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When Keiko O'Brien returns from Bajor, Miles is shocked to learn that his wife's body is possessed by an alien conscience. The entity demands that O'Brien make some modifications to the station's impulse response filters in the subspace communication emitters. O'Brien decides to seek the captain's advice, but the entity demonstrates its power by dropping Keiko from the upper level of the promenade deck. O'Brien carries on with his sabotage and swears Rom to secrecy about it. After evading Odo the two have almost completed the task when Rom explains that the modifications can be used to kill the wormhole aliens, the Bajoran Prophets, with a chroniton beam. O'Brien recognizes that the Pah-wraiths want to eradicate their ancient adversaries. He takes his wife on the runabout and activates the weapon. But instead of the wormhole the beam hits the runabout, and the Pah-wraith is expelled from her body.

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  1. Chris Booton on Friday, December 11, 1998 - 10:57 pm: Why doesent the pah'raith/Keiko just get into a runabout and fly into the wormhole or enter the temple of the prophets the same way that one in Dukat did. I'd think it want to kill the prophets itself rather then let O'Brien do it for it Seniram The Pah wraith needs to utilise the skills and knowledge of the host and, as far as I’m aware, Keiko doesn’t know how to operate a runabout.
  2. Kevin S on Monday, May 10, 1999 - 5:38 pm: Looking back on this episode now that the Final Chapter has begun, isn't it really unlikely that the Bajorans would just let Keiko waltz in and out the caves that hold the pagh wraiths? Even Winn and Dukat don't know how to gain access to the caves at the moment? Seniram Maybe tourists are allowed into certain areas of the caves as part of an official tour.
  3. Mike Ram on Tuesday, April 09, 2002 - 8:46 pm: Why didn't Keiko's eyes glow red? LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 11:14 am: It's possible the Pah Wraiths can control certain manifestations of their appearance. The one in The Reckoning obviously had no compunction about appearing out in the open. The one who possessed Keiko did.
  4. How did the Pah'Wraith get free without the "Text Of The Costa-Mojin"?LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 11:14 am: Who said you needed the Text? The chronitons killed the Wraith.
  5. O'Brien plays the cabbagehead in this one, with ROM telling him about the chroniton beams and how it would affect the Prophets.LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 11:14 am: Rom was merely reminding O'Brien, because as O'Brien said, he had been too distracted by the events of the past few days to think it through clearly.
  6. Rom orders specific breakfasts from Quark, Quark taps a few buttons and they are replicated. Only a few buttons for such complex orders? There could be set menu options, with some buttons producing certain combinations, similar to set meals on cafe menues. CdnTim 1309 EST 9 Feb 2021 - Given that every breakfast discussed is either Rom's usual, or the usual for an entire engineering shift, it would make sense that Quark has them in his quick-keys!
  7. Why come to Quark's and pay for food if there are replicators that make stuff for free at the Replimat? The specific breakfasts may not be available from the Replimat. LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 11:14 am:Where has it ever been established that the Replimat is free? Stuff there presumably has to be paid for, just like everything else. It would be a better question to ask why pay at Quark's when you can get it for free at the replicator in your own quarters, (although even then, it could be argued that people come to the Promenade to not be alone, and that even crew replicators are rationed.)
  8. O'Brien knocks out Odo with one backhand, yet in many other shows Odo "goos up" when hit. I know he wasn't expecting the blow, but still, if he's a changeling why would he be knocked out? Is his brain really in his head? I thought it would be distributed throughout his body, and he would be basically hollow inside. KAM on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 5:06 am: Mike, I believe that at this point Odo had been changed into a human by the Founders. Seniram Exactly – Bashir examined Odo at the end of Broken Link, and discovered a full set of internal organs, which presumably includes a brain inside the head.
  9. constanze on Monday, December 15, 2003 - 10:23 am: I guess there is a really good reason why O'Brien doesn't contact Sisko aka the Prophet, Dax, Bashir by sending an email/a computerfile to their personal station, with a security code, to inform them of the problem? Too risky – the Pah wraith controlling Keiko would easily find out if Miles even attempted it, thus making the problem worse.
  10. The Pah wraith tells Miles that it will need only a fraction of a second to cause bleeding of the brain and kill Keiko. Later, we see O'Brien asking the computer about how long it would take for a containment field, a nerve gas, and a phaser. However, when at the dramatic showdown the chroniton beam hits Keiko inside the shuttle, she writhes around for several seconds! Does the wraith have no control about Keikos body during all that trashing around? Electron on Monday, December 15, 2003 - 8:10 pm: Probably. The chronitons were not exactly good for him and maybe he had no more conscious control over Keikos body. The other "weapons" mentioned were to be used against Keiko and would have given him enough time.
  11. So, these false prophets seem to be the Bajoran equivalent of the devil, living in Hell (without the sinners, I guess) and people go to Hell for sightseeing? Tourists are strange, but I wonder why the Bajorans let them go there. Wouldn't they rather close of the entrance to hell, so nothing goes in, nothing comes out? Electron on Monday, December 15, 2003 - 8:10 pm: The Fire Caves always seemed to be a major tourist attraction (when mentioned in previous episodes). Strange folks, those Bajorans. CdnTim 1312 EST 9 Feb 2021 - Plenty of religious things can become stripped of their darker meanings over time. Look at Halloween!


  1. According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 50148.

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