Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 03 E 11 Past Tense Part I
is headed for earth for a combination of R&R and dinner with Admiral Drazman. Odo, Kira and O'Brien stay on board while Sisko, Bashir and Dax beam down to San Francisco, but a convenient teleporter accident intervenes, and the computer says they never materialized where they were supposed to. Turns out that the teleporter has indeed placed them in San Francisco... 2024
San Francisco. And they've been knocked out by the process.
Sisko and Bashir are lying out in the open and are promptly robbed of their combadges. The police arrive to roust them as vagrants, and as they're hustled away, we see that Dax was unnoticed in a nearby stairwell. She lucks out, being discovered by a nice fella named Chris Brynner, who offers to assist her in getting a new ID.
While O'Brien pieces together what happened in orbit, Sisko and Bashir are shoved into a Sanctuary District; the place where the jobless, homeless and general unfit for work types are crowded into. They find the situation rather distressing. Residents of the Districts have been reduced to three categories: "gimmes", those who actually want to work and need help finding jobs; "dims", the homeless and hopeless, often mentally ill but unable to afford the necessary treatments that would allow them to be normal; and "ghosts", those who hadn't "integrated well" into the population, and have become bullies and thugs. Sisko notices the date on a nearby wall display — August 30, 2024, mere days away from the infamous Bell Riots. The San Francisco Sanctuary District will rise up and take hostages to call attention to their plight, led by a man named Gabriel Bell. Hundreds of people will die, including Bell, but the nature of Bell's death — sacrificing himself to save the lives of hostages — will make him a hero, and the incident will set the groundwork for massive social reform. Sisko realizes they can't interfere with such a historically significant event. Bashir isn't happy, but he agrees. Lacking any money or resources, Sisko and Bashir are forced to sleep on the streets.
Meanwhile, Dax finds out that Chris is pretty well off for a 21st century guy. He's head of Brynner Information Systems, and genuinely nice. When she tells him that she arrived with two friends, he helps her deduce that they must have been found by less friendly parties and dragged off to a Sanctuary District. They don't know which one, but Chris has plenty of connections, and he'll help Dax find them.
Back aboard the Defiant
, O'Brien has finally discovered that Sisko, Bashir, and Dax were accidentally warped into a different time period, but he does not yet know which one.
Sisko and Bashir conclude that as long as they can avoid the ghosts and stay out of the rioting, they'll be okay. Staying out of it proves hard when a particularly dickheaded ghost robs a man and taunts Bashir and Sisko to do something about it, but they avoid the incitement. After trading their uniforms to get into a building, Bashir helps treat an injured boy. His wounds aren't serious, and their assistance nets them a new friend: his father, Michael Webb, a gimme.
While warming up around a barrel fire, the asshole ghost from before shows up and starts a fight with Bashir and Sisko. A random man (who bears some resemblance to Sisko) intervenes and tries to help, and winds up stabbed for it. Sisko and Bashir attempt to treat his wounds, but they prove fatal. They're left with the man's ID... and it says Gabriel Bell
. Bell's death has immediate effects on the timeline. Back in the 24th century, Starfleet is gone
, though thanks to some Techno Babble
, the Defiant
is immune to the changes. Odo, Kira, and O'Brien realize that finding out where Sisko, Bashir, and Dax were sent to is now of utmost importance.
Back in 2024, the riots have begun. B.C., the ghost who killed Bell, has several hostages at gunpoint — the ones Bell is said to have defended. History hinges on those hostages surviving. And Sisko knows what he has to do:
To Be Continued
B.C. I've waited a long time for this and I know I won't be disappointed. Ain't that right, new boy?