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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 21 The Reckoning

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An ancient tablet nets Sisko another visit from the Prophets. And they speak of a reckoning that's about to test Sisko's faith, Kai Winn's faith and rock the station.
  • Abandon Ship: Sisko orders the station evacuated so the fight can occur without endangering innocent lives.
  • A God Am I: This episode really plays up Sisko's importance as part of Bajoran mythology. Prophets speak directly to him, both in a vision and while possessing Kira. His faith is shown to be stronger than that of Kai Winn. Kira even mentions at the end that Sisko was willing to sacrifice his only son to save the world.
  • Beam-O-War: And the Prophet's beam almost wins.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Jake previously spoke of his desire to see a Pah-Wraith. He gets his wish and then some.
  • Big "NO!": The Prophet when it realizes Winn has interfered in the fight.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Winn, just for a change. When Sisko tries explaining he felt he had to take the tablet, she just calmly states she's not going to argue with the Emissary. The next scene is Sisko exclaiming that she filed a formal protest with Starfleet.
  • Bring It: "Let it begin."
  • Call-Back: The Seventh Fleet is mentioned again, having suffered another defeat and being at half-strength as a result.
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  • Circling Monologue: The Prophets in their conversation with Sisko.
  • Continuity Nod: Jake mentions two other times that Sisko's received visions from the Prophets.
    • And B'Hala is still being excavated.
  • Crisis of Faith: The Pah-Wraith accuses Sisko of this in response to Take Me Instead.
    "Your Emissary offers himself to us? His faith wavers."
    • The rest of the scene, though, averts it, as Sisko insists everything will work out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jadzia, in the science lab, with the tablet.
  • Demonic Possession: Jake controlled by the Pah-Wraith, complete with Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • Either "World Domination", or Something About Bananas: The computer's translation of the tablet says that the Bajorans will either suffer horribly...or eat fruit. Sisko and Dax figure on the former.
    • However, in the scene between Kira and Odo a few minutes earlier, Kira is indeed eating fruit salad.
  • Facepalm: Sisko's reaction to hearing that Kai Winn is on her way to the station.
  • Foreshadowing: The two characters who join Sisko in his visit to B'Hala are Kira and Jake.
  • Good Versus Evil: A Prophet vs a Pah-Wraith right on the Promenade...and it's awesome.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Winn is in full jealousy mode. Kira can see right through it.
    • The script for this episode makes it explicit:
      "Kai Winn sees a martyr in the making — the last thing she wants is to spend the rest of her life standing in the shadow of a statue of Sisko."
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    • It's also evidenced when she says there will be no need for titles like Emissary when the Prophet wins the battle.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Not that he has a choice in the matter, but Jake is willing to let himself be killed if it means the Pah-Wraith is also destroyed.
  • Honor Before Reason: Odo knows Kira would willingly give herself to the Prophets, which is why he doesn't object to what happens. Also, when Take Me Instead fails, Sisko doesn't try to stop the confrontation. Jake later says that Sisko was right—noting that the Pah-Wraith was truly evil and had to be stopped no matter the cost.
  • I Choose to Stay: Sisko intends to see the confrontation play out and to not abandon Jake.
  • Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: Odo calls Sisko to the promenade and says he'll "let [Sisko] be the judge" of whether or not what's going on is a problem. Somewhat Justified in that only The Sisko knows whether or not a Prophet possessing Kira is a problem.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sisko's reaction to the Pah-Wraith possessing Jake.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Just out of curiosity, why didn't Sisko mention the Reckoning to Winn earlier in the episode? Things might've gone more smoothly between them.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Kira and Jake during the fight.
  • The Reveal: The Prophets have never spoken to Winn once.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Downplayed when Bashir refuses to believe the prophecy, figuring that they'll look back on this and laugh...and then the wormhole spontaneously opens and the station starts shaking.
    Bashir: How did that prophecy go again?
  • Spanner in the Works: The Prophet is within a few moments of defeating the Pah-Wraith...then Winn stops the fighting due to her jealousy of Sisko.
  • Take Me Instead: Sisko offers himself to the Pah-Wraith to save his son. Doesn't go over well.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Sisko destroys the tablet in a fit of rage. This releases the Prophet and Pah-Wraith inside, leading to the Reckoning.
  • That's an Order!: Sisko says this to get Dax and Kai Winn to leave the station.
  • Voice of the Legion: Both Kira and Jake get this during their possession. Though Jake's is more demonic sounding.
  • Wham Shot: The Prophet in Kira announces the Pah-Wraith has finally chosen a host. Enter Jake.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kira chews Winn out for (once again) letting her ambition and jealousy override her service to the Prophets.
    • Before that, Winn gives Sisko one for shattering the tablet, even though it was necessary to release the Prophet and Pah-Wraith.
    • And before that, Sisko gets one from Admiral Ross (off-screen) for taking the tablet in the first place.
  • Willing Channeler: Kira for the Prophet, complete with Occult Blue Eyes. The Prophet even says (while in Kira's body) that "This vessel is willing" and afterwards, Kira is awestruck over being chosen.
    • It's possible that this was the case for Jake as well. He had, in the past ("Rapture" being one major example), made no secret of his discomfort, and even anger, with the Prophets for what they were doing to his father. While the Pah-Wraith may not have bothered to ask Jake if he wanted to act as its host, it may well have sought him out because it thought he would be more receptive to it than others would have been.

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