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Tears of the Prophets 

When Sisko is picked to head up an attack on the Cardassian homeworld, the Prophets appear to him in a vision, warning him of impending doom if he leaves the station.


Allan Kroeker


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Andrew Robinson ... Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Jeffrey Combs ... Weyoun
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
David Birney ... Letant
J.G. Hertzler ... Martok
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog


When Sisko is picked to head up an attack on the Cardassian homeworld, the Prophets appear to him in a vision, warning him of impending doom if he leaves the station.

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17 June 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bashir and Quark's reaction to the news that Dax and Worf are going to try for a baby recalls their conversation in "Change of Heart", where they both realize that they are still in love with her. See more »


When the USS Defiant and the USS Hood begin firing on the moon where the power generators are located, the registry number on the front of the Defiant is NCC-74210, the registry number of the USS Valiant. See more »


Vic Fontaine: [of Quark and Bashir] Nice guys - but absolutely clueless.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) See more »


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They sure crammed a lot into one episode!
25 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Tears of the Prophets" is an absolutely amazing episode, as more happens in this one that in many two-part episodes! It's absolutely jam-packed with plot, action and significant events--making it a must-see season six finale.

When the episode begins, the Federation thinks it's FINALLY about time to take the attack to the Dominion instead of fighting a defensive battle. The problem is that while the Klingons are ALWAYS ready to fight, the Romulans are happy to continue a defensive fight--so convincing them to join in is important. Oddly, however, just before departing DS9 for the fight, the Prophets tell Sisko not to go...but oddly, he goes anyway. Oops.

So, life on the station should be pretty routine, huh? Not exactly. Dukat is now possessed with the dreaded Pah-Wraiths and this possessed jerk is bound for the station--and it will mean the death of one of the crew remaining on the station.

Overall, this is a very exciting episode, though I am sure many were NOT happy to see a beloved series regular killed off. I didn't like it, but think killing a few regulars now and again isn't bad, as it heightens realism (it should NOT always be red shirts who die). Plus, I liked seeing that under a wig and some makeup, the leader of the Romulan fleet is David Birney--someone who folks of my generation should quickly notice and appreciate. Well worth seeing and mandatory viewing for fans of the series. And, incidentally, an excellent way to celebrate the 150th episode of the series.

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