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== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
 
=== Teaser ===
 
=== Teaser ===
[[File:Lethean attacks Bashir.jpg|thumb|Altovar assaults Bashir]]
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[[File:Julian Bashir, Quark, and Elim Garak, 2371.jpg|thumb|"''You know &ndash; we just introduced a new lunch menu at the bar&hellip;''"<br />"''Goodbye, Quark.''"]]
[[Doctor]] [[Julian Bashir|Bashir]] and [[Elim Garak]] are having their usual lunch together in the [[Replimat]] as Garak produces a gift for Bashir: a [[Cardassian]] [[enigma tale]] [[holonovel]]. Although Bashir usually enjoys mystery novels, he confesses his dislike for Cardassian ones, as the suspects are always guilty. Garak points out that the challenge is figuring out who is guilty of what. Bashir reveals that he feels glum because it is his 30th birthday, a sign in [[Human]] culture that one has lost one's youth, which contrasts the Cardassian view that growing old is a sign of power and dignity. The conversation is interrupted when [[Quark]] approaches with a [[Lethean]] companion named [[Altovar]], who is interested in purchasing [[bio-mimetic gel]]. Everyone present knows purchasing the gel is illegal, but the Lethean "convinced" Quark to bring him to Bashir. He offers to buy the gel at any price, storming off angrily when Bashir firmly refuses.
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[[Doctor]] [[Julian Bashir|Bashir]] and [[Elim Garak]] are having their usual lunch together in the [[Replimat]] as Garak produces a gift for Bashir: a [[Cardassian]] [[enigma tale]] [[holonovel]]. Although Bashir usually enjoys mystery novels, he confesses his dislike for Cardassian ones, as the suspects are always guilty. Garak points out that the challenge is figuring out who is guilty of what. Bashir reveals that he feels glum because it is his 30th birthday, a sign in [[Human]] culture that one has lost one's youth, which contrasts the Cardassian view that growing old is a sign of power and dignity. The conversation is interrupted when [[Quark]] approaches with a [[Lethean]] companion named [[Altovar]], who is interested in purchasing [[bio-mimetic gel]]. Everyone present knows purchasing the gel is illegal under [[Federation law]], but the Lethean "convinced" Quark to bring his request to Bashir. He offers to buy the gel at any price, storming off angrily when Bashir firmly refuses.
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[[File:Lethean attacks Bashir.jpg|left|thumb|Altovar assaults Bashir]]
   
Later, Bashir returns to the [[infirmary]], where he finds Altovar has broken in. The Lethean grabs his head, releasing an electric discharge of some kind and goes running off with the gel.
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Later, Bashir returns to the [[infirmary]], where he finds Altovar has broken in and is ransacking the place. When Bashir confronts him and asks what he thinks he is doing, the Lethean grabs his head, releasing an electric discharge of some kind, and absconds with the gel, leaving Bashir falling to the floor, unconscious.
   
 
=== Act One ===
 
=== Act One ===
When he awakens, Bashir finds the [[computer]] is off-line and will not respond, the lights are flickering, and he is alone. He wanders out to the [[Promenade]], which is deserted, but he notices his reflection in a mirror and observes that his hair seems somewhat gray. In [[Quark's]], he finds the [[Ferengi]] cowering behind the bar, hiding from someone in the shadows. Quark claims whoever it is going to kill everyone; before he can answer any more questions, he runs off. Whoever is in the shadows hurls chairs in every direction, so Bashir follows suit and leaves.
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When he awakens, Bashir finds the [[computer]] is off-line and will not respond, the lights are flickering, and he is alone. He wanders out to the darkened [[Promenade]], which is deserted, but he notices his reflection in a mirror and observes that his hair seems somewhat gray. In [[Quark's]], he finds the [[Ferengi]] clutching a serving tray and cowering behind the bar, hiding from someone in the shadows. Quark claims whoever it is going to kill everyone; before he can answer any more questions, he runs off. Whoever is in the shadows hurls chairs in every direction, so Bashir follows suit and leaves.
   
Garak surprises Bashir when he reaches the [[security office]], both of them mistaking the other for an intruder. It seems all the station's systems except [[life support]] and basic functions are off-line, which Garak suggests might be the result of a [[virus]], [[anomaly]], or a [[Dominion]] attack. However, Bashir is interrupted by faint, indistinguishable voices. Garak hears no voices but observes how grey (now more so than previously) Bashir's hair is becoming. The two of them split up, Garak searching the [[docking ring]] while Bashir searches the [[habitat ring]] and [[central core]].
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Garak surprises Bashir when he reaches the [[security office]], both of them mistaking the other for an intruder. It seems all the station's systems except [[life support]] and basic functions are off-line, which Garak suggests might be the result of a [[virus]], [[anomaly]], or a [[Dominion]] attack. However, Bashir is interrupted by faint, indistinguishable voices. Garak hears no voices but observes how grey (now more so than previously) Bashir's hair is becoming. Bashir opens a [[weapons locker]] and gives himself and Garak a [[phaser]]. The two of them split up, Garak searching the [[docking ring]] while Bashir searches the [[habitat ring]] and [[central core]].
   
Wandering through a [[corridor]], Bashir hears something behind him. One by one the lights in the corridor begin to shut down, a trail of darkness chasing him as he moves. He soon runs into a [[force field]] and is trapped.
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Wandering through a [[corridor]] and looking in empty rooms with a [[palm beacon]], Bashir hears something behind him. One by one the lights in the corridor begin to shut down, a trail of darkness chasing him as he moves. He soon runs into a [[force field]] and is trapped.
   
 
=== Act Two ===
 
=== Act Two ===
Bashir narrowly escapes into a [[turbolift]], barely getting away from Altovar, the Lethean from before. There is only a momentary peace as the turbolift descends before the Lethean can be heard pounding on the roof, attempting to break through. Bashir leaves and makes it to the [[wardroom]], where he finds [[Chief]] [[Miles O'Brien|O'Brien]], [[Commander]] [[Jadzia Dax|Dax]], [[Major]] [[Kira Nerys|Kira]], and [[Constable]] [[Odo]].
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Bashir narrowly escapes into a [[turbolift]], barely getting away from Altovar, the Lethean from before. There is only a momentary peace as the turbolift descends before the Lethean can be heard pounding on the roof, attempting to break through. Bashir leaves and makes it to the [[wardroom]], where he finds [[Chief]] [[Miles O'Brien|O'Brien]], [[Lieutenant]] [[Jadzia Dax|Dax]], [[Major]] [[Kira Nerys|Kira]], and [[Constable]] [[Odo]] all arguing with each other.
   
 
Bashir is glad to see familiar faces, but each person seems somehow out of character. O'Brien is pessimistic and afraid, while Dax seems all too eager to face the Lethean with a [[phaser]], Odo does not trust anyone, and Kira is frustrated with the entire group. However, Bashir is unable to scan the room for anomalies since the computer is down, so they head for a [[cargo bay]] where O'Brien believes he can access the proper components to get the station up and running.
 
Bashir is glad to see familiar faces, but each person seems somehow out of character. O'Brien is pessimistic and afraid, while Dax seems all too eager to face the Lethean with a [[phaser]], Odo does not trust anyone, and Kira is frustrated with the entire group. However, Bashir is unable to scan the room for anomalies since the computer is down, so they head for a [[cargo bay]] where O'Brien believes he can access the proper components to get the station up and running.
   
In the cargo bay the officers continue to bicker while O'Brien attempts to make his repairs. Bashir is still convinced something has affected the others, although from the voices he is hearing and the fact that he appears 60 rather than 30, Kira believes he is the one with a problem. Strangely, O'Brien picks up an audio-only signal from an unknown source, in which Dax appears to be discussing Bashir's condition; he is in a [[coma]] and will die within hours. A [[tricorder]] scan reveals only [[delta wave]]s from Bashir. It appears the voices are correct.
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In the cargo bay the officers continue to bicker while O'Brien attempts to make his repairs. Bashir is still convinced something has affected the others, although from the voices he is hearing and the fact that he appears 60 rather than 30, Kira believes he is the one with a problem. Strangely, O'Brien picks up an audio-only signal from an unknown source, in which Dax appears to be discussing Bashir's condition; he is in a [[coma]] and will die within hours. A [[Starfleet tricorder|tricorder]] scan reveals only [[delta wave]]s from Bashir. It appears the voices are correct.
   
 
=== Act Three ===
 
=== Act Three ===
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[[File:Bashir ages.jpg|thumb|Bashir in his 70s or 80s]]
 
[[File:Bashir ages.jpg|thumb|Bashir in his 70s or 80s]]
The situation worsens as Bashir progresses. Wounded people line a corridor and he finds Sisko there with a [[nurse]], trying to heal them just as Bashir might. Naturally, Sisko is his sense of professionalism. The commander agrees to help Bashir (who has aged yet again) get to Ops, but moments later Altovar pulls Sisko into a nearby wall, disappearing once again. Bashir runs, but runs into Altovar, who states he wants to systematically destroy Bashir's mind and then kill him. Bashir runs.
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The situation worsens as Bashir progresses. Wounded people line a corridor and he finds Sisko there with [[Nurse]] [[Jabara]], trying to heal them just as Bashir might. Naturally, Sisko is his sense of professionalism. The commander agrees to help Bashir (who has aged yet again) get to Ops, but moments later Altovar pulls Sisko into a nearby wall, disappearing once again. Bashir runs, but runs into Altovar, who states he wants to systematically destroy Bashir's mind and then kill him. Bashir runs away and Altovar yells out that he can run, but eventually he will not be able to outrun [[death]].
   
 
=== Act Four ===
 
=== Act Four ===
 
Shortly thereafter, Bashir finds a dead Kira and melting Odo, both of whom have fallen victim to the Lethean. As Odo dies, he advises Bashir to use the [[conduit]]s to get to Ops quicker.
 
Shortly thereafter, Bashir finds a dead Kira and melting Odo, both of whom have fallen victim to the Lethean. As Odo dies, he advises Bashir to use the [[conduit]]s to get to Ops quicker.
   
Although unsure whether he is going the wrong way, Bashir is determined to find Ops. His hopes rise when he finds O'Brien, but this version of the chief, Bashir's sense of fear and doubt, does not want to face the Lethean. He advises Bashir of which way to go, and reluctantly agrees to go along despite Bashir's rapidly accelerated aging.
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Although unsure whether he is going the wrong way, Bashir is determined to find Ops. His hopes rise when he finds O'Brien in an [[Access tunnel|access conduit]] junction, but this version of the chief, Bashir's sense of fear and doubt, does not want to face the Lethean. He advises Bashir of which way to go, and reluctantly agrees to go along despite Bashir's rapidly accelerated aging.
   
 
At the juncture where Bashir should emerge in Ops, he finds himself on the Promenade again, this time outside Quark's, where something important seems to be going on. People are gathered around a table on which Bashir finds his unconscious body; [[Quark]] explains that he is taking bets on everything from how long Bashir will live to which organ will fail first. Their conversation is interrupted by dismayed cries from the crowd as O'Brien's lifeless body appears in place of Bashir's. The Lethean appears once Quark calls off the bets, killing the Ferengi and informing Bashir that he is next. The now-decrepit doctor runs as best he can to the Promenade.
 
At the juncture where Bashir should emerge in Ops, he finds himself on the Promenade again, this time outside Quark's, where something important seems to be going on. People are gathered around a table on which Bashir finds his unconscious body; [[Quark]] explains that he is taking bets on everything from how long Bashir will live to which organ will fail first. Their conversation is interrupted by dismayed cries from the crowd as O'Brien's lifeless body appears in place of Bashir's. The Lethean appears once Quark calls off the bets, killing the Ferengi and informing Bashir that he is next. The now-decrepit doctor runs as best he can to the Promenade.
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Making his way to the infirmary, Bashir appears to know what he is doing. Altovar joins him, confused. Although Ops is the center of the real world, Bashir explains that the infirmary is the center of his. Since Altovar has not killed him, he continues to persist as it appears he must give in for the Lethean to win. Finally, he opens a panel and fixes the computer. Suddenly, the lights come online and the computer begins working, and Bashir activates a [[quarantine]] field around Altovar. He then tells the computer to begin sterilization, which causes Altovar to disappear.
 
Making his way to the infirmary, Bashir appears to know what he is doing. Altovar joins him, confused. Although Ops is the center of the real world, Bashir explains that the infirmary is the center of his. Since Altovar has not killed him, he continues to persist as it appears he must give in for the Lethean to win. Finally, he opens a panel and fixes the computer. Suddenly, the lights come online and the computer begins working, and Bashir activates a [[quarantine]] field around Altovar. He then tells the computer to begin sterilization, which causes Altovar to disappear.
   
Bashir now wakes up in a hospital gown in the infirmary, having cured himself. Sisko, Dax, [[Jabara]], and the others are amazed to see him alive.
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Bashir now wakes up in a hospital gown lying on a bed in the infirmary, having cured himself. Sisko, Dax, Jabara, and the others are amazed to see him alive.
   
The next day, Bashir and Garak resume their lunches together as usual and the topic of discussion is Bashir's experience with Altovar (who, in the real world, tripped a security alarm and was quickly apprehended by Odo). As Bashir muses that he was lucky to survive his ordeal, Garak tells his friend that Cardassians do not believe in luck, and it was Bashir's strength that saw him through the nightmare. Bashir then says that after being a 100-year-old in his mind, he decides that being 30 is not so bad after all. Garak responds by toasting to his birthday. Garak then brings up on how Bashir's mind subconsciously portrayed him, surprised that after all this time his [[Human]] friend still does not seem to trust him. As Bashir fumbles for an explanation, Garak grins and says, "''There's hope for you yet.''"
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The next day, Bashir and Garak resume their lunches together as usual and the topic of discussion is Bashir's experience with Altovar (who, in the real world, tripped a security alarm and was quickly apprehended by Odo). As Bashir muses that he was lucky to survive his ordeal, Garak tells his friend that Cardassians do not believe in luck, and it was Bashir's strength that saw him through the [[nightmare]]. Bashir then says that after being a 100-year-old in his mind, he decides that being 30 is not so bad after all. Garak responds by toasting to his birthday. Garak then brings up on how Bashir's mind subconsciously portrayed him, surprised that after all this time his [[Human]] friend still does not seem to trust him. As Bashir fumbles for an explanation, Garak reaches out for his arm, grins and says, "''There's hope for you yet.''"
   
 
== Memorable quotes ==
 
== Memorable quotes ==
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== Background information ==
 
== Background information ==
===Story and script===
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=== Story and script ===
* The working title of this episode was "Too Many Rooms". [[Joe Menosky]]'s original idea didn't feature regular cast members in [[Julian Bashir|Bashir]]'s fantasy, instead, different actors played different aspects of Bashir's life, such as 'Youth', 'Age', 'Joy' etc. [[Ronald D. Moore]] came upon the idea to set the fantasy on the station and use the regular cast. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
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* A [[working title]] of this episode was "Too Many Rooms". [[Joe Menosky]]'s original idea didn't feature regular cast members in [[Julian Bashir|Bashir]]'s fantasy; instead, different actors played different aspects of Bashir's life, such as 'Youth', 'Age', 'Joy', etc. [[Ronald D. Moore]] came upon the idea to set the fantasy on [[Deep Space 9|the station]] and use the regular cast. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
* Although it later became an element in Bashir's attempts to conceal his genetic enhancements, the writers hadn't developed that concept yet, so the reason it was pointed out in this episode that a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve are nothing alike was pressure from Celeste Wolfe, [[Robert Hewitt Wolfe]]'s wife. According to Wolfe, ever since Bashir first told that story his wife had been bugging him to do something about it. In reality a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve really are completely different, and as Celeste (a pre-vet) pointed out, no one would ever mix them up. As such, Wolfe explains, having Altovar point this out "''was my way of saying, 'Well okay' to Celeste''." (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
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* Although it later became an element in Bashir's attempts to conceal his genetic enhancements, the writers hadn't developed that concept yet, so the reason it was pointed out in this episode that a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve are nothing alike was pressure from Celeste Wolfe, [[Robert Hewitt Wolfe]]'s wife. According to Wolfe, ever since Bashir first told that story, his wife had been bugging him to do something about it. In reality, a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve really are completely different, and, as Celeste (a pre-vet) pointed out, no one would ever mix them up. As such, Wolfe later explained, having Altovar point this out "''was my way of saying, 'Well okay' to Celeste.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
* The inclusion of the [[tennis]] balls falling and the inclusion of the beautiful [[dabo girl]] were designed to add humor to the final scenes in Bashir's mind. [[Ira Steven Behr]] commented: "''At the end of the story break we started thinking about [[Wikipedia:Happy Birthday, Mr. President|Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday' to JFK]]. We said, 'What's in the mind of Julian Bashir?'. Well, the mind's a chaotic thing, and we've always played as a bit of a rake, so we felt we needed a pretty woman. At such a serious moment, a life-and-death moment, it was nice juxtaposition''". (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
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* The inclusion of the [[tennis]] balls falling and the [[dabo girl]] who sings were designed to add humor to the final scenes in Bashir's mind. [[Ira Steven Behr]] commented, "''At the end of the story break we started thinking about [[Wikipedia:Happy Birthday, Mr. President|Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday' to JFK]]. We said, 'What's in the mind of Julian Bashir?'. Well, the mind's a chaotic thing, and we've always played as a bit of a rake, so we felt we needed a pretty woman. At such a serious moment, a life-and-death moment, it was nice juxtaposition.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
* In the scene where Bashir encounters the representation of Sisko, Sisko triages another injured individual by prescribing drugs known as [[hydrocortiline]] and [[tripdecederine]]. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion - A Series Guide and Script Library]]'')
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* In the scene where Bashir encounters the representation of Sisko, Sisko triages another injured individual by prescribing drugs known as "[[hydrocortiline]]" and "[[tripdecederine]]". (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion - A Series Guide and Script Library]]'')
   
===Production===
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=== Cast and characters ===
* Much as director [[Corey Allen]] did in a scene in the episode {{e|The Circle}}, director [[Alexander Singer]] shot the scene in the [[wardroom]] in one continuous uninterrupted take. When the episode was edited together, the scene was intercut with various close-ups and reverse angles, but the master shot of the scene was filmed as one long take. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
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* Shortly before performing in this episode, [[Alexander Siddig]] readied himself for appearing in it. "''I'm doing an 'old age' thing next week,''" he said, "''and I need to prepare for it. Not necessarily to practice being old but just to get it in my head, just walk around with it and get comfortable with the idea.''" ({{STC|102|49}}) In retrospect, he commented that "Distant Voices" had been "''a massive challenge for me as an actor.''" ("Our Man Bashir", {{STM|18}})
* [[Michael Westmore]] commented on Bashir's old age makeup that "''We did a plaster cast of of Sid's face and from that sculpted old age pieces for him, keeping in mind that, hopefully, this is what he will look like when he gets to be an elderly gentleman. It was probably a four-hour process because we also had to age the backs of Sid's hands and make an aged neck for him in case they did any filming behind his back. You have to think of everything''". ("Keeping Up Appearances", [[TV Zone|''TV Zone'' special #34]])
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* [[Andrew Robinson]] likened the version of Garak imagined by Bashir to the {{w|Carl Jung}} archetype of The Magician, commenting, "''There is a major sort of magical turn that happens that involves Garak.''" Robinson continued by comparing The Magician to the usual version of Garak, pointing out that, whereas The Magician "is the great manipulator of spatial elements and can rearrange appearances in such a way that they look a certain way but they're not really," Garak "is totally a subtextual character ''[&hellip;]'' because everything he is really saying is on the subtextual level." ({{STC|103|52}})
* [[Dennis McCarthy]] based the musical score for the episode on the music of {{w|Krzysztof Penderecki}} and {{w|György Ligeti}}. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
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* [[Cirroc Lofton]] ([[Jake Sisko]]) [[DS9 main character non-appearances|does not appear]] in this episode.
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* [[Tom Morga]] stunt doubles [[Victor Rivers]] as a [[Lethean]] in this episode. Later in the series, he appeared as [[Soto]], another Lethean, in the episode {{e|The Sword of Kahless}}.
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=== Production ===
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* Much as Director [[Corey Allen]] had done for a scene in the episode {{e|The Circle}}, Director [[Alexander Singer]] shot the scene in the [[wardroom]] in one continuous uninterrupted take. When the episode was edited together, the scene was intercut with various close-ups and reverse angles, but the master shot of the scene was filmed as one long take. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
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* [[Michael Westmore]] commented on Bashir's old age makeup, "''We did a plaster cast of of Sid's face and from that sculpted old age pieces for him, keeping in mind that, hopefully, this is what he will look like when he gets to be an elderly gentleman. It was probably a four-hour process because we also had to age the backs of Sid's hands and make an aged neck for him in case they did any filming behind his back. You have to think of everything.''" ("Keeping Up Appearances", ''[[TV Zone]]'' special #34)
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* [[Dennis McCarthy]] based the musical score for this episode on the music of {{w|Krzysztof Penderecki}} and {{w|György Ligeti}}. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
 
* The optical effect of Odo melting was created by [[VisionArt Design & Animation]]. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
 
* The optical effect of Odo melting was created by [[VisionArt Design & Animation]]. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
   
===Reception===
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=== Reception ===
* "Distant Voices" won the [[Emmy Award]] for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series. [[Michael Westmore]] commented: "''I think that the old age makeup was the selling card to winning, Although Altovar, the Lethean, was really interesting because his makeup was different from anything we had ever done before''". A few other episodes featured a similar makeup process by which a character ages, such as {{TNG|All Good Things...}}, {{DS9|The Visitor}} and {{VOY|Before and After}}, but "Distant Voices" was the only of these be nominated for the Emmy. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
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* "Distant Voices" won the [[Emmy Award]] for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series. It beat {{VOY|Faces}}, which was nominated in the same category. Michael Westmore commented, "''I think that the old age makeup was the selling card to winning, Although Altovar, the Lethean, was really interesting because his makeup was different from anything we had ever done before.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
* [[Ira Steven Behr]] commented "''I thought it worked very well. It hit on a lot of levels that we wanted the show to hit on. It was a station show, but it was an interesting station show. It used all of our characters in interesting ways and was a wonderful episode for Bashir and Siddig. It has Bashir dealing with a difficult situation and dealing with it in a heroic, interesting manner. I thought he did some wonderful acting as he aged. The villain was interesting; Garak was a lot of fun. We had some alien chick dabo girl singing in a saloon... Overall, a fun show''". (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
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* Ira Steven Behr commented, "''I thought it worked very well. It hit on a lot of levels that we wanted the show to hit on. It was a station show, but it was an interesting station show. It used all of our characters in interesting ways and was a wonderful episode for Bashir and Siddig. It has Bashir dealing with a difficult situation and dealing with it in a heroic, interesting manner. I thought he did some wonderful acting as he aged. The villain was interesting; Garak was a lot of fun. We had some alien chick dabo girl singing in a saloon&hellip; Overall, a fun show.''" (''[[Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages]]'')
* [[Alexander Siddig]] commented that "Distant Voices" was "''a massive challenge for me as an actor''". ("Our Man Bashir", [[Star Trek Monthly issue 18|''Star Trek Monthly'', issue 18]])
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* A script from this episode was sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay. {{stala|9450}}
   
 
=== Continuity ===
 
=== Continuity ===
* While it is never explained in the episode which aspects of Bashir are represented by Quark and Garak, the episode does hold some clues as to what they might be. When Bashir first meets with Quark, Quark tells him ''"Don't you see? If we move, he'll find us."'' Not only is this what happens exactly after, but only in the end does Bashir realize he should have stayed in the infirmary all along. When Bashir meets Quark for the second time, Quark is holding bets to predict when the doctor will die, and what part of him will go first. As a result, O'Brien ends up taking Bashir's place as subject of bets and dies. As a shady big-eared character who is well aware of most everything going on in the station, next to Odo, Quark could be something alike to Bashir's '''insight'''.
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* A few other episodes featured a similar makeup process by which a character ages, such as {{TNG|The Inner Light}}, {{TNG|All Good Things...}}, {{DS9|The Visitor}}, and {{VOY|Before and After}} (however, "Distant Voices" was the only of these to be nominated for an Emmy). (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'')
* Linking this episode with {{e|The Search, Part II}}, we can see resemblances in Garak's behavior. The common point between those two mental experiences being Bashir, it can be assumed that Garak's bravery and helpfulness in "The Search, Part II" is probably a projection of Bashir's perception of him (also reflected in Garak giving him his dying words, a taste for tragedy that had already been seen in {{e|If Wishes Were Horses}} when his fantasy of Jadzia is dying, and also echoed in his liking of Shakespear's Julius Caesar, as mentioned in {{e|Improbable Cause}}). "Distant Voices" keeps in tune with "The Search, Part II", as we get to see a projection of caring, protective Garak again. Additionally, beyond his facade of kind tailor, Garak is a home-longing exiled Cardassian just as Bashir longs to recover his body and life in Distant Voices – and, since {{e|The Wire}}, Bashir knows just how much pain Garak endures from being stuck on DS9. The close relationship between the tailor and the doctor sets Garak as a most interesting target for the Lethean to try and manipulate Bashir by corrupting the projection of Garak. For all those reasons, Garak could be Bashir's '''determination''' and '''endurance''' – another reason why the Lethean would target this aspect in particular, as his goal was to trick Bashir into giving up.
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* While it is never explained in this episode which aspects of Bashir are represented by Quark and Garak, the episode does hold some clues as to what they might be. When Bashir first meets with Quark, Quark tells him, ''"Don't you see? If we move, he'll find us."'' Not only is this what happens exactly after, but only in the end does Bashir realize he should have stayed in the infirmary all along. When Bashir meets Quark for the second time, Quark is holding bets to predict when the doctor will die, and what part of him will go first. As a result, O'Brien ends up taking Bashir's place as subject of bets and dies. As a shady, big-eared character who is well aware of most everything going on in the station, next to Odo, Quark could be something alike to Bashir's '''insight'''.
* This episode serves to link up the [[DS9 Season 1|first season]] episode {{e|Q-Less}} and the [[DS9 Season 5|fifth season]] episode {{e|Doctor Bashir, I Presume}}. In "Q-Less", Bashir relates for the first time the story about mixing up a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve in his final exams, a mistake which cost him his position as valedictorian in his medical class. In this episode however, [[Altovar]] points out that a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve are nothing alike, and he speculates that perhaps Bashir mixed them up on purpose precisely so he wouldn't finish top of his class. This is confirmed in the episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume", where we discover that Bashir is genetically enhanced, but has been at pains to conceal this fact his entire life. His deliberate mistake in the exam was an example of this concealment.
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* Linking this episode with {{e|The Search, Part II}}, we can see resemblances in Garak's behavior. The common point between those two mental experiences being Bashir, it can be assumed that Garak's bravery and helpfulness in "The Search, Part II" is probably a projection of Bashir's perception of him (also reflected in Garak giving him his dying words, a taste for tragedy that had already been seen in {{e|If Wishes Were Horses}} when his fantasy of Jadzia is dying, and also echoed in his liking of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, as mentioned in {{e|Improbable Cause}}). "Distant Voices" keeps in tune with "The Search, Part II", as we get to see a projection of caring, protective Garak again. Additionally, beyond his facade of kind tailor, Garak is a home-longing exiled Cardassian &ndash; just as Bashir longs to recover his body and life in "Distant Voices" &ndash; and, since {{e|The Wire}}, Bashir knows just how much pain Garak endures from being stuck on DS9. The close relationship between the tailor and the doctor sets Garak as a target for the Lethean to try and manipulate Bashir by corrupting the projection of Garak. For all those reasons, Garak could be Bashir's '''determination''' and '''endurance''' &ndash; another reason why the Lethean would target this aspect in particular, as his goal was to trick Bashir into giving up.
* This is the first of two consecutive episodes to feature no scenes with the real Kira or O'Brien but only alternate versions of them: the representations of them in Bashir's mind in this episode and their [[mirror universe]] counterparts [[Intendant]] {{mu|Kira Nerys}} and {{mu|Miles O'Brien|Smiley O'Brien}} in {{e|Through the Looking Glass}}.
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* This episode serves to link up the [[DS9 Season 1|first season]] episode {{e|Q-Less}} and the [[DS9 Season 5|fifth season]] episode {{e|Doctor Bashir, I Presume}}. In "Q-Less", Bashir relates for the first time the story about mixing up a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve in his final exams, a mistake which cost him his position as valedictorian in his medical class. In this episode, however, [[Altovar]] points out that a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve are nothing alike, and he speculates that perhaps Bashir mixed them up on purpose precisely so he wouldn't finish top of his class. This is confirmed in the episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume", where we discover that Bashir is genetically enhanced, but has been at pains to conceal this fact his entire life. His deliberate mistake in the exam was an example of this concealment.
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* This is the first of two consecutive episodes to feature no scenes with the real Kira or O'Brien but only alternate versions of them: the representations of them in Bashir's mind in this episode, and their [[mirror universe]] counterparts [[Intendant]] {{mu|Kira Nerys}} and {{mu|Miles O'Brien|Smiley O'Brien}} in {{e|Through the Looking Glass}}.
 
* Despite the fact that Bashir was an avid tennis player in his youth, this is the only episode of DS9 in which we see Bashir actually playing tennis. Inferring from Garak's "your service" line that Garak was serving, Bashir won the abbreviated match love-fifteen.
 
* Despite the fact that Bashir was an avid tennis player in his youth, this is the only episode of DS9 in which we see Bashir actually playing tennis. Inferring from Garak's "your service" line that Garak was serving, Bashir won the abbreviated match love-fifteen.
* [[Cirroc Lofton]] ([[Jake Sisko]]) [[Main character non-appearances#Star Trek: Deep Space Nine|does not appear]] in this episode.
 
* A script from this episode was sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay. {{stala|9450}}
 
 
=== Awards ===
 
* This episode won an [[Emmy Award]] for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series. It beat {{VOY|Faces}} which was nominated in the same category.
 
   
 
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=== References ===
 
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[[backbone]]; [[Bajor]]; [[Bajoran]]s; {{revname|Amsha|Bashir}}; {{revname|Richard|Bashir}}; [[betting pool]]; [[bio-mimetic gel]]; [[Cardassia]]; [[Cardassian]]s; [[central computer network]]; [[coagulation activator]]; [[coma]]; [[constable]]; [[cordrazine]]; [[cranial trauma]]; [[dabo]]; [[dabo girl]]; [[delta wave]]; [[Dominion]]; [[engineering extension class]]; [[enigma tale]]; [[Federation]]; [[Federation law]]; [[felony]]; [[gift]]; "[[Happy Birthday to You]]"; [[holosuite]]; [[inpedrezine]]; [[internal sensor]]s; [[Lethean]]; [[meter]]; [[mystery novel]]; [[osteogenic stimulator]]; [[palm beacon]]; [[paranoia]]; [[Promenade]]; [[Quark's]]; [[replicator]]; [[Replimat]]; [[sabotage]]; [[Shoggoth]]; [[Starfleet Medical Academy]]; [[operations division|starship operations]]; [[Tarkalean tea]]; [[tennis]]; [[tennis ball]]; [[tricorder]]; [[Yigrish cream pie]]
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[[backbone]]; [[Bajor]]; [[Bajoran]]s; {{revname|Amsha|Bashir}}; {{revname|Richard|Bashir}}; [[betting pool]]; [[bio-mimetic gel]]; [[blood pressure]]; [[Cardassia]]; [[Cardassian]]s; [[casting]]; [[central computer network]]; [[coagulation activator]]; [[coma]]; [[constable]]; [[cordrazine]]; [[cranial trauma]]; [[dabo]]; [[dabo girl]]; [[delta wave]]; [[Dominion]]; [[engineering extension class]]; [[enigma tale]]; [[Federation]]; [[Federation law]]; [[felony]]; [[gift]]; "[[Happy Birthday to You]]"; [[holosuite]]; [[inpedrezine]]; [[internal sensor]]s; [[landmark]]; [[Lethean]]; "[[long shot]]"; [[meter]]; [[motor function]]; [[mystery novel]]; [[osteogenic stimulator]]; [[palm beacon]]; [[paranoia]]; {{dis|plot|event}}; [[Promenade]]; [[Quark's]]; [[replicator]]; [[replicator pattern]]; [[Replimat]]; [[sabotage]]; [[Shoggoth]]; [[Starfleet Medical Academy]]; [[operations division|starship operations]]; [[suit]]; [[Tarkalean tea]]; [[tennis]]; [[tennis ball]]; [[tricorder]]; [[villain]]; [[Yigrish cream pie]]
   
 
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After an alien assault leaves Bashir unconscious, he is trapped inside his mind.

Summary

Teaser

Julian Bashir, Quark, and Elim Garak, 2371

"You know – we just introduced a new lunch menu at the bar…"
"Goodbye, Quark."

Doctor Bashir and Elim Garak are having their usual lunch together in the Replimat as Garak produces a gift for Bashir: a Cardassian enigma tale holonovel. Although Bashir usually enjoys mystery novels, he confesses his dislike for Cardassian ones, as the suspects are always guilty. Garak points out that the challenge is figuring out who is guilty of what. Bashir reveals that he feels glum because it is his 30th birthday, a sign in Human culture that one has lost one's youth, which contrasts the Cardassian view that growing old is a sign of power and dignity. The conversation is interrupted when Quark approaches with a Lethean companion named Altovar, who is interested in purchasing bio-mimetic gel. Everyone present knows purchasing the gel is illegal under Federation law, but the Lethean "convinced" Quark to bring his request to Bashir. He offers to buy the gel at any price, storming off angrily when Bashir firmly refuses.

Lethean attacks Bashir

Altovar assaults Bashir

Later, Bashir returns to the infirmary, where he finds Altovar has broken in and is ransacking the place. When Bashir confronts him and asks what he thinks he is doing, the Lethean grabs his head, releasing an electric discharge of some kind, and absconds with the gel, leaving Bashir falling to the floor, unconscious.

Act One

When he awakens, Bashir finds the computer is off-line and will not respond, the lights are flickering, and he is alone. He wanders out to the darkened Promenade, which is deserted, but he notices his reflection in a mirror and observes that his hair seems somewhat gray. In Quark's, he finds the Ferengi clutching a serving tray and cowering behind the bar, hiding from someone in the shadows. Quark claims whoever it is going to kill everyone; before he can answer any more questions, he runs off. Whoever is in the shadows hurls chairs in every direction, so Bashir follows suit and leaves.

Garak surprises Bashir when he reaches the security office, both of them mistaking the other for an intruder. It seems all the station's systems except life support and basic functions are off-line, which Garak suggests might be the result of a virus, anomaly, or a Dominion attack. However, Bashir is interrupted by faint, indistinguishable voices. Garak hears no voices but observes how grey (now more so than previously) Bashir's hair is becoming. Bashir opens a weapons locker and gives himself and Garak a phaser. The two of them split up, Garak searching the docking ring while Bashir searches the habitat ring and central core.

Wandering through a corridor and looking in empty rooms with a palm beacon, Bashir hears something behind him. One by one the lights in the corridor begin to shut down, a trail of darkness chasing him as he moves. He soon runs into a force field and is trapped.

Act Two

Bashir narrowly escapes into a turbolift, barely getting away from Altovar, the Lethean from before. There is only a momentary peace as the turbolift descends before the Lethean can be heard pounding on the roof, attempting to break through. Bashir leaves and makes it to the wardroom, where he finds Chief O'Brien, Lieutenant Dax, Major Kira, and Constable Odo all arguing with each other.

Bashir is glad to see familiar faces, but each person seems somehow out of character. O'Brien is pessimistic and afraid, while Dax seems all too eager to face the Lethean with a phaser, Odo does not trust anyone, and Kira is frustrated with the entire group. However, Bashir is unable to scan the room for anomalies since the computer is down, so they head for a cargo bay where O'Brien believes he can access the proper components to get the station up and running.

In the cargo bay the officers continue to bicker while O'Brien attempts to make his repairs. Bashir is still convinced something has affected the others, although from the voices he is hearing and the fact that he appears 60 rather than 30, Kira believes he is the one with a problem. Strangely, O'Brien picks up an audio-only signal from an unknown source, in which Dax appears to be discussing Bashir's condition; he is in a coma and will die within hours. A tricorder scan reveals only delta waves from Bashir. It appears the voices are correct.

Act Three

Bashir finds no life signs from the others. He deduces that they are different parts of his brain and thus he is talking to himself. O'Brien is his sense of doubt. Kira is his sense of aggression. Odo is is his sense of suspicion. Dax is his sense of confidence and adventure. However, as he figures this out Altovar emerges through the side of a nearby container and disappears with Dax.

Moving toward Dax, Bashir suddenly finds himself playing tennis with Garak on the Promenade. It seems the station is Bashir's mind and Altovar is the force which is killing him. Garak, a natural choice for Bashir's sense of intrigue, seems pessimistic but agrees to continue searching while Bashir heads for Ops.

Bashir ages

Bashir in his 70s or 80s

The situation worsens as Bashir progresses. Wounded people line a corridor and he finds Sisko there with Nurse Jabara, trying to heal them just as Bashir might. Naturally, Sisko is his sense of professionalism. The commander agrees to help Bashir (who has aged yet again) get to Ops, but moments later Altovar pulls Sisko into a nearby wall, disappearing once again. Bashir runs, but runs into Altovar, who states he wants to systematically destroy Bashir's mind and then kill him. Bashir runs away and Altovar yells out that he can run, but eventually he will not be able to outrun death.

Act Four

Shortly thereafter, Bashir finds a dead Kira and melting Odo, both of whom have fallen victim to the Lethean. As Odo dies, he advises Bashir to use the conduits to get to Ops quicker.

Although unsure whether he is going the wrong way, Bashir is determined to find Ops. His hopes rise when he finds O'Brien in an access conduit junction, but this version of the chief, Bashir's sense of fear and doubt, does not want to face the Lethean. He advises Bashir of which way to go, and reluctantly agrees to go along despite Bashir's rapidly accelerated aging.

At the juncture where Bashir should emerge in Ops, he finds himself on the Promenade again, this time outside Quark's, where something important seems to be going on. People are gathered around a table on which Bashir finds his unconscious body; Quark explains that he is taking bets on everything from how long Bashir will live to which organ will fail first. Their conversation is interrupted by dismayed cries from the crowd as O'Brien's lifeless body appears in place of Bashir's. The Lethean appears once Quark calls off the bets, killing the Ferengi and informing Bashir that he is next. The now-decrepit doctor runs as best he can to the Promenade.

Bashir falls next to Garak, but he breaks his hip due to his advanced age.

Act Five

Garak does not see how Bashir will fix the station if he is hardly able to walk. Nonetheless he agrees to help Bashir get to Ops, observing how stubborn his friend is.

Bashirs birthday in ops

Bashir at 100+, with Garak and a dabo girl

The pair eventually make it to Ops, where there is a surreal feeling. A banner hangs in the otherwise deserted room, proclaiming, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIAN," and a beautiful Bajoran woman in a skin-tight outfit approaches, singing "Happy Birthday to You". Joining in, Garak congratulates Bashir on having a fascinating mind once the song is over. The doctor is still determined to fix the station despite Garak's continued pessimism, but when he opens a panel, he finds not computer circuitry but tennis balls, which fall on him. As Garak reiterates the hopelessness of the situation, Bashir confronts him, claiming he does not belong and demanding to know who he really is.

Garak transforms into Altovar. Before Bashir can make it to a turbolift, Altovar confronts him about his past failures – the way he quit tennis to become a doctor because his parents would not approve, the way he intentionally missed a question on a preganglionic fiber for a postganglionic nerve so he would be second rather than first in his class because of the pressure, the way he has never acted on his feelings for Dax – which seems to wound Bashir as he knows Altovar is right. However, he activates the turbolift and leaves.

Altovar sterilization

Altovar is subjected to a sterilization field in the quarantine chamber

Making his way to the infirmary, Bashir appears to know what he is doing. Altovar joins him, confused. Although Ops is the center of the real world, Bashir explains that the infirmary is the center of his. Since Altovar has not killed him, he continues to persist as it appears he must give in for the Lethean to win. Finally, he opens a panel and fixes the computer. Suddenly, the lights come online and the computer begins working, and Bashir activates a quarantine field around Altovar. He then tells the computer to begin sterilization, which causes Altovar to disappear.

Bashir now wakes up in a hospital gown lying on a bed in the infirmary, having cured himself. Sisko, Dax, Jabara, and the others are amazed to see him alive.

The next day, Bashir and Garak resume their lunches together as usual and the topic of discussion is Bashir's experience with Altovar (who, in the real world, tripped a security alarm and was quickly apprehended by Odo). As Bashir muses that he was lucky to survive his ordeal, Garak tells his friend that Cardassians do not believe in luck, and it was Bashir's strength that saw him through the nightmare. Bashir then says that after being a 100-year-old in his mind, he decides that being 30 is not so bad after all. Garak responds by toasting to his birthday. Garak then brings up on how Bashir's mind subconsciously portrayed him, surprised that after all this time his Human friend still does not seem to trust him. As Bashir fumbles for an explanation, Garak reaches out for his arm, grins and says, "There's hope for you yet."

Memorable quotes

"I wasn't aware that Humans saw growing old as a negative experience. On Cardassia, advanced age is seen as a sign of power and dignity."
"Well I am aware that aging is part of a natural process of life, but I don't want to be reminded of it, that's all. Now look, Garak, in two days I turn thirty. If I choose to be grumpy about it, that's my prerogative!"

- Garak and Bashir


"Don't take it personally – he's turning thirty."

- Garak, to Quark


"I haven't picked any of you – I'm in a coma!"

- Bashir


"You can't escape, doctor! You can run if you want to but you can't outrun death!"

- Altovar, to Bashir


"My... tennis balls?"
"This station is in worse condition than we thought."

- Bashir and Garak


"You can't do this!"
"I can do anything I want. It is my mind. Computer, begin sterilization."

- Altovar and Bashir


"To think, after all this time, all our lunches together... you still don't trust me. There's hope for you yet, doctor."

- Garak

Background information

Story and script

  • A working title of this episode was "Too Many Rooms". Joe Menosky's original idea didn't feature regular cast members in Bashir's fantasy; instead, different actors played different aspects of Bashir's life, such as 'Youth', 'Age', 'Joy', etc. Ronald D. Moore came upon the idea to set the fantasy on the station and use the regular cast. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
  • Although it later became an element in Bashir's attempts to conceal his genetic enhancements, the writers hadn't developed that concept yet, so the reason it was pointed out in this episode that a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve are nothing alike was pressure from Celeste Wolfe, Robert Hewitt Wolfe's wife. According to Wolfe, ever since Bashir first told that story, his wife had been bugging him to do something about it. In reality, a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve really are completely different, and, as Celeste (a pre-vet) pointed out, no one would ever mix them up. As such, Wolfe later explained, having Altovar point this out "was my way of saying, 'Well okay' to Celeste." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
  • The inclusion of the tennis balls falling and the dabo girl who sings were designed to add humor to the final scenes in Bashir's mind. Ira Steven Behr commented, "At the end of the story break we started thinking about Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday' to JFK. We said, 'What's in the mind of Julian Bashir?'. Well, the mind's a chaotic thing, and we've always played as a bit of a rake, so we felt we needed a pretty woman. At such a serious moment, a life-and-death moment, it was nice juxtaposition." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
  • In the scene where Bashir encounters the representation of Sisko, Sisko triages another injured individual by prescribing drugs known as "hydrocortiline" and "tripdecederine". (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion - A Series Guide and Script Library)

Cast and characters

  • Shortly before performing in this episode, Alexander Siddig readied himself for appearing in it. "I'm doing an 'old age' thing next week," he said, "and I need to prepare for it. Not necessarily to practice being old but just to get it in my head, just walk around with it and get comfortable with the idea." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 102, p. 49) In retrospect, he commented that "Distant Voices" had been "a massive challenge for me as an actor." ("Our Man Bashir", Star Trek Monthly issue 18)
  • Andrew Robinson likened the version of Garak imagined by Bashir to the Carl Jung archetype of The Magician, commenting, "There is a major sort of magical turn that happens that involves Garak." Robinson continued by comparing The Magician to the usual version of Garak, pointing out that, whereas The Magician "is the great manipulator of spatial elements and can rearrange appearances in such a way that they look a certain way but they're not really," Garak "is totally a subtextual character […] because everything he is really saying is on the subtextual level." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 103, p. 52)
  • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.
  • Tom Morga stunt doubles Victor Rivers as a Lethean in this episode. Later in the series, he appeared as Soto, another Lethean, in the episode "The Sword of Kahless".

Production

Reception

  • "Distant Voices" won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series. It beat VOY: "Faces", which was nominated in the same category. Michael Westmore commented, "I think that the old age makeup was the selling card to winning, Although Altovar, the Lethean, was really interesting because his makeup was different from anything we had ever done before." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
  • Ira Steven Behr commented, "I thought it worked very well. It hit on a lot of levels that we wanted the show to hit on. It was a station show, but it was an interesting station show. It used all of our characters in interesting ways and was a wonderful episode for Bashir and Siddig. It has Bashir dealing with a difficult situation and dealing with it in a heroic, interesting manner. I thought he did some wonderful acting as he aged. The villain was interesting; Garak was a lot of fun. We had some alien chick dabo girl singing in a saloon… Overall, a fun show." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)
  • A script from this episode was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

Continuity

  • A few other episodes featured a similar makeup process by which a character ages, such as TNG: "The Inner Light", TNG: "All Good Things...", DS9: "The Visitor", and VOY: "Before and After" (however, "Distant Voices" was the only of these to be nominated for an Emmy). (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
  • While it is never explained in this episode which aspects of Bashir are represented by Quark and Garak, the episode does hold some clues as to what they might be. When Bashir first meets with Quark, Quark tells him, "Don't you see? If we move, he'll find us." Not only is this what happens exactly after, but only in the end does Bashir realize he should have stayed in the infirmary all along. When Bashir meets Quark for the second time, Quark is holding bets to predict when the doctor will die, and what part of him will go first. As a result, O'Brien ends up taking Bashir's place as subject of bets and dies. As a shady, big-eared character who is well aware of most everything going on in the station, next to Odo, Quark could be something alike to Bashir's insight.
  • Linking this episode with "The Search, Part II", we can see resemblances in Garak's behavior. The common point between those two mental experiences being Bashir, it can be assumed that Garak's bravery and helpfulness in "The Search, Part II" is probably a projection of Bashir's perception of him (also reflected in Garak giving him his dying words, a taste for tragedy that had already been seen in "If Wishes Were Horses" when his fantasy of Jadzia is dying, and also echoed in his liking of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, as mentioned in "Improbable Cause"). "Distant Voices" keeps in tune with "The Search, Part II", as we get to see a projection of caring, protective Garak again. Additionally, beyond his facade of kind tailor, Garak is a home-longing exiled Cardassian – just as Bashir longs to recover his body and life in "Distant Voices" – and, since "The Wire", Bashir knows just how much pain Garak endures from being stuck on DS9. The close relationship between the tailor and the doctor sets Garak as a target for the Lethean to try and manipulate Bashir by corrupting the projection of Garak. For all those reasons, Garak could be Bashir's determination and endurance – another reason why the Lethean would target this aspect in particular, as his goal was to trick Bashir into giving up.
  • This episode serves to link up the first season episode "Q-Less" and the fifth season episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume". In "Q-Less", Bashir relates for the first time the story about mixing up a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve in his final exams, a mistake which cost him his position as valedictorian in his medical class. In this episode, however, Altovar points out that a pre-ganglionic fiber and a post-ganglionic nerve are nothing alike, and he speculates that perhaps Bashir mixed them up on purpose precisely so he wouldn't finish top of his class. This is confirmed in the episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume", where we discover that Bashir is genetically enhanced, but has been at pains to conceal this fact his entire life. His deliberate mistake in the exam was an example of this concealment.
  • This is the first of two consecutive episodes to feature no scenes with the real Kira or O'Brien but only alternate versions of them: the representations of them in Bashir's mind in this episode, and their mirror universe counterparts Intendant Kira Nerys and Smiley O'Brien in "Through the Looking Glass".
  • Despite the fact that Bashir was an avid tennis player in his youth, this is the only episode of DS9 in which we see Bashir actually playing tennis. Inferring from Garak's "your service" line that Garak was serving, Bashir won the abbreviated match love-fifteen.

Video and DVD releases

Links and references

Starring

Also starring

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Stunt double

References

backbone; Bajor; Bajorans; Bashir, Amsha; Bashir, Richard; betting pool; bio-mimetic gel; blood pressure; Cardassia; Cardassians; casting; central computer network; coagulation activator; coma; constable; cordrazine; cranial trauma; dabo; dabo girl; delta wave; Dominion; engineering extension class; enigma tale; Federation; Federation law; felony; gift; "Happy Birthday to You"; holosuite; inpedrezine; internal sensors; landmark; Lethean; "long shot"; meter; motor function; mystery novel; osteogenic stimulator; palm beacon; paranoia; plot; Promenade; Quark's; replicator; replicator pattern; Replimat; sabotage; Shoggoth; Starfleet Medical Academy; starship operations; suit; Tarkalean tea; tennis; tennis ball; tricorder; villain; Yigrish cream pie

Unreferenced material

hydrocortiline; Mount Olympus; Paris; Pasteur, Louis; tripdecederine

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