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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.08b - Badda-bing, badda-bang

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While relaxing in Vic's (James Darren) Las Vegas holosuite lounge, O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and Bashir (Alexander Siddig) are surprised by the arrival of mobster Frankie Eyes (Robert Miano), who announces that he's bought Vic's hotel. After Frankie fires Vic, the crew learns that Frankie was written into the holosuite program by Vic's designer, Feelix. Upset by Frankie's treatment of Vic, and by the knowledge that the lounge's atmosphere will now change, the crew decides it must rid the program of Frankie. But to accomplish this task, they realise, he must be eliminated in a way that is period specific to Fontaine's era: 1962.

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
  • James Darren .... Vic
  • Robert Miano .... Frankie Eyes
  • Penny Johnson .... Kasidy Yates
  • Marc Lawrence .... Carl Zeemo
  • Mike Starr .... Tony Cicci
  • Aron Eisenberg .... Ensign Nog
  • Bobby Reilly .... Countman
  • Chip Mayer .... Guard
  • James Wellington .... Al
  • Ira Steven Behr .... Screenwriter
  • Hans Beimler .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Vejar .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Deep Space Lounge.

Badda-bing, badda-bang is the closing episode for the Vic Fontaine character. It's also the last DS9 episode to be devoted to a single character; from here on in The Final Chapter takes precedence: the Dominion war, Bajor's relationship with the Federation, the Federation's relationship with the Klingons and the Romulans... it's all go.

Oops, back to the point.

This episode gives everyone an opportunity to play up their characters' less likeable traits (Sisko gets uptight, Ezri gets ditzy, Bashir gets klutzy, Nog gets criminal) as well as the traits that are well-hidden (Kasidy & Kira's sensuality, Odo's Metamorphic ability). It gives you, the audience, the time to pause and reflect on just who these people are and just how far they've come in the seven years you've known them. It is the calm before the storm.

Despite the Casino holoprogram being one of my least favourite of all the holo-programs on DS9 I actually enjoyed this episode, not least for the sense of humour with which it is presented. It is an homage to all the black and white Vegas/gangster films and all the great lounge singers of history: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, Old Blue Eyes. (FYI: James is releasing a CD of all the songs which Vic has sung during his time on DS9!) It is also a great piss-take of Star trek itself: the limitation to temporally specific culture and technology, the tightly planned operation (like all good stings, it doesn't go according to plan), the meta-entertainment of it all (Trekkies watching fictional Star trek characters playing Star trek fictional characters).

This is a good, fun episode full of light and bounce without being a piece of fluff. Enjoy.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 7 August 1999

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