Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 11

Past Tense (1)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 02, 1995 on Syndicado



  • Trivia

    • Bashir wonders whether the human race will abandon its evolved sensibility if something disastrous happens to the Federation. Four years later, during "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", Bashir will accuse Admiral Ross of compromising Federation principals in order to hold onto its alliance with Romulus during the Dominion War.

    • Rule Of Acquisition #111: Treat people in your debt like family. Exploit them. Rule Of Acquisition #217: You can't free a fish from water.

    • This episode marks the only time Chief O'Brien explicitly refers to himself as an "enlisted man". It has, however, been implied in several other episodes.

  • Quotes

    • Vin: No I.D., no fingerprint records, no Interface account. It's like you two don't exist.
      Bashir: Since we don't exist, why not let us go?
      Vin: Let's see, you don't have any I.D., you don't have any money, and you're both dressed like clowns. You figure it out. (takes out two clipboards and hands them to Sisko and Bashir.) 'Please fill out these forms. Answer all the questions to the best of your ability. If you cannot speak English an interpreter will be provided. If you cannot read, the questions can be given verbally. If there is any part of this form you do not understand, please ask one of our staff for assistance.' Now sit down, shut up, and fill out the forms. And if you've got any problems, don't come to me with them.

    • Webb: We've got to remind the people outside that we haven't done anything wrong, that we're not criminals and that we don't deserve to live like this.
      Sisko: We'll spread the word.

    • Webb: I thought you didn't want to get involved.
      Sisko: We changed our minds.
      Webb: Glad to hear it. We can use all the help we can get. This place is about to explode. Most of us agreed to live here because they promised us jobs. I don't know about you, but I haven't been on any job interviews lately. And neither has anyone else. They've forgotten about us.

    • Bashir: Causing people to suffer because you hate them is terrible... But causing people to suffer because you forgotten how to care... that's really hard to understand.

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