Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 17


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 27, 1995 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 48576.7 O'Brien is exposed to a small amount of radiation that allows him to shift through time several hours into the future, where he witnesses the station's destruction and his own death.

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  • Unique and memorable

    With its Klingons and Romulans, time travel and technobabble, you'd think this was a TNG episode. (Perhaps it's therefore fitting that it features Chief O'Brien). But as a Deep Space Nine offering, it's a nice departure for the series and an improvement over TNG's similar second season episode "Timed Squared". Embracing Voyager's theory of time behaving irrationally ("Parallax"), the writers eschew explanations and opt for a tongue in cheek approach to time travel paradoxes, allowing them to have fun with the premise and up the ante with each jump. (In fact, "Visionary" features the only look at Deep Space Nine's destruction we'll ever see). Yet, like Back to the Future, the script and direction keep things crystal clear for the audience so we never get confused over story points. (The dense story also allows most of the other actors a chance to shine, almost turning it into an ensemble Perhaps most interesting and bold of all, the writers throw us a curve with an ending that still has Trek fans debating its meaning - although in a practical sense, it really doesn't matter. Regardless, this is one of DS9's more unique and memorable episodes.moreless
  • A classic "sucks to be O'Brien episode". Brilliantly written.

    For some reason, the first time I saw this it did not have the gripping impact of "Whispers" or "Hard Time". But this time around, I felt pretty comfortable putting it in the same class.

    This is one of those extremely densely written episodes - the kind that feel like they pack 60 or 90 minutes into a 45 minute space. For an O'Brien-centric episode, there's plenty of stuff tackled here - Klingon espionage, Romulan intrigue, Odo's detective skills, and of course the Kira-Odo romance.

    And yet the man of the day stands out here. He knew how to play the tormented O'Brien perfectly (we got the first hints on TNG's "The Wounded"). At first the visions of the future seem inevitable. But then we get visions that turn out not to be. And finally, we get an unsettling pretzel of a time-twister; even O'Brien agrees that it doesn't (or might not make sense).

    The ending's switcharoo disturbs O'Brien, and it disturbs O'Brien - who knows he's the wrong O'Brien for this time and place.

    Trivia: this is the second episode with the dartboard, and the first one in which the dartboard arrives at Quark's. An amusing sequence in which Quark tries to throw darts ensues.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

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

Jack Shearer

Jack Shearer


Guest Star

Annette Helde

Annette Helde


Guest Star

Ray Young

Ray Young


Guest Star

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: Why would a Romulan War Bird be orbiting around the space station? The gravitational pull of a space station is minimal so the Romulan War Bird should be stationary relative to the space station.

    • Goof: O'Brien is wearing an Ensign pip in this episode instead of the Chief Petty Officer insignia.

    • Goof: When O'Brien time-shifts for the second time and sees the fight at Quark's, he sees his future self being beaten up by a Klingon and thrown against the bar. When future O'Brien gets back up, and is again grabbed by the Klingon, we can see that his comm badge is missing. But when future O'Brien gets up after our O'Brien stops the Klingon, the comm badge is back.

    • It should be common knowledge in Starfleet that Romulan Warbirds use quantum singularities in powering their warp cores, as evidenced in The Next Generation episode, "Timescape". So why does it take so long for them to identify one so obviously noticeable, being in an elliptical orbit around DS9?

    • Goof: When O'Brien gets shot by the hidden weapon, you can tell the falling body is a stunt double with a bad wig.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • future O' Brien: You look pretty bad.
      O' Brien: Yeah, it's the radiation
      future O' Brien: Well, if you feel bad, and you're my past self. Shouldn't I feel bad, too?
      Both: I hate temporal Mechanics.

    • (talking about O'Brien experiences)
      O'Brien: He was complaining about some Klingons - he said they'd damaged two of his holosuites.
      Bashir: Well... you do have one problem: If all you can hallucinate about is Quark's maintenance problems, I'd say you have a sadly deficient fantasy life.

    • O'Brien: Trust me, Quark. Darts and bars go together like bacon and eggs.
      Quark: At least people order bacon and eggs.

    • Sisko: The Romulans generally prefer to sit back and pull the strings from a distance if they can.
      Kira: Well, this is one puppet who doesn't like her strings pulled.

    • O'Brien: I feel like someone just walked over my grave. I mean, I've had a lot of brushes with death in my career. But there was something about watching myself being killed... feeling my neck for a pulse that wasn't there...
      Bashir: It could've been worse. It could've been me.

    • Kira: That's it! You can rip the cloaking device out of the Defiant right now! Those are all the questions I'm going to answer. And I suggest you avoid asking Odo those questions, or you just might find yourselves on the other side of that bulkhead floating home!

    • Quark: How is Deep Space Nine's most famous fortuneteller?

    • O'Brien: Quark, we go through this every time the Klingons come aboard the station. Why don't you just keep them out of the holosuites?
      Quark: Have you ever said no to a Klingon? Besides, now they're paying me double.

    • Bashir: It's all right, Chief. You're okay.
      O'Brien: No, I'm not. You need to run a basilar arterial scan.
      Bashir: Why?
      O'Brien: Because if you don't, I'm going to die in less than five hours.
      Bashir: Who told you that?
      O'Brien: You did... in the future.
      Bashir: Oh. Well, who am I to argue with me?

    • Sisko: Just be careful.
      Odo: Commander, there's no careful way to question a Klingon.

    • Sisko: You really think Quark had something to do with this?
      Odo: I always investigate Quark.

    • Karina: An interesting... theory, Commander. But that's all it is: a theory.
      Sisko: That's right. But I'll tell you what isn't a theory: We've tracked the tetryon-emissions back to your warbird and I have about 50 photon torpedoes locked onto it right now.

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