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Sisko and Chief O'Brien discover a colony which lives without technology.


Corey Allen


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Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo (credit only)
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil) (credit only)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark (credit only)
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Julia Nickson ... Cassandra
Steve Vinovich ... Joseph
Michael B. Silver ... Vinod (as Michael Buchman Silver)
Erick Weiss ... Stephan
Gail Strickland ... Alixus
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Sisko and O'Brien are surveying the area surrounding the wormhole to look for habitable planets. They are stunned to find there's already a colony present in the Orellius system. After beaming down they find out none of their technology is working anymore, they can't beam back. It seems a duonetic field is preventing all EM activity. The villagers are survivors of a personnel transport that crashed down on the surface ten years ago. Alixus, a woman that seems in charge of the group of people, tells of their pride in achieving to survive without using any technology. While Sisko suspects a rescue party will come soon, Alixus is convinced they're here to stay for a while and urges them to adapt to the group and abandon technology. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The excuse that Alixus uses to explain the EM dampening field as a natural phenomenon is that the marshes surrounding the colony contain deposits of astatine. Astatine is a radioactive element whose longest lived isotope has a half life of 8 hours, trace amounts are products of the decay of uranium and thorium. It is the rarest naturally occurring element, at any given time there is about a gram's worth in the entire Earth's crust. There is no possible way that astatine could cause an EM dampening effect that has lasted for 10 hours, much less 10 years. As sophisticated as Alixus' scientific knowledge is, she would never suggest such an explanation. See more »


Joseph: [talking about the transition from a technologically influenced society to a more traditional lifestyle] I was the last convert. But as time passed, I realized Alixus was right. She was helping us discover a new philosophy of life together. Because we needed one - to survive. And I'll tell you, every one of us is better for it. We're more committed to each other, we're truly a part of each other's lives. We've renewed a sense of community, that man left behind centuries ago.
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Absolute Garbage. Deserves a zero.
24 November 2020 | by lucid_transitionSee all my reviews

Most unsatisfying episode ever written. Dennis McCarthy must have been off his meds while writing this. Gene R. is rolling over in his grave at the lack of punishment for the torture of the innocent, and death of children that resulted in this farce of an episode due to some crazy woman's Ideals.

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13 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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