**** (4 stars out of 5)
What with the heavens being closed for business, Bajor's Cult of the Pah-Wraiths is doing better than ever. Red armbands and back alley knifings are very popular with the kids these days!
Three months into their siege with the flaming devils, the Prophets get a message out to their Emissary, who is hiding under bags of oysters in his father's restaurant. Surprises abound for Ben Sisko today: hands up everyone with a human mom... not so fast, Captain Sisko!
It's not exactly a holy virgin birth, but it turns out Ben was raised by Joseph Sisko's second wife. Ben's birth mother had a Prophet hitchhiker in her brain. Sarah woke up 9 months, 3 weeks into a relationship she never chose- with a "Sarah Sisko" marriage certificate, a necklace engraved "Orb of the Emissary" in ancient Bajoran gibberish, and filled to the brim with gumbo. No wonder she ran off. So that's what people mean when they say they "got religion"!
Colonel Kira's got a new promotion haircut, but there's a pushy Admiral doing her job. Ross has welcomed Romulan Senator Cretak to the station over the concerns of the Bajoran government. 'Good to see you, Romulans! Come on in! Pull up a moon! No, no the Bajoran's won't mind. Just put that pile of torpedos anywhere... sure, right under the hospital.'
Widower Worf can't end his mourning until he finds something to destroy. Only an explosion will blast his dead wife through the gates of Sto-Vo-Kor! No, Quark, he can't just bribe some priests. You're thinking of human faiths.
Speaking of faith, the Sisko boys pack up to follow Ben the Demigod into the desert on planet Tyree. Where will his vision of an "Image in the Sand" lead them?
Oh, and that new Dax you ordered is here!