The Sound of Her Voice

"The Sound of Her Voice" is the 149th episode of the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 25th episode of the sixth season. It was first broadcast on June 10, 1998.

"The Sound of Her Voice"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 25
Directed byWinrich Kolbe
Story byPam Pietroforte
Teleplay byRonald D. Moore
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Cinematography byJonathan West
Production code549
Original air dateJune 10, 1998 (1998-06-10)
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Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy. In this episode, the Defiant answers a call for help from a stranded Starfleet officer, while back at the station, Quark attempts to distract Odo so that he can conduct a smuggling operation. Debra Wilson guest stars. A new Defiant hosted shuttlecraft design, the Chaffee is featured in CGI.

The episode's premiere received Nielsen ratings of 4.1 points corresponding to about 4.05 million viewers.[1]


While traveling home from an escort mission, the crew of the USS Defiant receive a distress call from Captain Lisa Cusak (voiced by Debra Wilson), a Starfleet officer stranded on an alien world by herself, after her ship has been destroyed by actively scanning a strange planet. After working a means to communicate with her, they discover that she is stranded on a Class L world with a high concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that will eventually kill her without regular doses of "triox" medication, and her supplies of it are running low. Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) tells her to cut her dose such that she will survive the six days that it will take the Defiant to reach the planet. In turn, Captain Cusak asks that they keep a constant conversation going with her to keep her alert and to make her feel less isolated.

As they travel, each of the crew becomes closer to Captain Cusak as they discuss their own personal problems with her. When Dr. Bashir discovers that Cusak's supply of triox is more critical than they thought, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) orders the phaser bank power to be routed to structural stability controls to increase the Defiant's speed. They arrive at the planet shortly after Cusak has fallen unconscious, giving them a limited amount of time to find her. After figuring out how to get their shuttlecraft past a strange energy field that surrounds the planet, the crew finds Cusak dead, deep in a cave, and that Cusak has been dead for roughly three years. O'Brien (Colm Meaney) theorizes that the energy field caused their communications to travel through time. Sisko orders them to collect Cusak's body and gives her a proper burial back on Deep Space Nine as a Starfleet officer and trusted friend.

Meanwhile, Quark (Armin Shimerman) talks Odo (René Auberjonois) into preparing an extravagant celebration to end his first month with Major Kira (Nana Visitor). He tells Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton), who is writing a story about criminals, that while Odo is occupied he will sell rare crystals for profit. However, Odo decides to change his romantic evening for the following night, ruining Quark's plan. Taking pity on him, Odo decides to let him off this one time and has his evening with Kira when he originally planned.

Fictional spacecraft designsEdit

The shuttle of the Defiant is known as the Chaffee shuttlecraft in the book Starship Spotter: Star Trek All Series.[2]


In 2018, Vulture rated "The Sound of Her Voice" the 8th best episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.[3] They praised how actress Debra Wilson is able to establish the character using only voice, and how the episode builds up a series of relationships using conversation.[3]


  1. ^ "WebTrek - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine * SEASON 6 NIELSEN RATINGS".
  2. ^ Starship Spotter: Star Trek All Series by Adam 'mojo' Lebowitz, Robert Bonchune 2012
  3. ^ a b Retrieved March 9, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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