Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 24

Time's Orphan

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 20, 1998 on Syndicado



  • Allusions

    • Children Of Time
      This episode is similar in some ways to the 5th season episode "Children Of Time", and has, essentially, much the same answer for the question of 'time developments', the paradox of what do you do if you change events and alter the results that produced people and lives that depended on the event. In this one, they pluck an 18 year Molly from 10 years after she was accidentally deposited into an Eden-like place. Instead of continuing to fish for the 8 year, they elect to attempt to bring the now somewhat feral child back to civilization, arguing, basically, that the 18 year has as much right to exist as the 8 year they would be bringing back (thus destroying the 18 year variant who would never have developed). In the end, the feral Molly, who is failing to adapt, is being returned to the place she came from. An anomaly in the portal sends the 18 year back, instead, to shortly after she arrived, and she winds up face to face with her 8 year self. She sends the 8 year back through the portal she came from, and fades from existence, her history eradicated.