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 »


(#7.10), when the DS9 officers discuss Nog's recovery/state of mind, after he moved in with 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 today for the ranks of Lieutenant J.G. and Lieutenant Commander.) See more »


[Nog has chosen Vic Fontaine's holoprogram as his rehab]
Ezri Dax: At first, it struck me as a little... peculiar. But after I thought it over, I began to think that this might be a good sign after all.
Quark: How can hiding in one of Julian's adolescent programs be a good sign?
Dr. Julian Bashir: Hey...
Jake Sisko: It could be worse. He could be hiding in the Alamo program.
Leeta: Or that ridiculous secret agent program.
Dr. Julian Bashir: [defensively] Hey...
Rom: Or that stupid Viking program!
Dr. Julian Bashir: HEY!
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References The Searchers (1956) See more »


I've Got the World on a String
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Performed by James Darren
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Not all healing is physical
9 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I saw that this was going to be another holosuite based episode I was expecting it to be fairly weak as there have been rather too many episodes set there in the various stat Trek series, thankfully this time there were no malfunctions or unexpected dangers just a good character driven episode where the self aware holographic singer Vic Fontaine helps Nog come to terms with the loss of his leg.

Having returned from hospital Nog can't come to terms with the loss of his leg and even though the doctors say his new artificial leg is working perfectly he complains that it hurts and insists on walking with a stick. He gets counselling from Ezri but nothing she suggests seems to help; he just lies in his room listening to one of Vic Fontaine's songs. Eventually his neighbour Jake Sisko tells him to turn it off and if he needs to hear it he can go to the holosuite. Nog takes this suggestion literally and goes to the holosuite and after hearing Vic sing many versions of the song asks if he can stay with him. The longer he stays there the less he needs his cane but he also gets to the point where he doesn't wish to leave.

Surprisingly this was a good episode and James Darren was great as the occasional character Vic Fontaine the 1960s crooner. Aron Eisenberg was also good as Nog, it couldn't have been easy acting under all that Ferengi make-up.

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