The Women in Sisko’s Life
Jennifer Sisko was the first wife of Starfleet Captain Benjamin Sisko. The two met on Gilgo Beach in 2354 and were married soon after. Later that year, Jennifer and Benjamin attended the Mazurka Festival on New Berlin with Cal and Gretchen Hudson. (DS9: “Emissary“, “The Maquis, Part I“)
Jennifer and Benjamin planned to have a child and their son Jake was born in 2355. (DS9: “Explorers“, “Move Along Home“, “Fascination“)
Jennifer and Jake accompanied Ben on his assignment to the USS Saratoga, where she was killed when that ship was destroyed by the Borg at the Battle of Wolf 359 in 2367. Jennifer’s death devastated Ben and it would be years before he began to move on emotionally. In fact, his bitterness and anger over her death, specifically toward Captain Jean-Luc Picard, whom the Borg assimilated and forced to lead their invasion of Earth as Locutus, almost led him to resign his Starfleet commission, before he accepted that he was trying to escape his memories of Jennifer’s death rather than Starfleet itself. (DS9: “Emissary“, “The Way of the Warrior“)
Jennifer’s image was later used in a vision projected to Ben by the Prophets in 2369. (DS9: “Emissary“)
Jake mentioned the death of his mother when he and Nog talked to the Bajoran Varis Sul. (DS9: “The Storyteller“)
Jennifer’s death haunted Ben for years. He had trouble sleeping around the fourth anniversary of her death.
THE DEATH OF JENNIFER SISKO AND THE DESTRUCTION OF U.S.S. SARATOGA AT WOLF 359
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One of the ideas Jake had for Anslem was to make it semi-autobiographical, with the main character’s mother dying. (DS9: “The Muse“)
In an alternate timeline in which Benjamin Sisko suffered temporal displacement, Melanie read an autobiography of Jake that mentioned his mothers death. (DS9: “The Visitor“)
Jennifer Sisko was played by actress Felecia M. Bell.
Jennifer Sisko (Mirror)
Professor Jennifer Sisko was a Terran who worked for the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. Jennifer was married to Benjamin Sisko, but they separated in 2366. When another Benjamin Sisko arrived from a mirror universe in 2371, he was able to convince Jennifer to switch sides and join the Terran Rebellion. (DS9: “Through the Looking Glass“)
Professor Jennifer Sisko
She was able to get her position as a scientist by coming from one of the few privileged Terran families and “cooperated” with Alliance officials.
She was married to Captain Benjamin Sisko, but their relationship encountered a never-ending torrent of problems; such as Sisko’s liking of other women, fighting, his ship the Denorios, Sisko’s constant promise to change, never listening to her, never wanting to talk, caring only about himself etc. This led Jennifer to adopt a cold attitude and hard veneer towards him and they separated in 2366.
Five years later, Sisko began the Terran Rebellion, and Intendant Kira Nerys of Terok Nor assigned her the task of creating a new transpectral sensor array that would allow Alliance ships to locate every rebel base in the Badlands and “disarm” the rebels. Jennifer, though knowing it was more likely the rebels would be massacred, felt upset over all the death and destruction the rebels had caused, the worsening treatment for the Terran population in response to the rebellion, especially the knowledge that Sisko himself was leading the rebellion.
This compelled her to work on the array, believing that the fighting must end and that the rebels could reach a peaceful settlement when confronted and life for Terrans everywhere could be improved.
The rebellion received word from their sources that Jennifer was nearly finished in her development of the array. To make sure Jennifer never finished the project and hoping to gain a rebel with knowledge, Sisko took a small fighter to Terok Nor convinced he could convince her to switch sides, but was intercepted by the Cardassians and killed. Jennifer felt nothing after hearing about his apparent death.
Suddenly, Sisko, seemingly alive and well, was captured after a second attempt to reach Terok Nor and summoned Jennifer as he wished to meet with her. During the argument, Sisko shook her to the core by pointing out she was a prisoner of the Alliance, but unlike the mine slaves, she didn’t know it.
When Sisko escaped and met Jennifer in a hallway, Jennifer decided to join the rebellion and escaped with Sisko off the station. Jennifer by this point, had realized that Sisko wasn’t her Sisko, and bid good-bye to him as he journeyed back to his universe. She later learned of Sisko’s true nature from Miles O’Brien. Jennifer, now serving the rebellion, used her knowledge to counteract the development of other Alliance weapons. (DS9 episode: “Through the Looking Glass“)
In 2372, she aided in the development of the Defiant and helped create the strategy that eventually overcame the Alliance forces on Terok Nor, allowing the rebels to take the space station and capture Kira Nerys. Though Jennifer and Smiley were confident the Defiant would be ready for the imminent Alliance counterattack, the Defiant encountered several significant technical faults that prevented it from becoming operational..
Desperate for any ideas, Jennifer had the idea of recruiting Sisko, the USS Defiant‘s designer, to help complete the repairs by kidnapping his son, Jake Sisko. Jennifer then came to primary-Deep Space 9, using a multi-universal transporter, seemingly there to deliver the good news and to catch up with Sisko. Jake instantly bonded with Jennifer, and she used it to convince Jake to come with her to the Mirror Universe for a visit. Sisko later followed, and agreed to repair the Defiant in time for the attack.
Meanwhile, Sisko chastised her for using such unorthodox methods and demanded that she leave Jake alone, but refused as she had already grown feelings for him. It seemed future plans would be made between them, but the Alliance fleet arrived earlier than expected, so Sisko left to command the finished-Defiant while Jennifer escorted Jake to the transporter to transport him back to his universe. Before she could, however, Kira Nerys escaped rebel custody and held Jennifer and Jake hostage.
Kira intended to present Jennifer to Regent Worf as a gift while planning to kill Jake as she had no use for him. But just as she fired her phaser, Jennifer lept out in front of him and took the shot instead. Kira then fled the station while Jake got Jennifer to the infirmary. Jennifer shared one last talk with Sisko, where they admitted they loved each other, and she died. (DS9 episode: “Shattered Mirror“)
When Kira Nerys encountered the Bareil Antos of the mirror universe in 2374, Sisko told her that it was confusing meeting Professor Sisko, as he knew she wasn’t his wife, although he almost came to believe she was. (DS9: “Resurrection“)
Shortly after, Sisko met Fenna, who he told Jadzia Dax was the first person he’d “felt really drawn to” since Jennifer’s death. (DS9: “Second Sight“)
Fenna was the alter ego of Nidell who was created when Nidell lost control of her psychoprojective telepathy. Fenna was actually a being of pure energy, a doppelganger for Nidell.
While Nidell and her husband, Gideon Seyetik, visited Deep Space 9 on the USS Prometheus in 2370, Fenna appeared on the Promenade. Fenna, outgoing and passionate, was the direct opposite of Nidell.
Benjamin Sisko fell in love with her.
He was surprised when he met Nidell on the Prometheus and found out what was happening. Her manifestation was killing Nidell due to the extreme stress of projecting Fenna. When Fenna realized she was a projection of Nidell, she returned to Nidell to save her life. (DS9: “Second Sight“)
Fenna was played by actress Salli Elise Richardson.
When Ben began dating Kasidy Yates he was initially uncomfortable being with her, as it was his job that got Jennifer killed and he did not want the same to happen to her. (DS9: “Indiscretion“)
Kasidy Danielle Yates-Sisko was a freighter captain and wife of Starfleet Captain Benjamin Sisko. Yates commanded the Xhosa on freight runs, initially as an independent transporter, but later for the Bajoran Ministry of Commerce. Her primary missions were to export cargo from Bajor to its colonies.
Yates normally got out of bed at 0500 hours, and usually fell asleep before 0100 hours. (DS9: “Indiscretion“)
Yates was introduced to Benjamin Sisko by his son Jake, who felt that his father needed a girlfriend. Yates and Sisko shared a common interest in baseball, and Yates’ youngest brother played for the Pike City Pioneers on Cestus III. Yates later played for Sisko’s baseball team, the Niners, against the Logicians. (DS9: “Family Business“, “Take Me Out to the Holosuite“)
As their relationship went on, Yates decided to take an opportunity to work for the Bajorans. This allowed her to move to Deep Space 9 permanently. However, she also used this opportunity to smuggle cargo to the Demilitarized Zone for the Maquis.
In 2372, she unwittingly aided the Maquis in the theft of twelve industrial replicators that were intended for Cardassia. Yates was suspected of working for the Maquis by Odo and by Deep Space 9′s head of Starfleet security Michael Eddington, who was himself secretly working for the Maquis at the time. Yates was tricked into taking her ship on another smuggling run, drawing a suspicious Captain Sisko and the USS Defiant into the Badlands long enough for Eddington to defect to the Maquis with the replicators.
Yates accepted sole responsibility for her ship’s smuggling activities, and after allowing her crew to rejoin the Maquis she returned to Deep Space 9 to face punishment. She was sent to prison for her actions. (DS9: “For the Cause“)
After her release in 2373, Yates and Sisko picked up where they had left off, with Sisko accepting her back to the station and into his life without a second thought. (DS9: “Rapture“) Yates subsequently returned to work for the Bajorans.
In 2374, Yates agreed to act as convoy liaison officer aboard the Defiant while it served as escort for the PQ-1 convoy, as she knew many of the freighter captains involved with the mission. However, she complained that she had no idea the job would involve writing twenty log entries a day and filling out formal reports for Starfleet every night. She joked that the reason she didn’t join Starfleet was because she couldn’t do the paperwork.
Yates was still present aboard the Defiant when it received a distress call from Captain Lisa Cusak, and she took part in shifts with the Defiant crew in keeping an open communication line to the stranded Captain. However, Sisko felt uncomfortable having Kasidy, a civilian, aboard the Defiant, and she was worried by his unfriendly behavior. He later apologized and promised to make it up to her over dinner. (DS9: “The Sound of Her Voice“)
In 2375, Sisko proposed to Yates, and she accepted, causing much celebration among the Bajoran people, who began to plan a grand wedding for their Emissary of the Prophets. (DS9: “Penumbra“) Sisko initially backed out of the marriage, having been warned by the Prophets that he and Kasidy could not walk the same path. Sisko decided to ignore the warning and the two were married by Admiral William Ross in a private ceremony on Deep Space 9. (DS9: “‘Til Death Do Us Part“)
The first few weeks of their marriage were not all clear sailing, however. Shortly after their wedding, Yates destroyed some of Sisko’s home-grown bell peppers in a failed attempt to cheer him up by cooking for him. Sisko attempted to keep Yates and her freighter out of the escalating Dominion War by having the Bajoran Freight and Shipping Authority take her off the active list, much to her annoyance; he later relented. (DS9: “The Changing Face of Evil“)
Later in 2375, Yates discovered that she and her husband were going to have a baby. The pregnancy was unplanned, and Sisko surmised that his last contraception injection must have expired without him returning to the infirmary for another. Yates worried that something might happen to the baby following the Prophets‘ earlier warning to Sisko that marrying Kasidy would bring him sorrow. Sisko reassured his wife that nothing would happen to their baby, giving her his word as the Emissary. (DS9: “The Dogs of War“)
During a battle with the Pah-wraith-possessed Dukat in the Bajoran Fire Caves, Sisko sacrificed his life to defeat the evil Kosst Amojan and joined the Prophets in the Celestial Temple, leaving Yates and their unborn child behind. Sisko later appeared to Kasidy in a vision, and promised her that he would be back, “maybe (in) a year, maybe yesterday.” (DS9: “What You Leave Behind“)
In the script of “Family Business“, in which Kasidy Yates first appears, she is described as “an attractive human woman in her mid-thirties. Kasidy is the captain of her own ship, an independent interstellar freighter, and she bears herself with the confidence befitting her position. She is, however, a civilian, which allows her to be a little more relaxed with her crew than if she were in Starfleet.”
According to Ronald D. Moore, Yates’ character was not developed initially with a Maquis affiliation in mind. The connection was pitched by a freelance writer. (AOL chat, 1997)
Penny Johnson said of Yates, “She’s a woman who’s very strong in her beliefs, she’s good at what she does, she is a wonderful, extraordinary woman for Benjamin Sisko, she’s loving, romantic, I think she’s sexy, I think she’s powerful, I think she’s a wonderful role model, and her full arc is from seeing her just as a person to a woman to a blossoming lover, and then to a real friend for life.” (Hidden File 05, DS9 Season 7 DVD, Special Features)
Kasidy Yates was portrayed by Penny Johnson.
Then There is Dax
Benjamin’s mentor during his younger days was Trill Ambassador Curzon Dax. After meeting Dax on Pelios Station in the 2350s, Dax and Sisko were close for almost twenty years. While defending Dax against charges of murder in 2369, Sisko described the Trill’s influence on him: “[He] taught me to appreciate life in ways I’d never thought about before. He taught me about art, and science and diplomacy. Whatever sense of honor I have today, he nurtured.” (DS9: “Dax“)
When Curzon died in 2367, his symbiont was passed on to a woman named Jadzia. Despite the new appearance of Dax, Sisko insisted on calling her “old man.” (DS9: “Emissary“) Though it was initially difficult for him to adjust to Dax’s new appearance, Jadzia and Sisko became friends again quickly. (DS9: “A Man Alone“)
Sisko soon considered Jadzia one of his closest friends. On at least two separate occasions, when faced with the possibility of her death, Sisko did whatever it took to save her. (DS9: “Invasive Procedures“, “Equilibrium“) When Jadzia called off her wedding to Worf in 2374, it was Sisko who told her that she was being unreasonable, finally convincing her to proceed with the nuptials. (DS9: “You Are Cordially Invited“)
Jadzia was killed by Gul Dukat later that year, and Sisko was forced to say goodbye to her. Taking a moment before her funeral, Sisko told her that he needed her most now, and painfully regretted that she was gone. (DS9: “Tears of the Prophets“)
Sisko caresses Jadzia's face
Sisko also had a brief romantic encounter with the alternate version of Jadzia. (DS9: “Through the Looking Glass“, “Shattered Mirror“)
About Sisko’s Relationships
Soon after graduating the Academy in 2354, Ben met his future wife Jennifer on Gilgo Beach on Earth. Sisko was carrying lemonades through the hot sand and stopped on Jennifer’s towel to cool his feet. When Jennifer learned that Sisko was a young ensign, she was reluctant to go out with him, because her mother had warned her about dating young ensigns. However, she relented, and her mother turned out to love Sisko. The two were married, and their son Jake was born a year later. Jennifer and Jake accompanied Sisko on his assignment to the USS Saratoga. When the ship was destroyed in a battle with the Borg, Jennifer was killed. (DS9: “Emissary“)
A woman named Fenna was Sisko’s first attraction after his wife’s death. In 2370, Sisko met her on the Promenade and was instantly taken with her. Unfortunately, he later discovered that Fenna was only a mental projection of Nidell, a telepathic woman married to Professor Gideon Seyetik. (DS9: “Second Sight“)
In two trips to the mirror universe, Sisko met the alternate version of his wife, Jennifer.
Sisko was introduced to Kasidy Yates in 2371 by his son. The two began dating after they discovered a shared interest in baseball. (DS9: “Family Business“) Yates later began smuggling supplies to the Maquis, and Sisko was forced to arrest her in 2372. (DS9: “For the Cause“) After Yates served her sentence, she returned to Deep Space 9 a year later, and the two resumed their relationship. (DS9: “Rapture“)
The two were engaged in 2375. (DS9: “Penumbra“) The Prophets warned Sisko that the two were not destined to walk the same path, causing Ben to call off the wedding; however he soon relented and the couple was married in a small ceremony conducted by Admiral William Ross. (DS9: “‘Til Death Do Us Part“) Shortly thereafter, Kasidy became pregnant. (DS9: “The Dogs of War“) After being taken by the Prophets to the Celestial Temple, Sisko appeared to Kasidy in a vision, telling her that he would someday return, and that he loved her. (DS9: “What You Leave Behind“)