The debut of the grey uniforms.
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":
- Continuity Snarl: While not an outright one, it's INFAMOUSLY difficult to work out exactly when Bashir was taken by the Dominion, partially due to the events of this episode. When rescued, he's still in the older uniform, implying that he was taken prior to "Rapture". However, the Bashir in this episode performed a complex brain surgery that saved Sisko's life. If this was the Changeling, then he just passed up a perfect opportunity to kill one of Starfleet's greatest heroes without drawing suspicion.
- On the other hand, Sisko did just sabotage Bajor's entry into the Federation. It's possible that the Changeling just figured that leaving the "emissary" in place was good for the Dominion.
- Crazy-Prepared: Quark apparently keeps flags of all the major galactic powers in case they take over the station.
Worf: "Welcome Klingons"?
Quark: (harsh whisper, to dabo girls) Not that one!
- 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. As seen in the picture, Avery Brooks winds up wearing his Starfleet commbadge on his shoulder.
- Evidently, they didn't have one for flag officers, yet, so Admiral Whatley is seen wearing the late TNG Admiral's uniform. The First Contact-era Admiral's uniform would debut in season 6's "Behind the Lines", before being modified into its final form in "Favor the Bold".
- 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.
- Fainting Seer: Sisko blacks out several times as the visions take their toll on his brain.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: The Federation knows that the Prophets exist, and that they are powerful energy beings who exist outside of linear time, yet every time Sisko says he has visions of the future, they look at him like he's talking crazy.
- 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."
- 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.
"No...No! You took them 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.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Sisko comes into the meeting of the Federation and Bajoran leaders raving like a religious nut job. However, because he's the Emissary, the Bajorans take him seriously.