Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 8

Things Past

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 18, 1996 on Syndicado
8.1
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Stardate: Unknown Sisko, Odo, Dax and Garak are shifted into the past, when DS9 was known as Terok Nor. To each other, they appear normal, but to others they appear as Bajoran slaves. Soon they are accused of planting a bomb, and are sentenced to death.

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  • Odo goes loco

    7.0
    This episode, reminiscent of "Spectre of the Gun", is a companion piece to second season's "Necessary Evil," returning us to the dark days when the Cardassians ran Terok Nor (Deep Space Nine) and exploring Odo's past in a roundabout way. The plot goes in circles for a while, coasting on the mystery of the premise, before finding a direction in the second half and turning into a satisfying Odo character piece (making us wonder why Sisko, Garak, and Dax are such a large part of this thing to begin with). Overall, however, it comes across as a poor man's "Necessary Evil", with the same dystopian cinematography and a similar surprise revelation, but without the great plot and story structure of its predecessor.



    Worth watching? Yes. A special DS9 episode? No.moreless
  • The counterpart to "Necessary Evil", but not quite as good.

    8.0
    One of the recurring themes in DS9 was "can one be a collaborator without moral corruption?" This episode actually does a pretty good job of exploring that by examining one uncorrupted collaborator, Odo - perhaps the only individual who escaped the occupation with his moral standing untarnished.



    Within the context of this episode, we discover that maybe it's not possible to avoid corruption. Even good old Odo sentenced innocent men to their deaths - not willfully, of course, but due to banal negligence. It's a great story, and the final revelation is powerful, as is the final scene with Major Kira. (An intentional homage to "Necessary Evil", when the shoe was on the other foot.) Kurtwood Smith nails Odo's mannerisms, something you appreciate even more on repeat viewing.



    Revisiting the grim environs of Occupation-era Terok Nor, with its dim lighting and unrelenting grey colours, is also a welcome surprise. But nevertheless, this episode never quite manages to reach classic status. It's not really clear why the other crew members are along - they don't add much (aside from some revelatory scenes with Gul Dukat) aside from being Odo's loyal audience. And unfortunately, we know right away that it's somehow all in Odo's head. Perhaps they could have revealed that at the very end?moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Victor Bevine

Victor Bevine

Belar

Guest Star

Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith

Thrax

Guest Star

Louahn Lowe

Louahn Lowe

Okala

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Listen in the scene where Dr. Bashir questioned the computer in the infirmary, it responded with the beep of a Starfleet computer rather than that of the Cardassian computer present on the station.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Odo: Would it damage the timeline too much if Quark were to have a little accident?

    • Dukat: The Bajorans are... well, they're like my children, I suppose. And like any father, I want only what's best for them.
      Jadzia: (pretending to be a Bajoran) And you still feel that way now, after some of your 'children' tried to kill you.
      Dukat: Bad manners are the fault of the parent, not the child.

    • Odo: There is more to life than the rule of law.
      Thrax: It has been my observation that only the guilty make that kind of statement.

    • Garak: I took the liberty of borrowing this from the gentleman who thought my nose needed adjustment.
      Odo: I see I'm going to have to add the word 'pickpocket' to your resume.
      Garak: It's only a hobby.
      Odo: Interesting that a simple tailor should just happen to have a high level security code.
      Garak: Yes, isn't it? And if my nose didn't hurt so much, I'd tell you a fascinating story about how I came to possess it.

    • Garak: (working in Quark's bar) I remember the occupation being a little more tidy than this.
      Sisko: Everything's tidy when someone else is doing the cleaning.
      Garak: The Bajorans were much more suited for this sort of thing than we were - servile work is in their nature.
      Sisko: I'll remember to mention that to Major Kira when we get back.
      Garak: There are exceptions to every rule.

    • Quark: Well, you know how rumors are.
      Thrax: Yes - they're usually true.

    • Resistance Member: ...if you tried to kill one of the spoonheads...
      Garak: SPOONHEADS?!

    • Garak: You'd think they'd put us in our own cell block, instead of with the common criminals! After all, we are accused of attempting to assassinate the station's commander! That deserves some respect!
      Sisko: Maybe they'll salute when they execute us.

    • Sisko: I thought the Bajorans bent over backwards to be polite to you, Garak.
      Garak: Giving me a name tag that read: 'Elim Garak, former Cardassian Oppressor', was hardly polite!

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