Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 01 E 16 If Wishes Were Horses

While Quark tries convincing Odo of the potential fun of a nice Holo-Suite, Miles is putting Molly to bed with the old Fairy Tale of Rumpelstiltskin.

Not 10 seconds after he and Keiko step out of the room, Molly comes running out. Claiming Rumpelstiltskin is in her room. Miles plays along...and is rather surprised to find the little imp sitting there in the flesh.

But that's not the only unusual thing occurring around DS9. Peoples imaginations appear to be running wild and summoning all manner of things. Jake has been followed out of his Holo-Suite game by Buck Bokai. A baseball player for the London Kings. Who's been dead for over 200 years.

And Bashir? Well, he's summoned Dax. A Dax dead-set on humping his brains out. The real Dax actually finds this mildly amusing.

Odo on the other hand is stuck on the ass-end of this imagination fest, dealing with blizzards and wild animals appearing on the promenade. Though he does find amusement in imagining Quark locked up in a cell.

While Buck and Perv!Dax are treated with amusement, Miles is understandably annoyed over a child-stealing imp hanging around him.

All this wishing is starting to cause an issue. Namely, a growing rift near the station. The same of kind of rift that destroyed an entire system some years ago.

The solution? Shoot some Techno Babble torpedoes at it. Surprisingly, this doesn't work. But Sisko has figured this oddness out. It's all in their minds. Even the station-threatening rift. All it takes is for everyone to stop imagining the danger. With that, Buck, Rumpelstiltskin, and Perv!Dax vanish.

Though Buck comes by for one last visit to Sisko. He's part of a group of aliens that followed one of their ships through a wormhole. And they found themselves fascinated by their imaginations, something they apparently lack.

After the standard Humans Are Special speech, Buck tosses Sisko his ball, and vanishes.


  • Adult Fear: Miles and Keiko's worries about Molly getting taken away.
  • Game of Nerds: Sisko's love of baseball is further explored. The episode ends with Sisko receiving the baseball that would sit on his desk for the rest of the show.
  • Human Aliens: The animal equivalent, as a supposed alien species are clearly emus without any kind of adornment.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Odo: You're disgusting.
    Quark: It's a living.
  • Not So Above It All: Even Odo allows himself a small moment of fun in imagining Quark locked up in one of his holding cells.
    "'No imagination' indeed!"
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Downplayed, fortunately. Dax is more amused than annoyed at her imaginary counterpart, though she does react to the "cold fish" comment.
  • Techno Babble: The closest explanation to all this we get is "Elevated Thoron emissions."
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Defied—Rumpelstiltskin hates hearing his name spoken aloud, but he doesn't self-destruct anymore.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: The whole episode in a nutshell.