Synopsis: Upon returning from a mission to the Parada system, O’Brien begins to notice the crew acting strange around him and suspects there may be some unknown influence at work.
Memory Alpha Summary: They forgot the Voight-Kampff test
Review: Our final installment of O’Brien Must Suffer, or rather, his replicant must suffer here. What a brilliant concept, seeing an entire episode through the eyes of a replicant that doesn’t know he’s a replicant. What appears to be a generic conspiracy plot turns out to be that much deeper. We also get a fun chase scene to end it.
Continue reading 3. Whispers (2.14)
Synopsis: An accident inside the wormhole sends Kira and Bashir into the “mirror universe”, where Klingons, Cardassians, and Bajorans rule over their Human slaves.
Memory Alpha Summary: The fairest of them all
Review: A continuation of the episode Mirror, Mirror from TOS, and what a freaking brilliant idea. Where as TNG would pay homage to the original series, or bring back characters, DS9 actually honors it by further promoting those storylines.
Continue reading 7. Crossover (2.23)
Synopsis: After receiving a minor dose of radiation poisoning, O’Brien inexplicably begins experiencing a series of jumps into the near future. Meanwhile, a Romulan delegation arrives on the station, expecting an intelligence report on the Dominion.
Memory Alpha Summary: Back From The Future
Review: I love most episodes that involve time travel, and this one has a unique twist I’ve never seen before (jumping into the future a short time, interacting with that environment, then jumping back with new info). It requires a ton of technobabble to make it work, and it barely squeaks by. Colm Meaney helps a great deal as it’s easy to connect with his struggle. There’s one joke “I hate temporal mechanics,” that is used to explain away the obvious paradoxes. It’s lame, but at least it acknowledges how confusing things get. The ride is really fun so I forgave it pretty easily.
Continue reading 16. Visionary (3.17)
Synopsis: Convicted of espionage, Miles O’Brien is given the memories of twenty years in prison in a matter of hours. Returning to Deep Space 9, O’Brien finds he cannot shrug the memory of his awful experience or rid himself of the guilt he feels over the death of his cellmate.
Memory Alpha Summary: The apex of O’Brien suffering
Review: Pretty much any episode that features Colm Meaney is off to a strong start and this is no exception, especially because he suffers more than usual, up to contemplating suicide. There are so many things they did right with this story.
Continue reading 18. Hard Time (4.19)
Synopsis: When Cardassians arrest Miles O’Brien for working with the Maquis, he’s put on a Cardassian trial, where the verdict is known before the trial begins: guilty.
Memory Alpha Summary: Long in the tooth
Review: We finally get to see Cardassia! While the “guilty before proven innocent” trope is overused, this is a nice twist, with “guilty and the trial is only to satisfy the public morale.” The idea of a defense attorney just there to convince his client to admit guilt is great fun, and Kovat does the role justice. Odo being able to be at the trial is a pretty significant contrivance, but it’s needed for the story to go anywhere. His being an annoying mosquito during the proceedings makes for good drama.
Continue reading 35. Tribunal (2.25)
Synopsis: After returning from the Fire Caves on Bajor, Keiko’s body is controlled by an alien lifeform that forces her husband O’Brien to do its bidding or else face the death of his wife.
Memory Alpha Summary: Nothing good seems to happen at those caves
Review: Finally, an episode where Keiko has something to do, and a nice reversal from Power Play, where O’Brien was taken over by an alien and tortured Keiko.
Continue reading 46. The Assignment (5.05)
Synopsis: Investigating a planet surrounded by a powerful energy field, the crew of the Defiant discovers their own descendants, and learns that in two days they will crash two hundred years in the past.
Memory Alpha Summary: Great Scott!
Review: I’m a sucker for just about any time travel story and this one is no different; being confronted by one’s descendants and being told you can’t leave or they won’t be born is a pretty great story conflict. It allows for a lot of natural conflict (e.g. O’Brien debating about leaving his wife and child), Worf abandoning his descendants who honor him (being about the only Klingons who do so), and some fun jokes at Sisko’s expense.
Continue reading 82. Children of Time (5.22)
Synopsis: O’Brien, working undercover for Starfleet Intelligence, infiltrates the Orion Syndicate, the Alpha Quadrant’s main organized crime ring, and befriends the man he will have to betray.
Memory Alpha Summary: Patti Hearst says hi
Review: Two-thirds of a good episode in the “O’Brien Must Suffer” genre, this one sees O’Brien as an undercover operative trying to infiltrate the Orion Syndicate. It’s a joy watching Meaney act his way through this role and unlike “The High Ground” on TNG, this one actually has something to do with the season story arc and matters.
Continue reading 107. Honor Among Thieves (6.15)
Synopsis: An accident on the planet Golana sends Molly O’Brien through a time portal three hundred years into the past into an uninhabited world. Beamed back too late, Molly returns to the present eighteen years old with no immediate recollection of her life or her family.
Memory Alpha Summary: Safe on the McFly Farm
Review: One of those plots that lacks a lot of tension as there’s little doubt that the writers don’t plan to kill off Molly but still a decent watch as Meaney pulls as much drama out of it as he can. I like that they portray feral Molly as realistic as they can and also treat her respectfully and therapeutically. Ultimately, however, it’s just not terribly interesting.
Continue reading 119. Time’s Orphan (6.24)