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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" Past Tense: Part 1 (TV Episode 1995) Poster

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This is the first episode of the series to feature Earth.
The working title of this episode was "Cold and Distant Stars". The original teleplay, written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, involved Sisko going back in time and ending up homeless. His claims that he was actually from the future and was the commander of a space station prompted those around him to think he was insane, and he is eventually given thorazine. This script was written by Wolfe as a commentary on the apathy of the people of the 20th Century towards the homeless. However, nobody was very happy with the script, including Wolfe himself, until Behr came up with the idea of the Sanctuary Districts and the Bell Riots.
Ira Behr's inspiration to create the Bell Riots was the 1971 riot in New York's Attica Prison, which was caused primarily by inmates' demands for more humane living conditions being continually ignored by the authorities.
This is also the first of four episodes (the other three being "Past Tense, Part II", "Paradise Lost", and "Children of Time") not to feature any scenes on Deep Space 9, or show the station in any scenes (save for the opening credits), although Quark does appear briefly on the Defiant's viewscreen in his bar's backroom.
This is the second DS9 episode this season where a character played by Bennett is stabbed to death, leading to a main character taking his place. The first was as Kozak in "The House of Quark"
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Christopher Brynner's apartment set was later reused as Harry Kim and Libby's apartment in VOY: "Non Sequitur".
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The "historical" events in this episode take place in 2024. Another reference to that year was heard in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The High Ground (1990), where Data said that was the year when Ireland was reunified.
This episode is a favorite of Colm Meaney.
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Chris Brynner, Vin, Lee and Bernardo Calvera are all named after characters from the classic 1960 film The Magnificent Seven. Brynner also takes his name from Oscar-winning actor Yul Brynner who plays Chris Adams in the film. B.C. was named after first assistant director B.C. Cameron.
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Sisko tells Bashir that he could use a shave after spending a couple of days in the Sanctuary; ironically Sisko grows a goatee later this season, debuting in "Explorers" and he keeps it until the end of the series.
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On the clock on the wall of the Processing Center, the date reads: Friday, 8/30/24. This is correct: August 30, 2024 will be a Friday.
Referenced Rules of Acquisition: #111 ("Treat people in your debt like family... exploit them") and #217 ("You can't free a fish from water")
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This takes place in 2371 and from August 30 to September 1, 2024.
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47 reference: Sisko, Dax, and Bashir are sent back in time 347 years - from 2371 to 2024.
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Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

John L. Bennett was Avery Brooks' "stand-in" throughout the series. In this episode, Bennett plays Gabriel Bell and Brooks plays Bell's "stand-in" within the context of the plot.

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