Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 24, 1993 on Syndicado

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  • 'Dumb but fun' just about sums up 'Babel'

    Chief O'Brien - harrassed and overworked as he tries to keep DS9's systems operational - inadvertantly unleashes a virus that causes aphasia, or the inability to communicate, in its victims.

    The plot is a little hackneyed (we've had these 'crew stricken by mysterious illness/virus' storylines many times before), but the aphasia aspect was quite novel and well done (I loved some of the garbled dialogue, such as 'she's flowery units about the lad herself').

    The plot plays out very conventionally I have to say, although it's enlivened throughout by some fun and engaging characterisation, particularly between Quark and Odo, who steal every scene they're in.