Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 18

Hard Time (15 Apr. 1996)

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O'Brien tries to re-integrate to life on the station after serving 20 years in a virtual prison.

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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 Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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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 the beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992), as Kamen's wife Eline. In that Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) episode, Picard is swept into an imaginary world for 50 years, as O'Brien is swept into a cell for 20 years in this Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) episode. See more »

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Chief Miles Edward O'Brien: Thanks, Julian. For everything.
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Great stuff from Colm Meaney
12 March 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Have always loved Colm Meaney in everything he does. Was more than delighted to see him on the bridge of Next Generation's Enterprise in its pilot. His character slowly developed, got a name and even got married and later transferred to Deep Space 9. This particular episode shows us a different side to O'Brien. His mental anguish at being imprisoned for over 20 years is excellent. This is one seriously overlooked Irish actor. With all this focus on other hotshot Irish actors this guy is superb. When Miles arrives home his family rally to help him as do his friends. But, the damage to his psyche is evident and his slow rehabilitation is sad to watch but compelling viewing. Nice to see Colm stuck with Trek even when his movie career was in the running


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