Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 4

Take Me Out to the Holosuite

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 21, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Sisko is challenged by Captain Solok, an old Vulcan rival from Starfleet Academy, to a game of baseball in the holosuite, and is given only two weeks to turn his senior staff into a team.

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  • It's not about baseball.

    9.5
    I've been reading the reviews that other fans had written above, and I think that they`re judging this episode in the wrong way. It's not about "DS9 playing baseball", it´s about team play, about understanding each other, about knowing our own limitations. Abount companionship, and friendship.

    We see Odo as the referee, an alien from far, far away acting as the "law" in a simple earthly game. Worf, a klingon warrier with gloves, a bat and running around, with snickers.

    I think that the whole episode deals with the notion of "what it's important is not to win, but to play". When Captain Sisko lets Rom enter the field, and announces his name through the speakers, and the people claps and shouts for him, was one of the most emotive moments of the whole series. I recomend to see this episode with this notion: friendship.

    Watch it and tell me later...moreless
  • 40 minutes of mind numbing cliche and tedium! BUCKLE UP!

    3.7
    It goes without saying that Star Trek has in its almost 40 years on the screen produced its fair share of regrettable episodes...



    This is certainly one of them.



    There isn't much to say beyond - this episode might as well just be "DS9 play baseball" and we all know baseball is probably just about the most boring sport ever conceived.
  • Okay episode.

    8.0
    This episode was really misplaced. It wasn't a bad episode. It's just that it didn't make sense for the crew to play a baseball game in the middle of a fatal war of drastic measures. Maybe the writers did this for comic relief, but other than that, it was definately out of character. I thought that the baseball game was funny. I thought that seeing certain characters try the game for the first time was also very comical. But I could never get over the fact that it was in the middle of a war. I guess Captain Sisko decided to let the troops have fun. Thank you.moreless
  • Silly, but not necessarily in a bad way, hehe. DS9 goes out onto the sunlight, and the baseball field.

    8.0
    Okay, so my understanding of baseball is rather limited, but I still found myself explaining the little I knew to my dad, who watched this ep with me, haha. So it's a baseball episode... Hm... Well, if you don't take it too seriously, you can get past the fact that the vulcans are petty and almost mean, at least IMO, which if you think about it is not as rare as you'd expect for a species with no emotions and have some fun. It's a "light" episode, where even the simple lesson of Rom's participation was something out of a weekend TV movie. But if you take the episode in the spirit in which it was offered, it makes for a good time. By all means: Play ball!moreless
  • A Vulcan captain challenges Captain Sisko to a baseball game. Bravo to the writers!

    10
    Throughout the series, it becomes known that Captain Sisko has a love for the game of baseball. What better way to "make real" his affection for the game, then to actually have one played on DS9.



    Those who thought the episode was silly either was not a fan of baseball, or is simply a negative person who can't see the lighter side of things.



    Not only was the idea of the episode awesome (I would have rated it an 11 if tv.com would allow it) it was brilliantly written.



    A silly episode would have been written in a predictable way. The way events unfolded during the game were surprising and unexpected. The victors of the game and the game's stars, mirror the series' twists, turns, and unorthodox style dissimilar to the other Trek series. The way it ended was a gem!moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Sisko holds the baseball signed by the team up to Solok, the Starfleet Chevron on the ball has no marks near it. But during the closeup at the end of the episode, you can see Worf has signed his name above the Chevron.

    • Nitpick: In "Little Green Men" we find out that Quark and the other Ferengi are actually speaking Ferengi and the universal translator is translating for them. In "Statistical Probabilities" it becomes apparent that this is true for most aliens, when Jack instructs the computer to play back the recording in native language mode and Weyoun starts speaking Dominion. At the end of this episode it is clear that Quark signed the ball in English as did all the other players. This isn't a big stretch for the alien Starfleet officers to know English as they may have picked it up at the Academy, but Quark, Kira, Rom and Leeta probably don't speak English, so how could they write in it?

    • Kira seems to have two different jerseys. When she walks into the dugout after the top of the first, it says "Kira". In later scenes it says "Nerys". Baseball jerseys traditionally list the player's last name, but since for Bajorans this is the first name listed, Kira's jersey should say "Kira".

      Also, Leeta's name can not be seen on her practice jersey, but is printed as "Leeta" on her game jersey, the same mistake. Granted, we never learn Leeta's family name, but she presumably would have one.

    • Bashir's definition of a "bunt" is a little too specific. A bunt is simply the intentional tapping of the ball in an attempt to catch the defense off guard. A "sacrifice bunt" is what Bashir describes, which is intended to move the runner up.

    • Shouldn't Nog be better versed on baseball than he appears? Early seasons revealed he and Jake used to play on the holosuite when Ben couldn't. Jake may just not have explained all the rules, since physically he appears to be a decent player.

    • In "Afterimage", Ezri said she used to be right-handed, meaning she is now left-handed. Sure enough, in the tryout, she is right-handed.

    • In the first tryout, the scene begins with Rom correctly wearing a left-handed glove on his right hand. When they begin playing catch, however, he is wearing a right-handed glove on his right hand (which makes him look more awkward).

    • When the main ops display shows the layout of a baseball diamond it lists the third base dugout as "Visiting Team's Dugout," while a number of major league teams use the first base dugout as the home dugout it is certainly not a rule, and most teams use the third base dugout. In fact, in this episode the home team niners use the third base dugout!

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Quark: I don't have the slightest interest in this hew-mon game.
      Leeta: Oh, you know why? Jake says it's a game that takes heart, and you sold yours a long time ago!

    • Quark: I don't know what you're complaining about. At least you didn't require major surgery.
      Kira: Knitting together a couple of bones is not major surgery.
      Quark: It is when the bones are in the back of your skull. (to Rom) I hope you learned your lesson.
      Rom: Always look behind you before swinging a bat.

    • Solok: (after the Niners celebrate their defeat) This is a typical human reaction, based on emotionalism and illogic.
      Sisko: Is that irritation I hear in your voice?
      Solok: Certainly not.
      Bashir: That sounded positively defensive to me.
      O'Brien: With a hint of anger.
      Quark: Plus a touch of jealousy.
      Kasidy: And a lot of bitterness.
      Ezri: (to Solok) Are you always this emotional?
      Solok: I refuse to engage in this human game of taunting.
      Ezri: Did I forget to wear my spots today?
      Quark: All that intelligence, and he still doesn't know what a Hew-mon looks like.

    • Odo: Gentlemen, you're trying my patience.
      Sisko: He stole a run from us! (gesturing at Odo, he touches him with his finger) Stole it just as if you'd reached up and tore it off the scoreboard!
      Odo: (shouts) You're outta here!
      Sisko: What?
      Odo: "No player shall at any time make intentional contact with the umpire in any manner." The prescribed penalty for the violation is immediate ejection from the game. Rule four point zero six, subsection (a), paragraph four - look it up. But do it in the stands. You're gone!

    • Sisko: (after their first practice) How are my casualties doing?
      Kira: We'll live.
      Ezri: If you believe Julian. Personally, I'm not sure I'm going to make it.

    • Sisko: That's it, Rom. You're done.
      Rom: I'll do better tomorrow, captain.
      Sisko: No, you won't. You're finished. Gone. Off the team.
      Nog: Sir, can't you give him another...
      Sisko: Is anyone talking to you, ensign?
      Rom: I can't play?
      Sisko: That's the smartest thing you've said all week. You can't play! Now get your gear and go.

    • Bashir: Well, if you excuse me, I still have to realign Worf's zygomatic bone.
      Rom: Tell him I'm sorry.

    • O'Brien: I'm not eating, I'm chewing.
      Bashir: Chewing what?
      O'Brien: Gum. It's traditional. I had the replicator create some.
      Bashir: And they just... chewed it?
      O'Brien: They infused the gum with flavor.
      Bashir: What flavor did you infuse it with?
      O'Brien: Scotch.

    • Sisko: We can upgrade your ship's inertial dampers by the end of the day. But we can't begin to overhaul your warp core for at least a week.
      Solok: That is most inefficient.
      Sisko: War's an inefficient business.

    • Sisko: Been a long time.
      Solok: Ten years, two months, five days.
      Sisko: You mean you don't know it to the minute?
      Solok: Of course I do, but humans are often irked by such precision.

    • (as a Vulcan prepares to hit the ball)
      Sisko: All right, Niners, let's hear some chatter.
      Kasidy: Hey batter, batter, batter, batter, batter, batter!
      Leeta: Hey batter, batter, batter, batter, batter, batter, batter!
      Worf: Death to the Opposition!

    • Sisko: Quark, a round of drinks for the house, on my tab.
      Quark: I'm WAY ahead of you, Captain!

    • O'Brien: Nog, he didn't touch the base!
      Nog: Wh-What do I do?!
      Worf: Find him and kill him!!

    • Sisko: Tell me something I don't know.
      Kasidy: Okay, you're lifting your foot up at the plate.
      Sisko: What?!

  • NOTES (7)

    • Ironically, though Rom was the worst player on the Niners, Max Grodénchik, the actor who plays Rom, was actually the best player in the cast. Grodénchik had played semi-professional ball in high school and had to play left handed to convincingly play such an unskilled character. By comparison, Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) was the worst player in the cast.

    • Kasidy Yates' number on her baseball uniform is number 47. Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.

    • Some of the actors unfortunately had very poor baseball skills. Joey Banks, son of Chicago Cubs outfielder Ernie Banks and member of the Deep Space Nine stunt team gave them lessons to appear more experienced.

    • Nicole DeBoer's opening credit changed to reflect the promotion of Ezri to Lieutenant.

    • The baseball field scenes were filmed at Loyola-Marymount College, in Los Angeles, CA.

    • First time the United Federation Of Planets anthem, composed by David Bell, is played, at the beginning of the game.

    • The insignia on the Logicians' caps is the IDIC, a piece of jewellery often worn as a broach by Vulcans. It stands for 'Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations', a basic tenet of Vulcan philosophy.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • During Sisko's initial speech on the pitcher's mound, he says "I know it looks simple. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball." This is also part of the speech that the coach recites in the famous lollygaggers scene in the movie Bull Durham.

    • Atlanta Braves baseball cap
      During the tryouts and practices of the Niners, Jake wears an Atlanta Braves baseball cap. Cirroc Lofton's uncle is MLB player Kenny Lofton, who played for the Braves during the 1997-98 season (roughly the same time this episode was produced and aired).

    • Take Me Out To The Ball Game

      The title of this episode is a reference to the song Take Me Out To The Ball Game (written by Jack Norworth) that is sung during the seventh inning stretch at nearly every ball park in the country.

      Ironically, Norworth never saw a baseball game in his life.

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