Afterimage (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 3
Directed byLes Landau
Written byRené Echevarria
Featured musicJay Chattaway
Production code553
Original air dateOctober 14, 1998 (1998-10-14)
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"Afterimage" features Nicole de Boer, as her new main-cast character Ezri Dax starts to blend in with the DS9 crew

"Afterimage" is the 153rd episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the third episode of the seventh season. It was first broadcast on October 14, 1998. This tells the story of the new host for Dax, the Trill alien Ezri Dax played by actress Nicole de Boer for the 1998-1999 Season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as she tackles life on the space station. Andrew Robinson guest stars as Elim Garak, and a major revolves around his apparent claustrophobia interfering with his work, and thus becomes a task for Federation therapist/counsler Ezri Dax who is herself working through the various personalities of Dax and the relationships its prior host had at the Deep Space Nine space station

Aired on television in October of 1998, it received Nielsen ratings of 4.3 points corresponding to about 4.3 million viewers.[1] This episode was written by Rene Echevarria and directed by Les Landau.


In addition to coping with the memories of her symbiont's past lives, Ezri Dax must deal with the range of reactions her presence generates on Deep Space Nine. Her presence is not looked highly upon, as many people are unsure how to feel about Ezri. Worf has the worst reaction, even threatening fellow friends and officers. Garak, who is also not taking Ezri well, suffers problems of his own when acute claustrophobia, worse than ever, strikes him down.

At the end of the episode, Ezri leaves her position aboard the USS Destiny and becomes Deep Space Nine's official counselor. Because of her extensive Starfleet experience from her past lives, Ezri receives a promotion from ensign to lieutenant junior grade.


  1. ^ "WebTrek - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine * SEASON 7 NIELSEN RATINGS".

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