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DS9 3-18

DS9 3x18
"Distant Voices"

Original airdate: 4/10/1995
Rewatch date: 8/8/2013


Dr. Bashir is trapped in his own mind and must find a way out before he dies in the real world.

Spoiler-free notes:

I take it back; this is something trippy happening to Bashir!

There's a Cardassian writer named "Shoggoth"? Somebody's a Lovecraft fan, methinks.

Given the much higher life expectancy in the 24th Century, would turning 30 be as big a deal as it is now?

Bashir actually looks pretty good with the touch of gray in his hair.

I wouldn't be surprised if it were revealed that Quark and Garak procured the bio-mimetic gel for Altovar in the end.

This episode is a neat idea, but it is dragged out way too far and excruciatingly over-explained through pages and pages of condescending exposition. It does a good job fleshing out Bashir, as a character, introducing us to a few paradoxes in his backstory that beg for resolution later on, and showcasing some excellent acting from Alexander Siddig. Still, as an episode, it's a bit on the weak side.



Spoiler section:

I'm sorry, but I have to bring it up again. This episode asks the question of why Bashir deliberately threw his med school test, blowing his chance at being top of his class, but it doesn't answer it. Come on! The writers are adamant--adamant--that they didn't plan the twist in Bashir's character, but it fits so ridiculously well that it's hard to believe, especially after this episode. Granted, had they actually planned it, I'm sure they would have dropped more hints and would have probably revealed his genetic modifications by now.





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