Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 18

Distant Voices (10 Apr. 1995)

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After being attacked in the infirmary, Dr. Bashir has a dual mystery on his hands: what has happened to the station while he was out and why is he aging so rapidly now?



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Ann Gillespie ...


Quark introduces Altovar, a Lethean to Dr. Bashir. He wants to buy biomimetic gel. Since that is a restricted substance, Bashir refuses to cooperate. Later on he finds the Lethean breaking in in the infirmary. He attacks Bashir with a telepathic weapon and the doctor passes out. When he awakes, the lights are malfunctioning. No one answers his communicator, the computer isn't in operation and the station seems to be deserted. He notices in a mirror he has gray hair, he seems to age very rapidly, and hears loud noises coming from the bar. There he finds Quark, afraid and trying to hide. Quark mentions that someone is going to kill them all, then runs for his life. When Bashir meets Garak the two try to find out what is going on. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The "elderly" Julian Bashir resembles Alexander Siddig's uncle Malcolm McDowell. See more »


Doctor Bashir: Does anybody else hear that?
Major Kira: What?
Odo: I don't hear anything.
Doctor Bashir: No, Garak didn't either.
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: Julian, what are you talking about?
Doctor Bashir: I know, I know, it sounds odd, but I keep hearing voices.
Chief O'Brien: And he says *we're* acting peculiar?
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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A surreal experience for Doctor Bashir
19 June 2014 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

I have been careful to avoid spoilers in this review so I have tried to explain why I see it as a great episode without revealing the plot.

I love this episode and I am slightly surprised that it has such a low score. The episode delves into a philosophical exploration of the mind.

The episode handles the topic well and proceeds at a pace that only reveals the eventual plot with care. It is somewhat unclear what is happening at first but it all becomes clear as it progresses. It is well executed and intriguing in concept.

This is a great episode for revealing the character of doctor Bashir. It helps to expand upon his character in respect to later episodes.

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