Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 9

Our Man Bashir (27 Nov. 1995)

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When an transporter emergency turns the command crew into holosuite characters, Bashir's James Bond fantasy takes on a deadly reality.



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Episode cast overview:
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Michael Eddington (as Kenneth Marshall)
Melissa Young ...
Marci Brickhouse ...


Sisko, O'Brien, Dax, Worf and Kira are coming back from a tiresome conference. Suddenly there's a power surge in the warp core of the runabout. The ship's been sabotaged and it explodes. Eddington is only barely able to beam them off, but the shock wave damages the transporters. Their patterns are still in the system though and by deleting station's memory Eddington is able to store them. Meanwhile doctor Bashir plays secret agent Bashir, Julian Bashir in a holosuite. He is surprised by the arrival of Garak and finally allows him to join. Then suddenly KGB agent Anastasia Komananov looks like Kira. While Bashir thinks it is another uninvited guest, the truth soon becomes clear. The five crew members have become an integral part of the holo adventure. With the safeties off Bashir has to do his utter best to keep everyone alive, while Eddington and Rom try to solve the problem. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Series semi-regular Garak, a tailor who used to be a secret agent, resembles the spy protagonists of John le Carré novels (George Smiley, Alec Leamas, etc.), some of which moonlight as tailors. These bleakly serious spy stories are often held up as the literary antithesis of Ian Fleming's glamorous, over-the-top world of James Bond. In this episode, several discussions between Bashir (playing the role of Bond) and Garak, regarding the popular image of a secret agent versus the reality, are reminiscent of literary theses written about Fleming versus Le Carré. See more »


Eddington is missing one of the rank pips on his collar. He's a Lieutenant Commander but he's wearing the rank of a junior grade Lieutenant, a much lower rank. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Julian Bashir: A lot of kick for a '45 Dom.
[after knocking out Falcon with a champagne cork]
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References The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Doctor Bashir... secret agent
25 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Dr. Bashir takes the lead part in a James Bond style holosuite program it doesn't work out quite as he had hoped; firstly just he is about to get intimate with a beautiful lady he is interrupted by Garak who wants to know what he is doing thinking it might provide an insight into his friend's psyche. That is the least the doctor's problems though; as a runabout returns to the station with Sisko, Kira, Dax, Worf and O'Brien it falls victim of a sabotage and they are beamed out at the last moment. They don't rematerialise and before they are lost their patterns are stored in the ships computers. Their physical patterns are put in to the holosuite and characters in the story take on their appearance but not their characters. To make matters worse the safeties have been deactivated and any attempt to exit the program may delete those crew members. Bashir and Garak must play the program to its conclusion without letting and of the five get killed even though some of them are in the roll of dangerous enemies. While things are going on in the holosuite Nog races against time to retrieve the crew members before anybody gets hurt.

Although I'm not usually a fan of holosuite set episodes this one was a lot of fun as it was always fairly tongue in cheek as it spoofed '60s spy thrillers. It was fun to watch Avery Brooks hamming it up as evil super villain Hippocrates Noah who plans to flood the planet. Andrew Robinson was as always great as Garak and it was fun to see his interactions with Alexander Siddig's Dr. Bashir (super-spy).

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