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 »


Garak: I admire your tenacity, Doctor, but it's over. Look at yourself. Your bones are as brittle as twigs, you can't catch your breath; you can't even stand, let alone walk.
Doctor Bashir: But other than that, I feel wonderful!
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A lousy episode which follows another lousy episode.
24 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The previous episode, "Visionary" is one that is very low energy (even when you see the station about to explode) and is way too cerebral and slow. Unfortunately, "Distant Voices" has these in common and is even worse.

When the show begins, some alien attacks Dr. Bashir but unfortunately doesn't kill him. Instead, the doctor awakens and is in a dream world where the various crew members represent things in the Doctor's personality. It's all very symbolic and consists of lots of time shifts (just like the last show) and Mr. Death.

This really felt like a badly written episode...which it was. Slow, slow and slow--just the sorts of cerebral and glacial episodes I hate. I sure hope that the next episode is more action-packed and interesting! This one was just awful-- something I really don't think some Trekkies are willing to admit ever happens with any episode. As for my family, they could admit it--and begged me to turn this one off!

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