Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 14

Whispers (6 Feb. 1994)

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Chief O'Brien's world is turned upside down when for no reason whatsoever he is being ignored by his family and friends and is being closed out of every essential job on the station.



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
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O'Brien is on his way to the planet Parada to warn them about something and is chased by the crew of Deep Space Nine through the wormhole. In his log he tells what happened. Deep Space Nine was supposed to host peace talks between the Paradans and a rebel faction and O'Brien was supposed to make sure the security to be top notch. He immediately noticed something strange when Keiko and Molly didn't seem to be themselves. In engineering, he found out another engineer was ordered by Sisko to already start work on the security measures. Sisko told him to concentrate on the repair of the upper pylons and ordered him to undergo a very extensive medical examination. O'Brien especially got suspicious after he found out he lost his level 1 security clearance after trying to review the logs of the security personnel. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The DS9 crew discuss the possibility of invasion by enemy "replicants." Although this name is often associated with Philip K. Dick, it appears nowhere in Dick's works. It was created by the makers of the Dick-inspired film Blade Runner (1982) as a synonym for Dick's use of "androids" which Blade Runner's writers considered to be too familiar and overused to hold the public's interest. ("Blade runner" itself was created to replace Dick's generic "bounty hunter" for the same reason.) See more »


Chief O'Brien: Look, if you're determined to keep me here until you find something wrong with me, I'll see if I can't grow you a hangnail.
Doctor Bashir: Eye problems? Hearing? Headaches?
Chief O'Brien: Headache! There you go. In fact, I'm getting a very bad one right now!
Doctor Bashir: Short temper - flies off the handle under the slightest provocation. Perfectly normal behavior.
Chief O'Brien: Ah, I'm glad you're enjoying this.
Doctor Bashir: Sorry. I know how you feel about doctors.
Chief O'Brien: It's not doctors I have a problem with, it's
Chief O'BrienDoctor Bashir: you, Julian!
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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18 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was an interesting episode told mostly in flashback; the chief is aboard a runabout and is being pursued by other officers from DS9 for reasons not immediately apparent. As he makes a log entry we see what happened before to lead up to this strange situation. When the chief gets back to the station after arranging the security details for a peace treaty between two warring factions from the Gamma quadrant he finds that nobody is behaving normally. At first it is just little things; his daughter does not want a kiss, Sisko has got another officer working on the security details for the peace conference without telling him and he can't access all the files he should be able to. As things progress he becomes convinced that someone or something is effecting the crew. Soon he realises that he must get off the station if he is to find out just what is going on. Stealing a runabout he heads back to the Gamma Quadrant and makes a shocking discovery: it wasn't the rest of the crew of DS9 that had been changed, it was him. The Chief O'Brien we'd been watching was a replica, identical in every way but programmed to carry out unspecified orders at a given time.

Colm Meaney did a great job as Chief O'Brien getting more and more paranoid as those he considers friends shut him out from doing his job and giving him manufactured tasks to keep him out of the way. It was a shame that the replacement died at the end although it did add extra poignancy to the story.

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