Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 7, Episode 16

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (3 Mar. 1999)

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While making plans to attend a medical conference on the Romulan home world, Dr. Bashir is contacted by Sloane of Section 31 and recruited to determine the health of a high-ranking Romulan ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)


While making plans to attend a medical conference on the Romulan home world, Dr. Bashir is contacted by Sloane of Section 31 and recruited to determine the health of a high-ranking Romulan official. Things turn more desperate, though, when the ranking Starfleet admiral traveling with him, who knows about Section 31's interest in the conference mysteriously suffers a brain aneurysm after Dr. Bashir finds out that Sloane is traveling with the group, as well. Written by Moviedude1

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3 March 1999 (USA)  »

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The USS Bellerophon seen here is an Intrepid class starship, the same kind as the USS Voyager. The producers used stock footage from Star Trek: Voyager (1995), as well as some of the same sets for the scenes aboard and off ship. See more »


In the last external view of the USS Bellerophon, the designation NCC-74656 can be seen on the hull. NCC-74656 is the designation for the title ship from Star Trek: Voyager, from which the stock footage came. See more »


Elim Garak: [rolling his eyes] The eternal optimist!
Dr. Julian Bashir: Guilty as charged.
Elim Garak: How sad. I must tell you, I'm disappointed at hearing you mouth the usual platitudes of peace and friendship regarding an implacable foe like the Romulans. But I live in hope that one day, you'll come to see this universe for what it truly is, rather than what you'd wish it to be.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Then I shall endeavor to become more cynical with each passing day. Look gift horses squarely in the mouth, and find clouds in every silver lining.
Elim Garak: [smiling] ...
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Referenced in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Gift of Gab (2001) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Kind of boring, actually.
28 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, the representative from the ultra-secret Section 31 (William Sadler) appears in Dr. Bashir's quarters while the Doctor is sleeping. It seems he wants Dr. Bashir to do some spying for them during his upcoming conference on Romulus. Naturally the Doctor is horrified, as he wants nothing to do with Section 31 but goes along with it to find out what these folks are up to. What follows is a whole lot of spy stuff--and the viewers are left wondering what the $%@@ they are watching. By the time the show is over, it isn't much more clear and you may just feel that the entire effort was a bit of a waste of time.

This episode is very unusual because it is all Dr. Bashir all the time. You don't get to see the rest of the DS9 crew and how much you enjoy all this might have a lot to do with how much you enjoy Dr. Bashir as a character and if you enjoy all this spy stuff. I didn't on both accounts.

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