Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax, played by Terry Farrell, was a joined Trill. Before I continue my homage to Dax, I need to explain the significance of being joined. To be joined means that the humanoid Trill is a host to a wise old symbiont. The symbionts are special and must be protected at all times, to the detriment of the host. Trills that are joined must undergo rigorous training because they absorb the memories of all of the symbiont’s previous hosts. Trills that are eligible for joining look upon the event as an honor, and view the protection of the symbiont as their highest priority. Jadzia was host to the Dax symbiont, a 300-year old creature. She was Dax’s eighth host. Her predecessor was a male Trill named Curzon. Curzon had strong ties to the Klingon Empire.
Now, with that context, I can continue my analysis. Jadzia arrived on Deep Space Nine, and she was an enigmatic, beautiful woman who had a previous relationship with Captain Benjamin Sisko. The prior relationship was actually with Curzon Dax, who was Sisko’s mentor. Sisko always referred to Curzon as “old man,” and when Jadzia joined the crew and Sisko realized that she carried the Dax symbiont, and thus had Curzon’s memories, he started calling her “old man.” Because of her experience, she was typically the voice of reason for Sisko and his crew. She was his confidant and he was hers; they regularly sought advice from one another. Their bond was strong.
Jadzia was strong enough to handle seven lifetimes’ worth of memories, which is no easy feat. Because of her experiences, she was able to have an appreciation for various activities. She played tongo better than most Ferengi, loved to fight, fuck and party. Jadzia was comfortable with herself and confident, had a zest for life and no shortage of suitors, including the young and inexperienced Dr. Julian Bashir. Bashir was waaaay out of his league in his pursuit of Dax. He was no match for her; she was far too much woman for him. But when Lieutenant Commander Worf reported for duty on DS9, Dax took a liking to him. She had an appreciation for Klingons & their culture, due to Curzon’s affiliation. She pursued Worf in a relatively light-hearted way, pointing out that he couldn’t see what was before him. Worf, lovesick over an unattainable female, Grilka, didn’t realize that Jadzia liked him until she challenged him in a Klingon courtship ritual. Klingons are a tempestuous lot, and she and Worf became lovers, or par’mach-kai, after she initiated the ritual. They were known for having rough sex, replete with broken bones, scratches, pulled muscles and dislocated joints.
Deep Space Nine What We Left Behind, we will always have here.
A series of books that began in 2001 and continues the series beyond “What You Leave Behind”. The name refers to a relaunch of the DS9 novels.The following is a list of the main titles in chronological order:The Left Hand of Destiny, Books One & Two
The Lives of Dax
Avatar, Books Ones &Two
Section 31: Abyss
Gateways #4: Demons of Air and Darkness
Gateways #7: What Lay Beyond: “Horn and Ivory”
Mission Gamma #1: Twilight
Mission Gamma #2: This Gray Spirit
Mission Gamma #3: Cathedral
Mission Gamma #4: Lesser Evil
Rising Son (actually takes place from “Avatar” through “Lesser Evil”)
Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Books One, Two & Three (to be released in 2004/05)
Note that in publication order the series starts with “Avatar”. “The Left Hand of Destiny” was released after “Rising Son”; “The Lives of Dax” several years earlier as trade paperback and reprinted as massmarket paperback together with “Rising Son”.
For a more comprehensive timeline that also includes many secondary titles, see this thread:
Q: What’s up with O’Brien’s rank?
He is enlisted, or a non-commissioned officer. That means he has special technical training, but didn’t take the more extensive courses required for officers. His rank was specified as “Chief Petty Officer” in “Hippocratic Oath”.
Technically an ensign outranks him, but because of his experience and long service time junior officers usually follow his orders.
The confusion about his rank has two main sources. Firstly he was referred to as Lieutenant early in TNG when the writers didn’t know what to do with the character. But in “Family” he was firmly established as NCO. Secondly his rank insignia was a hollow black pip early, which can be mistaken. That’s why he got a new insignia with chevrons in DS9’s fourth season.
Q: Why does Thomas Riker become so angry at O’Brien in “Defiant”?
The following is conjecture, but it’s the most common answer you get when you ask the question.
O’Brien is a talkative person who likes to chat about old times with past acquaintances, as seen in Tribunal or with Worf in general for example. So Thomas Riker couldn’t allow himself to get caught in a discussion with O’Brien and risk the possibility of events coming up in conversation that he didn’t experience. Acting in such a brash manner and sending O’Brien off the bridge was an effective way to avoid that.
O’Brien wouldn’t question a superior officer in front of his XO. He clearly had a reaction to Riker’s strange behavior when he left the airlock, but he didn’t act on it. Riker hijacked the Defiant shortly after, so the diversion didn’t need to last for long. By the time O’Brien might have become suspicious, the plan was already implemented. O’Brien might have made the connection when the Defiant’s warpcore became critical. But given the choice between a matter/anti-matter explosion next to the docking ring and following an unproven suspicion, safeguarding the station should always have priority.
Q: What’s wrong with Sisko’s combadge in “Rapture”?
It seems that Avery Brook’s uniform was either tailored incorrectly or he used one from “First Contact” that didn’t fit him. The combadge is in the correct place on his breast, but the uniform’s grey shoulder area was too large for him.
Q: What are the names of the Orbs of the Prophets?
There are nine original Orbs, plus a previously unknown Orb of the Emissary.
Established on TV:
1. Orb of Prophecy and Change
2. Orb of Wisdom
3. Orb of Time
4. Orb of Contemplation
Established in the novels:
5. Orb of Memory
6. Orb of Destiny
7. Orb of Truth
8. Orb of Souls
9. Orb of Unity
Q: What are the songs James Darren sang on the show?
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You: His Way
Come Fly With Me: His Way
I’ve Got You Under My Skin: His Way
Here’s To The Losers: Tears Of The Prophets
All The Way: Image In The Sand
I’ll Be Seeing You: It’s Only A Paper Moon
It’s Only A Paper Moon: It’s Only A Paper Moon
I’ve Got The World On A String: It’s Only A Paper Moon
The Alamo: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang
The Best Is Yet To Come: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang
The Way You Look Tonight: What You Leave Behind
After the show ended James Darren recorded a album called “This One’s From the Heart” that includes some of these songs, as well as a few others.
Q: What is the origin of Alexander Siddig’s name and why did he change his name midway through the series?
The origin of Sid’s name:
Siddig El Fadil is Sid’s western name. It’s the name on all the official documents, etc. El means “son of,” Fadil (pronounced Fah-dill). Fadil is actually Sid’s paternal grandfather. Siddig (pronounced Sih-Dig) is actually his paternal great grandfather. Sid’s parents didn’t actually choose the name for him… the elder women of the town Sid was born in (Omdurman) actually chose the name.
There are no “family” names per se in middle eastern culture. If Sid were to have a true family name, it would probably be Mahdi, Mahdi being the name of the famous Sudanese Holy man who fought the English during the Sudan campaigns in the 1800s (that’s Sid’s great great grandfather).
Siddig’s birth name is the following:
Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig El Abderahman El Mohammed Ahmed El Abdel Karim El Mahdi.
When Sid’s mother moved him to England, they chose El Fadil as his surname.
Why Sid changed his name:
The reason for this was two-fold:
1) Sid’s mother had always wanted to give him a part Arab, part European name. Since people were clearly having problems with Sid’s name, he decided to change his name.
2) At the time he was also fighting with Viacomm over merchandising rights and thought changing his name would be a great way to stick it to them, because all the merchandise would have to be changed. He actually considered changing it every season. Thank god for the cool heads who told him it was a bad idea (one of them being his girlfriend at the time, Nana Visitor).
Q: Which runabouts were destroyed when during the show?
Battle Lines: Yangtzee Kiang (replaced by Orinoco)
Armageddon Game: Ganges (replaced by Mekong)
The Die is Cast: Mekong (replaced by Rubicon)
Our Man Bashir: Orinoco (replaced by Yukon)
The Ship: unnamed
Nor the Battle to the Strong: unnamed
The Ascent: crashed but probably recovered, possibly Rio Grande
By Inferno’s Light: Yukon
Empok Nor: unnamed
Only the Rio Grande survived from beginning to end.
All runabouts are named after Earth rivers. The ship class is called Danube class.
The Gander was originally supposed to be the Ganges, but then someone remembered that this name was already used. So it was dubbed over with a similar name.
Q: What are the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition?
The Rules of Acquisition are a strict codex of behavior every Ferengi is bound to. Quoting all 285 rules here would be too much, so just follow this link:
Q: Why does DS9 have a 26 hour day?
The station is Bajoran property and uses a the local timekeeping system parallel to Federation stardates. Bajor rotates around its axis within 26 instead of 24 hours, so its days are longer.
That is the reason why characters think of 2 days in 52 hours or 3 days in 78 hours. Sometimes you might also catch a reference to suspiciously late dinner times (for Earth standards).
Q: Links to DS9 related websites:
DS9 Encyclopedia & Lexicon: http://ds9encyclopedia.0catch.com/
Jammer’s reviews: http://www.st-hypertext.com/
Avatar website (DS9 Relaunch): http://www.angelfire.com/trek/avatar/main.html
Music videos: http://www.lcarscom.net/vicslounge.htm
Alexander Siddig (SidCity): http://www.sidcity.net/
James Darren: http://www.jamesdarren.com/
Chase Masterson: http://www.chasemasterson.com/
Nana Visitor : http://www.nanavision.com/
Casey Biggs: http://www.caseybiggs.com/index.html
Robert Hewitt Wolfe: http://www.rhwolfe.com/
Mark Allen Shepherd: http://garrisonent.com/morn/
Jeffrey Combs: www.jeffreycombs.com
Niner or Niners may refer to:
Take Me Out to the Holosuite
The baseball team the crewmembers create is called the “Niners“, which in turn became the term for fans of the series.
Assembled to meet a challenge issued by Captain Solok and his team, the Vulcan Logicians of the starship T’Kumbra, the Niners participated in one baseball game in one of DS9′s holosuites. With only team members Benjamin Sisko, his son Jake Sisko and girlfriend Kasidy Yates having any experience with the game, the Niners experience was one of intense training. Benefiting the team were the gymnastic talents of Ezri Dax, the genetically-engineered physical abilities of Julian Bashir and the natural strength of Klingon player Worf, the team nevertheless lost to the Logicians. With both Sisko and Solok ejected from the game by umpire Odo, the Niners scored a single run from Nog, on an accidental (but triumphant) squeeze bunt by Rom. (DS9: “Take Me Out to the Holosuite“)
Niners, eventually became a term for all fans of Deep Space Nine. Like a disassociation from the General Term “Trekkies”, “Niners” is a term adopted by DS9 Fans who believe that Deep Space Nine is the best series of the franchise and many who consider that proclaiming it is a way to isolate themselves from the Trekkie Community, as many are either not fans of Star Trek in general but believe that DS9 is superior to other Trek Series and they do not want to be associated with the franchise as a whole.
The only Niners I know of are Deep Space Nine fans.