first, since that means Tain would never have grandchildren. (Except for those leading the Obsidian Order, I guess.)
Garak "betrayed" Tain by confessing to someone that he is his son.Although word never got out (the guy he confessed it to was probably killed right after) such a "blatant lie", as Tain undoubtedly would have called it, would be reason enough for a permanent exile from Cardassia.
The series does take place in Benny Russell's head.Otherwise, why would Vic Fontaine exist? A 1950's lounge singer is out of place in a science fiction show except to appeal to Russel's imagined audience. To them, having Fontaine there is the equivalent of having modern rock stars interact with characters from the future.
Alternately, the whole Star Trek franchise is created by Benny Russell, who becomes the fictional equivalent to Gene Roddenberry.After Russell gets out of the mental institution, he comes to the realization that the world isn't yet ready for a black space station commander, but one day it will be. So he creates a pitch for a TV series set in the same universe as Deep Space Nine, and names this series Star Trek. After a few years, he manages to sell this pitch, and Star Trek begins to air in 1966. Social attitudes have changed enough that Russell manages to include a black character, Uhura, in the series, though only as a minor officer. A couple of dedaces later he pitches another series, with more substantial roles for black characters. That series is a big success, and Russell is now confident the world is finally ready for Captain Sisko and for Deep Space Nine, which is indeed given the green light by the studio. The new series doesn't need any original scripts, because Russell already wrote all of them almost 40 years earlier.
Ezri's eldest brother is going through the process of becoming Joined.At the end of Prodigal Daughter, after the younger brother was arrested, Ezri advised her older brother to "make a new life for yourself. A life of your own." She meant that he should get out from underneath their mother's wing and find out what he wants to do with his life. But since they were talking throughout that whole weekend about her having recently been Joined and the difference it made to her life, he thought she meant literally make a "new life" for himself, by becoming a Joined Trill. So he applies to be Joined and ends up being fast-tracked since his family have a history of being Joined and coping with it even without training, let alone after actually applying.
The modern day-to-day language spoken on Bajor is not Bajoran.Rather, it is Cardassian. This can be chalked up to the Culture Police effect, most notably language suppression. It's the case with long-term occupiers throughout history, in such places as Ireland and Taiwan, and the switchover takes a generation, or less sometimes. And the Cardassians have been there for two generations. If they started immediately, Kira's generation and the generation before might well have never learned Bajoran as a day-to-day spoken language, but relegated it to use just in religion and ritual. Of course, 50 years isn't long enough to completely wipe out a language, so modern Bajoran children will probably be learning Bajoran as their primary language, as a way to recover their culture. But, just like in Taiwan, these children will probably have a hard time communicating with their Cardassian-speaking grandparents. How can we know if this is true or not? We can't. Everyone's using the universal translator!
The Jem'Hadar were modified from a race with a Hive Caste System.Specifically, they were modified from the Warrior caste and Ketracel White is based on an enzyme excreted by the Hive Queen caste (which has probably been exterminated). The Worker caste may still exist somewhere for slave labor.
Ziyal is Nerys's half-sister.This is just a crazy thought, but it fits reasonably well. Basically, since Ziyal was born the same year that Meru died, my bet is that the death was in child birth or just happened, and that Dukat convinced the next woman he hooked up with, Tora Nepram, to be a surrogate mother for the child. Nepram never told Ziyal what the truth was, and Ziyal was given her name, so the deception was perfect. Dukat never told Kira because he was holding it in reserve to mess with her psychologically (just like how he held off with Meru), but died before he got the chance.
Baseball symbolizes Good.I mean, everything about baseball including the ball itself kept being treated symbolically, right?
Sisko has Bajoran ancecestors
The Prophets are more powerful than the Q.Note that they perceive all of time, being nonlinear. Q, on the other hand, can't, seeing as how he's "tested" people without knowing how it would come out. He also hasn't demonstrated much ability to read minds, which the Prophets do. Q's a powerful Reality Warper, but the Prophets may be more so, but are restricted to the wormhole.
Garak is a sociopath.Something I've noticed about Garak when he's not in his "humble" mode. He's still polite and rather amicable. From what we've seen, whether it's torture or sharing lunch with Bashir, it's all the same to him. Not that he's entirely without morals, as we've seen him do things even without getting anything in return, but he also notably finds that behavior unnerving in himself.
Section 31 was right.The purpose of Section 31 was to protect the Federation, whatever the means. To this end, they engineered a disease that would kill the Changelings, and infected the Great Link via Odo. This is supposed to be reprehensible, but consider that this action is what actually SAVED the Federation and stopped the Dominion. Consider that previously a group of genetically enhanced individuals had previously determined that there was no way for the Alliance to win a military victory, and that even the best case scenario, trillions of lives would be lost and the Federation and Klingons conquered. But, they were able to win because Odo offered a cure for the disease to the Founders, in exchange for ending the war. If Section 31 created the disease to wiped out the Founders, why create a cure for it? That could have been Section 31's plan all along? Infect the Changelings with a virus, bring them to the brink of death, and then offer them the cure in exchange for their unconditional surrender. Section 31, as distasteful as their tactics may have be, were ultimately responsible for saving the Alpha Quadrant from the Dominion.
The Wormhole Aliens Sisko met in the the Pilot weren't the ones who opened up the wormholeTheir relationship is a lot like the Doctor and River Song. When Sisko met them in the pilot, they didn't know who he was or what linear time was. They didn't even seem to know about Bajor. After Sisko left, they sent the orbs to Bajor, ensures Sisko was born, and created the wormhole in the first place. Thus creating a Stable time loop.
The founders are Shoggoth.
The Blob was a deranged Changeling.The blob was one of the hundred infant Changelings sent out to explore the Alpha Quadrant. When its vessel crashed on Earth, it was exposed to some substance in the air or soil that induced psychosis and an increase in mass (similar to Odo's experience with a psychotropic gas on L-S VI).
The Klingon restraunt took care of the tribblesWho else on the station would have a hatred of tribbles and a need for fresh meat?
The Cardassians are descendants of the Ancient Bajorans who came to Cardassia in the Lightships.
The Bajor was a very adverse envirerment to technological progress.It is stated they have tens of thousands of years of recorded history, but what technology they have is either equal level or behind the Cargassians, who are not even at Federation tech level, what gives? Well, technological developement is actually depends greatly on geography and local climate. On Earth, the reason the western world had a technological edge over the people they colonized was because they had many other people on a similar latitude that they could trade with (they had little in the way of water barriers or mountains from Spain all the way to at very least India. That meant there is a large amount of area that the same kinds of foods could be grown on. Technology followed these trade routes, allowing the Europeans to gain gunpowder from the Chinese, for example. Now, the reason why Africa and the Americas didn't have that great of tech growth was because either they had mountains, great water barriers, hostile wildlife, or other things that made trade between people very hard. That is why the Maya and Aztec had writing, but the Incas or the tribes of what would be the US didn't. Bajor continents may be set in such a way to utterly screw over any attempts to advance. Another problem is that their "gods" actually did exist and sometimes did directly interfere with Bajor, making it much easier to explain that "the Prophets did it" for any scientific questions, preventing new theories and developments from happening.
The Ferengi were once a matriarchyGiven the total debasement of Ferengi females (to the point that they not only are banned by law from wearing clothing but are also traditionally supposed to prechew the food for the males in the house), it seems that this is not a casual bias against females. This is a full-on hatred of them. If Ferengi females were once dominant in society, then the males would have been supressed by them. After an uprising, the females were brought low and forced into humiliation in order to keep them from reorganizing and retaking Ferengi society. Over the generations, much of this became cultural and institutionalized, brought on by fear of females regaining the upper hand. As evidenced by Moogi, Pel, and even Prinadora, female Ferengi have been shown to have more skill in profit-making than their male counterparts even after centuries (or milenia) of subjugation, which is why the males have worked so hard to keep them down.
Odo's forced transformation into humanoid form in "Broken Link" was actually a reversion to the Changelings' ancient formThe Female Changeling once told Odo that the Changeling Founders were originally solids who evolved into shapeshifters. In "Broken Link", when Odo is punished by the Founders by being transformed into a humanoid, the Founders merely de-evolved him. That is, they forced him into a "throwback" humanoid form that was already encoded in his genetic material.
Jake has a secret drinking problemJake spends a lot of time in Quark's Bar, in fact, he even dated a dabo girl for a while (which raises a whole host of questions in itself). In The Sound of Her Voice, Odo is hassling Quark over some minor code violations, and tells Quark that he must replace all of the barstools because they were supposedly unsafe. Quark is granted a reprieve in the form of Major Kira, who invites him to lunch. After he's gone, Jake comes from out of nowhere and tells Quark, "It's too bad about the barstools, I kinda liked them," and Quark shares his excitement that Odo is distracted. The whole scene suggests several things about Jake.
Joseph Sisko's Restaurant doesn't make any money.The Restaurant is basically the equivalent of a modern webcomic, something he does because he enjoys it and likes sharing his creations with others, but which makes no money and isn't expected to. The food is all free as is the service, he counts his success in 'hits' (guests). He can afford to do this because humans don't really use or need money anymore, hence people who aren't in something like Starfleet tend to do things like grow vineyards or run restaurants purely for the love of the art.
The Great Link deliberately sent out the hundred Changeling infants so that they would experience bigotry and isolation.When the Great Link sent out one hundred infant Changelings to live among Alpha Quadrant cultures, it knew they would experience social isolation, if not outright hatred from humanoids. This was a deliberate strategy by the Great Link to ensure that future generations of Changelings shared its disdain and paranoia of "solids", thus ensuring the Dominion's status quo. Had the infants experienced Alpha Quadrant cultures differently — say, as a collective group rather than isolated individuals, or as visitors with a home among the Great Link rather than stranded orphans — they wouldn't have cultivated the necessary resentment needed to run a xenophobic empire. However, they didn't expect Odo to turn out the way he did ...
Mirror!Bashir is still an Augment...But given the general crapsackness of the Mirrorverse, he's significantly more Khanlike than Prime!Bashir. He'd almost have to have been treated, if he was born with the same learning disabilities as Prime!Bashir. Mirror!Arik Soong was able to hide and keep the Augment technology around, though out of the hands of both the Empire and the Alliance.
Adigeon Prime, where Bashir was augmentedIs the trekverse version of Mesa. Only rather less evil and into taking over the galaxy. Like Mesa, the Adigeons rebel against the general No Transhumanism Allowed attitude of the galaxy at large.
Grand Negus Rom brought Baseball to Feranginar
Garak was exiled for being a political dissidentGarak initially had a promising career in the Obsidian Order thanks to his father Enabrin Tain. One of his assignments was to infiltrate Natima Lang's dissident group who sought to end martial law, the big brother police state, and the occupation of Bajor. Eventually, he privately came to side with their views, became a double agent, and covertly helped them, perhaps by helping them to escape from Cardassia when the heat was on or giving them sensitive information about the inner workings of the Obsidian Order. Garak managed to avoid execution thanks to the intervention of his powerful father but had to be punished by being sent to Terok Nor under the guise of being a tailor but also because the Obsidian Order wanted to mess with Gul Dukat's head by convincing him he was under investigation by the guy who had Gul Dukat's father executed.
Revolution took place long before the events of this show.Of course, they had to get the power back on first, but when they did, they found uses for the nanomachines, like constructing space stations.
Quark was a spy for the NagusWhy would the Cardassians let a Ferengi with little money and few connections set up a bar on a station in an occupied area? Why would the Bajorans let an alien who was buddy-buddy with the occupying force remain after said occupiers left? Why does the Nagus pay so many visits to the station? Why does the Nagus choose him to make official first contact between the Ferengi and the Dominion? Why is the Federation willing to trade an extremely valuable prisoner for a bartender's mother? It's because Quark is actually a member of whatever intelligence service the Ferengi have. Much like Garak, he is living on DS9 and keeping tabs on everything that goes on around him while maintaining his outward appearance as a "pillar of the community". His connections allowed him to remain in place aboard Terok Nor (later DS9) posing as a simple bartender while he is gathering information and latinum (he is still a Ferengi, after all). He accepts the loss of his business license after Brunt's machinations for two reasons: 1) it's not worth blowing his cover to protest to Zek about it, and 2) it helps to establish stronger connections with the crew, enabling him to further his mission by having them trust/pity him.
Why ensigns call O'Brien "Sir"The Problem: Chuck noted in his review of "Whispers" that Star Trek's rank structure is so screwed up that an ensign is calling O'Brien, an NCO, "sir". The Justifying Edit: In real militaries, an informal part of senior noncoms' jobs is mentoring new officers. Starfleet formalized this relationship to where the above ensign is literally O'Brien's inferior (and only O'Brien's; he doesn't call any of DS9's other noncoms "sir").
How to reconcile the Ferengi warships of TNG: "The Battle" with the cowardly money-grubbers of Deep Space NineThe Ferengi are like the Federation in that they are a peace-loving people surrounded by warlike neighbors (the Cardassians and the Breen, for starters), so they do, in fact, maintain a well-equipped military for self-defense. And like the Federation, they don't like to talk about themselves having a military.
The real Sarah Sisko faked her own deathSo here's the story as Joseph and Ben Sisko (now) know it: A prophet possessed Sarah, and made her marry Joseph and give birth to Ben. Then the prophet left her body. Sarah realized she was in a marriage she hadn't chosen, and left. Joseph tried to track her down. He found evidence of her living in Australia—along with news that she had been killed just a few months earlier, in a hovercraft accident. Kind of...suspicious, huh? Just when Joseph gets close to finding her, she's suddenly "dead." The real story is probably that Sarah knew her husband was searching for her, and created a false report of her death to get rid of him once and for all. This way, she could wash her hands of the family she never chose to have, and start over with her own life.
Lwaxana Troi defeated the Dominion.While the show played Lwaxana up as a comically annoying buffon she was one of the top ambassadors and political leaders in the Federation, because behind the scenes she was a total chess master bad ass. While we know Section 31 worked behind the scenes, SOMEBODY in the Federation had to be the ones giving them orders and assigning them missions. I speculate there was a cadre of Federation high ups who were the power behind Section 31. Notice that after the parasite invasion of Season 1 that got stopped by Picard and Riker she took a personal interest in Picard. Then when the Dominion threat was discovered, and it became known among Starfleet that the Dominion was run by Odo's people she took an interested in Odo. I submit that Lwaxana Troi was the one who infected Odo with the virus to destroy the Dominion. However her goal was never genocide, because she also made sure to manipulate events so that Dr.Bashir received the cure. Being an empath she knew Odo was in love with Kira, and knew what kind of man he was and figured that she could use him as a carrier for the disease, and then later give him the cure and use him not only as a carrier for the cure, but also a carrier for the power of love to make a kinder gentler Dominion and end the war. Perhaps the Dominion attack on Betazed was a personal attack by the Dominion...or even more likely, the fleet to defend Betazed was away from the planet when the Dominion struck, perhaps she sent them away and used Betazed as a piece in her chessmoves to draw the Dominion in and then close the trap on them. Also...why did Alexander out of the blue join the Klingon Defense Forces? Because he and Lwaxana became friends when he was a kid right? So she asked him to join the forces to act as her personal eyes and ears in the Klingon Empire. Lwaxana is much more bad ass and important to the Federation than we give her credit for, just as she wants it.
The Dominion War and Sisko as the Emisary were also part of Q's test and trial of humanity.Q's appearance on DS9 was not random or as purposless as we may think, he was checking in on Benjamin Sisko who was a sort of double blind test of humanity. Picard was the human Q chose to make aware of the test, and he put Picard through hoops that Picard knew about to judge humanity that way. The much more meaningful test was Sisko, and by extension the entire Dominion War. Check it - Omnipotent Q introduced the Enterprise to the Borg, the Borg attacked at Wolf 359, Jennifer Sisko was killed at 359, which drove Sisko out of regular duty to be posted at DS9, where he becomes the emissary and discovers the wormhole starting the war with the Dominion. Whereas Q tested Riker with the physical powers of a god, he tested Sisko with the social/ethical powers of a god by putting Sisko in a position to be worshipped as a god by another race of being, how would humanity handle that? Q tested Picard with the temporal anomaly to see if humanity could grasp a paradox. Sisko had to actually speak to non-linear and learn to communicate with them, was this a test of humanities ability to communicate on a deeper esoteric level? The Dominion was an enemy capable of plunging the peaceful Federation into a loosing war, how would humanity handle that challenge, would they rise to it, would they loose their way?
They made Far Beyond the Stars because Ciroc Lofton wasn't a strong enough actor when he grew up.The Visitor was an attempt to frame the narrative of the story of DS9 as if it were a novel written by Jake Sisko. This would have made a very, very cool framing device for the story. Jake was supposed to ultimately be the view point character, like Ishmale from Moby Dick, left to tell the story. But unfortunately Cirroc Lofton did not grow into an actor with the kind of gravitas they were looking for to be able to pull this off. So they made Far Beyond the Stars to try and salvage this framing technique in some way, making Benny Russel the Ishmael...sort of.
The Prophets was the factor that threw off the calculations of certain doom in "Statistical Probabilities"As has been pointed out elsewhere, the Federation was supposed to lose even if both the Romulans joined the war on their side (which did happen) and the Cardassians began an anti-Dominion rebellion (which also happened, although only after the war was turning against the Dominion), and that, to all appearances, did not take into account the Breen joining when they did. So what turned the course of war towards victory? One major possibility is that it was the Dominion remaining cut-off from the Gamma Quadrant despite the minefield going down (that the minefield would go down eventually may well have been a statistical near-certainty in the calculations), which only happened because the very alien and very unknown Wormhole Aliens for once made a personal and impressive intervention in response to a desperate last-shot gamble by Sisko. The Jack Pack calculated based on it being inevitable that sooner or later the Dominion's Gamma Quadrant power could come into play, but in one swoop the Prophets ensured that would not happen — and so allowed the Federation to win the Dominion War.
All of Garak's stories in "The Wire" were true.Well, not completely true, because it's Garak. But they are based on events from Garak's past- wholesale slaughter of Cardassian citizens, interrogating Bajoran war orphans, betraying close friends- no one can work for an organization like the Obsidian Order and keep their hands clean. Why would Garak bring it up now? Because he's reached his breaking point, after years of living in exile. He might die soon, and Bashir, a Federation officer, is the only friend he has left. When Garak says "I need to know that somebody forgives me," it's the first utterly true statement he's said in years.
Worf goes down in history as the most legendary Klingon since Kahless. Martok also becomes famous, but not as famous as Worf. History paints Gowron as scandalous because of the last years of his rule.Throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Worf accomplishes many heroic and legendary feats. This wild guess is based only on what I remember from the shows, not any of the Expanded Universe:
Bajorans are weakly psychicJust something random that popped into my head when I was writing a fanfic. Bajoran clergy have this habit of reaching out to squeeze a person's ear in order to feel their soul (their "pagh" in Bajoran), and they seem to be able to actually get a sense of the person by doing it. Somehow this got connected in my mind with prothean and asari touch telepathy in Mass Effect. The theory: Bajorans are tactile empaths, capable of getting a sense of a person's mental makeup by touching them.
Senator Vreenak was in collusion with Garak
Post-TNG trill hosts are human, assimilated into Trill culture fairly recently.I mean, look at it like this: The trill host we see in The Host was seemingly a lot more delicate than humans or Ds9 trill hosts. Say the Federation opens trade with the Trill homeworld, they join the federation shortly thereafter, and then they all start dying or becoming unjoinable from what would be a minor disease for most species. A movement starts on a human colony to protect the legacy of trill culture, and more importantly, the symbiotes. Humans are already known to make temporary hosts. Say a little modification the the procedure Riker had, etc. The tattooed spots (Jadzia doesn't bat an eye when a 2020's human calls them a tattoo, so that's what I assume they are) are an ethno-cultural thing, and not all of the old Hosts have them. The only problem I see with this theory is Curzon. Perhaps he was a human who was accepted into Trill culture before Trill was even well known to the Federation. He could even have been the one who led the movement. At any rate, the Trill don't really want human help, but they realize it's an emergency, and their race is dying. And it's not widely publicized due to the fact that it was the Federation traders at fault.
Ferengi history is not nearly as bloodless as they claim.It stands to reason that all Ferengi schools are completely privatized and get no funding other than tuition. It is also likely that there are no government regulations on what they teach. This means they have an incentive to teach a curriculum that is popular regardless of accuracy. And what would be more popular, a curriculum that says Ferengi history is bloody and violent or a curriculum that says Ferengi culture is superior to all others?