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Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Empok Nor”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Empok Nor“Empok Nor”
Written by Bryan Fuller and Hans Beimler
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 5, Episode 24
Production episode 40510-522
Original air date: May 19, 1997
Stardate: 50901.7

Station log: O’Brien and Nog are working on repairing a conduit, using tools that are sufficiently loud that it’s driving business away from Quark’s. (Kira, Dax, and Worf take all of three seconds’ worth of noise to decide to go to the Klingon restaurant instead.) Unfortunately, the problem is worse than O’Brien thought. They need to replace the plasma manifolds, which can’t be replicated, and relations with Cardassia these days preclude the notion of acquiring spares from them.

O’Brien leads a salvage team to Empok Nor, a station of the same design as Deep Space 9 (formerly Terok Nor) in the Trivas system, a sector that the Cardassians abandoned a year ago and have shown no interest in reacquiring since they became part of the Dominion. Odo warns of booby traps geared toward non-Cardassians, so Sisko convinces Garak to go along. The rest of the team includes Nog, two engineers (Pechetti and Boq’ta) and two security guards (Stolzoff and Amaro).

[“I can’t believe I let you talk me into volunteering for this.” “Beats working on the waste extraction system.”]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Blaze of Glory”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Blaze of Glory“Blaze of Glory”
Written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr
Directed by Kim Friedman
Season 5, Episode 23
Production episode 40510-521
Original air date: May 12, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Nog is over for dinner at the Siskos, where they’re eating squid in a sauce made of pureed tube grubs. (Jake loves it right up until he hears what the sauce is.) Nog is currently on a security rotation, and he’s not happy at how Klingons aren’t taking him seriously, or even acknowledging him.

Martok reports to Sisko with a coded message from the Maquis—a bit of a surprise, since the Maquis were believed to be wiped out by the Dominion after they absorbed Cardassia. The message is for “Michael,” saying the missiles are en route to Cardassia. Martok reveals that the Klingons provided the Maquis with cloaking devices, which they could have used on the missiles themselves. Sisko and Martok fear that such a strike by humans will result in retaliation against the Federation.

[“And that’s when he hit you with the barstool and ran out onto the Promenade screaming ‘We’re all doomed’.” “Some people just don’t react well to stress.”]

Fri
Jul 18 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Children of Time”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Children of Time“Children of Time”
Written by Gary Holland and Ethan H. Calk and Rene Echevarria
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 5, Episode 22
Production episode 40510-520
Original air date: May 5, 1997
Stardate: 50814.2

Station log: The Defiant is en route home following a week-long reconnaissance mission in the Gamma Quadrant. Dax, Kira, and Odo are talking in the mess hall and Kira reveals that she and Shakaar broke up a week earlier, which is news that hits Odo pretty hard on several levels.

Dax discovers a planet that has a strange energy field around it, but also the possibility of life signs. After a week in the GQ everyone wants to go home, but Dax talks Sisko into a quick survey. However, the field has an adverse effect on the ship, sending a massive shock through Kira, and damaging the ship enough that they’re not going to be able to move for a couple of days. Everyone’s a little peeved at Dax, but then Worf reveals that they’re being hailed by a settlement of about 8000 people, who appear to be mostly human—which is odd in the GQ.

[“If all we detect is some fungus, we’re not beaming down.” “What if it’s smart fungus?”]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Soldiers of the Empire”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Soldiers of the Empire“Soldiers of the Empire”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 5, Episode 21
Production episode 40510-519
Original air date: April 29, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Martok is being treated for a training injury. Bashir lectures him on the subject of not accepting that he has a disability (to wit, his missing eye; he won’t get an ocular implant, either) and of turning the safeties off when he practices in the holosuite. He then gets a call from the High Council: they want him to take command of the I.K.S. Rotarran, a Bird-of-Prey, to rescue the I.K.S. B’Moth, which disappeared three days ago while patrolling the Cardassian border.

Martok goes to the Defiant to tell Worf about the mission and to ask him to serve at Martok’s side as his first officer. (We also find out that his shoulder injury wasn’t from a holosuite exercise, but rather him and Worf sparring. Marotk lied to Bashir because humans wouldn’t understand the need for personal combat with edged weapons as training.)

[If you really want to thank me, don’t walk in here dripping blood anymore. It takes days to get it out of the carpet!]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Ferengi Love Songs”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Ferengi Love Songs“Ferengi Love Songs”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 5, Episode 20
Production episode 40510-518
Original air date: April 21, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Quark’s has been closed for three days due to a vole infestation. He’s miserable, and Rom’s attempt to cheer him up with the news that he and Leeta are getting married is an abject failure. Rom suggests he go home to Ferenginar to be with his moogie.

Against all odds, Quark actually takes this advice, travelling home to a very surprised Ishka. She doesn’t seem entirely thrilled to find Quark there, but while she says it’s because they’ve never gotten along all that well, there’s another reason, as Quark learns when he goes to his room and sees Grand Nagus Zek and Maihar’du in his closet. At first, Quark runs from the room scared, because Zek says he shouldn’t be on Ferenginar because of his FCA ban, and it takes him until he runs to the living room before he realizes that, well, the grand nagus is hiding in his closet.

[“What are you doing in my closet?” “Conducting official FCA business.” “In my closet?”]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Ties of Blood and Water”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Ties of Blood and Water“Ties of Blood and Water”
Written by Edmund Newton & Robbin L. Slocum and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 5, Episode 19
Production episode 40510-517
Original air date: April 14, 1997
Stardate: 50712.5

Station log: Kira, Worf, and Dax welcome Tekeny Ghemor back to the station. With the Dominion having absorbed Cardassia, and with Ghemor’s history with the dissident movement that overthrew Central Command, he’s the best choice to lead the opposition to the new Dominion government. Unfortunately, Ghemor can’t do it because he’s terminally ill. He’s accepted that he’ll never see his daughter again (Kira says Bajoran Security is still looking for Iliana, but they haven’t found her yet), and he can’t lead a Cardassian government in exile. Bashir confirms the diagnosis, and has some treatments that might help, though nothing that will cure him.

Dukat contacts Sisko, demanding that Ghemor be returned to them. Since the Federation doesn’t recognize the current Cardassian government, and there are no extradition treaties between Cardassia and either the Federation or Bajor, Sisko smiles and says that Dukat shouldn’t get his hopes up before hanging up on him.

[Oh, my, that is quite toxic, isn’t it?]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Business as Usual”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Business as Usual“Business as Usual”
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Directed by Siddig el-Fadil
Season 5, Episode 18
Production episode 40510-516
Original air date: April 5, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Quark is distracted from his tongo game with Dax because he’s been completely financially wiped out. He made three investments, and they all crapped out, leaving him broke. Then, to add insult to injury, his cousin Gaila shows up—but he has an offer. He wants Quark to join him in his weapons business, doing what he does best: show the customers a good time, and also use the holosuites to demo the weapons without ever actually bringing them onto the station (thus avoiding the long arm of the law). Gaila offers five percent, and Quark sees the actual figures, and realizes that even that small a percentage will wipe out his debt in no time. After a few months, the FCA will be begging Quark to be reinstated.

Having no real choice, Quark says yes.

[Works for me!]

Fri
Jun 27 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “A Simple Investigation”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: A Simple Investigation“A Simple Investigation”
Written by Rene Echevarria
Directed by John Kretchmer
Season 5, Episode 17
Production episode 40510-515
Original air date: March 31, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: An Idanian is assaulted in his guest quarters by two Finneans, Sorm and Traidy. When he pulls a weapon on the pair, Sorm vaporizes him. He’s regretful, as he thought it was on stun, and now they have to wait for the woman the Idanian was supposed to meet in order to get the item.

Odo sees a woman in Quark’s named Arissa. She gets rid of Quark by telling him about someone cheating at dabo. Odo is impressed with her observational capacity. She mistakes his words for flirting, and then she flirts a bit back at him.

[You shouldn’t stop for hitchhikers...]

Tue
Jun 24 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Doctor Bashir, I Presume?”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Doctor Bashir, I Presume?“Doctor Bashir, I Presume?”
Written by Jimmy Diggs and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by David Livingston
Season 5, Episode 16
Production episode 40510-514
Original air date: February 24, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Rom has spent the last several weeks trying to work up the courage to ask Leeta out. He has failed. Leeta is starting to think he isn’t interested, and Quark encourages that notion, as he knows that Rom will never actually ask her out. Quark insists that his brother wants someone with brains and a body, and when Leeta insists that she has brains, Quark snidely says that’s why he hired her, and then tells her to get back to work so everyone can see her brains.

Bashir and O’Brien’s darts game is interrupted by Dr. Lewis Zimmerman of the holographic imaging and research center on Jupiter Station. He’s the one who developed the Emergency Medical Hologram—and patterned it after himself—and now is developing a Long-Term Medical Hologram. The LMH’s purpose is to be used in research outposts, subspace relays, and other places where life-support and/or space is at a premium and the chief medical officer wouldn’t generally need to leave sickbay.

[Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait!]

Fri
Jun 20 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “By Inferno’s Light”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: By Inferno’s Light“By Inferno’s Light”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Les Landau
Season 5, Episode 15
Production episode 40510-513
Original air date: February 17, 1997
Stardate: 50564.2

Station log: We get a précis of “In Purgatory’s Shadow,” then see Kira take command of the Defiant. Along with the remaining two runabouts and Dukat’s Bird-of-Prey, they get ready to defend the station. But then the Jem’Hadar fleet changes course away from the station and toward Cardassia. Dukat breaks formation and goes after the fleet—but, as he reveals in a communication with Kira, not to attack it, but to join it. Dukat reveals that he’s been engaged in secret negotiations with the Dominion for months, and now Cardassia is part of the Dominion.

In the prison camp, Bashir and Martok show Worf and Garak where the life-support system that Tain modified is. It’s accessible via a wall panel next to Tain’s bunk, a very tight space. Worf’s plan is to modify Tain’s juryrigged transmitter to send a signal to the runabout and beam them to it. But Garak’s the only one with the expertise to do the work.

[“I think they’re trying to intimidate us.” “It’s working.”]

Tue
Jun 17 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “In Purgatory’s Shadow”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: In Purgatory’s Shadow“In Purgatory’s Shadow”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
Season 5, Episode 14
Production episode 40510-512
Original air date: February 10, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: A Gamma Quadrant listening post has picked up a coded Cardassian message. Neither Odo nor Kira are able to decode it, and they’ve sent it along to Bajoran intelligence, but Odo suggests they ask Garak to take a whack at it.

However, Garak disappoints them by telling them that it’s an old planetary survey from five years ago. He excuses himself from lunch with Bashir and Ziyal to allegedly work in his shop. Instead, he packs a bag and tries to steal a runabout—only to find Bashir in the runabout aiming a phaser at him and pointedly asking him, “Going somewhere?”

[Have a glorious death. Or don’t. It’s up to you.]

Fri
Jun 13 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “For the Uniform”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: For the Uniform“For the Uniform”
Written by Peter Allan Fields
Directed by Victor Lobl
Season 5, Episode 13
Production episode 40510-511
Original air date: February 3, 1997
Stardate: 50485.2

Station log: Sisko goes to Marva IV, a Maquis colony, to meet with a contact who has information about Eddington’s whereabouts. Instead, he’s confronted by Eddington. The Maquis learned of the informant and trapped him on a planet in the Badlands for his trouble. Eddington shows Sisko the refugees from a Federation colony ceded to the Cardassians. Sisko points out that they were offered resettlement, but Eddington says they don’t want that, they want to go home. Sisko points out that that dream of going back home is pretty much dead, and these people are living in caves because they believe the Maquis party line.

Eddington says his quarrel is with the Cardassians, not the Federation, and to leave them alone. He beams away to a raider, and Sisko beams back to the Defiant and follows him, asking for assistance from the U.S.S. Malinche, nearby patrolling the DMZ.

[He worked under me for a year and a half. I saw him almost every day. Read his reports. Had him to dinner. I even took him to a baseball game in the holosuite once. And I never saw it!]

Wed
Jun 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Begotten”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Begotten“The Begotten”
Written by René Echevarria
Directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño
Season 5, Episode 12
Production episode 40510-510
Original air date: January 27, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Odo limps into the infirmary with a pinched nerve. Quark then brings Odo an infant changeling that’s ill, which he obtained from a Yridian trader, and which he sells to Odo for eight strips of latinum. (Odo’s barely aware of the financial part of the transaction, so enraptured is he by the changeling. Quark pretty much places Odo’s thumb on the padd to complete the deal.)

According to Bashir, the infant has taken on a lot of tetryon radiation. While Bashir starts treatment, Odo explains to Sisko that this is the size he was when he was found in the Denorios Belt. Sisko puts Odo in charge of the changeling, to Odo’s glee, but also suggests asking Dr. Mora for help, to Odo’s lack of glee. Sisko, however, says it’s Odo’s call.

[If it wasn’t for me, you’d still be sitting on a shelf somewhere in a beaker labeled “unknown sample.”]

Fri
Jun 6 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Darkness and the Light”

Deep Space Nine, The Darkness and the Light“The Darkness and the Light”
Written by Bryan Fuller and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Michael Vejar
Season 5, Episode 11
Production episode 40510-509
Original air date: January 6, 1997
Stardate: 50416.2

Station log: Vedek Latha leads a retreat in a cave on Bajor. He lights a candle and he and the other vedeks kneel around it. Beams of light suddenly emit from the candle on all the vedeks, then only on Latha, and then a disruptor blast kills him. Latha was part of the Shakaar Resistance Cell.

While Kira’s being treated by Bashir—complaining that the herbs she’s taking negate the sedatives she takes to sleep—Odo sadly informs her that her former comrade is dead. When she returns to her quarters, Kira has a message waiting for her: an image of Latha and a mechanical voice saying, “That’s one.”

[“That’s two.” “That’s three.”]

Tue
Jun 3 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Rapture”

Deep Space Nine, Rapture, Sisko“Rapture”
Written by L.J. Strom and Hans Beimler
Directed by Jonathan West
Season 5, Episode 10
Production episode 40510-508
Original air date: December 30, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: The Cardassians have returned an icon to Bajor that is the only rendering of the lost city of B’Hala. Sisko has used his influence as the Emissary to have it stop by DS9 on its way to the museum in Ilvia. He has it scanned also—at which point Kira remembers a prophecy stating that only someone touched by the Prophets could find B’Hala. “But no pressure,” Dax adds with amusement.

There’s a spire in the center of the city, as there are in all ancient Bajoran cities, which indicates the coordinates of the city in the cosmos. But the icon only shows one side of the spire, not the other two. However, Sisko discovers that another side of the spire is reflected in another building. He re-creates the spire in a holosuite, now with two sides visible (though the resolution on the reflected side is poor). He’s up half the night, but when he goes to remove the isolinear rod containing the images from the console, he gets a massive shock.

[“You’re scaring me with this, Ben.” “I’m a little scared, too, Admiral.”]

Fri
May 30 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Ascent”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Ascent“The Ascent”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 5, Episode 9
Production episode 40510-507
Original air date: November 25, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Jake is moving out of the Sisko quarters into his own cabin, way the heck on the other side of the habitat ring. Sisko is dealing with it as best he can, which is mostly badly, and he puts the parental curse on Jake (wait until your son moves out on you).

Jake is actually sharing the new digs with Nog, who is back on the station to do his sophomore year field study. Rom is very excited to see his son home and Quark, despite his disapproval, has brought by a case of root beer for the prodigal cadet (Rom snags a bottle for himself, to Quark’s disgust). However, Quark doesn’t get to see Nog’s arrival, as he’s arrested by Odo, who will be escorting him in a runabout to Inferna Prime to bring him before a Federation grand jury. When Quark demands to know what it’s about, Odo cagily says, “I think you know.” Quark insists he’s ignorant, and Odo says he has eight days on a runabout with Odo to think about it.

[“We’re going to clean every day?” “No, just the odd and even ones.”]

Wed
May 28 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Things Past”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Things Past“Things Past”
Written by Michael Taylor
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 5, Episode 8
Production episode 40510-506
Original air date: November 18, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Sisko, Dax, Odo, and Garak return from a conference on Bajor that was intended to take a dispassionate view of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. Garak was there to represent the Cardassian POV, and he feels it was a waste of time, his first clue being the nametag that read “Elim Garak, former Cardassian oppressor.” Odo, though, was a big hit, though he’s not at all proud of what he did when he worked for the Cardassians.

When the runabout arrives at the station, all four passengers are unconscious. Worf has Bashir and a security guard beam on board with him, and the doctor detects unusual neural activity. He takes them to the infirmary. Worf determines that the runabout encountered a class-2 plasma storm, but Bashir can’t find a correlation between that and the neural activity, and the fact that they’re not responding to any external stimuli.

[Maybe they’ll salute when they execute us.]

Fri
May 23 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Let He Who is Without Sin...”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Let He Who is Without Sin...“Let He Who is Without Sin...”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 5, Episode 7
Production episode 40510-505
Original air date: November 11, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Dax joins Odo and Sisko for a drink. Dax and Worf are planning a trip to Risa. Their relationship is developing in fits and starts, and Worf isn’t thrilled with Dax having lunch with Captain Boday—nor with her telling everyone on the station about their personal lives. Worf’s mood is not improved by Bashir and Leeta asking to come along, though he can’t see any objection to sharing a runabout with them—however his mood gets downright foul when Quark announces that he’s joining them. He wouldn’t give Leeta the time off unless he got to come along, and he’s always wanted to go to Risa.

Quark gives everyone, except Worf, a hor’gahn. Worf, because he’s twelve, refuses to even speak to Quark, instead telling Dax to “tell the Ferengi” to stay in the aft cabin.

[Tell the Ferengi to return to his cabin.]

Wed
May 21 2014 3:00pm

Tribbles Week Redux: Star Trek: Voyager’s “Flashback”

In 1996, Star Trek reached its 30th anniversary. Deep Space Nine celebrated this occasion with an episode called “Trials and Tribble-ations,” which was a direct crossover with “The Trouble with Tribbles.” With the DS9 Rewatch having reached that point, we’re celebrating by doing a redux of “Tribbles Week,” previously celebrated when the Star Trek Rewatch by Eugene Myers & Torie Atkinson got to “The Trouble with Tribbles” back in 2010. We began Monday with a special rewatch of the episode that started it all, and we followed it yesterday with the DS9 episode. Today, we conclude with a look at DS9’s sister show Voyager and how they celebrated the anniversary...

Star Trek: Voyager, Flashback“Flashback”
Written by Brannon Braga
Directed by David Livingston
Season 3, Episode 2
Production episode 145
Original air date: September 11, 1996
Stardate: 50126.4

Captain’s log: Voyager has found a Class 17 nebula, which is filled with sirilium, which can be used by the ship as an energy source. However, as soon as the nebula appears on the screen, Tuvok experiences dizziness and disorientation. As he goes to sickbay, he hears the voice of a little girl asking for his help. He gets flashes of himself as a boy trying to save a human girl from falling off a cliff. Tuvok loses his grip on the girl in his hallucination and his grip on reality in the present, as he collapses as soon as he enters sickbay.

[All right, Gamma Shift, time to defend the Federation against gaseous anomalies!]

Tue
May 20 2014 3:00pm

Tribbles Week Redux: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “Trials and Tribble-ations”

In 1996,Star Trek reached its 30th anniversary.Deep Space Nine celebrated this occasion with an episode called “Trials and Tribble-ations,” which was a direct crossover with “The Trouble with Tribbles.” With the DS9 Rewatch having reached that point, we’re celebrating by doing a redux of “Tribbles Week,” previously celebrated when the Star Trek Rewatch by Eugene Myers & Torie Atkinson got to “The Trouble with Tribbles” back in 2010. We began yesterday with a special rewatch of the episode that started it all, and we follow it with the actual DS9 episode today...

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Trials and Tribble-ations“Trials and Tribble-ations”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler & Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Ronald D. Moore & Rene Echevarria
Directed by Jonathan West
Based on “The Trouble with Tribbles,” written by David Gerrold, directed by Joseph Pevney
Season 5, Episode 6
Production episode 40510-503
Original air date: November 4, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: A ship containing two investigators from the Department of Temporal Investigations, Dulmur and Lucsly, arrives at the station. The pair of them talk to Sisko about their recent mission. Sisko assures them that his journey back in time on the Defiant was an accident, not a predestination paradox or a time loop or something that was meant to be. Dulmur and Lucsly are relieved to hear that. “We hate those.”

Two weeks ago, the Cardassian government contacted Sisko to give back one of the Orbs of the Prophets. This one turned out to be the Orb of Time—though they didn’t know that at first. They also took on a passenger on Cardassia: Barry Waddle, a human merchant in gemstones, kivas, and trillium. He was stuck on Cardassia when the Klingons invaded, and now can finally get home.

[I can’t wait to get back to Deep Space 9 and see your face when you find out that I never existed!]