Sanctuary (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 10
Directed byLes Landau
Story by
  • Gabe Essoe
  • Kelley Miles
Teleplay byFrederick Rappaport
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Production code430
Original air dateNovember 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)
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"Sanctuary" is the 30th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the tenth episode of the second season.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy, in orbit of the planet Bajor. In this episode, Displaced humanoids from the Gamma Quadrant claim Bajor as their home.


A damaged vessel comes through the Wormhole and its passengers, a woman and three men, are transported aboard Deep Space Nine. The universal translator is unable to translate their language for several minutes, but they seem to trust Kira, who escorts them around the station until the universal translator eventually enables them to communicate.

The woman, Haneek, explains that her people, the Skrreeans were conquered by a species called the T-Rogorans, who were, in turn, conquered by the Dominion. Sisko promises to help Haneek and her people find a new homeland, and when several more Skrreean ships come through the wormhole, they are welcomed warmly. Kira and Hannek become friends.

As more and more Skrreeans arrive on the station, some residents, including Quark, begin to resent their presence; Quark's nephew Nog pulls a prank on Haneek's son Tumak and Tumak retaliates with violence. Haneek begins to fear that she will not find Kentanna, the Skrreeans' long-sought legendary homeworld. However, the Skrreean leaders decide that Bajor is the Kentanna they seek. Sisko suggests a nearby planet, Draylon II, as a reasonable alternative, but the Skrreeans are adamant in their decision. They meet with representatives of the Bajoran government, who refuse to allow them to relocate there; a famine is spreading, and the Bajoran government does not believe it can support the Skrreean population.

Tumak, Haneek's son, takes one of the Skrreean ships and heads to Bajor. At Sisko's request, Haneek tries to convince him to disengage his engines because the ship has a dangerous radiation leak. Two Bajoran vessels approach him and also try to get him to shut down his engines, so they can tow him to safety. However, Tumak refuses to shut down his engines. A firefight ensues, resulting in the destruction of Tumak's ship due to the radiation leak.

The Bajoran government maintains its decision to refuse asylum, so the Skrreeans have no choice but to move to Draylon II. Hurt over her son's death and angry with the Bajorans, Haneek's final words to Kira are bitter. She reminds Kira that the Skrreeans were farmers, and could have helped Bajor overcome the famine. Haneek then leaves with her people.



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