Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 03 E 12 Past Tense Part II
Stuck in 2024 San Francisco in the middle of a freshly-erupted riot in Sanctuary District A, Sisko finds himself having to take the role of one of his idols, Gabriel Bell, who had been unceremoniously killed prematurely trying to protect him and Bashir from muggers. Now, he must play Bell's role in protecting the hostages. This objective is complicated by the antics of the trigger-happy ghost, B.C., as well as one of the hostages, guardsman Vin, who is looking to play the hero. Fortunately, Sisko has a level-headed ally in Michael Webb, the father of the boy Bashir helped earlier. Sisko tells Webb to gather more gimmes to help guard the hostages, hoping to keep B.C. and the other ghosts from making the situation worse.
Meanwhile, Dax and her new friend Chris Brynner work to find a way to reach Sisko. She eventually manages to sneak inside District A, where he tells her that they have to find a way to get the residents' stories out to the public - it was one of the key components of the Bell Riots that led to the welfare reforms needed to end the sanctuaries. Despite the legal risk to Chris, she convinces him to open up a network line to the inside so Webb and the other gimmes can tell their stories.
Meanwhile, the Defiant
crew, having to rely on their own resources, have to Techno Babble
a way to send Kira and O'Brien into the past to find Sisko and the others. They fail to reach them in 1930 and 1967, and determine that the divergence came sometime before 2048, as their visit to that year reveals an Earth in far worse shape than even the World War III
of their own timeline. They nail it down to three options, but can only take one more shot before they can't use that method anymore, and they luck out by hitting 2024 and successfully hailing Dax.
Sisko and Webb attempt to negotiate with the police, but Sisko knows the SWAT raid is coming, and has to prepare for it. Webb sends his son away, and B.C. (showing a brief semblance of humanity) gives Danny his hat. Shortly, the office is stormed, and both Webb and B.C. are killed, while Sisko takes a bullet protecting Vin. Sisko survives, and Vin agrees to let him go and tell the true story of the riot. He agrees to place Bell's ID on a body, thus allowing the world to believe that Gabriel Bell died protecting the hostages - thus restoring the 24th century for Sisko and company.
Back aboard the Defiant
, Bashir treats Sisko's wound, and asks him how things could've been allowed to get so bad back then in the first place, but Sisko, to his regret, doesn't have an answer.