While Dax investigates an unusual energy reading near DS9 to see if it's dangerous for the station, people's imaginations suddenly come alive, causing chaos.



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Rumpelstiltskin (as Michael John Anderson)


The crew detects an unusual energy reading; elevated thoron emissions near the Denorios belt. Sisko and Dax think it might have something to do with the increased traffic since the wormhole was found and Dax investigates to find out if it poses any danger to the station. Meanwhile chief O'Brien is telling the story of Rumpelstiltskin to his daughter Molly and after he leaves Molly tells him the fairy character appeared in her room. To his astonishment Molly tells the truth, he faces Rumpelstiltskin. All of the sudden all over the station people secret imaginations are appearing in the open, causing chaos. Quark is escorted by two beautiful ladies and seems very happy until he finds out everybody is winning with dabo. Bashir finds a Dax that is in love with him and baseball player Buck Bokai appears before Sisko. Odo must work in the snow to keep the promenade safe. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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16 May 1993 (USA)  »

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The Gunji jackdaw which appears on the promenade was played by an emu. It is the only appearance by an emu on Star Trek. They proved to be difficult to receive direction, so one of their trainers was dressed as a Bajoran monk. See more »


Dr. Bashir says that he might have an allergic reaction to the "replimated" antipasto. He probably meant to say either the "replicated" antipasto or the antipasto from the replimat. See more »


Buck Bokai: It ain't over till it's over.
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Enjoyable and familiar.
15 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of the more enjoyable episodes of the original "Star Trek" was "Shore Leave". The crew of the Enterprise land on a planet--not realizing it's an entertainment facility where everyone's fantasies come to life. Well, here with "If Wishes Were Horses", the same sort of thing is encountered--but this time in the middle of space.

It begins with O'Brien reading his daughter a fairy tale. Without warning, Rumplestiltskin appears in the room--ready to spin straw into gold or whatever they want. Soon, more odd characters begin appearing all over the station--including a very willing and amorous new Jadzea Dax who thinks Dr. Bashir is a very, very sexy guy! What's happening and why?!

Seeing the various fantasies come to life is enjoyable and this light-hearted episode is a welcome change of pace for "Deep Space 9".

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