Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 7, Episode 23

Extreme Measures (19 May 1999)

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Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brien go to some pretty extreme measures to try and track down a cure for Odo.


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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Jacqueline Schultz ...
Kate Asner ...
Nurse Bandee
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Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brien go to some pretty extreme measures to try and track down a cure for Odo.

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At the end of the episode, Bashir throws two darts at the (off-screen) dartboard (we hear them hit). At the very end of the scene, Bashir throws his third dart; the camera follows it to the board. The first two darts are nowhere to be seen. See more »


Doctor Bashir: Romulan mind probes. They're not the most pleasant of devices, but they're very efficient.
Sloan: They're also illegal in the Federation.
Doctor Bashir: Oh, I hope you can appreciate the irony of that statement.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Very disappointing episode
14 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One good thing about this show was the eerie secret organisation "Section 31" and the shadowy Sloan who was a part of it. I loved the way Sloan was always one step ahead of the hapless Doctor Bashir and could never be caught. It was like a Star Trek conspiracy. This episode completely ruined the whole storyline. I knew why they shot this travesty of an episode. The series was drawing to a close and they had to wrap up the Section 31 sub plot as quickly as possible. I was very disappointed in it.

In previous episodes with Secion 31, Sloan was shown to be a devious untouchable operative who could lie and cheat to get what he wants. Despite that, in this episode, Sloan easily falls for the bait regardless of Doctor Bashir saying that there was a very slim chance it would work. He falls for the whole thing hook line and sinker but that wasn't the worst part oh no. Then comes the part when Doctor Bashir starts his usual speech about morals and why Section 31 is bad and evil even though they only want to protect the federation. It's only fair as the Romulans have a similar organisation as do the Cardassians: the Obsidian order. The federation obviously needs one and Sloan rightly points out that Bashir is just an idealist. After the speech where Bashir naively asks how such an evil organisation came into being in his perfect idealistic world (despite being genetically enhanced and miraculously not being stripped of his commission for it) we are treated to more hypocrisy as the good Doctor uses illegal Romulan gadgets to (painfully) extract memories from Sloan which unbelievably Captain Sisko allows! I'm sorry but that would never happen. They practically tortured the man until he committed suicide!

The worst part though is the stupid (even for Star Trek) explanation of somehow walking round Sloan's head to find the cure for their precious Odo. I still laugh when I recall Bashir saying something like "Sloan's mind could appear as twisting corridors" and surprise surprise it appears as DS9. Yet more great script writing. No imagination. That proves they were in a hurry to finish the series.

Why do they want to save Odo anyway? They blow things out of proportion. It gets all schmaltzy and sentimental like being on a school playground or at an AA meeting: "Odo's our friend" awww really? You'd do that for a friend? Hasn't the Doctor great morals? The fact is Odo betrayed the federation on numerous occasions by cavorting with the other shape-shifters and disobeying Sisko's orders. In reality he would've been replaced by a Starfleet officer the moment Sisko had arrived.

That last part of O' Brien and Bashir wandering round Sloan's mind was a truly awful piece of television and belongs in some late night B-Grade horror film. What were the writers thinking? They had the potential to do something great with Sloan's character but they screwed it up royally.

Dr Bashir is without a doubt the most self-righteous, stuck up, pompous character I've ever seen on Star Trek.

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