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Far Beyond the Stars 

Captain Sisko has a full sensory vision of himself as an under-appreciated science fiction magazine writer in 1950s America.


Avery Brooks


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko / Benny Russell
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo / Douglas Pabst
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf / Willie Hawkins
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax / Darlene Kursky
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko / Jimmy
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien / Albert Macklin
Armin Shimerman ... Quark / Herbert Rossoff
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir / Julius Eaton
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira / Kay Eaton
Brock Peters ... Joseph Sisko / Preacher
Jeffrey Combs ... Weyoun / Officer Mulkahey
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat / Officer Ryan
J.G. Hertzler ... Martok / Roy Ritterhouse
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog / Newspaper Vendor
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Kasidy Yates / Cassie (as Penny Johnson)


Captain Sisko has a full sensory vision of himself as an under-appreciated science fiction magazine writer in 1950s America.

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Release Date:

11 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cover of the March 1953 edition of Incredible Tales shows the surface of Delta Vega from Star Trek: The Original Series: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966). It also advertises such stories as Star Trek: The Original Series: The Cage (1966) (written by E.W. Roddenberry/Gene Roddenberry, who is also said to be the writer of "Questor". The Questor Tapes (1974)), Star Trek: The Original Series: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966), Star Trek: The Original Series: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), and Star Trek: The Original Series: Journey to Babel (1967) (written by D.C. Fontana on whom K.C. Hunter is based). See more »


In the restaurant, when Benny is startled by Worf/Willie Hawkins, he is grabbed on his right shoulder by Worf's right hand. But when the camera cuts to Worf, he is extending his left arm and appears to be on Benny's right side. When Benny is helped off the floor, Willie is now standing on Benny's left side. See more »


Douglas Pabst: Sorry, Benny, I wish things were different, but they're not.
Benny Russell: Wishing never changed a damn thing.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


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Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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4 August 2019 | by dafoatSee all my reviews

This episode really gets to the heart of what Star Trek is all about. Sisko has a vision that he is a struggling science fiction writer in 1950's New York named Benny Russell. He writes a story about a 24th century space station, which his editor won't publish because it features a black hero.

The story is about the dangers of racism, but also about the transformative power of fiction. Benny imagines a future where the injustices he suffers no longer happen. And imagining that future helps make it real for Sisko. Stories like this, and shows like DS9, can help all of us imagine a better world.

Plus there's the added treat of seeing all of the cast out of their prosthetics, playing ordinary humans. For once we get to see everyone's real face. One of the best episodes of DS9. Second only to The Visitor in my book.

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