The Ascent (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

"The Ascent" is the 107th episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the ninth episode of the fifth season and the final episode to regularly feature the original DS9 uniforms that were introduced in Season 1, although they would continue to be used for the duration of Star Trek: Voyager.

"The Ascent"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
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Quark and Odo in the mountains
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 9
Directed byAllan Kroeker
Written by
Featured musicDavid Bell
Production code507
Original air dateNovember 25, 1996 (1996-11-25)
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Quark and Odo go a trip in a Danube-class runabout, meanwhile back on Deep Space Nine station Jake and Nog move in together when he returns from Starfleet Academy. Trouble ensues.


Odo is escorting Quark to a grand jury hearing where Quark is to testify against the criminal Orion Syndicate. Halfway to their destination, a bomb planted on their ship by the Syndicate explodes, and they are forced to crash-land on a frozen, barely habitable planet.

Their communication system is damaged and they have very little food. They are left facing a horrifying choice — starve to death or freeze to death — when Quark has an idea. He proposes that they haul their subspace transmitter, a heavy piece of equipment, up a nearby mountain, where the atmosphere may be thin enough to send a signal for help.

Sharing one set of cold-weather gear between them, they make their way toward the mountain, bickering all the way. They are dismayed to realize that what looked like a hike of a few hours will actually take several days. They argue throughout the journey, even as they finally begin to climb the mountain. Words soon escalate into a shoving match, and they wind up sliding down the mountainside. Odo's leg is broken in the fall.

Quark tries to drag Odo up the mountain, but it soon proves to be too much work for him. Odo insists that Quark leave him behind and continue alone to the top, but Quark, exhausted and hungry, is ready to give up. After Odo tries to take the transmitter himself, broken leg and all, Quark is shamed into resuming his attempt. But when night falls, Odo is still alone. Assuming that Quark failed to reach his goal and died, Odo assumes that he will die as well and begins recording a message intended for whoever finds his body.

Suddenly Odo and Quark are beamed to the USS Defiant—Quark did make it to the peak, and his distress signal was received. As they recuperate in the infirmary, the two assure each other that when they said they hated each other, they meant every word.

Meanwhile, on Deep Space Nine, Nog returns from Starfleet Academy for his field study. He moves in with Jake Sisko, but the two come into conflict as roommates. Nog's strictly disciplined lifestyle as a cadet conflicts with Jake's more relaxed attitudes towards life, cleanliness, and exercise. They eventually reconcile, thanks to the efforts of their fathers, Benjamin Sisko and Rom.


The outdoor shots were done at Mount Whitney in California, USA.[1] Mount Whitney, at 14,500 feet tall is the highest peak in the Contiguous United States.


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