O'Brien has been accused by the Argrathi of espionage and has already been sentenced: twenty years jail time in a artificial reality. While O'Brien felt like he was twenty years in a cell, only a couple of hours has passed. But the memories sure feel real for the chief. The crew of Deep Space Nine do their utter best to let O'Brien re-adjust to the 'new' situation, but it is clear the happening has had a major impact on him. He gets increasingly more violent to even his closest friends and refuses to go to a psychiatrist. O'Brien even purposely tells he was alone in his cell, while this clearly isn't true. Something about his cell-mate Ee'Char is bothering him immensely. The fact that a hallucinative Ee'Char hunts him is driving him mad. Written by
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This episode features a performance by Margot Rose as K'par Rinn, one of O'Brien's jailers. She previously appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, in one of its most important episodes, The Inner Light, as Caiman's wife Eline. In that ST:TNG episode, Picard is swept into an imaginary world for 50 years, as O'Brien is swept into a cell for 20 years in this DS9 episode. See more
Dr. Julian Bashir
The Argrathi did everything they could to strip you of your humanity. And in the end, for one brief moment, they succeeded. But you can't let that brief moment define your entire life. If you do, if you pull that trigger, then the Argrathi will have won - they will have destroyed a good man. You cannot let that happen, my friend.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
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