Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997/1998) – Statistical Probabilities, and The Magnificent Ferengi

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Rene Echevarria pens the teleplay for this Bashir (Alexander Siddig) episode from a story by Pam Pietroforte that first aired on 24 November, 1997.

Doctor Bashir has to confront his genetically engineered past again when a group of likewise engineered humans arrive on the station hoping he will help them integrate into society and make a worthwhile contribution to the Federation,

Meanwhile, the Dominion offer up a truce to the Federation.

Bashir’s storyline and those of the savants who arrive on the station is a solid Trek look at incarceration, and mental health.

The group become entranced with the negotiations that are going on between Starfleet and the Dominion, and are able to suss out what the invaders are really up to. It’s nicely done, but also leads the doctor and his group to a troubling conclusion.

Unfortunately, one of the actors who plays one of the savants just makes some horrible character choices and proves to be more annoying than solid craft work. Siddig on the other hand, is wonderfully on point, and is fantastic, playing the joy and the pain that his character goes through during the episode.

And I love how the friendship the doctor has with O’Brien (Colm Meaney) is so relaxed, realistic, and always a lot of fun to see on screen, even when they don’t get along.

It’s a good episode, layers out Bashir more, and also lets the character see his friends in a new way.


Station log: stardate unknown

Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler pen this raucous episode that first debuted on 1 January, 1998.

Trouble comes to Quark (Armin Shimerman) when his mother, Ishka (Cecily Adams) ends up in the hands of the Dominion. Quark, his brother Rom (Max Grodenchik) and his nephew Nog (Aron Eisenberg) plan a rescue mission.

There’s a lot of laughs in this one, but it also explores what it means to be a hero, and despite the humor, it does something to make the Ferengi a little more serious. But of course it also comes down to latinum for the motivating factor for the ‘team’s’ actions, and when things start to go wrong, even money may not be able to save them.

It’s a great episode, and lets a lot of supporting characters have a number of great moments, and it’s a delight to watch this one play out. The episode also features Iggy Pop (!) as one of the Vorta of the Dominion, and Jeffrey Combs returns as Brunt – I love that he plays two aliens in this series on a regular basis.

Next week the Human Adventure continues as I explore The Complete Series on DVD , now available from Paramount Pictures.

Boldly go…



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