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Past Tense, Part II 

Sisko is forced to take the place of a key historical figure on Earth in 2024 in order to preserve the timeline.


Jonathan Frakes


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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 (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark (credit only)
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Jim Metzler ... Chris Brynner
Frank Military ... Biddle Coleridge
Dick Miller ... Vin
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Detective Preston
Al Rodrigo ... Bernardo
Clint Howard ... Grady
Richard Lee Jackson ... Danny


Sisko has taken the place of revolutionary Gabriel Bell to ensure the hostages are kept safe. Not an easy task as he needs to keep both trigger-happy Biddle Coleridge and police officer Vin at bay. Bashir has another concern. He fears for the captain's life as the original Bell died in the riots. When Michael Webb manages to reach the processing center, Sisko asks to look for more sensible gimmes to guard the hostages. Meanwhile Dax watches the news about the riots. She thinks it's time for action and tries to find a way into the Sanctuary District. On the Defiant the crew decides their only option is to send people back into the past. There's just one problem, O'Brien has limited the options to 10, but there are not enough chroniton particles to do them all. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Alexander Siddig feels that both "Past Tense, Part I" and "Past Tense, Part II" were important shows for Bashir. See more »


In "Past Tense: Part 1" Sisko says that the Bell riots are named for Gabriel Bell who died protecting the hostages. Sisko assumed the identity of Bell after Bell was accidentally killed when Sisko and Bashir accidentally changed the timeline. During the riots Sisko is shot but survives. Near the end of "Past Tense: Part 2" one of the guards, Vin (played by Dick Miller) asks how he can help Sisko and Bashir. He agrees to help them escape but takes their ID cards to be placed on two on the people who have died during the shooting. When Sisko and Bashir are back in their timeline and onboard the Defiant Bashir looks-up the riots. In the history records it shows Sisko's picture for Gabriel Bell. Sisko had Bell's ID but Vin took it to place on one of the dead people. History would have shown someone else's picture for Bell instead of Sisko. The IDs did not have photos on them but if they had the picture should have been one of Gabriel Bell. See more »


[last lines]
Doctor Bashir: You know, Commander... having seen a little of the 21st century, there is one thing I don't understand: how could they have let things get so bad?
Commander Sisko: That's a good question. I wish I had an answer.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Little Green Men (1995) See more »


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Sad but Necessary Conclusion
12 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I'm writing in 2018, which is six years before events take place in this episode. Unfortunately, there are a lot indications that our current situation could easily lead to the kind of nastiness we see here. Sisko and Bashir are faced with having to recorrect historical events that they damaged in the first place. The whole second half involves a hostage situation where it is absolutely necessary that these people be kept alive. One trigger happy young man is a loose cannon. This class war is evolving as I write. This is a pretty well done episode with good writing and some sincere effort to make a statement.

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9 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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