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-503: "Trials and Tribble-ations"
-506: "Things Past"
-511: "For the Uniform"
-520: "Children of Time"
-523: "In the Cards"
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Trials and Tribble-ations
Trials and Tribble-ations
(Star Trek - Deep Space Nine episode production code 503)
story by Ira Steven Behr, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, & Hans Beimler
teleplay by Ronald D. Moore & René Echevarria
For the most part, Star Trek's usual dichotomy is on display
in this fun-filled fan favourite episode: On-screen events
all conform to good time travel theory, while the dialogue
indicates that the characters (and probably the writers)
have no clue what good time travel theory is.
But this story goes a bit further than most in taking
Starfleet's usual concept of time and characterizing it
in ways that the audience is encouraged to poke fun at.
I must say, I don't mind that at all.
It does this most obviously through the two officials
from Starfleet Temporal Investigations, played by two
actors with some excellent dead-pan comic timing.
Indeed, the fact that they think they could just sit there,
and suddenly "be living in an alternate timeline right now",
is completely ludicrous.... nicely the sentiment of the scene's
tone helps frame it that way, keeping us all on side,
Doctor Bashir also has a humorous theory about becoming his
own great-grandfather in a "pre-destination paradox" at one point,
also played for laughs as it should be.
The standard DVD season five box set
features Trials and Tribble-ations along with:
- "Uniting Two Legends" making-of featurette
(17 min.), with
René Auberjonois (Odo),
Michael Dorn (Worf),
Terry Farrell (Dax),
Charlie Brill (Arne Darvin),
Alexander Siddig El Fadil (Dr. Bashir),
executive producers Rick Berman
& Ira Steven Behr, and
writers Ronald D. Moore and
- "An Historic Endeavor" production featurette
(16 min.), with
Berman, Behr, Moore, Farrell,
production designer Herman Zimmerman,
visual effects coordinator Gary Hutzel,
illustrator Doug Drexler, &
scenic art supervisor Michael Okuda.
On a more serious and dramatic note, the characters do exaggerate
the actual stakes. Time and history are never really in danger
of being re-written or altered here. The biggest temporal danger
is simply that the Defiant and her passengers may end up on
an alternate line of history to the one they are comfortable with,
and wind up getting lost in parallel/branching universes.
Our villain Arne Darvin seems to be operating under a false
assumption as well. Even if he succeeds in killing Kirk
and begins to witness a new history unfold in this line
of time, that won't magically change the history in
the parallel/branching universe that spawned him, and he will
still be a disgraced Klingon operative who has helped spare
his double from a similar fate. As always, his
choices for making a better life for himself are totally
in his present.
Thankfully, there are more tangible and undeniable stakes
at play here as well. No one wants to see any version of Kirk
meet a premature death,
and going after the older Arne Darvin is totally something
that the Defiant crew can take responsibility for, since they
ended up bringing him here. So, even with a more elegant view
of time in place, one's emotional investment in the plot
Most of all, this is just so much darned fun seeing the
Deep Space Nine crew "Forrest Gumped" into a favourite
1960's episode of Star Trek, and featuring much of the
interaction between the crews of both ships that fans
dreamed about. In fact, the meeting of Sisko and Kirk here
satisfies much more so than that of Picard and Kirk in
the 7th feature "Generations".
Perhaps Dax gushes just a bit too much on occasion,
but on the whole this is quite a good and satisfying episode
for the fans. Also, considering that so many of these
early season five DS9 episodes seemed to be abandoning
the pursuit of humans bettering themselves and improving their
ideals, and were instead settling for examining old status quo
conditions while engaging in territorial battles, this episode
marked a refreshing break, and gave DS9 a good boost just when
it seemed to need it most.
"Things Past" and
"Children of Time"
can now be found on their own pages.)
This Deep Space Nine Season Five story
is available on DVD.
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Article written by Martin Izsak.
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