Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 25

The Sound of Her Voice

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jun 10, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 51948.3

The Defiant attempts to rescue Captain Lisa Cusak who has crashed on a planet with high amounts of carbon dioxide, with a limited supply of triox to keep her alive. Although the Defiant crew establishes around the clock contact with her to keep her company, their conversations end up helping the crew more than anticipated. Meanwhile on the station, Quark attempts to keep Odo distracted while planning an illegal transaction.moreless

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  • At the begining of the episode, we see the ways in which the crew has grown apart, but due to a time-shifted communication signal, they learn to grow together.

    I love this episode, even though there are parts I think are a little off, the episode is really good.

    I could complain about the fact that they could look up Cusak's ship in the database to see when they were last heard from, but I won't.

    The various characters are tense, the war has been dragging on for awhile, and they are on a patrol (or is it convoy) mission when they recieve a distress signal. We get to learn how each of the characters feel about one another, and about what is going on in their lives. We see the tension between Kassidy and Sisko, and with Lisa's help, how they move through those tensions. Throughout the episode the Defiant continues to near the planet Cusak is on, while she continues to grow weaker. Shortly after she passes out, the Defiant reaches the planet. Yet upon finding the cave she was in, they find only a skeleton and the communications device. It is at that time we learn that Captain Cusak died more than three years earlier.

    The crew is saddened, Lisa had become a close friend to them during the six days they communicated to her through subspace. So they take her body back to the station with them, and have a wake. The wake scene is one of the most emotional scenes in the entire series. Bashir and O'Brien both speak about how important Lisa's conversations were to them. They (the characters) had grown apart over the years, especially in recent days because of the war. They realize this, and we are even given a hint of forshadowing when he (O'Brien) says that one morning they'll wake up and someone in the circle won't be there. It's a touching moment that they toast to the sound of her voice, even as one of the characters we loved for six years bids farewell in the following episode.

    For it's character development and the the way it forshadows what is to follow, this episode is very well done.moreless
  • Lost DS9 Gem

    One of the great things about the DVDs is that, with each viewing, one can rediscover (or discover for the first time) series' underrated gems. I contend that "The Sound of Her Voice" is one such gem. It happens to have two major stories, both of which are executed extremely well. It has some of the series's most subtle and effective use of camerawork to show the characters' emotional states. Finally, it has some of the finest character moments in the series.

    The primary story concerns a Starfleet Captain, one Lisa Cusak, who has been stranded on an oxygen-depleted world with few provisions. The Defiant begins a race against the clock to save her, and in order to keep her brain active, the senior staff take turns talking to her around the clock. This isn't the Defiant we're used to, though--the strain of war has turned our heroes into hollowed-out, joyless beings, each of whom is becoming alienated from the others. Lisa turns out to be a nascent counselor, who tries to help the crew. Eventually, they reach the planet with no time to spare, and...I wouldn't want to spoil the ending for those who haven't seen it.

    The secondary story, though, is also good, thanks to the inspired pairing of Jake and Quark. Jake becomes one of Quark's "associates" in order to better understand devious characters. As Quark tells him, "Nobody involved in extra-legal activities thinks of themselves as devious." Quark decides to take advantage of Odo's relationship with Kira to smuggle some profitable crystals off the station. There are, of course, complications. This pairing does solve a problem: ultimately, the character of Jake often had little to do in the latter seasons, and attempts to make him friends with Bashir and O'Brien didn't quite work out. With Quark, though, there is a surprising comraddery--they are both outcasts, of a type, from their societies, and the idea of Quark as a surrogate father to a straight-laced Human is golden. Unfortunately, the pairing didn't strike most people as magical, since it never happened again. I guess it can only be enjoyed in this episode.

    The ending of this show, though, has some of the most touching character moments in the entire show. I always get a little choked up during Bashir's speech, and O'Brien's toast is wonderful as well. There is also a moment between Odo and Kira which adds another layer to the Quark/Odo relationship, and a small one between Ben and Kasidy that works as well. Also, there is an intentional and none-too-subtle bit of foreshadowing of the plot twist in the next episode, "Tears of the Prophets."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

Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson

Lisa Cusak

Guest Star

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Kasidy Yates

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Couldn't Sisko have checked with Starfleet to find out when Captain Cusack was last heard from? He would've known then that something was wrong, with her suddenly talking after a long absence.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (almost succeeding in making an illegal deal)
      Quark: I don't believe it.
      Jake: Neither do I.
      Quark: I'm going to win this one, Jake. You know what the best part is?
      Jake: Hmm?
      Quark: I beat Odo. I finally beat him. Jake, I did it. I beat him!

    • (talking about Quark)
      Kira: Well, he looks happy.
      Odo: He should be. He's about to make his biggest profit of the year.
      Kira: I don't know, Odo. You sure you want to let him get away with smuggling Denevan crystals?
      Odo: I owe him one. So he'll get this one - but just this one.

    • Bashir: And one more thing - contrary to popular belief... I am not the arrogant, self-absorbed, god-like doctor that I appear to be on occasion... Isn't anyone going to object to that statement?
      O'Brien: I will, if you insist.

    • O'Brien: I never shook her hand, and I never saw her face... but she made me laugh, and she made me weep. She was all by herself... and I was surrounded by my friends, but I felt more alone than she did. We've grown apart, the lot of us. We didn't mean for it to happen - but it did. The war changed us... pulled us apart. Lisa Cusak was my friend, but you're also my friends. And I want my friends in my life. Because some day we gonna wake up, we gonna find that someone is missing from this circle... and on that day we're gonna mourn... but we shouldn't have to mourn alone. To Lisa and the sweet sound of her voice...

    • Jake: So what are you going to do?
      Quark: Well, let's think... my best option is... panic.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The speech at the end of the episode by Miles about losing a friend for their circle was intentionally written in to foreshadow Jadzia's death in the season finale since actress Terry Farrell announced she had planned to leave the show.

    • Ferengi Rule Of Acquisition

      #285: "No good deed ever goes unpunished."

    • This episode was originally called "Voice In The Darkness". It was going to be about Sisko picking up a transmission from a woman in 1940s America, and he would fall in love with her. This idea was dropped due to Sisko's relationship with Kasidy.

    • When Miles and Cusak are discussing not liking ship's counselors, Miles is lying stretched out on his bunk, hands resting on his waist - exactly the stereotypical position that one would be in while talking to a shrink.

    • The USS Olympia was on a eight year mission exploring the Beta Quadrant. Add another three years for the metreon radiation effect and it had been gone for the entire run of both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

    • Former MADtv star Debra Wilson stars as Captain Cusak.