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"The Ascent" was the 107th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 9th episode of the show's fifth season, first aired during the week of 25 November 1996. The episode was written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe and directed by Allan Kroeker.


Odo and Quark are stranded on a desolate world and must hike to higher ground to send a distress call; Nog returns to Deep Space 9 from Starfleet Academy.



Julian BashirJadzia DaxKira NerysNogMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkRomBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoWorf, son of MoghDeep Space 9 personnel (Deep Space 9 residents)


Deep Space 9habitat ringoperations centerPromenadereplimat
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BajorBajoran wormholeInferna PrimeQuark'sStarbase 137

Starships and vehicles

USS Defiant (Defiant-class escort) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class runabout) • Janitza-class (in opening credits) • USS Leeds (Nebula-class explorer, in opening credits)

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Federation Grand JuryFerengi Commerce AuthorityOrion SyndicateStarfleet Academy

Other references

anodyne circuitbarracksbeetlebloodblood screeningcadetcard gameclass Lcold weather suitcremationcustomsdabodistress signalDivine Treasurydom-jotenvironmental controlFerengi death ritualfield rationfield studyfizzbingymholosuiteintravenous therapylatinumnavigational arrayOdo's bucketorange juicepajamasPast Prologuepenal colonyreplicatorroot beerslugsnailsnail juicesolidsonic showersophomoreStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2366-2373)subspace transmittertransportertransporter buffertravoisVorian pterodactylVulcan Love Slaveworm


Related media

Video releases


Notable cast and crew



Episode images

Adaptation images



published order
Previous episode:
Things Past
DS9 episode produced Next episode:
Previous episode:
Things Past
DS9 episode aired Next episode:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Winds of Change
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Q and the Grey

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