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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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)


Quark introduces Altovar, a Lethean to Dr. Bashir. He wants to buy biomimetic gel - a restricted substance, Bashir rebuffs the request. Soon, he finds the Lethean breaking in to the infirmary. Altovar attacks Bashir with a telepathic weapon and the doctor passes out. When he awakes, the lights are malfunctioning. No one answers their communicator, and the entire station seems to be deserted and in a state of disarray. Julian caches a glimpse of himself, notices he has gray hair, and seems to be rapidly aging. The sound of whispers and loud noises coming from the bar. sends Julian towards the bar, where he finds Quark, afraid and trying to hide. Quark mentions someone is going to kill them all, then runs for his life. The questions are: who is going to kill them, why is Dr. Bashir appear to be aging rapidly, and why are the few people on DS9 acting so abnormally? Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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10 April 1995 (USA)  »

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The "elderly" Julian Bashir resembles Alexander Siddig's uncle Malcolm McDowell. This is rumored to be deliberate. See more »


Doctor Bashir: You may be inside my head, but you don't know me half as well as you think you do. Take Dax. I do have feelings for her. But the important thing is, she's my friend. You know? Friend? Hm? And I wouldn't exchange that friendship for anything. As far as my career is concerned, I may have been a good tennis player, but I am a great doctor. Maybe I could have been first in my class; but it wouldn't have changed anything in my life. I still would have chosen this assignment. This is where I belong.
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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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