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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.05b - It's only a paper moon

Stardate around 52220
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After losing his leg in battle, a sombre Nog (Aron Eisenberg) returns to the space station to recuperate. The crew try their best to cheer him up, but the young Ensign is struggling, both emotionally and physically, to cope with his disability, even though his new biosynthetic leg works perfectly. After pushing away those who try the most diligently to help, Nog decides to take his medical leave in the holosuite world of 1962 Las Vegas lounge singer Vic Fontaine (James Darren).

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Nicole de Boer .... Lieutenant Ezri Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Colonel Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Aron Eisenberg .... Ensign Nog
  • James Darren .... Vic Fontaine
  • Max Grodénchik .... Rom
  • Chase Masterson .... Leeta
  • David Mack .... Storywriter
  • John J Ordover .... Storywriter
  • Ronald D Moore .... Screenwriter
  • Anson Williams .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Nog.

I like Nog, now that he's grown up. When he and Jake were hanging around the Promenade annoying Odo, he was a tad annoying, but he is Ferengi, so you have to expect that. Then he decided to apply for Starfleet and his character took a giant leap for Trek-kind. He is special as the first Ferengi in Starfleet (a race which, it should be remembered, is not part of the UFP). He is special for being the only other Cadet we have seen in more than two episodes since Wesley Crusher. He is special because he joined Starfleet just as it was going to war. He is special because he reminds those who watch what life is like at the bottom of the Starfleet food chain.

Anyhoo, he was pretty shook up when his leg was shot off by some Jem'Hadar and that state of mind didn't get any better during his time in hospital. So now he's back at DS9 being a huge grump, upsetting everyone and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Love that medicobabble. Hiding away in holo-land with Vic is as close as anyone can get to copping out (since they don't have cable in the future, or valium, or chocolate for that matter), which is a nice thing to see in the frighteningly perfect UFP.

Of course, everything will be fine by the end of 44 minutes (or, at least, there will be light at the end of the tunnel), but it's the journey that counts, not the destination. Nog's journey is taut and fraught with pain and compassion. This is Nog's episode more than anyone's, and that's a good thing in my opinion.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 5 May 1999

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Snappy dialogue about Julian's holoprograms
Quark: How can hiding in one of Julian's adolescent programs be a good sign?

Julian: Hey.

Jake: It could be worse; he could be hiding in the Alamo program.

Leeta: Or that ridiculous secret agent program.

Julian: Hey...

Rom: Or that stupid Viking program.

Julian: Hey!

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