Back Story for Benjamin Lafayette Sisko of Deep Space Nine

In the Star Trek universe, there is a fictional character named Benjamin Lafayette Sisko. He can be seen in the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9). Avery Brooks, an actor, plays him. Between 1993 to 1999, the role of the character was prominent on the television program, which was broadcasted on American syndicated television. After Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, he played the main character in the third major Star Trek live-action television series. The Star Trek franchise’s literature, comics, and video games have all featured the character. 

His Early Life and Career

Who was captain Benjamin Sisko? He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the year 2332. His father, Joseph Sisko, is the head chef and proprietor of the eatery “Sisko’s Creole Kitchen,” or just “Sisko’s.” His biological mother was a person named Sarah. However, to have Benjamin, Sarah was tricked into marrying Joseph by one of the Bajoran Prophets which are the beings that reside inside the Bajoran wormhole. Prior to Sarah’s disappearing for two days after Ben turned one and the life-form left her body, Joseph and Sarah were a happy couple. Later, in an accident, she passed away. Joseph met and wed a different woman, who later brought up Benjamin as her own son. Benjamin didn’t learn about these occurrences until he was well into adulthood and had already communicated with the Bajoran Prophets in various ways. Ben has at least two brothers and Judith, one of his sisters.

His Personal Life

Jake Sisko is the son of Sisko’s first marriage to Jennifer Sisko. As depicted in the premiere episode “Emissary,” Sisko had a long-standing grudge against Captain Jean-Luc Picard because it was Picard who, in his capacity as Locutus of the Borg, had directed the Borg assault on the Federation at the Battle of Wolf 359. During the Borg attack, Sisko lost his wife, Jennifer, leaving him to raise their small son, Jake, alone. Sisko delayed his Starfleet career by accepting a low-level post at the Federation Utopia Planitia shipyard orbiting Mars to care for Jake. Sisko continued to be a widower and lone parent for a long time. Eventually, Sisko grudgingly agreed to take the position of commander of Deep Space Nine, an orbiting cargo station for the planet Bajor, where he later wed Kasidy Yates, a space freighter captain.

The Deep Space Nine station

His Academy Friends

Laporin, a Benzenite, and Quentin Swofford, both of whom went on to become starship captains, both attended the Academy with Sisko. (DS9: “Far Beyond the Stars,” “Apocalypse Rising” Calvin “Cal” Hudson, a former classmate of Sisko’s, in 2370 Calvin Hudson was Sisko’s best friend in his early professional life. Sisko and Hudson were classmates at the Academy and remained close friends afterward. Family holidays were frequently taken by the Siskos and Hudson together. They once went to New Berlin’s Mazurka Festival. (DS9: “The Maquis, Part I”) Sisko believed Hudson had betrayed him when he left Starfleet and joined the Maquis.

About Sports and Hobby

Baseball is a sport that Sisko enjoys, a sport that has largely vanished by the 24th century but is still practiced by a tiny number of enthusiasts. Sisko had good wrestling skills. On the weekends, he frequently wrestled Jadzia Dax, and he always came out on top, stealing the majority of Dax’s Tongo winnings. Halfway through the first season, an alien dressed as Buck Bokai, Sisko’s favorite historical baseball player, gave him a baseball, which he keeps on his desk and frequently picks up and throws around when he is thinking. Sisko left the ball in his office as a sign that he plans to return when the Dominion captures DS9 (this can also be seen in the second season three-parter, consisting of “Homecoming”, “The Circle” and “The Siege” and the Season 5 finale, “Call to Arms”). 

Sisko likes to cook just like his chef father. His father is a New Orleans restaurant owner that specializes in Creole food. He informed Admiral Ross of his desire to ascend to the rank of admiral while serving a temporary assignment at a star base under Ross’ supervision.

Deep Space Nine

The cast of Star Trek Deep Space Nine of 1993

Deep Space Nine which is one of the listed Star Trek television shows that aired on the third day of January 1993,  starred Sisko who was given command in 2369  and sent to the Bajoran sector to oversee Bajor’s recovery from the recently ended Cardassian occupation and guide them toward possible Federation membership. Sisko unwillingly moves inside the station with his son Jake. He thinks about resigning his commission after realizing that the mission on DS9 is not the “perfect environment” in which to raise a son. The presence of Captain Picard, who informs Sisko of his mission, only makes Sisko feel more uneasy. He still has a bitter grudge against Picard for his part in his wife’s passing, despite his unwillingness.

When Sisko first arrives on Bajor, Opaka Sulan, the Kai (Bajor’s spiritual leader), calls him “the Emissary of the Prophets” and presents him as one of the Bajoran Orbs, which is said to have been created by the Prophets of Bajor. Jadzia Dax discovers a site of remarkable activity in the adjacent Denorios Belt by examining the orb and nearby celestial phenomena. Dax and Sisko arrive there and find the first stable wormhole, its opposite end leading to the Gamma Quadrant. Sisko and Dax run into the enigmatic inhabitants of the wormhole on their way back through it.

The wormhole, in the eyes of the devoutly spiritual Bajorans, represents the “Celestial Temple,” and the beings, the Prophets. These things exist outside of chronological time. Both parties find Sisko’s initial encounter with the entities awkward and challenging, but the interaction makes Sisko realize that he has never been able to let go of his hatred toward Picard as well as his bitterness and grief over losing his wife. Sisko accepts the chance to lead Deep Space Nine after exiting the wormhole and changes his demeanor toward Picard prior to leaving.

The Emissary

Kai Opaka was shocked when Sisko revealed that he would be the long-promised Emissary to the Prophets at their initial meeting in 2369. He initially disagreed with her assessment and tried to brush it off by telling her that he was just a Starfleet officer. Any religious function in a different culture would be in direct conflict with his promise to support Starfleet’s beliefs. However, he became a little less doubtful when he found the Bajoran wormhole and made his initial contact with the non-linear lifeforms known to the Bajorans as the Prophets. Even while he continued to refuse the role, he concluded that the Prophets had to have told the Bajorans about certain things because they could see beyond time.