Sisko returns from Bajor with plans of an 800-year-old starship design, propelled only by solar wind. According to legend, Bajorans even crossed the interstellar distance to Cardassia in such ships, which Gul Dukat calls a "fairy tale". Jake overcomes his initial reluctance and joins his father, who is building the ship with very few concessions to modern times. They launch the vessel, and Jake uses the opportunity to tell his father about his plan to attend Pennington School in New Zealand. Soon they have to abandon one sail. Moreover, their vessel is caught in some sort of eddy. Thanks to tachyons, which have accelerated the sailing ship to warp speed, they wind up near Cardassia where Gul Dukat congratulates them and concedes that recently discovered ruins on Cardassia prove the existence of ancient Bajoran visitors.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. Oddly enough, O'Brien the "model ship builder as a child," O'Brien the 'fixer of stations," O'Brien the chief of Operations on DS9 and – evidently - the chief engineer of the Defiant, can't figure out why Sisko wants to build this ship in the first place. O'Brien suggests that Sisko simply use a computer model to prove it's spaceworthy. Well, if that's the way he feels, why doesn't he just move back to Earth with Keiko, make a computer model of DS9 and spend his days pretending to fix the station? Sisko knows that computer modelling can only go so far to determining how something will work. The only way to find out for certain is to build it. CdnTim 1324 EST 5 Feb 2021 - Keep in mind that after his "model ship" phase, O'Brien was disinterested in technology by the time he joined Starfleet. He could be interested in functioning modern technology, not antiques. This is like a modern ship's engineer, who works with gas turbines, diesels, reverse-osmosis water plants, high voltage elctricity and computers, asking why you'd want to build Viking longship.

Changed Premises

  1. Before Sisko departs in his little craft, Gul Dukat calls to warn the commander about the dangers of the trip. Specifically he says that it's a long way to the Denorios Belt. He must have forgotten that O'Brien moved the station to the mouth of the wormhole in Emissary. That episode establishes that the wormhole is in the Denorios Belt. Strangely enough, everyone in this episode seems to think it's a long way to the Denorios Belt! (There is only one explanation that I can imagine. "Emissary" establishes that the wormhole is in the "Denorios Belt," while this episode says it's a long way from the station to the "Denorios Belt." See the difference? So. .it's possible that this is't a nit. possible that the creators are just playing with our minds!) The station and the wormhole could be in different sections of the belt!

Equipment Oddities

  1. Just before telling his father that he'd like to go along with him on the solar sailing adventure, Jake receives a message from the Pennington School. He tells the computer to display it on the screen. Apparently the message is text only because Jake bends over and reads it. Text only? In this futuristic setting that uses audio/video communications almost exclusively? (Of course, this is very convenient because it means that we don't learn immediately that Jake has been accepted to Pennington!) There is a precedent – in Star Trek Generations, Picard received a text only message on the holodeck, informing him of the deaths of his brother and nephew.
  2. I find it interesting that Sisko was going to take this trip alone, but the ship seems to require two people to deploy the sails properly. Maybe it was originally intended to be the Bajoran equivalent of boats used by single handed yacht race contestants!

Continuity And Production Problems

  1. Once Avery Brooks grows his own goatee in later episodes, the one be sports in this episode looks obviously fake. Sisko probably got a false one to see if it would suit him!

Nit Central

  1. Keith Alan Morgan on Saturday, May 08, 1999 - 8:15 am: Tachyons travel faster than light, but didn't Data say that nothing natural travels faster than light? LUIGI NOVI on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 3:01 pm: If you're referring to his line in Tin Man (TNG), he said nothing natural travels at warp, and even Phil pointed out that the Crystalline Entity later contradicted this. The Chronicler on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 12:31 am: Perhaps in the future they have learned that tachyons are artificial (perhaps created by some ancient race that spread them throughout the universe as part of a giagantic sensor array or something.
  2. Scotland on Tuesday, June 22, 1999 - 3:15 pm: Why does O'Brien sing such a typically English song such as Jeruselm when he is Irish? cableface on Saturday, June 26, 1999 - 5:23 am: That's a good question.He could have sung something Irish, or at least something with a better ring to it. Mark Stanley on Monday, November 22, 1999 - 4:27 am: Well, he's trying to make Bashir feel better, and Bashir's English...
  3. constanze on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 7:54 am:Why does Dukat (and everybody else, I presume from the reactions) assume that bajoran space travel is a myth? Was this ship built by some guy in his backyard and he left without telling anybody official? Earth space flight has left lot of records, what happened to the bajoran records? (I know: they saved everything on 5" floppys, and there was no machine left to read them in the future! :) ) Seniram They were probably kept hidden during the occupation.

Deep Space Nine Season 3
The Search Part 1 I The Search Part 2 I The House of Quark I Equilibrium I Second Skin I The Abandoned I Civil Defense I Meridian I Defiant I Fascination I Past Tense Part 1 I Past Tense Part 2 I Life Support I Heart of Stone I Destiny I Prophet Motive I Visionary I Distant Voices I Through the Looking Glass I Improbable Cause I The Die is Cast I Explorers I Family Business I Shakaar I Facets I The Adversary
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