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Melora Pazlar, a new arrival on DS9 with a special gravity-based disability, finds an admirer in Bashir. Meanwhile, an old associate of Quark's comes to the station to kill the bartender.


Winrich Kolbe


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

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Daphne Ashbrook ... Melora Pazlar
Peter Crombie Peter Crombie ... Fallit Kot
Don Stark ... Ashrock
Ron Taylor ... Klingon Chef


The crew on DS9 is preparing for the arrival of ensign Melora Pazlar. She's the first Elaysian to join Starfleet and used to a very low gravity environment, and as a result, is unable to move in a normal environment and needs to use a special wheelchair. Melora is very tough on herself, and doesn't want to accept any more aid than is necessary. She wants to take a runabout on her own to make maps of the Gamma quadrant, but Sisko demands Dax will join her. Bashir takes more than a passing interest, and invites her to a Klingon restaurant. Meanwhile Quark is about to do a very lucrative transaction on 42 very rare rings of Paltriss with the trader Ashlock, when suddenly, an old acquaintance of him drops in. It's Fallit Kot and Quarks seems not too happy. Kot announces he's on the station to kill Quark and the Ferengi tries everything to convince him to do otherwise. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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31 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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A character like Melora Pazlar was initially to be Deep Space 9's science officer, because the producers liked the idea of a character who came from a low-gravity environment. However, due to the difficulty and expense of recreating the effect constantly, the character was replaced by the Trill Jadzia Dax. See more »


When the Rio Grande is pursuing the hijacked Orinoco, Bashir asks O'Brien if it's safe to transport between the ships while at Warp Speed, O'Brien responds that "he wouldn't recommend it". This would be in contradiction to Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds where transport between two vessels at Warp Speed is safe, so long as the speeds match. Coincidentally, it was O'Brien himself in that episode who tells Capt. Picard "We've matched Warp velocity for transport." See more »


Fallit Kot: I'm tired of your gifts, Quark. All I want is your miserable life.
Quark: Wait! Everything's negotiable.
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Referenced in Star Trek Timelines (2016) See more »


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He Had It Coming!!
29 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Quark is such a jerk. He must have beings all over the galaxy that would like to do him in. Here, a man who went to prison at hard labor for eight years, has come to kill him. At the same time, a very accomplished woman from a planet with very little gravity comes on board. She must use stabilizing braces and a wheel chair because she can't handle "normal" gravity. She is feisty and independent, but Bashir breaks through and eventually gives her an incredible gift. Meanwhile the two plot lines intersect. It is a commentary on disabilities, but it is also one about who one is.

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