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Star Trek DS9 - Season 5 - Episode 08

Star Trek DS9 - 5x08 - Things Past

Originally Aired: 1996-11-18

Sisko, Odo, Dax, and Garak find themselves on Terok Nor during the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. [DVD]

My Rating - 3

Fan Rating Average - 6.8

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Filler Quotient: 3, bad filler, totally skippable.
- Bashir implies in this episode that Odo is still a Changeling but locked in form somehow. This exposition actually foreshadows events in a later episode, but is a completely inessential detail and not worth the snooze-fest that this episode largely is.

- During Bashir's initial diagnosis after the opening credits, the computer beeps were consistent with Federation computers, but the voice was of the Cardassian computers.

- Kurtwood Smith plays Thrax in this episode. He also plays Annorax in Voy: Year of Hell.

Remarkable Scenes
- Quark gently making fun of Sisko, Garak, and Odo when he offered them jobs.
- Thrax laying into Quark just like Odo would.
- Odo cross examining Thrax pointing out numerous flaws in his investigation.
- Dukat: "Bad manners are the fault of the parent, not the child."
- Bashir revealing that Odo still has biological Changeling qualities.

My Review
Manufactured danger and generic sci fi lend badly to creating original plots. The bulk of the plot is Bajoran nostalgia in the form of a flashback, which we've seen a few too many times already. It seems Garak is finally out of jail for is attempt to commit genocide though. ;)

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From penguinphysics on 2010-11-07 at 1:28am:
    Kurtwood Smith also played the Federation president in STVI:TUC

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