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Summary

Various manifestations of the crew's imagination come to life, such as the 21st century baseball player Buck Bokai, the fairy-tale character Rumpelstiltskin, a sensual version of Dax that so far existed only in Bashir's mind and other strange effects. The real Dax attributes the phenomena to a possible subspace rupture forming near the station, of a kind that destroyed a whole solar system in the 23rd century. As such an anomaly is actually discovered and an attempt is made to collapse it, the rupture widens and threatens to destroy the station. But Sisko recognizes that the anomaly is just another product of everyone's imagination. The whole scenario was set up by an alien race in an attempt to understand the concept of imagination.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. Bashir sleeping in bed wearing his uniform. Maybe he’s using the bed for a powernap?

Changed Premises

Explanations in this section submitted to Nit Central by LUIGI NOVI on Friday, January 04, 2002 - 10:14 am unless stated otherwise:

  1. Quark has to explain to Odo that Jake plays baseball in the holosuites. Odo must have improved his intelligence techniques by the end of Facets, because in that episode, he knows what Bashir has for breakfast. The reason that Odo knew what Bashir has for breakfast is because Bashir probably eats out in the open with Garak at Quarks’s or the Replimat, where Odo can see them, and possibly in addition because Odo began eating lunch with Garak after The Die is Cast, not because Odo deliberately keeps a file on the subject. The reason he is ignorant of Jake’s holosuite use is because it takes place in a closed room, and is not relevant to station security, not because his intelligence is lackluster by the time of this episode, nor because he spies on Bashir by the latter. After all, Phil, how in the world is Jake’s holosuite activities or what Bashir has for breakfast pertinent to Odo’s intelligence? Odo doesn’t spy on people when they are engaged in private activity. Do you honestly think Jake’s holodeck activites or Bashir’s breakfast are of any intelligence worth? Jeff Muscato on Monday, January 31, 2005 - 11:39 am: (Nit Central) Everything has intelligence worth. If a changeling-Bashir suddenly starts eating a slightly different breakfast, it'd be nice of Odo to notice that's something wrong with Bashir.
  2. Attempting to mollify Bashir’s embarrassment over the Dax kitten, Dax tells him she was a young man himself "once." Actually, later episodes establish Dax has had THREE male hosts whose memories she should have. In Facets, O’Brien receives Tobin’s memories, Bashir gets Torias’s, and Odo gets Curzon’s. I suppose we could say that two of these three men received the Dax symbiont when they were middle-aged, but "Dax" establishes that most hosts receive it in their twenties. I’m not sure I understand the point of this nit. What exactly is it? Near as I can tell, you seem to be taking umbrage at Dax’s use of the word "once." First of all, the word, as she uses it here, is not meant to be number-specific. She is simply telling Bashir that she was a young man in the past, not how many times she was one. Second, why do you presume that any of them received the symbiont when middle-aged? Neither Facets nor any other episode ever implied such a thing. Third, what does that have to do with her use of the word "once"?
  3. In this episode, Buck Bokai mentions to Sisko that he’s a third baseman. But in The Big Goodbye (TNG)]], Data said that he was a shortstop. The Star Trek Encyclopedia says Bokai started out at shortstop, and then switched to third base. But did Bokai break the record as a shortstop? If he broke it as a third baseman, Data would have said "third baseman." So he broke the record before switching to third base. What’s wrong with this?

Equipment Oddities

  1. O’Brien managing to install pulse wave devices in the torpedoes from his console at Ops.He could be installing the devices remotely for safety reasons.
  2. The Red Alert lights not illuminating when Kira attempts to restore communications after the explosion. The lights could have suffered intermittent damage from the force of the explosion.

Continuity And Production Problems

Explanations in this section submitted to Nit Central by LUIGI NOVI on Friday, January 04, 2002 - 10:14 am unless stated otherwise:

  1. After Bashir arrives in Ops with the Dax kitten, the real Dax shows up, and later walks behind the former two. As she does the camera focus blurs on the real Dax. It’s almost like the creators were trying to cover up the fact that the person walking behind Bashir is a body double for Terry Farrell. Also, the person walking turns her head conveniently away from the camera to further obscure her identity. (If this person is a double body, she’s an excellent one. She looks a lot like Dax.) Phil, are you kidding? A body double? How can you possibly be under the impression that this was not Terry Farrell? Look at the scene again. In the beginning of this shot, the camera is on her, on only on her, as she answers Bashir’s question! The faux Dax says she must have come out of Bashir’s imagination, and Bashir then asks the real Dax how this sort of thing might have happened. The camera then cuts to the real Dax, obviously played by Terry Farrell, who answers, "A subspace disruption. Maybe some kind of dimensional shift..." She says the word "dimensional" as she begins to walk behind Bashir and the faux Dax. She does blur, but this is probably in order to disguise the special effect used to make the double shot, which may have become evident when the two shots of Farrell overlapped. How can it be a body double (not a "double body," as you called it—wink, wink:)) if the camera was on her face in the beginning of the shot, and it was a continuous shot when she walked behind the two of them?

Nit Central

  1. LUIGI NOVI on Friday, January 04, 2002 - 10:14 am: When everyone starts winning at Dabo at Quark’s in Act 2, Quark panics. Why doesn’t he just close down the gambling games until the current subspace rupture problem is resolved? It would be a perfectly reasonable thing to do, especially for a Ferengi. kerriem. on Friday, January 04, 2002 - 11:18 am: OK, this is a little lame, I admit, but...Maybe he's afraid of the customers getting hostile with him? I'm guessing that dedicated gamblers - or any gambler on a winning streak - would have been really really ticked at being cut off for whatever reason...and Ferengi are noted for their, erm, self-preservation instincts. So Quark's panic could have been a result of being caught between a rock and a (closed-down) place.


Deep Space Nine Season 1
Emissary I Past Prologue I A Man Alone I Babel I Captive Pursuit I Q-Less I Dax I The Passenger I Move Along Home I The Nagus I Vortex I Battle Lines I The Storyteller I Progress I If Wishes Were Horses I The Forsaken I Dramatis Personae I Duet I In the Hands of the Prophets
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