Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 4

Babel (24 Jan. 1993)

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The crew and civilian population of Deep Space Nine begin to gabble when a plague, engineered by the Bajorans as a weapon against the Cardassians, accidentally gets released into the station's atmosphere.

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Cardassian technology isn't as good as it seems. Chief O'Brien is very very busy as systems all over the station are failing. While Trying to free people stuck in an airlock and promising a ship's captain a repair crew by the end of the day, Dax wants him to repair a malfunction in the lab. Then he must repair the navigational computer for Kira, only to be ordered by Sisko to make sure he gets good coffee by fixing the replicators. A while later all of the sudden O'Brien has become aphasic. Bashir has no clue what happened, there seems to be nothing wrong physically with him. Then out of the blue Dax also turns aphasic, right in front of his eyes. All over the ship people are displaying the symptoms, it seems an epidemic caused by a virus. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The title is based on the biblical story of the The Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis. Man wanted to be closer to God so they built this extremely high tower. God was angered, destroyed the tower and punished the men by making them speak many different languages (everyone was babbling), thus beginning the various nations and cultures after all of man had descended from the same tribe since he was driven out of the Garden of Eden. See more »

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Major Kira: I suppose this isn't a good time to tell you that no. 3 turbolift has broken down again?
[O'Brien looks at her confused]
Major Kira: Joking, Chief.
Chief O'Brien: Major larks true pepper.
Major Kira: What?
Chief O'Brien: Let birds go further loose, maybe. Shout easy play.
Major Kira: Chief... you're not making any sense.
Chief O'Brien: Round the turbulent quick - Close the reverse harbor - A-ankle try... sound - R-reset gleaming - Di-dinner to bug.
[he moves away from her]
Major Kira: Chief, wait!
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Experimental Episode with some Decent Character Development
2 February 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

This unusual episode takes a very different look at a standard Star Trek plot - the ship-wide seemingly insurmountable threat story.

In fact, it starts out as a comedic episode following Miles O'Brien around as he tries to repair chronically failing Cardassian technology all over DS9. Shortly after, however, the story takes a very sinister turn as O Brien becomes heavily aphasic and is followed very quickly by many others on the station. Eventually, Sisko quarantines the station, and Kira is sent on a mission of mercy to try to locate the one person who may be able to save the crew.

Brooks and Visitor turn in excellent performances in this episode, and the episode is important in the development of O'brien, Jake and Ben and Kira's characters. And there is a good amount of conservative exposition about the Bajoran underground.

A solid, if not entirely original, episode.


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