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Star Trek - Deep Space Nine, Episode 76: The Visitor

1 rating: 5.0
Science Fiction & Fantasy TV show

Nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award and voted the bestStar Trekever by readers ofTV Guide, "The Visitor" transcends the limitations of series canon and exists in a continuum of its own making. There is something indefinable, something both solid … see full wiki

1 review about Star Trek - Deep Space Nine, Episode 76:...

The story seems somewhat self-serving and senseless until the dynamite ending makes it worthwhile

  • Jun 16, 2008
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On a rainy night in Louisiana, a young female aspiring writer stops at the home of an elderly man. The man is Jake Sisko and he was a highly touted writer until he suddenly quit writing. The woman wants to know why and Jake tells her.
Decades before as a child, he witnessed his father Ben Sisko absorb an energy burst and disappear into a subspace anomaly. Over the years, Ben has reappeared on occasion, only to fade back into the anomaly after a few minutes. The loss devastated Jake, although at first he tried to get on with his life. However, that proves impossible, so in an attempt to get his father back, he sacrifices his writing career, marriage and all else in order to study the physics of the phenomenon. As the episode progresses, you reach the point when you want to tell Jake, "Let it go and get on with your life." Until the last few minutes of the episode, that would be the right attitude to take, until suddenly all of it comes together and you realize that Jake has done the right thing.
This is without question one of the better episodes in the series, although it plods along and seems pointless until the ending. However, that ending is so good that it redeems all the effort it takes to get there.

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