Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 10 Our Man Bashir

When a malfunction occurs in a hurried transport rescue, Bashir and Garak find themselves in an all-too-real holo-re-creation of a Cliché Storm spy film; with their friends' lives on the line.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: A champagne cork. "A lot of kick for a '45 Dom."
  • Aborted Arc: The writers had hoped to keep using Agent Bashir for the occasional fun Breather Episode, but this ended up being the program's only appearance.
  • And the Adventure Continues: A Shout-Out to the film series traditional 'James Bond will return' message.
    Bashir : Oh, I'm sure Secret Agent Julian Bashir will return someday.
  • And You Were There: Invoked, as the DS9 crew appears as different characters in Bashir's holoprogram.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of James Bond films.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Both of the Large Ham and Hollywood Tone-Deaf varieties, especially Avery Brooks as Dr. Noah, who is even more Hammy than usual, and Nana Visitor as Anastasia Komananov, were she admitted in interviews it was a "necessity to do a bad Russian accent".
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Invoked by Bashir so that Sisko will live.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: With the holosuite safety offline, Garak knows Dr Bashir won't shoot him to keep him from ending the program. He's wrong.
  • Bond One-Liner: Wouldn't be Bond without it.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Wouldn't be a James Bond expy without it. In this case, it involves Noah leaving Bashir and Garak tied up and hoping the lava finishes them off.
  • Closed Circle: Bashir and Garak can't leave the holodeck because, with the station's computers offline, doing so might disrupt the program and erase the patterns of the runabout crew. Thus, the two must play along with the story until their friends outside can find a solution.
  • Dating Catwoman: Bashir's character seems to have a quite serious relationship with KGB operative Anastasia Komananov. Have you ever seen a Bond girl who received a gift from 007 at last Christmas?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Garak is in rare form today.
  • Death Glare: Bashir gives Garak one for ruining his romantic moment with Caprice.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Much like a previous instance, Evil Sisko (AKA Hippocrates Noah) chews the scenery with his blatant villainy.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Inverted, without quite being a case of Accidental Aiming Skills, when Bashir shoots at Garak and grazes his neck.
    Garak: That was awfully close. What if you'd killed me?
    Bashir: What makes you think I wasn't trying?
  • Eyepatch of Power: Falcon, the assassin played by O'Brien, has one.
  • Failsafe Failure: The holosuite safeties, of course. Saving the crew wouldn't be much of a challenge if Bashir and Garak weren't in mortal danger.
  • Foreshadowing: Bashir displays many odd talents. He's unusually strong, has pinpoint accuracy with a jury-rigged gun, an expert gambler, an odd knowledge of geology etc. Which makes more sense with his still secret genetic engineering background.
  • Genre Savvy: Bashir stalls for time by activating Dr. Noah's doomsday device. Noah is surprised and comments that, "...somehow, I didn't expect to win."
  • Guns Akimbo: Noah tries to kill Bashir with two guns at once, probably just to make sure he dies.
  • Holodeck Malfunction: A rare case in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and it involves the extraordinary circumstances of a Teleporter Accident requiring the holodeck to save the patterns of the crew, along with Rom's often improvised repairs to the holosuites (because Quark is too cheap to buy the proper parts).
  • Instant Sedation: The cigar stuff that Worf/Duchamps blows at Bashir, Garak, and Anastasia/Kira. Somewhat Justified as inhaled sedatives tend to work fairly quickly. Besides, it's a James Bond expy, so reality doesn't necessarily apply.
  • Irrevocable Order: According to Noah, even he can't shut down the laser countdown.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Noah's justification for destroying the world and almost all of humanity—it's all become decadent.
  • It's a Long Story: Used twice by Eddington. Including an instance far earlier than usual for this trope.
  • Hot Scientist: Dax as Honey Bare, complete with lab coat, glasses and hair bun that Bashir got her to let her hair down and let the glasses go.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Garak and Bashir can end the program, saving themselves and likely killing the others, or keep risking their lives trying to save everyone. Garak doesn't care for the second option, insisting that the odds are too stacked against them and they should just cut their losses.
  • Large Ham: Avery Brooks is clearly having a great time as a James Bond villain. Nana Visitor butchers that Russian accent for all it's worth.
  • Last Kiss: Falcon allows Anastasia to share one with Bashir—so he can use her explosive earrings.
  • MacGyvering: It takes some time to get the transporter patterns out of the holosuite, because Rom, often unable to procure the proper parts, had to improvise repairs to it.
  • Meaningful Echo: Garak gives Bashir a speech about how a real spy should Know When to Fold 'Em and how it's kept him alive when his associates are all dead. Bashir uses these lines (complete with wry look from Garak) when trying to convince Noah that he's given up trying to fight him.
  • Meaningful Name: A guy named Noah wants to flood the world.
  • Moment Killer: Garak cock blocks Bashir with every woman in the program, although he does get to kiss Honey Bare.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Yeah, baby, yeah! Caprice, Mona, and Anastasia/Kira combine Impossibly-Low Neckline with She's Got Legs. Honey/Dax joins in with her Letting Her Hair Down as The Glasses Come Off. And, of course, the background dancers at the nightclub.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: Bashir. Julian Bashir.
  • Noodle Incident: The dirigible incident that Anastasia/Kira refers to.
  • Off the Rails: Being a holosuite program, the computer enforces a certain amount of Railroading to keep the story on track. Bashir and Garak can't go too far off the rails without something bad happening, but if they let the story play out to the end, at least one of the main characters will die. The solution? Stall for as long as possible with a Shakespearean monologue.
  • Oh Crap!: The reaction in Ops when the transporter blows out while Sisko and the others are in transit.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Bashir's shot only wounds Garak, but doesn't kill him.
  • Punny Name: Honey Bare and Mona Luvsitt.
  • Restart the World: The goal of Noah's plan.
  • Scaramanga Special: Of course Bashir would have one.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Caprice gets tired of watching Bashir and Garak arguing and storms out.
    • Garak tries to "fold 'em" despite Bashir's wishes. Bashir counters by shooting Garak.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Bashir does this to Garak.
  • Shout-Out: Besides the James Bond films, the title is a nod to the Bond spoof Our Man Flint.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the TNG episode "Q-Pid". Whereas "Q-Pid" was made to capitalize on the release of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, "Our Man Bashir" was made to capitalize on the release of GoldenEye.
  • Spy Fiction: Contrasts the holoprogram's Martini-type to Garak's Stale Beer experience in the Obsidian Order.
  • Teleporter Accident: Coupled with Holodeck Malfunction. The crux of the plot, and the reason the characters' transporter patterns need to be stored in the holosuite program.
  • This Is Reality: Garak tries to get Bashir to stop thinking like a Bond-esque spy and start thinking like an actual spy. Defied, though, as Bashir understands that despite the very real danger they're all in, the program still follows the rules of a James Bond expy.
  • Troperiffic: In addition to every Star Trek cliche, this episode dabbles into every James Bond cliche.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: With an actual, much more cold-blooded agent along to snark.
  • Villain Respect: Bashir earns supplemental respect from his friend Garak by shooting him.
    Bashir: You'll be fine. It's just a flesh wound.
    Garak: That was awfully close. What if you'd killed me?
    Bashir: What makes you think I wasn't trying?
    Garak: Doctor, I do believe there's hope for you yet.
  • Wall of Weapons: Of course Bashir would have a hidden one.
  • Watch the World Die: Subverted. Stalling for time to resolve the Holosuite/Transporter Mishap of the Week, Bashir facilitates the success of the holoprogram villain's plan, effectively destroying the virtual earth.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Said word for word by Garak at the end of the Cold Open. The answer is, quite a lot...
  • When Harry Met Svetlana: It is a James Bond expy.
  • The Worf...I Mean Duchamps Effect: Too many poker nights in Riker's quarters and not enough baccarat?
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Garak is constantly attempting to deflate Bashir's illusion but keeps coming up short as he's trying to be a real spy, not a romantic Bond one.
    Garak: Kiss the girl, get the key, they never taught that in the Obsidian Order.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Garak doesn't think Bashir is capable of shooting him in order to save his friends. Garak is wrong.
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