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Past Tense: Part I 

Sisko, Bashir and Dax are accidentally sent to San Francisco in the 21st century due to a transporter malfunction, and must figure out how to get back to return without changing the time line.


Reza Badiyi


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Jim Metzler ... Chris Brynner
Frank Military ... B.C.
Dick Miller ... Vin
Al Rodrigo ... Bernardo
Tina Lifford ... Lee
Bill Smitrovich ... Webb
Eidan Hanzei Eidan Hanzei ... Male Guest (as Henry Hayashi)


The Defiant has arrived at Earth and Sisko, Bashir and Dax are beamed to the surface, where they will address the Starfleet Symposium in San Francisco on the situation in the Gamma Quadrant. But they never arrive. O'Brien has no clue what happened: the logs show that he definitely arrived. Meanwhile the three find themselves in San Francisco in the year 2024. They have no ID and Bashir and Sisko are arrested and put in a concentration camp-like Sanctuary District. While the two try to find a way back, Sisko notices it's only days before major riots break out in the District, a pivotal moment in Earth's history. Meanwhile Dax is picked up Chris Brynner, a business man. He takes her to his home, where she starts searching for Bashir and Sisko. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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2 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dick Miller has acted in 2 different Star Trek series'. He portrayed the Newstand vendor in episode 1.11 of Star Trek: The Next Generation and then appeared in two episodes of season 3 of Deep Space Nine. In DS9 he played the character Vin in 3.11 (Past Tense:1) and 3.12 (Past Tense:2). In all three episodes he plays characters from centuries before the current present(future) time frames of the series'. See more »


[the Defiant is approaching Earth]
Commander Sisko: Now, there's something I never get tired of looking at.
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: If you ask me, the seas could be a little more purple.
Major Kira: That's funny, I was just thinking they weren't green enough.
Dr. Julian Bashir: I guess it's true what they say: there is no place like home, no matter what color the water is.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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The first time travel episode of the series.
21 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a two-part episode that marks the first time the folks from "Deep Space 9" went into the distant past. In this case, Dr. Bashir, Jadzia Dax and Commander Sisko are beaming down to Earth when, inexplicably, they arrive in 2024! This turns out to be a real lousy time and place, as San Francisco has special 'zones' where they place the poor and homeless--and Sisko and Bashir are stuck in this hellish place. As for Jadzia, she's is a heck of a lot smarter than her companions and soon she ends up finding herself with the HAVES-- living life among the rich elite. It's easy to admire her ability to think on her feet and figure out that she's in the past much faster than the guys. Regardless, the two guys turn out to be REAL stupid, as they turn out to be responsible for killing a guy who is important to history--and as a result, the timeline is seriously destroyed and the Federation doesn't appear to be affected.

This is a decent episode but I also marveled at how clean and very well groomed these homeless folks often were! Also the explanation for why the Defiant continues to exist seems REALLY lame and contrived. And, the whole Gabriel Bell angle is a bit predictable. Decent but it could have been better.

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