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Fridge: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Fridge Brilliance
  • The Jem'Hadar are considered expendable, and cannot understand why the Federation dismisses the idea of expensibility. The Jem'Hadar consider Sisko cowardly for not executing Worf for disobedience. However, the Jem'Hadar are lucky to make it to 20- they're combat ready soon after birth- replacing one is simple. There's no fanfare in creating Jem'Hadar, they are merely cloned. However, other solids take years to reach any kind of expertise. Even if they shared Jem'Hadar outlook, it would still be impractical to execute someone over a mistake- that's 30 years of training, down the drain rather than 1, perhaps 70 to 100 years of contribution ended by their death, rather than 10 to 20.
  • In "Sacrifice of Angels", when Sisko is about to Engage the Dominion Fleet in the wormhole, the Prophets give him a vision to stop him. Sisko's life is referred to as "The Game", which seems to imply that The Prophets consider him somewhat akin to a distraction, until you remember that Sisko initially explained linear time as being like a game of baseball
  • Word Of God says that although the Federation was not aware of the existence of the Dominion until after the discovery of the Worm Hole, the Dominion was aware of the Federation and the rest of the Alpha Quadrant civilizations long beforehand, and were planning how to handle them when they inevitably reached the Gamma Quadrant in two hundred years. The Federation's discovery of the Worm Hole forced the Founders to put their contingency plans into action ahead of schedule, throwing them off their game. This turns into Fridge Horror when one considers that they still came damn close to winning the war with the Alpha Quadrant powers. Had they fought the war on their own terms and time table, it seems questionable if the Founders would have lost the war.
  • In an early episode, Garak is criticizing Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for being entirely too predictable and unrealistic, much to the annoyance of Bashir:
    Garak: "I knew Brutus was going to kill Caesar in the first act! But Caesar didn't figure it out until the knife was in his back."
    Bashir: "But that's what makes it a tragedy. Caesar couldn't conceive that his best friend would plot to kill him."
    Garak: "'Tragedy' is not the word I'd use. 'Farce' would be more appropriate. Supposedly, this man is supposed to be a leader of a great empire, a brilliant military tactician and yet he can't see what's going on under his own nose!"
    • In the next episode Garak's old mentor Enabrin Tain had no idea that his Dragon Colonel Lovok was a Changeling spy until it was much too late.
    • Garak himself didn't realize the person trying to kill him was Tain until Tain told him.
    • He pretty much acknowledges Shakespeare had it right when he recites a line from him later and tells Tain this was something he picked up from Bashir.
    • Then, many episodes later, Gul Dukat's daughter, Ziyal, helps free La Résistance, who then disable the station's weapons array which allows Sisko to retake the station. Her betrayal of her father had been a long time coming and Dukat had been warned repeatedly in the episodes before then, but he refused to believe it until it was far too late and the damage had already been done. It should be noted that Garak and Dukat are sworn enemies.
      • In that context it doubles as a Not So Different moment: Despite both being paranoid ultra-survivors, Garak and Dukat were both blindsided because the betrayal came from someone they loved. Which was exactly the case with Caesar, except that Garak didn't have the empathy or experience (of being betrayed by a loved one) to see it from Caesar's perspective.
  • The second half of the two-parter "The Maquis" puts Sisko in the position of having to rescue Gul Dukat from the Maquis who've captured him so that he can avert a second war between the Federation and the Cardassian Empire. When Legate Parn from the Cardassian Central Command arrives to discuss the situation with Sisko, he makes the rather surprising claim that Gul Dukat is the ringleader of several high-ranking officers who've been conspiring to smuggle weapons to the Cardassian colonists in order to take on the Federation's colonists and their newly formed Maquis cells. As such, they don't want Dukat back and frankly won't be shedding any tears if the Maquis execute him for them. While neither Sisko nor Kira believes a word Parn says, Kira afterward insists that she agrees with Parn that they ought to leave Dukat to die, since he's long overdue for his comeuppance for all the Bajorans he massacred. Sisko, however, insists on rescuing him anyway, as he needs Dukat's help in exposing the Cardassians' double-dealing.

    What neither of them ever stops to consider is how incredibly convenient it is that Cardassia has decided to cut Gul Dukat loose and lay all the blame on him, especially since they know Kira and her fellow Bajorans and practically everyone else for that matter never liked him anyway and would be just as glad to see him dead. Had Sisko not overruled her, Kira would have been playing right into the Cardassian Empire's hands by allowing Dukat, who's the only individual in a position to expose the Central Command's treachery, to be the patsy for it instead. This is where Sisko's Federation discipline shines through most brightly, as he and Kira and everyone else have to swallow hard and put their personal feelings aside in order to get their jobs done.
  • "In The Pale Moonlight" yields one more level of ingenuity to Garak and Sisko's scheme to bring the Romulans into the war against the Dominion. Sisko started off wanting to get the Romulans to see that taking on the Dominion was in their own best interest, as the Dominion was sure to conquer them next once the Klingons and Federation were overthrown. In the end, not only did he and Garak successfully bring them into the war, but they got the Romulans to perceive that the Dominion surely would target them for takeover sooner or later. Moreover, once the Romulans attacked the Dominion, they were committed to the war: even if they did find out about the deception later, they wouldn't exactly be in any position to apologize and ask the Dominion if they could get their non-aggression pact reinstated, would they?
  • The Founders appear to be callous and uncaring towards the Vorta, uncaring if they die and killing them for their failures, but considering what we hear from the Weyoun that defects to Odo and some comments by the female Founder and I realized that the Founders view assuming a new form to grant them new insight so by killing a Vorta they're actually helping that Vorta gain a new perspective that may aid it where the previous version failed. After all, why continue to clone servants you have no personal investment in who keep failing you unless you really do care and don't view death as that big a deal?
    • The only evidence we have about their attitude toward the Vorta in the first place is the Female Changeling's comments when either Weyoun was disrespecting Odo or the war was going very badly. That and their attitude toward solids in general, in which comments they never make it a point to exclude Vorta and Jem'Hadar, except that the Female Changeling interestingly referred to Weyoun specifically as the only solid she's ever trusted. But of course, trust is not the same as respect or caring. But in any case, their habit of cloning the Vorta, and giving the new ones the memories of the old, could be due to any combination of concern for their development and for their services to the Dominion.
    • In some ways, what we know about the Founders' relationship with the Vorta actually serves as an example of how the Dominion is basically the opposite of the Federation. Whereas the Federation has certain standards of moral development other species and civilizations have to meet before they can be allowed to join, it never imposes these on any of its members by force. With the Vorta, however, we get to see how the Dominion insists on shaping and manipulating all of its members to serve its purposes. From Weyoun 6 (the defector), we learn that the Vorta being genetically manipulated to be the Dominion's managerial species is actually the Dominion's reward to them for having hidden and protected one of the Founders from enemies long ago. In other words, the Dominion's idea of kindness to a species is the direct opposite of the Federation's Prime Directive; do the Dominion a favor, and the Founders will perfect your species by any means available, including genetic manipulation.
  • In Dramatis Personae, the crew gets affected by a telepathic Hate Plague that turns them into a bunch of paranoiacs. Odo isn't affected because his brain is distributed, rather than centralized. Dax is affected, but instead of being paranoid, she acts stoned, telling rambling stories and forgetting things. Why was it different for her? Because a joined Trill, between the host and symbionts, has two brains! That probably threw the effects off kilter.
    • I took it be that they were playing the roles of some previous power struggle, and Dax just got saddled with someone completely oblivious. After all, Sisko didn't become aggressive either, he just got Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!.
    • An alternate explanation is that Odo was unaffected because Paranoia is a default state of mind for him. He's suspicious of everyone already.
  • The Loves of Quark. He claims to hold traditional Ferengi values of gender and stuff, but none of the women he has fallen in love matches the ideal of a Ferengi Female. Dax; Grilka, the Klingon woman; Natima Lang, the Cardassian dissident; and Pel, Quark's only Ferengi love interest; are all strong, independent women. Similar to his mother, one might say
  • In "Trials and Tribble-ations," the Defiant crew is taken back in time to Kirk's time period. Odo, Worf, O'Brien, and Bashir witness Scotty starting a brawl with a Klingon captain after the captain insults the Enterprise. Worf and O'Brien immediately start fighting the Klingons. Why? They also served on the Enterprise.
  • In "For the Cause" Eddington compares the Federation to the Borg to Sisko's face (okay via communicator but still...). Cue "For the Uniform": Eddington has been playing with Sisko, taunting him. The man compared the Federation and the Treaty with Cardassia to the alien menace that didn't even let Sisko give his wife a proper funeral. The Sisko is pissed.
    • Speaking of Eddington, some people were surprised at how Sisko threw himself into the chase. They shouldn't have been, since in "The Die Is Cast," the first time Eddington betrays Sisko (this time for an admiral), Sisko sets up why he throws himself into the hunt for Eddington then and there.
    Sisko: I make it a policy to never question the word of anyone who wears that uniform. Don't make me change that policy.
  • In the episode where Worf kills Gowron, the Klingons are meeting in a conference room on the station. Then they grab bat'leths off of the wall, which are probably not a standard feature of Federation decor. Conclusion? The Klingons have specifically equipped their war room with bat'leths just in case there's a Klingon Promotion situation. That is kind of hilarious.
    • It should also be noted that Gowron came to power because Worf killed his rival Duras in the TNG episode "Reunion". So Worf was directly responsible for Gowron's rise and fall.
  • In "Distant Voices" Bashir claims to be hearing voices in the distance, to the confusion of Garak, who guesses that humans may have more acute hearing than Cardassians. Years later, it turns out that Bashir is genetically enhanced, including superior hearing. The reveal that the episode takes place in Bashir's mind provides an early hint of his nature via his own subconscious.
    • There's another hint in "Our Man Bashir" when Julian shoots Garak in the neck. He implies that he was really trying to kill Garak and that his aim was off - giving Garak the confidence that Julian has the willpower to make the hard call for survival if it is necessary - but knowing that his hand-eye coordination is insanely enhanced due to being an Augment, it turns out he was bluffing the entire time.
      • Besides the Improbable Aiming Skills, there are a bunch of subtle things. Julian knocks a huge assassin off his feet during a fight, shoots a guy with a champagne cork, can pass as an expert geologist, which all things found in Bond parodies. I give full credit to SF Debris here for this observation: How much of this is part of the program and how much is just Bashir being himself?
  • Odo has a strained relationship with Dr. Mora, the man who...well, not raised him, so much as experiment on him until Odo was so fed up that he struck out on his own. In the episode The Begotten, Odo gets a chance to resolve some of his issues with Mora, as he learns that some of what the doctor did was in Odo's best interest; and they even start to bond over trying to do the same for an infant Changeling. It's in these moments, when the two are standing close to each other that we start to notice some interesting things about the two: Mora and Odo share a similar height, build, face-shape, hair color, eye color, and even sport exactly the same hair style. Odo quite obviously modeled his appearance on that of Dr. Mora.
    • In the first season episode with Lwaxana Troi, Odo tells her that he modeled his appearance on Dr Mora.
  • In the pilot, it's obvious that Sisko is still very badly affected by his wife's death, years after she's died. The wound is still very fresh, and very raw, as his conversation with Picard and his experience with the Prophets attests, more so than it might be for some. It's stated in Star Trek, from time to time (though the degree to which it's applied tends to vary on the show in question), that in the future, humans don't grieve when their loved ones die. This would imply that, among humans, not showing excessive grief (excessive being a relative term) at the death of a loved one is the norm in social behavior, which would also imply that showing "excessive" grief isn't considered normal, or socially acceptable. Perhaps that's why Sisko still has such a hard time with Jennifer's death years later, despite the fact that he has access to counseling and seems to otherwise have moved on with his life—he really doesn't have a healthy outlet for his grief.
  • In "Statistical Probabilities" the crew make a big deal over the reason that Augments aren't allowed to work freely in society in a productive manner is because it would be unfair to everyone else and parents would feel pressured to upgrade their children so they could compete. Odo even cites this as the reason why the law against DNA-resequencing was put in place in the first place. However a quick look at the issue makes it obvious that with a harsh penalty for the parents if they do perform genetic upgrades on the child, and the child being a labelled genetic augment - and hence being made an intellectual outcast by nature and not allowed to compete in straight-up competitions - would be enough to deter that sort of behaviour. No, the real reason why the law is in place is to prevent new superhuman supervillains like Kahn trying to take over. However, by having people concerned with the philosophical debate of whether it is fair or not to allow genetic augments to be productive members of society, no one is discussing the real threat of Augments - and the real reason why they aren't allowed positions of power or authority - and so anyone who is thinking of genetically engineering their child would be encouraged to think about making their child more intelligent so they can have an advantage over other children and get jobs and positions in society that are competitively vied over, rather than engineering their child to become the next Kahn.
  • Sisko is the only Trek captain across the entire franchise to punch Q's lights out. Q avoids DS9 from that point on. As of that episode, we don't know that Sisko is the progeny of one of the Prophets; he's just a Starfleet captain—a Badass by any reasonable measure but not to the level of physically assaulting an omnipotent being and getting away with it. His status as Emissary derives from the Prophets communicating with him, but doesn't confer any special powers beyond political and religious clout amongst the Bajorans. At least, not yet. Perhaps Q knew of Sisko's true relationship to the Prophets—who certainly would be in the same league as Q, or close to it—before Sisko himself did?
  • In "Soldiers of the Empire", the writers and JG Hertzler do a good job of tracking Martok's process of getting his groove back. Listen to the ways he concludes his orders to the Rotarran's helmsman. The first time, he gives a desultory "mak'cha", which probably means "Forward", "Advance", or something else suitably martial. The second time, when he's at the nadir of his Heroic BSOD, he uses the neutral (and English) "Engage". The third time, after he beats Worf and goes forth to kick ass, he uses an enthusiastic "mak'cha!", and looks ready to throw down again. Very subtle, and very good.
  • In "The Emperor's New Cloak," a mirror Vic Fontaine appears, and he's actually human instead of a hologram. In the prime universe, it could be that there's a human singer named Vic Fontaine, and Felix used his likeness for the holoprogram.
    • It's also possible, considering the Continuity Snarl in that episode (Klingons in the Mirror Universe had perfectly good cloaking devices in earlier episodes) that Vic was based on an actual Vic Fontaine from back in the 1930s, and that he was brought forward through time by some of the Terran rebellion's temporal manipulations in their efforts to cripple the Klingon & Cardassian Alliance.
    • Another possibility is that the mirror Vic was not human at all, but an android. We don't clearly see any blood when he's shot, just smoke rising from the wound. Perhaps mirror Felix is a cyberneticist instead of a holoprogrammer.
  • Homefront: in the scene where Odo discovers a changeling posing as admiral Leyton, the scene starts with Odo landing on a rock in the form of a seagull and shapeshifting into his humanoid form. Commander Benteen comments that while not being able to mimic a humanoid (a Bajoran, Dr. Mora to be exact), Odo made a convincing seagull, to which Odo replies "I'm not sure the gulls would agree" and this is where a minor fridge logic sets in: this underlines that Odo is bad at shape-shifting! He can not convince the seagulls that he is one of them any more than he can convince us (humanoids) that he is one of us.
  • "Who Mourns For Morn?" brings out a minor, but clever example in explaining Morn's apparent One-Hour Work Week. As Mark Allen Sheperd, who played Morn, pointed out in an interview, "No wonder I sit all day at Quark's and do nothing. I'm rich!"
  • "Take Me Out To the Holosuite": It rather underlines Solok's racism that he comes from a 100% Vulcan ship and team. Despite all his taunts about "humans", Sisko's team is actually minority human. There's 5 humans - The Siskos, Yates, Bashir and O'Brien, but 7 nonhumans - Trill ("Did I forget to wear my spots today?"), 2 Bajorans, 3 Ferengi and a Klingon, 2 of whom are "first in Starfleet" for their respective races.
    • There's also the Irony that Solok's very-not-diverse team uses the IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) as their logo. Ten Vulcan males and one Vulcan female? Yeah really diverse there.
  • Hey, remember when the Female Changeling told Weyoun that returning Odo to his people was more important to her than the entire Alpha Quadrant? She was being completely earnest. Sure, she would have rather manipulated him back while still conquering the place, but what happens in the end? She gives up on conquering the Alpha Quadrant and submits to their justice in exchange for Odo returning to the Link.
  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines profit as "the advantage or benefit that is gained from doing something; a valuable return." Nog and Rom are the first Ferengi we see who understand that profit is more than latinum: it's also the respect of your peers, and friends who'll watch your back. Quark, meanwhile, is busting his lobes scheming and swindling, trying to live up to traditional Ferengi values and earn the respect of his fellow Ferengi businessmen, most of whom have nothing but contempt for a "loser" like Quark. Rom and Nog are smarter than Quark.
    • Quark even gets taught an object lesson in profit as understood by Rom and Nog at the end of "Body Parts" when the Ferengi Commerce Authority takes away everything he owns...and the other members of the station crew rebuild his bar with donated fixtures and equipment.
  • On one occasion, in the episode "In The Cards," Kai Winn and Weyoun meet and interact. Weyoun comments about how he believes that he feels they are so much alike. Winn proceeds to touch his earlobe (the Bajoran way of sensing one's pagh, or spirit), then says that they are nothing alike. She's right, but not in the way that you think - he's a true believer in the Founders, his Gods. Winn, however, turns her back on the Prophets come the final season, siding with the Pai-Wraiths. He is a true believer, and she is a heretic.
  • Gul Dukat is an arrogant, selfish, self-righteous man who places his personal ambitions above Cardassia, and by doing so causes both Cardassia’s and his own destruction. Enabran Tain is an arrogant, selfish, self-righteous man who places his personal ambitions above Cardassia- and by doing so, causes the destruction of the Obsidian Order, which paves the way for Dukat’s own schemes. It’s interesting how Garak’s most hated enemy and Garak’s beloved mentor resemble each other so much, isn’t it?
  • In "Valiant" the Red Team is quickly shown as talented but inexperienced when they waste four torpedoes on a Dominion attack ship that was already exploding. Later in the episode they decide to take on the prototype Dominion battleship by using a special torpedo that will attack a specific weakness of the design, but when they fire it the Dominion ship shrugs it off. There are three explanations for this: the Red Team either failed to properly put together the torpedo, the weakness wasn't actually a weakness (possibly because the design called for shielding it to work, and the designers, being experienced, did just that), or the battleship's shields were still up and blocked the attack. Whatever happened, they failed because they were inexperienced, and anyone with some experience could have told them it was a bad idea... As Jake did (Nog was too busy gushing on the supposed elite cadets to think about it).
  • Lieutenant Primmin is assigned to DS9 in Season 1 to be in charge of the Starfleet Security detachment, giving Starfleet someone who will answer directly to them and going above Odo's head since they don't entirely trust him. However, he disappears after "Move Along Home." Why? Because Starfleet realized he was immensely stupid. His reaction to none of the senior staff showing up in Ops the next day was to laugh it off, thinking they were all hungover without even bothering to check the computer. When Sisko filed his report on the incident, along with Odo's lengthy report on Primmin's actions, Starfleet decided to take him off and shipped him to another distant sector where he could do less damage.
  • Captain Sisko, at the end of the last episode of Deep Space Nine, left his treasured baseball in his old office at the station. He never leaves the station permanently unless he takes his baseball with him. Oh yeah. He'll be back someday. ;)
  • "In the Hands of the Prophets" was always Anvilicious. What made it anvilicious most of all was that the religious zealot (Winn) almost immediately jumped to terrorism to solve the problem. This became brilliant when I realized something: it's really just the hammer and nail problem. For 50 years, the Bajorans had been solving all of their problems with terrorism; that's all entire generations of them knew. And it worked; the Cardassians left. So peace breaks out, and how do they propose to fix a relatively minor dispute? Terrorism. It also explains why the coup attempt seems to come at the end of the season seemed to come off so well. - Korval
  • You don't really need the apocrypha of Deep Space Nine to know that Mila is Garak's mother; if anything, their first interactions on-screen confirm it. Considering Tain never acknowledged Garak as his own son until he was dying, it's the only explanation for why Garak grew up in Tain's house... technically, Garak could just be a child of another household servant, but Mila is the only one he has ever displayed fondness for.
    • If Garak was publicly known to be an illegitimate child what would his status be? He was already in the situation of being publicly unacknowledged by his father and, if Mila was his mother (and even Odo implies he suspects it with the "I can believe there's one [person who would regard Garak with affection]" which obviously alludes to the idea that the only person who could ever love some people would be their mother), then he'd be publicly unacknowledged by his mother as well. That's very close to making him an orphan (two parents who can't publicly acknowledge him). Now watch the episode "Cardassians" where we learn orphans have no status in Cardassian society (the implication being they're actually treated better in Bajoran orphanages than they ever would be on Cardassia). Look at Garak's reaction when he spots the Cardassian orphans watching him. He looks like he's just been punched in the stomach and then he all but flees the place, even his attitude towards the Bajoran in charge of the centre has changed. He's utterly shaken. When Bashir later stops the runabout to confront him, Garak automatically thinks the plight of the orphans is haunting Bashir. As it turns out, that's not on Bashir's mind at all... but it must have been on Garak's still for him to jump to that conclusion. Given his parentage and the secrets surrounding it, it's a miracle he wasn't an abandoned child with the according "orphan" status. With hindsight there's an almost "there but for the grace of God..." sense to this. At the very least, the subject of the orphans did seem to hit a nerve for him.
  • In the episode, "The Assignment" it would seem strange that the prophets would not have expected the Pah Wraith's return and surprise attack - them being timeless, able to see anywhen at once, would have surely seen it coming from the beginning of time and taken precautions against it. But of course because the attack failed, it's possible they never did or never will find out about it - if they were looking out of the wormhole it would just look like DS9 zapping a shuttlecraft with something - so it's possible they simply don't know about the attempt.
    • Alternatively, not being stuck in linear time, the ones living in the wormhole were entirely aware of how the episode would end, and didn't feel any intervention was necessary.
  • Looking back it is interesting how many little references there are to Bashir being genetically engineered that, whilst probably unintentional, do add to the series somewhat. One example is as early as season 2 episode 11 Rivals where he casually reveals to O'Brien that he once faced a Vulcan in a Racquetball final - and won. Keep in mind Vulcans are at least three times as strong and fast as a human and suddenly that excuse that he more or less had a lucky shot suddenly seems ever so slightly suspect.
  • The Monac IV shipyards were in quite a strange location, so close to a star. It seemed dangerous, given the chance of a solar eruption... And then I realized: cloacked ships are unshielded, and thus unable to come close enough to the shipyards placed near the star and blow them up, while solar flares, on the other hand, could be seen forming, and the slipways could be moved out of their path. Until O'Brien figured out how to cause artificial solar flares, that position was the best defence against both Klingon and Romulan raiders.
    • And this begs the question: how many shipyards and other facilities got destroyed by Romulan raiders appearing from nowhere and firing plasma torpedoes (that, in spite of the name, are more like Wave Motion Guns), on the day the Romulans entered the war?

Fridge Horror
  • When Odo meets another one of the 200 he has already infected his people with the disease, he melds with this new changeling who then goes on his merry way and is never heard from again...
    • That's because it died in that very same episode.
    • Well, it never existed. The timeline was collapsed. That's... different from dying, right?
    • The changeling referenced in the first line is Laas from Season 7. The above two lines are referring to two different Season 5 episodes. Laas and the disease are a loose end on the show itself, though the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch establishes that Laas made his way into the Great Link and got cured.
  • In Trials and Tribble-ations Sisko accidentally brought the Tribbles into his time. Remember that these creatures bred fast enough and ate enough that the Klingon Empire was forced to order the entire population wiped out. Either Sisko just started a new Alpha Quadrant-wide ecological disaster or they killed every Tribble on the station. Either way it's a grim realization for a light hearted episode.
    • It's not quite that bad. McCoy in the original episode figured out that the only reason that the tribbles were breeding so rapidly is because they had unlimited access to food via the food slots and everyone feeding their new pet tribble. All they need to do is find a way to control how much food the tribbles get, and the breeding can be kept under control.
      • McCoy noted it had to be the smallest morsel, and that doesn't do anything about the very large population already in existence without any controls and obviously eating more than morsels. If a single Tribble found its way to the Bajoran wilderness Bajor would have to implement widespread destruction just to keep the population under control.
      • Bob Barker reminding you to help control the tribble population. Have your tribbles spayed or neutered.
      • That's only a problem in an artificial environment with no predators. Much like mice, locusts, and other creatures that can ecological terrors, there's a food chain keep their populations in check. In fact the tribbles appear to have evolved to reproduce quickly because they're absolutely defenseless. No teeth, claws, spikes, or armor. They can't run, jump, fly or burrow. Any carnivore would eat them up like popcorn. If they were released into an area with something that could keep the population in check, the tribbles wouldn't be nearly as big a hazard.
      • It's also a problem in any natural environment that doesn't have the right predators, either. Look at the classic actual analogue of Australia: notionally carrying plenty of predators, but you wouldn't know it from the rabbit problem. Even if they were kept in check on their original homeworld by predation (a logical notion, and one backed up by the Extended Universe), introducing any predators vicious or simply active enough to keep something as...prolific as tribbles in check to Bajor would just cause new problems, like cats across the world (a significant contributor to the endangered status of many birds and the extinction of many others in once-isolated ecosystems like islands) or mongeese (mongooses?) on Pacific islands. If native Bajoran predators don't recognize them as edible, don't get some important nutrient from eating them instead of their usual prey, do get some toxic byproduct due to the two species being from ecosystems that evolved separately on completely different worlds, or simply can't kill them fast enough...
      • On a possibly related note, was it ever established what the station's vole infestation ate?
    • The Klingon have already exterminated the species once. Just call them, they know what to do.
  • In "Duet" Maritza seems to be doing a fairly typical Evil Is Hammy act, playing the Card-Carrying Villain in order to make his perfidy too obvious to be ignored. The horror comes when you realize that he's pretending to be someone he actually KNEW, and who was (albeit distantly) his commanding officer. And that behavior would not only not be frowned on for a Cardassian officer, it would be encouraged. So there's a good possibility that the real Gul Darheel was exactly as horrible as Maritza portrayed him.
    • Is that a surprise? One would expect Guls who ran camps like that to be horrible.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
  • Sisko's parentage. We learn that his "mom" was not his actual biological mother; instead, Joseph Sisko was first married to a woman named Sarah who had been possessed by a Prophet solely to give birth to Ben. Once Ben was one year old, the prophet left and Sarah immediately went to Australia, because the entirety of the romance and marriage was the Prophet's doing. Think about this for a moment—Sarah was raped. It's not Joseph's fault because apparently the Prophet was good enough at acting to convince him that there was an actual romance happening, and a likely case of Blue and Orange Morality (non-corporeal beings probably don't have a concept of physical rape) but it's still really fucking creepy. And of course they never address the creepy implications in the show; instead they bring back the Prophet, using Sarah's appearance, as a mother figure. It's made worse by the fact that poor Sarah was killed in some accident later on..
  • In "The Alternate", Odo, Mora Pol, Jadzia Dax, and Weld Ram discover a monolith on the planet L-S VI, nearly identical to the monolith seen on the Changeling Founder's homeworld in "The Search". This suggests that L-S VI may have been an abandoned Changeling colony. While exploring L-S VI, Odo is exposed to a volcanic gas that later induces his psychosis and transformation into a monstrous form. What if L-S VI was abandoned after volcanic gasses triggered a mass psychotic rampage among the Changeling inhabitants?
  • When Laas departs from Deep Space Nine, he embarks on a mission to find other Changelings sent out as infants like himself. Thus, it's conceivable that Laas and the Changelings he tracks down could someday form a second Great Link. Given Laas' utter contempt for non-Changeling races, he would likely form a circle with like-minded Changelings rather than Changelings who happily integrated into their adopted cultures. Over centuries, the bigotry of Laas and like-minded Changelings could blossom into outright aggression toward solids. In the distant future, one can see Laas' second Great Link forming the basis of another Dominion.
    • Laas and two other Changelings actually create the New Link in Star Trek Online and ally themselves with Jem'Hadar that are still in the Alpha Quadrant.
  • Vic Fontaine's treatment by his creator Felix. We know that Vic was designed to be a self-aware hologram. But in "Bada Bing, Bada Bang," it's discovered that Felix installed a "jack in the box" in the holoprogram, putting Vic in serious danger, and causing him to get beat up by other holograms, purely for the amusement of humans playing the holoprogram. Vic even exclaims, "How could Felix do this to me?" It's another hologram-abuse case for The Doctor.
    • In a larger sense, the creation of a sentient program designed entirely for entertainment is very troubling issue, which is really never addressed in the series. The ethical ramifications of dealing with sentient androids is a recurring issue in TNG, and dealing with The Doctor's sentience is a significant part of Voyager's series arc. But Vic Fontaine, who's evidently fully conscious and self-aware is just taken in stride. Apparently the Federation, at some point, went from agonizing over the god-like power of creating intelligent life to casually granting holograms sentience so they can be better lounge singers!
  • The Romulans. Think about it: their warships can invisible to sensors and the naked eye with ease, their fleet is powerful enough it turned the tide against the Dominion, at least some of their ships have friggin' Wave Motion Guns... And they have a rather tyrannical government and an expansionist agenda. Have you ever wondered why Kirk was terrified of getting a second war against the Romulans and the Federation and the Klingon went beyond their bad blood so easily? Here's the answer.
  • Had Darvin's revenge in "Trials and Tribble-ations" succeeded, he would have doomed the Klingon Empire. A devastating war with the Federation would have ensued, and all would have been lost for Qo'noS when Praxis blew up.

Fridge Logic

  • The Defiant came into play because the producers realized that after introducing The Dominion in season two, it made no sense that the only defense Deep Space Nine would have was itself and three runabouts, even before the first open conflict at the ending of season two.
    • This was also the point when Starfleet began to quietly upgrade DS9 into a station that could fend off a Klingon fleet of more than fifty ships in Way of the Warrior. This from a station that was overwhelmed by just three Cardassian warships in the pilot.
  • Another example: Worf was reassigned to the station after the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Star Trek: Generations. This meant that the writers needed to come up with a reason — any reason — to have Worf present on the Enterprise-E for his subsequent appearances in the Next Gen movie franchise. Star Trek: First Contact gives a reasonable explanation. Star Trek: Insurrection blatantly Hand Waves his presence at the beginning of the movie: he begins to explain what he's doing there before Riker starts talking over him. Finally, in Star Trek: Nemesis — which is set after the Deep Space Nine finale, in which Worf resigns from Starfleet and becomes the Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire — Worf is on the Enterprise-E, in Starfleet, as a member of its crew, with no explanation at allnote .
    • Perhaps Insurrection takes place between episodes of Deep Space Nine during Worf's brief vacation from the station in an attempt to be very far away from Keiko O'Brien during her pregnancy (which didn't last long anyway, but Worf wouldn't know that until he got back).
      • The pregnancy was two years past by that point - Insurrection occurred in Season 7, Kirayoshi O'Brien was born in Season 5.
      • Dialogue also establishes that the movie took place after the end of the Dominion War; which ended in the final episode of DS9.
      • Actually, Insurrection HAS to be set during the series - at the end, Worf is no longer on the station or the Defiant. Common fanon puts the events of Insurrection as occurring during the episode 'It's Only A Paper Moon,' which explicitly takes place over several weeks.
  • There was also the obligatory trial episode, where a crew member had to represent Dax because they had no lawyers. At all. To reiterate the scenario, this is a government that's being operated according to Bajoran law, but is enforced by Starfleet personnel, and is dealing with fallout from what was done under the Cardassian government. Why. The. Hell. do they not have any legal experts? They should need an entire team of them!
    • There's a difference between solicitors dealing with trials and those used for the disputes between nations. Actually having trained trial defence solicitors wasn't a high priority since DS9 doesn't seem to have been equipped for that in mind.
      • The primary mission of Deep Space Nine, at least in the earliest seasons, was to help out war-torn Bajor with Federation personnel and supplies. This would present a pretty significant legal and diplomatic challenges. There should be a number Federation lawyers and diplomats either based on DS9 or Bajor itself; we just never see them.
    • It's never actually established if the Trills joined the Federation or are just merely allies. Due to this, one can infer that there are numerous legal issues over dealing with a Trill citizen, working for the Federation, on a Bajoran space-station. Regardless, it is however established that the Klaestrons have a treaty with the Federation that permitted extradition, but had no such treaty with the Bajoran government. Considering that the Federation was trying to maintain diplomatic relations with both parties, it's likely why they didn't attempt to use their lawyers and let the Bajorans take over the case.
  • They constantly test for changelings with a blood test. They keep doing it and believing the results even after they find out the man who came up with the test was a changeling infiltrator, and even Sisko's father figured out how a changeling could get around it. And even though the blood tests have never actually exposed a changeling—the only two people "exposed" as changelings were both victims of false positives.
    • That's par for the course in some modern militaries: If it doesn't work, keep doing it until it does. Maybe humans haven't changed as much as they claim.
    • There's more to it than that. The idea for the blood test came in the third-season ender, "The Adversary." In the fourth-season opener, "The Way of the Warrior," General Martok uses the blood test to prove he really is who he says he is. A year later, in the fifth-season opener "Apocalypse Rising," it's revealed that a changeling replaced Martok. Midway through the season, "In Purgatory's Shadow" has the real Martok in a Dominion POW camp, where he says that he'd been kidnapped two years earlier, midway through Season 3. Meaning that, until then, the Martok we'd seen had always been a changeling. And as Bashir pointed out in "Apocalypse Rising," any changeling impersonating a Klingon would have to be able to bleed on cue. Put it all together, and you realize that there was a changeling posing as Martok and bleeding when necessary before Starfleet's use of blood tests had even been conceived. The truth is, the blood tests were never a viable way to expose changelings.
  • Speaking of the blood test, Sisko gets framed for a changeling at one point by this test, and later asks the admiral who framed him whether he's going to tell him how he did that. The admiral asks whether it really matters, Sisko admits that no, it doesn't really, and they never speak of it again. How did they do it, then? Simple: that device they were supposedly using to draw his blood was actually a miniature holo-generator programmed to produce a convincing hologram showing blood being drawn in a tube turning into changeling goo. The admiral never actually drew so much as a drop of Sisko's blood. Star Trek: Voyager demonstrated on several occasions that the Federation's holo-technology was getting quite sophisticated, and the Federation's actual blood test was demonstrated to be completely painless, so the only way to discover that the sample was fake was to be expecting such treachery and looking for such a simple holographic trick, which in the paranoid environment the admiral was deliberately fostering, no one was.
  • Where was the Defiant when the Klingon fleet attacked in "The Way of the Warrior"? Really, the ship was probably staying under the cover of the station's shields so that they didn't get caught in a 50-on-1 curb-stomp, but it was like they were never there ...
    • The Defiant had been severely damaged rescuing the Cardassians minutes earlier. It is reasonable to assume that Sisko kept it docked to prevent its destruction.
  • Why didn't the Cardassians blow up Terok Nor before withdrawing from Bajor?
    • Try reading the Millennium trilogy. Not exactly canon, but a) it's excellent and b) explains a lot.
    • At the time it was in orbit of Bajor, if it exploded pieces of it might have hit the planet caused damage or killed people. The last thing Cardassia needed was more reason for the Federation to be pissed at them.
    • Given the usual reliability of Cardassian technology, I always assumed they tried and the self destruct failed. They do have a scrapped fusion reactor or two, perhaps they were supposed to explode instead of just shut down improperly..
    • They also left in a rush. One of the plot-points they depended on in early seasons is that the Cardassians didn't even have a chance to completely wipe the computers— O'Brien manages to retrieve all the engineering records from it, he tells Bashir that he could pull the medical records if he let a program run for a couple of weeks, and in one episode he pulls enough image data from a communication recording to identify the man making the recording. (The image they pulled was just a blurry mess, but it was good enough to match with a database of known faces.)
    • Of course this also brings up another problem— why didn't the Federation ever replace the computer system? The Cardassians are known to be magnificent bastards, and early in the series they find the replicators were sabotaged by Bajorans... who knows what kind of backdoors or boobytraps are in the thing?
      • That actually came up in the episode "Civil Defence", where O'Brien and Sisko accidentally trip an anti-insurgency program that was buried in the computer. In their defense, they were trying to wipe Cardassian files out of the computer at the just didn't work out too well.
      • And then we find out that the head of Starfleet security on the station was busy installing his own backdoors and booby traps into the computer.
      • In addition, in "The Forsaken", O'Brien tells Sisko that it will take approximately three years to carry out the necessary upgrade.
      • O'Brien refers to the process as 'a root canal'.
    • Given how quickly and how often the Cardassians tried to reoccupy the station, they seemed to view their departure as a temporary one. Before the wormhole was discovered, Bajor had nothing to offer anyone. The Cardassians likely assumed that Bajor would descend into civil war, the Federation would leave after realizing nothing could be done to stop the fighting, and the Cardassians would come back to 'restore order.'
  • Why are the deities worshiped by the Bajorans called the "Prophets?" A prophet is an individual who communicates with a deity. Sisko's role as the Emissary is literally that of a prophet. Saying that the Bajorans worship the Prophets is like saying that Muslims worship Muhammad, or that the leader of their country is an ambassador.
    • Maybe they hold that there is a higher level of divinity that the Prophets have one foot in and link the material universe to it, perhaps with its own deity that Shall Not Be Named or something similar. It's not like the series ever really goes into detail.
    • Maybe because one of the main bases for their faith is the Orbs—through an orb experience, you generally see the past or the future, right? Meaning that the beings who give those experiences, through the orbs, are like prophets.
    • This troper always took the term more in its original linguistic sense of "someone who tells what will happen," as opposed to being the mouthpiece for the supernatural. In other words, in Bajoran religion, the primary (emphasized) characteristic of their Gods is that they communicate the future (or sometimes the past, or what is otherwise outside the realm of mortal knowledge) - this is notably what the orbs do for example. Translation Convention also possibly applies, since "Prophet" may be the closest English translation of the native Bajoran term, but may not be saddled with the same kinds of implications.
      • It may not even be a translation issue, Prophet may very well be a Bajoran word that just happens to also mean something in english.
    • Probably for the same reason the hourglass-shaped devices are called "orbs".
    • This is given a handwave in season 1 or 2. Sisko notes to Jake that the Prophets basically exist outside of time and do not perceive past, present, and future the way humans and Bajorans and so forth do. The line goes something like, "That could be considered prophetic."
  • In "Through the Looking Glass", we meet the Mirror Universe version of Bashir. Given that the technology to make human Augments almost certainly doesn't exist, shouldn't Mirror!Bashir still be severely developmentally disabled?
    • Given the heightened aggression and irrationality presented by many Humans in the Mirror Universe, it actually makes a lot of sense that the Augments won the Eugenics War or it was never banned, thus making their descendants all Augments.
    • None of them seem quite so bright as to be Augments. Look at how mirror Bashier acts: he's an aggressive idiot who is constantly unable to grasp the full scope of both his actions and any of the major events around him. A more likely story is that Mirror!Bashir is a bit low on the brainpower, considering that he's portrayed mostly as Dumb Muscle. By all indications, it seems he wasn't so much "disabled" as just rather slow. The Julian Bashir from regular continuity was lagging badly behind the other children before his parents got him enhanced, but that doesn't necessarily mean he would never have grown and developed sufficiently to take care of himself eventually; just that he probably would have had a more menial adulthood. Mirror!Bashir is probably a pretty accurate picture of how Bashir would be without those enhancements (and with a much rougher upbringing).
  • It's Star Trek, so yeah there's plenty to be found. One notable example includes the episode featuring Worf's brother and its resolution. It basically has both of them completely forget how they handled a very similar situation before (their family standing in disgrace) and ends with Worf arguably crossing the Moral Event Horizon for a really bad solution to a problem that ends up solving itself within a season when the dishonor is lifted (again).
    • That's not really the best example, since they dealt with it before by pretending they weren't related (not really an option anymore since everyone knows they are) and technically their family honour wasn't restored, Martok made Worf an honorary member of his own family (although he might have extended the offer to Kurn if Worf had asked nicely).
      • I think the main thrust of the point stands. They had been in dishonor before and gotten out of it. Also, if Worf was able to join another house, then surely Kurn would have had a much easier time of it. After all, it wasn't Kurn's fault.
      • The main point of the episode is Kurn is showing all the symptoms of clinical depression after having had his entire life taken from him, twice attempting suicide by proxy and then putting a gun to his head and coming very close to pulling the trigger before Worf takes it off him. Worf's solution is basically to have Kurn join another house but it would be interesting to know Kurn's reaction if Worf had actually suggested it to him rather than resorting to a memory wipe and subterfuge. Was he in the right frame of mind to have gone along with it willingly or would he have still seen death as the only release?
    • Then you have O'Brien working as an intelligence officer (again) infiltrating the Orion Syndicate, and the station keeps lampshading his genius engineering skills by giving hiccups every 5 seconds or so. And he had a wife and two kids. Was Starfleet Intelligence really desperate enough to send someone that important to a suicide mission like that?
      • It's important to note that the Klingons were engaged in war with the Cardassians at the time. O'Brien's presence could be a Call Back to a fairly forgettable TNG episode, where O'Brien has some backstory revealed that he and his old captain (who is the focal point of that episode) spent a lot of time fighting Cardassians back in a war between the two powers that occurred before the start of TNG.
  • In "Emissary," Sisko says that his father "was a gourmet chef," seemingly referring to him in the past tense and inferring his father is no longer alive. While we meet Joseph Sisko years later, it's possible that Joseph was a gourmet chef before moving home to New Orleans and opening a creole restaurant.
    • Who says creole can't be gourmet? Perhaps his father entered another line of work for a while, such as a restaurant management job with no actual cooking duties? Or maybe his first restaurant went under (not an unlikely occurrence, given the nature of the business). Or maybe the elder Sisko decided to retire, but got bored and opened a new restaurant by the time we finally meet him in person?
      • In the Federation, all chefs are gourmet chefs, since any cook who wasn't brilliant would get put out of a job by the replicator!
  • The Die is Cast: The device being used to torture Odo is sitting on a desk right in front of him, seemingly unprotected. Garak leaves him alone with it for hours. Why doesn't Odo just break the device?
    • Odo is more acquainted with Cardassian technology than the rest of the crew, and has dealt with Cardassians longer than everyone else and thus understands their methods. He may have recognized Garak's apparent neglect of the device as Schmuck Bait—the device may have been set to do something truly nasty to him if he touched it.
    • Garak never actually leaves the room, he's there the whole time. Odo's used to using his shapeshifting abilities, while Garak has likely had Obsidian Order training for combat, and he can call on the Romulan guards if Odo were to attack him. So Odo doesn't really have much opportunity to go for the device.
  • "In The Pale Moonlight" has Sisko talking about the casualty list he had to post each Friday and how it motivated him to roll with Garak's shady scheme to get the Romulans into the war even as he began to have serious doubts that he was doing the right thing. For all the emphasis on how every name on that casualty list was a loved one, friend, or associate to somebody, however, neither he nor anyone else agonizes much over the four Romulan bodyguards who also got killed by Garak's scheme. Sorry, dudes, but you're Red Shirts.
    • The entire point of that episode was that Sisko had reached the point where he was willing to sacrifice a handful of lives (against his principles) to save billions more. And he is quite clearly agonized over the entire plot.
    • Not just Sisko, but Garak doesn't care either. Watch as he lists the price of Sisko's victory to him near the end: see any glaring omissions in that list? That's right: he mentions only two lives, not the six lives it actually cost.
    • Another point from earlier in the episode: that optolythic data rod ended up costing Sisko 85 liters of biomimetic gel which, as Bashir pointed out, is dangerous stuff that can be used for highly illegal genetic experiments and biogenic weapons (the weapons of mass destruction of the future). Sisko didn't think to ask, but isn't that one more loose end Garak needed to tie up? It couldn't be a good idea to let some loose cannon with an unknown agenda be roaming freely around the Alpha Quadrant with enough material to build a bio-nuke. If Garak couldn't trust his source not to misuse that phlebotinum, he must surely have had to arrange to make a "tragic casualty of war" out of whoever sold him that data rod as well.
  • "Rules of Engagement": Worf blows up a Klingon transport when it decloaks in front of him. At his extradition hearing, how come nobody thinks to question why a civilian transport has a cloaking device, or how completely incompetent the judge is for not shutting the trial down in the first five minutes?
    • Or how about why an unarmed transport would decloak right in the middle of a battle, right in front of an enemy warship ready to shoot at anything that twitches? This particular bit was mentioned only briefly, and outside the hearing. If I were Sisko, I would've put this front-and-center and argued that the transport's destruction was actually the fault of a very stupid (and possibly suicidal) captain.
    • Did Klingons even have cloaking technology at that point? Evidently so, I just don't remember when that was established. They would probably say they cloaked to "avoid pirates", which is very flimsy but that point might have been outside the trial's scope.
  • "The Muse": How does Tamnian law regarding the disposition of Lwaxana's baby by a Tamnian supersede Federation law? In other words, why couldn't Lwaxana just file for an injunction in a Federation court? She is, after all, not just a Federation citizen, but a senior Federation ambassador.
  • Something worth considering at the end of the series: Elim Garak is very nearly the only Cardassian left with the qualifications to govern Cardassia. All his colleagues in the Obsidian Order were assassinated or wiped out in Tain's attack on the Dominion, Gul Dukat has gone to Bajoran Hell in the Fire Caves, the Dominion purged the last of the Cardassian High Command from its ranks (and took Damar's successor out to be shot even as he protested that he was still loyal), and Damar didn't make it through the final raid on the Dominion's Alpha Quadrant headquarters. That pretty much leaves Elim Garak in the same position as Vladimir Putin after the collapse of the Soviet Union... if his colleagues in the KGB, Politburo, and Duma had all been wiped out. Of course, considering what a wreck Cardassia was by the end, being put in charge by the survivors would be quite a mixed blessing for him, at best. No wonder he spends a whole scene griping to Julian Bashir about how badly ruined Cardassia is.
    • However, in the relaunch novels, we see that Garak had changed for the better since the Dominion War. He preached the merits of democracy and openness, as opposed to the remnants of the military preaching for xenophobia and nationalism. He cleans up, becomes Cardassia's ambassador to the United Federation of Planets, and eventually is elected the Castellan of the Cardassian Union. Even Picard was impressed by how much he had changed.
    • Garak also convinces the remaining members of the Obsidian Order to help the Union against those wanting return to the old militaristic ways, reforming the Order as he himself has been.
  • In "Explorers", how did Dr. Elizabeth Lense mistake Bashir for an Andorian for years without realising her mistake? Does "Julian Bashir" sound at all like an Andorian name? Did she never bother to look up his file? And unless she arrived late to her own graduation and missed him giving the first speech as the Saluatorian, she would have noticed the man giving the speech was human! Granted, she might not have particularly cared who he was, but a woman who's supposed to be as intelligent as Julian is, making such an elementary mistake? It strains credulity!
  • I think I've figured out why saying why the S31 virus is unjustified gets me accused of spreading "anti-S31 propaganda" and Word Of God seems to say that changeling genocide = okay, yet Borg genocide = wrong. The only times we see a Changeling who's not a Founder are Laas, who's a total jackass, and the baby changeling, who dies. And the writers even decide that in spite of his important relationships with the other characters, witnessing the Occupation, and his proud declaration early on that he's not the kind of person who steps on ants, the only thing that stopped Odo from joining a bunch of genocidal facists who make the Occupational authorities look like treehuggers is Kira. So the Changelings are Always Lawful Evil and we're not meant to feel that bad about preemptive genocide because they'll end up deserving it (unless they fall in love with a Solid). But doesn't that... not gel with Trek's usual position on "enemy" races? Romulans, Cardassians, Klingons, even Borg all get a chance to prove that they're more complex than that, but the Changelings don't. Seems out of line of Star Trek's usual.
    • The Changlings are a study of what happens when you don't treat new races with openness and respect. From what Laaz and the female changling say at different points, changlings are commonly discriminated against by humanoids. Effectively they founded the dominion to protect themselves, they just went way WAY overboard with the whole idea. Think of them like a beaten child, of course their going to lash out, and they'll develop severe defense mechanisms to protect themselves.

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