Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Trials and Tribble-ations

Season 5, Ep 6, Aired 11/4/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate:4523.7 While returning to Deep Space Nine with the Bajoran Orb of Time, the crew is thrown back to the 23rd Century. They must infiltrate the original Starship Enterprise in order to stop an undercover Klingon from assassinating the legenday Captain James T. Kirk.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Terry Farrell

    Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

  • Michael Dorn

    Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • "I lied to Captain Kirk! I wish Keiko could have been there to see it"

    By Celedorian, Jul 30, 2013

  • the powers brothers from George Lopaz

    By robs2254, Nov 20, 2013

  • A great Story

    By adric-5, Nov 24, 2012

  • A unique meeting of captains.

    By cactusjack39, Jan 22, 2009

  • A love letter to the original series, and a hilarious romp all around.

    By pharoahsdance, Oct 19, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Odo: (The agents from the office of Temporal Investigation leave) Did you tell them?
      Sisko: They didn't ask. (pauses) I'm open to suggestions, people.
      Dax: We could... build another station. (camera pans out to reveal that the promenade is covered with Tribbles)

    • Worf: They were once considered mortal enemies of the Klingon Empire.
      Odo: (holds up tribble) This, a mortal enemy of the Empire?
      Worf: They were an ecological menace! A plague that had to be wiped out!
      Odo: Wiped out? What're you saying?
      Worf: Hundreds of warriors were sent to track them down throughout the galaxy. An armada obliterated the tribbles' home world. By the end of the twenty-third century, they were eradicated.
      Odo: Another glorious chapter in Klingon history. Tell me, do they still sing songs about the great tribble hunt?

    • O'Brien: (standing at a panel) I'm afraid to touch anything. It's all cross-circuited and patched together - I can't make heads or tails of it.
      Bashir: Sounds like one of your repair jobs.

    • Bashir: (Bashir noticing Sisko and O'Brien wearing the old era uniforms) Aren't you two wearing the wrong color?
      O'Brien: Don't you know anything about this time period?
      Bashir: I'm a doctor, not a historian!
      Sisko: In the old days, operations officers wore red and command officers the gold.
      Jadzia: And women wore less. (models her outfit)
      Bashir: I think I'm going to like history!

    • Bashir: (talking about Worf) I rather like the way you smell.
      O'Brien: Kind of a... peaty, earthy aroma.
      Bashir: With just a touch of lilac.

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    Notes (17)

    • This episode was released as a bonus feature the DVD Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 Remastered along The Original Series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" and Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "More Tribbles, More Trouble" (All of which are located on Disc 5).

    • Archival footage of "The Trouble With Tribbles" included appearances by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Stanley Adams, Whit Bissell, Michael Pataki, William Schallert, Paul Baxley, Guy Raymond, David Ross and Leslie Ackerman.

    • The film from the original "Trouble With Tribbles" episode was used instead of a VHS tape of it, so that there wouldn't be a difference in quaility between the original scenes and the new Deep Space Nine scenes, especially for scenes where the characters from both shows were in the same shot.

    • Contrary to popular belief, all the props and sets were recreations of the originals, often made with different materials, since the old materials in many cases were no longer available. As far as the costumes go, the only originals that were reused were the four Klingon uniforms.

    • There were 1,400 tribbles used to make this episode, and they were provided by Lincoln Enterprises, which was Majel Roddenberry's company. However, there was one tribble prop from the original "Trouble With Tribbles". It was used in the scene where Bashir and O'Brien see all the tribbles in the hallway. It is being petted by an officer played, appropriatly enough, by David Gerrold, the writer of the original episode.

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    Trivia (17)

    • The names of temporal investigators Lucsly and Dulmer are anagrams for X-Files characters Scully and Mulder.

    • Nitpick: Apparently, the "Orb of Time" can not only send people back in time, it can also send them over 200 light years distance away!

    • All the uniformed officers from DS9 change their uniform colours to fit in, except for Dr Bashir, who stays in blue. Sisko changes to gold and O'Brien and Dax change to red.

    • Nitpick: It's rather odd that during Sisko's conversation with Dulmer and Lucsly, no one ever brings up Sisko and his crew's previous trip through time in "Past Tense", which¬†did contaminate the timeline.

    • Goof: In the turbolift scene, when Lt. Watley leaves, an extra walks in from the left. However, before they fully enter, you can see a hand reach out from off the screen and hold them briefly, then lets them go.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Sisko: ...about fighting the Gorn on Cestus III.

      This is a reference to the Original Series episode "Arena". However, Kirk did not fight the Gorn on Cestus III, he fought him on a Metron planet. (Sisko could, however, be referring to the fire fight at the beginning of that episode but it seems unlikely as it was not nearly as notable).

    • Bashir: I'm a doctor, not a historian.
      Bashir's comment is a tip of the hat to DeForest Kelley's 'catch phrase' on the Star Trek: TOS.

    • The X-Files
      The names Dulmer and Lucsly were anagrams of The X-Files characters of Mulder and Scully. This was a show of gratitude to the program and the people behind it.

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    • gfunk4life360 Nov 27, 2013

      All. I . Have. To. Say. Is. I . Loved.This. Episode. I. Am. Glade.They. Limited. Kirk. Talking.