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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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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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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 »

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Vin: [looking at the many casualties in the Sanctuary] How could we've let this happen?
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OK, the time line is preserved
18 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bashir and Sisko are still in the Sanctuary and Sisko pretends to be Bell in order to save hostages taken in a riot of the residents and thereby preserve the time line. While this going on, Kira and O'Brien try to find out which time period their colleagues have traveled to. There was an amusing meeting with a couple of hippies but otherwise their efforts are pretty uninteresting. The best part of the episode is Bashir' interaction with the hostages, especially with the scared and ill social worker; I'm finally getting to like the Bashir character who has fortunately finally outgrown his gee whiz adolescent character. Also good was the brief scene where one of the residents relates how he happened to end up in the Sanctuary - it was a powerful scene. The final resolution is logical and satisfying, particularly the former hostage security officer's assistance in helping Bashir and Sisko get away and preserve the myth of Bell's heroism. A good episode but not one I found particularly entertaining or riveting.


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