Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Visionary, and Distant Voices

Station log: stardate unknown

John Shirley pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Ethan H. Calk that first aired on 27 February, 1995.

This O’Brien (Colm Meaney) story is fairly enjoyable, and also plays into the overall arc of the season. A delegation of Romulans arrives on the station to be briefed about the Doninion, while O’Brien is suffering from portents and glimpses of the near future, that may bode well for he and his fellows aboard Deep Space Nine.

Tensions are high on the station with the arrival of the Romulans, as a Klingon ship has docked as well. Odo (Rene Auberjonois) may have his hands full with keeping the peace. Sisko (Avery Brooks) and Kira (Nana Visitor) oversee everything and try to keep things calm and peaceful, but O’Brien’s visions may disrupt everything – including his life! And possibly the entire station!

Dax (Terry Farrell) turns her scientific eye to the subject matter, while Bashir (Alexander Siddig) tries to find a way to help medically. The shifting in time provides for some great scenes between O’Brien and Bashir, including one over his dead body.

Will O’Brien, his future selves, and the crew be able to solve the mystery and save the station, and his life?

I quite like this episode, O’Brien has always been a favourite, I love temporal stories and this one is handled well, and I enjoy how the series/season arc gets filled out as well.


Station log: stardate unknown

Joe Menosky came up with the story for this episode that was turned into a teleplay by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe. It first aired on 10 April, 1995.

Bashir is attacked in his sickbay, and awakes with a mystery on his hands – what happened on the station while he was unconscious and why is he ageing so rapidly?

The episode opens with Julian Bashir’s thirtieth birthday approaching and who better to bring it to our attention than Garak (Andrew Robinson). When an alien approaches them attempting to by bio-mimetic gel, something that cannot be sold under Federation law, the alien is furious, and attacks the doctor, rendering him unconscious.

When he wakes, the station appears deserted but for him, Garak and Quark (Armin Shimerman) and perhaps some strange dark force…through it all, he grows older, and older, eventually coming across his crewmates, although none of them are behaving normally. What is happening to Bashir? The station and his friends?

Through the course of the episode we learn that the young doctor is trapped inside his own mind, and that his friends represent parts of himself, and the station as his mind. The alien is taking it all apart, bit by bit. Will he be able to find a way out?

The Human Adventure continues next week as I continue my journeys with both Voyager and Deep Space Nine The Complete Series, both available now from Paramount Pictures.


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