Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 7, Episode 10

It's Only a Paper Moon (30 Dec. 1998)

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Severely depressed at his serious war wound, Nog retreats into Vic Fontaine's holosuite program while the singer tries to help him.



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Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)


Severely depressed at his serious war wound, Nog retreats into Vic Fontaine's holosuite program while the singer tries to help him.

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Aron Eisenberg considers this episode his personal favorite. Aron also mentioned that a number of wounded combat veterans reached out and contacted him after the episode aired to compliment him on how real-to-life his acting was, since the episode dealt primarily with Nog coming to grips with the psychological trauma of being wounded in battle. See more »


When the station officers discuss Nog's dependence on Vic Fontane, Lt. Ezri Dax' insignia change position. In the first three shots of her, the full one is on the left side of the black one. In subsequent shots they take their correct position. (Normally the full insignia are to the right of the black ones, which are similar to the half-stripes used in the US Navy for the ranks of Lieutenant J.G. and Lieutenant Commander.) See more »


Vic Fontaine: She called you a hero? And for that you slugged your best friend? Remind me never to give you a compliment.
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References The Searchers (1956) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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This one surprised me with its depth
27 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"It's Only a Paper Moon" is an episode that surprised me for two reasons. First, while I never understood why the show used the Vic Fontaine (James Darren) character, here he works fine. Second, I was shocked how good Aron Eisenberg was in this episode as he showed a much greater sense of depth to Nog than we'd ever seen before in the show.

When the show begins, Nog has finally returned to the station after losing his leg in battle. While the crew is prepared to celebrate his return, Nog has no interest in this and he quickly departs for the holosuite. He is on medical leave and he plans on spending all of it hanging out with Vic in 1962 Las Vegas. However, over time, it becomes very obvious that Nog is avoiding dealing with his emotional scars and he cannot hide from everyone forever.

I was seriously shocked that "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" could deliver a really good show about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder--especially with a Ferengi going through the trauma. After all, through the course of the show, the Ferengi were mostly there as comic relief and the diminutive Nog isn't most folks' idea of a soldier. Still, due to excellent writing and Eisenberg's performance, it turns out to be one of the best shows of the final season. Well worth seeing.

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