Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – By Inferno’s Light, and Doctor Bashir, I Presume

Station log: stardate 50564.2

Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe pen the conclusion from last week’s two parter, and supply us with some answers while moving the massive Dominion arc forward and bringing us to the edge of war.

First airing on 17 February, 1997, the story has lots to share… Worf (Micheal Dorn), Garak (Andrew Robinson) – who we learn suffers from claustrophobia – and Bashir (Alexander Siddig)  fight to escape the Jem’Hadar internment camp they are imprisoned with. This sounds like a familiar story, and there are a couple of moments that call to mind The Great Escape.

Meanwhile the station, where a chengeling version of Bashir is working, braces for assault as the Dominion fleet pours out of the wormhole, and Sisko (Avery Brooks) and the rest need to be ready to take on the threat.

And there’s a terrifying reveal when Dukat (Marc Alaimo) lets the station, and its protective fleet, know that the Cardassians and the Dominion have formed an alliance. Dukat is using that to solidify his power base, and regain complete control of Cardassian space.

I love all the stuff on the station as we see it, under Sisko’s command transition into a battle-ready floating fortress, even as Dukat threatens to reclaim it.

But Sisko and his crew hold the line, Garak helps with the perfect escape, while Worf fights for his life, and while the episode ends fairly happily, including a new peace treaty between the Klingons and the Federation, which sees Martok (J.G. Hertzler) assigned there.

But the Dominion and the Cardassians are a much more dangerous threat now…


Station log: stardate unknown

Ronald D. Moore pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs. it first aired on 24 February, 1997. Obviously, as the title indicates, this is a Bashir episode. But it also features Robert Picardo.

Picardo reprises his role as Dr. Zimmerman, the director of holographic imaging (as well as the Emergency Medical Hologram), comes to the station to inform Bashir that he will be the new model of the EMH… in this case he will be the Long Term Medical Hologram.

Unfortunately, problems will arise with the arrival of his parents, Richard (Brian George) and Amsha (Fadwa El Guindi), and he’s worried about a secret from his past coming out.

There is a hint of something developing between Leeta (Chase Masterson) and Rom (Max Grodenchik) but also the potential between Zimmerman and the dabo girl – who is getting tired of waiting for Rom to ask her out. It’s fun watching Rom dance around the question of asking her out.

There are some moments, and its great to see the characters open up about one of their own, and there’s a nice sense of fun to the story, which is needed after the intensity of the prior two parter.

The Human Adenture continues next week as I continue to explore The Complete Series on DVD!

Boldly go…


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