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Things Past 

Sisko, Dax, Odo and Garak find themselves in the past when the Cardassians controlled the station, and a crime that Odo investigated may be the key.


LeVar Burton


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien (credit only)
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat
Victor Bevine ... Belar
Andrew Robinson ... Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Kurtwood Smith ... Thrax
Brenan T. Baird Brenan T. Baird ... Soldier (as Brenan Baird)
Louahn Lowe ... Okala


Sisko, Dax, Odo and Garak find themselves in the past when the Cardassians controlled the station, and a crime that Odo investigated may be the key.

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In this episode, Worf refers to "runabout pad 1." In all other episodes, runabout pads are identified by letter, not number. See more »


During the opening scene before the credits, Worf played by Michael Dorn is sweating in Ops from his left ear underneath his makeup. See more »


[Thrax suspects Quark to have dealings with the smuggler Livara]
Thrax: Rumor has it that the Obsidian Order has had him under surveillance for several months.
Quark: The Obsidian Order?
Thrax: Rumor also has it that they're bringing in all of Livara's co-conspirators for... questioning.
Quark: Well - you know how rumors are.
Thrax: Yes - they're usually true.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Odo revealed
17 October 2014 | by PsilioSee all my reviews

This dark episode was great in all aspects, in my opinion.

Great acting, casting, directing (LeVar Burton), photography, lighting, set design, props, everything.

We finally get to see how Deep Space 9 (or Terok Nor as it was called then) was run during the time of the occupation by the Cardassians when Gul Dukat was the station commander. All dark and gritty and dirty, with Cardassians abusing Bajorans for the slightest mistake.

Quark is also in his natural element here. We see him here as he was before, and makes us understand in some way how he is 'today' and how he has changed a bit since the Cardassians were kicked out of the station.

The main cast in this episode does an excellent performance, especially Rene Auberjonois. He is of course always good, but here he is incredible.

Our favorite recurring guest actors in the form of Gul Dukat and Garak also perform above par here. Kurtwood Smith - one of my favorite actors since the first RoboCop (1987) movie - also helps to lift this episode up a few notches.

The reason I didn't give it a 10 is that I found it a bit confusing and hard to follow at times.

Overall, a 'must see' episode for anyone following the story of DS9, in my opinion.

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18 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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