Dr. Bashir must use extraordinary measures to prolong Vedek Bareil's life long enough to allow Bareil to complete sensitive peace negotiations between the Bajorans and the Cardassians.

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A Bajoran transport with Vedek Bareil and Kai Winn aboard has an accident, and arrive at the station with Bareil critically injured. While Bashir tries do everything he can to save him, Kai Winn tells Sisko she and Bareil are involved in advanced peace talks with the Cardassians. The Cardassians are willing to pay reparations and even might be issuing a formal apology. Winn stresses the negotiations would have never come this far if it wasn't for Bareil and she'd be unable to complete them without Bareil's peesence. Meanwhile Jake tries to cancel a game of dom-jot with Nog to go out with Leanne. Nog thinks Jake also found a girl for him, and Jake agrees to make it a double date. But things don't go as Jake has planned. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The original pitch for this episode, by Christian Ford and Roger Soffer, was based on the 1818 Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein, with Bashir in the role of Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The story concerned a Federation ambassador involved in peace negotiations with the Romulans whose shuttle is damaged and who dies in the sickbay on Deep Space 9. However, the treaty negotiations are at a pivotal moment, so Bashir is able to figure out a way to "re-animate" the ambassador's brain, essentially bringing him back to life. However, over the course of the episode, he begins to go mad, and in the last scene, Bashir is forced to allow him to die once again. The reason this idea was scrapped was because the producers felt that the audience wouldn't have much empathy with a character who they'd only just been introduced to. See more »

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Doctor Bashir: One of my professors at medical school used to say that the brain has a spark of life that can't be replicated. If we begin to replace parts of Bareil's brain with artificial implants, that spark may be lost.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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The writers are just making way for Odo...
22 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Life Support" is a good episode and well worth seeing. However, to me it seems pretty obvious that the main reason for this episode is to kill off Vedek Bariel so that a new plot involving Odo and Kira falling in love can take place.

When the show begins, Kai Winn and her assistant, Vedek Bariel, arrive on Deep Space 9 for some negotiations with Cardassia. Why? Because they want to get past the stormy past between the two planets in order for them to grow bast that. However, there is an accident on their way there and Bariel is nearly killed. But since he is so important to the negotiations, he and Kai Winn work against Dr. Bashir's orders and there is a good chance that this will end up killing Bariel.

Interesting and well written--and another chance to see the tricky and snake-like Kai Winn!


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