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Time's Orphan 

The Chief's daughter gets caught in a time displacement and when they get her back, she is considerably older.


Allan Kroeker


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




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Michelle Krusiec ... Older Molly O'Brien
Hana Hatae ... Molly O'Brien
Shaun Bieniek Shaun Bieniek ... Deputy
Randy James Randy James ... Security


The Chief's daughter gets caught in a time displacement and when they get her back, she is considerably older.

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The console Chief O'Brien uses to operate the time portal is a re-use of the console he and Dr. Bashir used to deactivate the Harvester bio-weapons from the second season episode "Armageddon Game". See more »


When older Molly is transported out of the portal, her hair is long and ragged, but during the close-up on her bracelet, it can be seen that her fingernails are neatly trimmed. This is unlikely, given her wild, back-to-nature existence. See more »


Molly O'Brien: [the O'Briens are going on a picnic] Can we bring Chester?
Keiko O'Brien: I don't think that would be a good idea, sweetie.
Chief O'Brien: He might get lost.
Keiko O'Brien: On second thought...
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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Good concept badly executed.
10 August 2010 | by Island-PubliusSee all my reviews

Every shows hits its weak phase - and Deep Space Nine started struggling around this time. The previous (very weak) comic Ferengi episode was followed by this very serious Molly O'Brien episode.

So much of it is rushed and shallow. The O'Brien's give up on getting back "their" Molly after a 20 second existential discussion on the nature of being - which they adjust to with little emotional consequence. Ultimately they decide to send her back to her primitive world 300 years previous, alone, with little or no discussion of whether they should all go as a family, or if they could settle on another uninhabited planet s a family. Just send her back to her cavewoman life - end of discussion.

All the while, Worf's inferiority complex about being a good father is thrust upon the viewer as a subplot with very little setup or explanation. At first it seems like it is going to be for comic relief - then it turns very soap opera like.

DSN is a great show, and had more great story lines subsequent - but there is a string of episodes at this time that show how dry the creative well had run.

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