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