Captain Sisko has a full sensory vision of himself as an under-appreciated science fiction magazine writer in 1950s America.



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Episode cast overview:
Jake Sisko / Jimmy
Dr, Julian Bashir / Julius Eaton
Joseph Sisko / Preacher
Nog / Newspaper Vendor
Kasidy Yates / Cassie (as Penny Johnson)


Captain Sisko has a full sensory vision of himself as an under-appreciated science fiction magazine writer in 1950s America.

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11 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Benny is listing famous black writers and their works, he mentions the 1940 Richard Wright novel Native Son. In American History X (1998), Avery Brooks again plays a character with a strong affinity for this novel. See more »


When Herbert threatens to quit, he packs a '60s-era Hugo Award rocket. While the first Hugo statue for science fiction was awarded in 1953, the rocket was smaller and the base was larger. See more »


Cassie: To be honest, I don't much care what happens a hundred years from now. It's today that matters.
Jimmy: Well, I've got news for you: today or a hundred years from now, it don't make a bit of difference. As far as they're concerned, we'll always be 'niggers'.
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References Star Trek: Court Martial (1967) See more »


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Plain and simple: One of the best Sci-Fi episodes out there
4 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Simple and quick. I love the episode and everything in it. Anyone who doesn't like it I truly believe were just offset by the subject matter. Unlike previous Trek episodes, were racism is dealt with a soft touch. Were racism is bad, we've evolved, we don't do it anymore; Avery Brooks dealt with the topic intellectually and creatively. And I truly believe had they pulled a "Quantum Leap" and had Patrick Stewart in the roll of Benny, perceived by everyone around him as a black man, it would have been far more popular and may have won the Emmy it deserved. Not because Mr. Stewart is a better actor but because it would have delivered the message with a softer touch to a questionably receptive audience. I am by no means saying you are a racist because you didn't like, but I have learned the topic of race automatically puts some people on the defensive, on many sides of the issue, and they become less receptive to discussion and debate.

If you go in angry, complaining about how this is just another race baiting episode written by the stereotypical black man or liberal Hollywood, you probably will not enjoy it. However, if you go into it intellectually and receptive you will see it for one of those rare masterpieces in science fiction television we love so much.

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