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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 5.08b - Doctor Bashir, I presume

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Bashir (Alexander Siddig) is chosen as the model for Starfleet's holographic Doctor program. He is informed by Doctor Lewis Zimmerman (Robert Picardo), the scientist in charge of the project. As part of the process, Zimmerman must learn everything he can about Bashir, from childhood quirks to his interpersonal relationships, a procedure that includes interviews with Bashir's family, friends, and co-workers. Uncomfortable, Bashir requests that Zimmerman refrain from speaking with his parents.

Zimmerman begins the task of interviewing the crew, taking note of all of their feelings, good and bad, about Bashir. The next day, Bashir is horrified when two unexpected visitors arrive: his parents Richard (Brian George) and Amnsha (Fadwa el Guindi). Soon, Zimmerman uncovers painful facts about Julian's past. Were such revelations made public, they would be certain to jeopardise the young Doctor's career.

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Terry Farrell .... Lieutenant Jadzia Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Major Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Robert Picardo .... Doctor Lewis Zimmerman
  • Brian George .... Richard Bashir
  • Fadwa el Guindi .... Amnsha Bashir
  • Max Grodénchik .... Rom
  • Chase Masterson .... Leeta
  • J Patrick McCormack .... Rear Admiral Bennett
  • Jimmy Diggs .... Storywriter
  • Ronald D Moore .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Awesome! Bashir is a mutant! Cool!

This came right out of left field (if that's not too many directions for you) but it explains so much which you always wondered about. Why doesn't he talk to his parents? Why is he such a jerk? Why did he go on about the post ganglionic [medicobabble]? The answer: He's lying! He was genetically enhanced! He's the son of Khan! He is evil!

*Takes sedative*

*Waits for medication to enter bloodstream*

I am in control.

What's good about this episode: multiple EMHs (and an LMH); dark, dirty secrets coming to light; Leeta with no clothes on (that's only good because Star trek is notorious for pretending certain things - like naked bodies - don't exist, not because I am a voyeur); bad blood; no easy solution; lots of [tech.] but no [tech.] solution. What's bad about this episode: ummm... not a lot! Some parts - Bashir's confession to O'Brien particularly - are a little stilted, probably the result of trying to get a heap of information across in a small amount of time. Fortunately, what's being said makes up for how it's being said.

The make or break for Doctor Bashir, I presume rests fairly and squarely on Alexander's broad shoulders (well, broad for a skinny guy) and he carries the extra weight well. His pain is real, his distress, disgust and anger are real, his morbid introspection is real. It's a damn good job. Everyone else supports his performance the way they should: Brian is painful, Fadwa is heart-broken, Colm is warm. Elephant stamps for everyone.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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