[DS9] Season 3, Episode 18: Distant Voices
Distant Voices takes us into the mind of Bashir and we find out it’s really boring. It’s only a mystery for the first bit of the episode, so theoretically “Distant Voices” main appeal should be a character study of Bashir. Unfortunately we don’t learn anything of consequence, and nothing is deepened or built from what we already knew.
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Someone electrocutes Bashir’s brain
When he wakes up, everything is creepy, or at least meant to be.
Bashir runs into Quark and Garak, but they just leave right away.
Bashir is also getting older. We accept pretty quickly that this is some kind of fantasy land, where things don’t make sense, which kind of takes away any suspense there might be
Bashir finds more people. They’re acting weird.
We learn that Bashir is in a comma, and each person is a different aspect of Bashir. O’Brien is his doubt, Dax, his confidence, Odo, his suspicion, and Kira, his aggression.
The station is really Bashir’s mind and the monster is trying to wreck up the place. They need to fix the station to wake up Bashir. I’m already eager for this plot to wrap up, but there’s still 25 minutes left.
He also finds Sisko. He’s Bashir’s skill and professionalism
The monster keeps killing different aspects of Bashir’s mind. He can’t be stopped, which is yet another story element that takes away any tension there might be.
The main barrier to Bashir progressing is him getting older and breaking hips and stuff. It makes it a little frustrating to watch
Finally Bashir goes to sickbay and does a thing that fixes everything.
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