Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 14

Whispers

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 06, 1994 on Syndicado
8.7
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Stardate: 47581.2 O'Brien returns from an away mission to discover that he has been locked out of every security system on the station, and that everyone has turned against him, including his wife.

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  • O'Brien takes on the while station

    8.5
    This O'Brien mystery thriller is built around the considerable talents of Colm Meany, who is in every scene. Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, the story moves forward and backwards in unexpected ways. O'Brien makes headway, seemingly getting close to figuring out what's going on, only to have a lesser officer get in his way. Just as he's about to make it through this obstacle, a superior officer obstructs and redirects him! Avery Brooks deserves special praise for how well he handles his supporting role, giving just the right glances and imparting just the right intonations at the opportune times. As a conspiracy seemingly coalesces and the paranoia begins to build, the writers float several plausible theories to explain what's happening but keep us guessing until the final act. The end is a bit abrupt (and sad) but, it's clear the writers developed the mystery from its conclusion rather than vice versa (as in "Frame of Mind"), and the result is an end that makes perfect sense and satisfactorily answers all the questions raised throughout the course of the episode.moreless
  • An excellent conspiracy thriller that expertly manipulates the viewer's perception right up til the startling twist at the climax.

    9.5
    'Whispers' is an excellent conspiracy thriller, which takes its cue from 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and crafts an absorbing and riveting set of events which makes O'Brien question the strange behaviour of his DS9 colleagues after returning to the station. Even his wife and kid are behaving like completely different people. Just what is going on? Has someone replaced the entire crew of DS9 with imposters? That's what O'Brien starts to suspect, but the answer actually lies far closer to home.



    The first of DS9's 'torture O'Brien' episodes, this is a well-executed psychological thriller which reels the viewer in and plays with our perceptions right up until the denouement's startling twist. On the negative side, the episode ends far too abruptly, but the build-up is extremely effective.moreless
  • Inspired by Blade Runner, but still unique

    10
    Every once and a while, an episode of television comes along which is so invigorating and intellectually dazzling that it just revives your hope in the medium. "Whispers" is one such episode. It is perfectly paced, wonderfully allegorical, and it asks such interesting questions about identity and consciousness at its conclusion that a programmed assassin turns out to be incredibly sympathetic.



    The genius of the episode is in the minor touches. A throwaway glance by Sisko after a meeting. Jake asking for help on a science project, then calling in sick. Enough of these events, and the only logical conclusion is that a conspiracy is afoot. The episode sticks to O'Brien's point of view, to great effect. At the end of the episode, it is remarkable how much we still mistrust the show's heroes.



    The episode seems deliberately inspired by Phillip K. Dick--the word "replicant", for one, but also the story about a non-human who thinks he's human, and the episode uses non-humans to define what it means to be human, as Dick often did. O'Brien might not be a human, but he has memories, feelings, and noble inclinations. In what way wasn't the duplicate O'Brien human?moreless
  • Hail to the chief. A brilliant hybrid of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Blade Runner".

    9.0
    I haven't gotten to the run of superb episodes that closes out the second season so hesitate to call this the best of the bunch, but it's a serious contender. It's an intense, intelligent, profound thriller. Even on second viewing, when we already know the final twist, it still packs a punch. The nod to "Blade Runner" is obvious, but one of the other reviewers notes that "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is a huge influence as well. Except in this case, it's the protagonist who's been snatched!



    Colm Meaney was a superb actor, and O'Brien was a superb character. Part of what makes this episode so convincing is that combination; more than with any other character, we sympathize with O'Brien's plight. That makes the ending particularly tragic. The would-be assassin behaves exactly the way O'Brien would - as a no-nonsense, resourceful hero who (almost) "saves the day".



    A classic. Interesting that with "Armageddon Game", this one and "Paradise", we get three great turns for the Chief.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Todd Warin

Todd Warin

DeCurtis

Guest Star

Susan Bay

Susan Bay

Admiral Rollman

Guest Star

Philip LeStrange

Philip LeStrange

Coutu

Guest Star

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Replicant O'Brien : Keiko..
      O'Brien : What about her?
      Replicant O'Brien : Tell her...I love...

    • Replicant O'Brien : Are you nearly finished? I believe you poked into every orifice in my body...and created a few new ones.
      Bashir: Any dizziness? Oversleeping? Lack of energy? Euphoria?
      Replicant O'Brien : Yes! All of them, especially euphoria! Lot's of euphoria!
      Bashir: Seriously.
      Replicant O'Brien: Look, if you are determined to keep me here until you find something wrong with me, I'll see if I can't grow you a hangnail!
      Bashir: Eye problems? Hearing? Headaches?
      Replicant O'Brien: Headache! There you go. In fact, I'm getting a very bad one right now!

    • Replicant O'Brien: I didn't get much sleep that night. I waited for Keiko or whoever she was...to go to bed...and I started my search. I had no idea what I was looking for...something odd, something not quite normal...anything to explain what might be going on.

    • Replicant O'Brien: O'Brien personal log, stardate 47581.2. I've got to try to set the record straight about the last 52 hours. I don't know who's going to hear this. I don't even know if I'll be alive by the time this log is recovered. I figure they'll be coming after me. If I'm right about this whole thing, they won't want me to warn the Paradas. I wish I could tell you who 'they' are but that's part of the puzzle I haven't figured out yet. Part of the puzzle, hell. None of this whole damn thing makes any sense. I'm trying to remember the first time I noticed things were wrong. It seems to me it was...yeah. It had to be the first morning after I got back to the station.

    • Coutu: I wonder why he was coming back.
      O'Brien: If it was me, I'd be trying to warn somebody that something was terribly wrong at the station.
      Sisko: (referring to the replicant O'Brien) Maybe in a strange sort of way, he was trying to be a hero.

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