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: Where did I go? Now you see me, now you don't. What's it gonna be, fellas? I can play hide-and-seek with the best of them.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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a real thriller but with questionable ending
30 May 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This one is a real thriller. You can feel the tension rising, while you watch Miles O'Brien's environment on the station grow more and more hostile towards him. You and O'Brien really do not have a clue as to what is wrong, until the last few minutes of the episode. Colm Meaney at his best. Here is the story:

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Miles O'Brien returns from a mission in the gamma quadrant. He was supposed to bring back security information from a war torn world to prepare the station for peace treaty negotiations between the two warring factions. Having returned to DS9, he experiences only hostility and suspicion from his fellow officers. He finds himself excluded and under constant surveillance. As things tighten in around him he escapes on a runabout and returns to the gamma quadrant to find answers on the planet where everything seemed to have started. As he arrives there, Sisko and Kira are already present together with two members of the local government faction. The situation escalates and O'Brien is shot and succumbs to a fatal wound. He dies, but not without seeing the real Miles O'Brien emerging on the scene before. One government member states that the rebel faction abducted and duplicated the real O'Brien and sent the doppelganger back to the station in order to sabotage the negotiations.

I must admit, the ending shocked me. The "fake" O'Brien was just as real as the "real" O'Brien. At least he behaved like it. I do not understand how Sisko could have let him be killed, just because he was told by those aliens that he is a clone. It is very unlike Star Trek to shoot what one does not comprehend. After all there was a sentient being, not some dummy robot. Therefore only 8 out of 10 stars.

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