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Lt. Melora Pazlar, a new arrival on DS9 with a special gravity-based disability, finds an admirer in Bashir. Meanwhile, an old associate of Quark's comes to the station to kill the bartender.



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Chief O'Brien
Major Kira
Peter Crombie ...
Klingon Chef


The crew on DS9 is preparing for the arrival of ensign Melora Pazlar. She's the first Elaysian to join Starfleet and used to a very low gravity environment, and as a result, is unable to move in a normal environment and needs to use a special wheelchair. Melora is very tough on herself, and doesn't want to accept any more aid than is necessary. She wants to take a runabout on her own to make maps of the Gamma quadrant, but Sisko demands Dax will join her. Bashir takes more than a passing interest, and invites her to a Klingon restaurant. Meanwhile Quark is about to do a very lucrative transaction on 42 very rare rings of Paltriss with the trader Ashlock, when suddenly, an old acquaintance of him drops in. It's Fallit Kot and Quarks seems not too happy. Kot announces he's on the station to kill Quark and the Ferengi tries everything to convince him to do otherwise. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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A character like Melora Pazlar was initially to be Deep Space 9's science officer, because the producers liked the idea of a character who came from a low-gravity environment. However, due to the difficulty and expense of recreating the effect constantly, the character was replaced by the Trill Jadzia Dax. See more »


Near the end when Quark says "I think we have the situation in hand commander" his lips do not match the words. See more »


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A really good episode...but where is the continuity?!?!
17 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is an interesting episode all about physical handicaps. While in the 24th century most disabilities have been eliminated, Melora is an unusual circumstance. She is from a planet with no gravity and because of this, moving on normal Earth gravity is almost impossible. So, while she can move about normally at home, she's stuck in a wheelchair- like device because she's serving with Starfleet. Dr. Bashir is fascinated by her and tries hard to make her feel welcome. However, he and the rest of the crew are a little put off with Melora's strong independent streak--so independent that she rebuffs normal politeness and procedures as she sees them as patronizing towards her and her disability. Can Melora manage to fit in with the crew? And, what about her budding relationship with the Doctor?

I liked this episode because Melora is not to be pitied and doesn't want to be. But, at the same time, the show seems pretty realistic and avoids being patronizing. A good job in most every way. HOWEVER, the show is frustrating as well because this very interesting character becomes a HUGE love interest with Dr. Bashir-- --yet, inexplicably, this disabled character is NEVER seen again on the show nor do they explain why the Doctor struck out at love once again. WHY?!?!

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