559. [DS9] Things Past
SCORE: (4/5 stars)
After returning from a Bajoran conference discussing the Occupation from a historical perspective where Garak complains he was treated rather unfairly, being given a nametag that read “Former Cardassian Oppressor,” Dax and Sisko discuss how everyone there seemed to be a big fan of Odo, the one man who stood for justice above all things, the man who worked for the Cardassians that even the Bajorans could get behind. As Odo himself is lost in thought, the runabout passes through a plasma cloud on its way to DS9, and the four of them are rendered unconscious and brought to the infirmary, where Bashir just has no idea what’s wrong with them but their brains are still highly active.
The four of them wake up in an Occupation-era Terok Nor, wearing Bajoran clothing, and being recognized by others as Bajoran, despite none of them being so. They aren’t clear on what’s happened or whether this is a time travel event (it’s not, thankfully, we’ve already had two time travel episodes recently, one of which was a two-parter, plus a Tuvok flashback). Before they can determine what’s happened, Dax is taken captive by Cardassian guards because Gul Dukat wants a new Bajoran girlfriend to be nice to so he can convince himself he’s a good guy.
they’re able to scan their identities at a computer (with access codes that Garak has) and are able to determine that they’re seven years ago, and even the identities of the people they’re supposed to be. Odo recognizes the names as three who were wrongfully executed for an assassination attempt against Dukat that they were innocent of. Odo begins having guilt-ridden hallucinations of walking corpses and blood on his hands. I WONDER IF THAT’S MEANT TO INDICATE SOMETHING.