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Distraught by the most recent casualty list from the Cardassian front, Sisko experiences a vision from Prophets where he is Benny Russell, a science fiction writer in the 1950's. Benny struggles with civil rights and inequality...
This is a powerful hour of television that is certainly in my top five episodes that would be required viewing for any first time DS9 watcher. Not only do we get a sprinkling of humour in the banter between Douglas (Odo) and Herb (Quark) but we also get a true sense of what Star Trek is about, tackling the issues of now in a way that is not only science fiction but entertaining and if you're not careful you may just learn a thing or two.

At no point in this episode do you feel that the issues of civil rights are being forced on you, rather you are encouraged to understand their point of view. Benny Russell will be back in the trio of eps at the start of the season seven, in the mental hospital he's being transported to at the end of this episode.
Avery Brooks as Commander Sisko
Nana Visitor as Major Kira
Terry Farrell as Lieutenant Dax
Siddig El Fadil as Doctor Bashir
Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
René Auberjonois as Odo
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Guest Cast:
Brock Peters
Jeffrey Combs
Marc Alaimo
J.G. Hertzler
Aron Eisenberg
Penny Johnson

Teleplay By:
Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler

Story By:
Marc Scott Zicree
Directed By:
Avery Brooks
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