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If Wishes Were Horses 

While Dax investigates an unusual energy reading near DS9 to see if it's dangerous for the station, people's imaginations suddenly come alive, causing chaos.


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Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Keone Young ... Buck Bokai
Michael J. Anderson ... Rumpelstiltskin (as Michael John Anderson)
Hana Hatae ... Molly O'Brien


The crew detects an unusual energy reading; elevated thoron emissions near the Denorios belt. Sisko and Dax think it might have something to do with the increased traffic since the wormhole was found and Dax investigates to find out if it poses any danger to the station. Meanwhile chief O'Brien is telling the story of Rumpelstiltskin to his daughter Molly and after he leaves Molly tells him the fairy character appeared in her room. To his astonishment Molly tells the truth, he faces Rumpelstiltskin. All of a sudden all over the station people's secret imaginations appear in for real, causing chaos. Quark is escorted by two beautiful ladies and seems very happy until he finds out everybody is winning with dabo. Bashir finds Jadzia Dax in love with him and baseball player Buck Bokai appears before Sisko. Odo must work in the snow to keep the promenade safe. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The Gunji jackdaw which appears on the promenade was played by an emu. It is the only appearance by an emu on Star Trek. They proved to be difficult to receive direction, so one of their trainers was dressed as a Bajoran monk. See more »


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Quark: With all these Hew-mons coming now, the true entrepreneur knows how to sniff the wind. Try it - go ahead.
Odo: I have no sense of smell.
Quark: You don't need one to detect the scent of o-ppor-tunity!
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Life as We Create It
27 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This was quite an entertaining episode. The premise was creative and well orchestrated. Each of the characters had some sort of fantastic illusion that came to life. These things threatened their very lives. The one thing that I have issue with and some might say it's petty. That baseball player. The greatest that ever lived. He was short, fat, not-athletic with a double chin. His muscle tone was non-existent. There's no way this guy would have broken all the records. It was terrible casting and to anyone who is the slightest fan, it is insulting. Unless, at some point, the game degenerated into a bunch of fat old men who probably couldn't run.

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