Take Me Out to the Holosuite
|"Take Me Out to the Holosuite"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode|
|Episode no.||Season 7
|Directed by||Chip Chalmers|
|Written by||Ronald D. Moore|
|Featured music||David Bell|
|Original air date||October 21, 1998|
"Take Me Out to the Holosuite" is the 154th episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the fourth episode of the seventh season. It was first broadcast on October 21, 1998. The title refers to the 1908 song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", the unofficial anthem of North American baseball.
The episode develops the recurring motif of Captain Benjamin Sisko's love of baseball, which was established in the pilot episode "Emissary". Sisko accepts a challenge from a physically superior Vulcan crew to a game, and forms a team from his regular staff members in short order.
A Starfleet starship docks at Deep Space Nine. Sisko recognises its captain, Solok, as a former classmate and longtime rival. Solok believes that his all-Vulcan crew are superior in every respect, and challenges Sisko to a baseball game in the holosuite. Sisko accepts, even though this gives him only two weeks to form a team into shape, and his son Jake is the only other potential member who has played the game before.
Sisko's team trains hard and suffers injuries. Impatiently, he dismisses Rom from the team, and the squad nearly quit in protest. Sisko admits to Kasidy Yates that he is taking Solok's challenge so seriously because Solok beat him at a wrestling match back at Starfleet Academy. Since then, Solok would use that incident to constantly write papers about proving Vulcans are superior to humans, which carried on even after graduation. And now Sisko refuses to let Solok beat him at his own game. Sisko makes Kasidy promise to keep this between them, but she immediately tells the truth to the whole team, making them understand just how much this means to Sisko.
Near the end and 10-0 down, the Niners (Sisko's team) are desperate to score a run. Rom's son Nog makes it to third base. In consideration for Rom's feelings, Sisko sends him into the game. Rom accidentally hits a perfect bunt, which brings Nog home, giving the Niners their only run in a 10-1 loss. The team's celebration confuses Solok, who protests to Odo, but also touches him so Odo throws him out too.
- Actor Cirroc Lofton, who plays Jake Sisko, is the nephew of Major League Baseball veteran Kenny Lofton.
- The game scenes were filmed at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
- Joey Banks, who served as the actors' baseball coach in this episode, is the son of veteran Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks. Joey also played one of the Vulcan team members.
- Max Grodenchik, who plays Rom, is actually a baseball player in real life and considered going pro before deciding to become an actor. Grodenchik had to play left-handed in order to give a "bad" performance (since Rom is the worst player on the team).
- The Federation national anthem is heard for the first time in this episode.
- Larry Granillo, Take Me Out to the Holosuite: A Star Trek DS9 Breakdown, Baseball Prospectus, November 3, 2011
- "Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". TV Tropes. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
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