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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 10

Our Man Bashir

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 27, 1995 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 49300.7 A transporter accident traps the senior crew of Deep Space Nine in Bashir's James Bond-like holodeck scenario, with each one taking the role of different characters.

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  • "I think I joined the wrong intelligence service!"

    With a title derived from a James Bond parody called "Our Man Flint" (1966), this comedic Bashir episode uses one of Trek's most ridiculous premises since "Spock's Brain" to allow everyone to cut loose and have fun in a spy spoof. Like TNG's sixth season episode, "A Fistful of Datas", the show uses a malfunctioning holodeck as a way to step into a new genre, and in this case it provides a vehicle for many of the regulars to play the episode's guest stars. While the science behind the premise is silly to say the least, the point of Star Trek is to entertain, and this comedic episode passes this test with flying colors.

    The star of the show is the suave Alexander Siddig (Bashir) who walks with ease from elaborate set to elaborate set (which each, in true Bond style, include complex moving parts). He's joined, but not upstaged, by Andrew Robinson (Garak) who plays the perfect sidekick: the real life secret agent who treats the romantic notion of espionage with bemusement and a wink. "I think I joined the wrong intelligence service!" Falling by accident into the holodeck adventure are all the familiar "spy" characters: the Sexy Woman Agent with an Accent (named Anastasia and replaced with Kira's image); the One-eyed Hitman with a Score to Settle (named Falcon and played by O'Brien); the Female Scientist with a Silly Name (Honey Bare, played by Dax); the Tuxedoed Gambling Mobster (Duchamps, played by Worf); and, of course, the Megalomaniacal Villain Trying to Destroy the World (Dr. Noah, played by Sisko). Meanwhile, the B story features Odo, Eddington, and Rom trying to save those trapped in the holodeck, with the dark station providing a nice contrast to the bright, gaudy spy sets. Everything is played over the top, with director Winrick Kolbe shooting the holodeck adventure in a comic book style and Jay Chattaway giving it a bigger than life score that's stands out as one of Trek's best.

    "Our Man Bashir" might be Trek's best holodeck adventure.moreless
  • A great James Bond parody

    This episode had all the elements of a James Bond film: A suave gentleman superspy, beautiful women with suggestive names, and a diabolical villain bent on world-domination. It's funny seeing Garak as a Felix Leiter-type character. The scene with Noah/Sisko tying Bashir and Garak to the lasers is a great parody of the laser scene in Goldfinger except that Bashir didn't ask "Do you expect me to talk?" with Noah responding "No, Mr. Bashir, I expect you to die!" Honey Bare/Dax helping Bashir - shades of Pussy Galore. Komananov/Kira acting as Bashir's wife - shades of Tatiana Romanova. Noah in a Nehru jacket - shades of Julius No and Ernst Stavro Blofeld.moreless
  • Another "holodeck malfunction episode", but among the best. Julian Bashir and Garak as international men of mystery.

    The Next Generation introduced the "holodeck malfunction episode" on several occasions to mixed results. This is another installment in the genre, but this time things work out really well.

    Julian Bashir likes to play James Bond in his favorite holosuite program, much to Garak's amusement. However, due to an accident with the transporter (the plot device du jour), the program starts malfunctioning and inserts members of the crew as holo-characters. Sisko becomes the mad scientist bent on destroying the world, Worf and O'Brien his henchmen, Kira a sexy Russian spy, and Jadzia an even sexier geologist.

    Much as in other holodeck malfunction episodes, the situation quickly becomes a matter of life and death. Bashir has to stay alive while not killing any of the bad guys (which may kill their real life counterparts). Garak is more interested in self-preservation, the others be damned, which leads to some tensions between him and the doctor. Eventually Julian Bashir, international man of mystery, saves the day -- by destroying the (holo-)world.

    I thought this episode was a clever parody of the 60s spy movie genre. Avery Brooks is fantastic as the mad scientist. Also, the baccarat scene with Worf as "Duchamps" (smoking a cigar!) is very funny. Garak (an actual spy!) is full of witty commentary on Bashir's make-believe fantasy world, though I would have liked him to be a more involved participant (rather than a detached observer). It's too bad that Armin Shimerman (Quark) and Rene Auberjonois (Odo) weren't among the characters in the program -- they would have been hilarious.moreless
  • Cracking, one off episode.

    Okay, so the basic premise is a bit silly (well, a lot silly) but this episode shows that the team can do comedy every bit as well as they do straight episodes.

    So it doesn't move the story arc on? So what? The Original Series thrived on one off episodes.

    There are a lot of fine performances in this, - not just Alexander Siddig, but Nana Visitor's over the top Russian female KGB Colonel also deserves special mention. And to put Garak, the real world spy, in as counterpoint to the Bondesque silliness was a stroke of genius. A cardassian in a DJ. Classic.

    It had everything, - silly gadgets, fist fights, an over the top plan to rule the world and also Terry Farrell's remove the glasses and shake the hair moment.

    To criticise this episode as one reviewer has done because there's no logic to it rather misses the point. An excellent antidote to some of the po-faced episodes that surround it, such as Starship Down.moreless
  • This was a funny episode.

    Never liked Bashir way too much, he was too soft for my taste, and picturing him as a world famous spy was just funny, but in a good way. It wasn't a bad episode at all, I loved seeing the relationship between him and Garak develop under such circumstances, it was rather interesting. Still, like I said, seeing Bashir solve a case that isn't related to medicine was rather silly to me, but it was a fun episode to watch, and I like it. It was rather different than the usual Deep Space Nine episodes, but amusing, with a so-so plot and nice character development.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Marci Brickhouse

Marci Brickhouse

Mona Luvsitt

Guest Star

Melissa Young

Melissa Young


Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson


Recurring Role

Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik


Recurring Role

Ken Marshall

Ken Marshall

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: Where have all the Engineering personnel gone? It seems that all of the Starfleet engineers have disappeared, as it is left to Rom to fix the transporter problem.

    • Nitpick: Odo and Quark seem to possess a wealth of technical knowledge about the station, when, in previous episodes, they knew very little about its operation.

    • Goof: The countdown clock shown is an LED display, which is an anachronism, given LED clocks didn't exist until the early 1970s, not the mid-1960's this holosuite program is set in.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode, the Orinoco is cleared for landing pad 3. The landing pads are lettered, not numbered.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Garak: If I were you, I'd grab the nearest bottle of champagne and shoot me!

    • Falcon: You've done it, Doctor.
      Noah: Yes. Although somehow, I didn't expect to win. (to Bashir) I guess the only thing left to do now is, kill you.

    • Garak: Interesting, you saved the day by destroying the world.
      Bashir: I bet they didn't teach you that in the Obsidian Order.
      Garak: No, but it seems there's a great deal they didn't teach me, like the value of a good game of chance, or how indulging in fantasy can keep one's mind creative.

    • Rom: I've had to make a few modifications to this holosuite over the years.
      Eddington: A few? It's like a junkyard in here.
      Rom: My brother won't let me buy new components, so I've had to scavenge for what I need.
      Quark: I'm barely breaking even on the holosuites as it is. If I had to buy new equipment every time there was a glitch...
      Eddington: Where's the core memory interface?
      Rom: Oh, it's right behind the spatula.
      Eddington: The spatula?
      Rom: It's made of a copper-ytterbium composite, the perfect plasma conductor.

    • Bashir: (talking about Noah's mansion) Which isn't surprising, considering we're on the south-eastern slope of Mount Everest. At about... twenty-two thousand feet, I should say.
      Noah: Twenty-five, actually.
      Bashir: You must not get many tourists.

    • Garak: Another decorator's nightmare! This era had a distinct lack of taste.

    • Garak: (surveying Bashir's luxury apartment) You live here?!
      Bashir: Yes. I work for one of the nation states of this era, Great Britain, which is battling various other nations in what is called the Cold War. This apartment, my clothes, weapons, even my valet were provided by my government.
      Garak: I think I joined the wrong intelligence service!

    • Garak: Kiss the girl, get the key. They never taught me that in the Obsidian Order.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode marks, in many ways, the character development of Max Grodenchik's character, Rom. We see how much he does in maintaining Quark's bar and just how much technical knowledge he possesses.

    • According to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, the producers of the show got a letter from MGM regarding the close references to the James Bond films. The Companion does not say what the letter said, other than to say "apparently MGM did not find imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery." As such, in the season five sequel to this episode, "A Simple Investigation", the references to the Bond films were made much more subtle.

    • This is the most expensive Deep Space Nine episode that was made. It also took the longest amount of time to shoot, at 9 1/2 days.

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

    • Due to legal circumstances, this episode cannot be shown in syndication in the U.S. It is however available on the Deep Space Nine DVD collection. Despite not being syndicated, this episode IS in the Spike TV rotation.

    • Alexander Siddig and Nana Visitor had just become a couple at the time the episode was being filmed.


    • Goldfinger
      At the beginning of the episode, Bashir sees the henchman through the reflection in the wine bottle. In the third of the Bond films, Goldfinger (1964), James Bond saw the reflection of an assassin in the eyes of a woman he was about to kiss.

    • James Bond Theme
      The music that is playing when Garak and Bashir are escaping through the tunnels, sounds remarkably like the James Bond theme.

    • The stardate of this episode is 49300.7

      This is yet another allusion to the James Bond films, as "007" was James Bond's code-number within MI6. The double "0" meant that he was licensed to kill in the line of his duties.

    • James Bond

      At the end of the episode, Bashir tells Garak, "Something tells me Julian Bashir, secret agent, will return," which is a reference to the end credits of many Bond films which conclude with "James Bond will return..."

    • GoldenEye
      This episode premiered near the release of GoldenEye, the first of the James Bond pictures to feature Pierce Brosnan and generally considered the picture that revived the then-ailing Bond franchise. In addition to being an interesting Bond homage in its own right, it was intended to capitalize on some of the Bond pre-release excitement.

    • Dr. Noah
      The name of the super villain enacted by Benjamin Sisko is a rare double allusion. Doctor Noah harkens back to James Bond's first movie villain Doctor No, while at the same time carries biblical connotations appropriate for a villain whose scheme is to flood the entire planet.

    • Our Man Flint
      The title "Our Man Bashir" was inspired by the campy super spy movie Our Man Flint (1966) starring James Coburn.