Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 12

Past Tense: Part 2 (9 Jan. 1995)

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Sisko is forced to take the place of a key historical figure on Earth in 2024 in order to preserve the timeline.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Frank Military ...


Sisko has taken the place of revolutionary Gabriel Bell to ensure the hostages are kept safe. Not an easy task as he needs to keep both trigger-happy Biddle Coleridge and police officer Vin at bay. Bashir has another concern. He fears for the captain's life as the original Bell died in the riots. When Michael Webb manages to reach the processing center, Sisko asks to look for more sensible gimmes to guard the hostages. Meanwhile Dax watches the news about the riots. She thinks it's time for action and tries to find a way into the Sanctuary District. On the Defiant the crew decides their only option is to send people back into the past. There's just one problem, O'Brien has limited the options to 10, but there are not enough chroniton particles to do them all. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Clint Howard:  as Grady, the bum obsessed with "aliens." The role was written for Iggy Pop who was unavailable. Pop later guest starred in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Magnificent Ferengi (1998). See more »


[Dax has managed to find Sisko and Bashir in the Sanctuary]
Webb: Excuse me. You obviously don't live here. So how did you get in?
Jadzia Dax: I managed to recode my ID-card, so that I could get past the Sanitation Department checkpoint.
B.C.: You-you crawled in through the sewers? You must really like these guys.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Little Green Men (1995) See more »


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Fixing the past
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The second part if this story starts there the previous episode left off; Sisko and Bashir are still in the Sanctuary processing centre where Sisko is calling himself Bell and trying to make sure none of the hostages get harmed so the time line won't be damaged. Back in the Defiant Kira and O'Brien have decided that since Star Fleet no longer exists they aren't bound by its orders not to return to Earth's past to search for the missing crew members. They only have enough chronoton do check a handful of possible times and when they are down to their last attempt they must make an educated guess as to which it the most likely time to find them.

This episode was a decent conclusion to the story with plenty of tense moments and rather more deaths than I'd come to expect in the later series of Star Trek, these were justified as the event had to be significant enough for us to believe it could change the policy of the day. It wasn't all gloom and doom; the scene where Kira and O'Brien beam up in front of a couple of hippies was pretty funny.

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