Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 06 Trials And Tribbleations
is thrown into the past and the crew finds themselves trying to prevent an assassination attempt on James T. Kirk
- Ascended Fanboy/The Knights Who Say Squee: Dax may be the most outwardly enthusiastic, but don't let that fool you. The other Starfleet officers are just as thrilled to be there and to see Kirk in action.
Sisko: Excuse me, Captain. Here's tomorrow's duty roster for your approval.
Kirk: Lieutenant... uh, Lieutenant–
Sisko: Benjamin Sisko, sir. I've been on temporary assignment here. Before I leave I just want to say... it's been an honor serving with you, sir.
Kirk: All right, Lieutenant. Carry on.
Sisko: Thank you, sir.
- Author Avatar: Dax's enthusiasm for the time period of the original series was a direct reflection of the writers' love for the old show.
- Bar Brawl: One of the most famous scenes in both tribble episodes. This time, O'Brien and Bashir get mixed up in it.
- Bellisario's Maxim: Ronald D. Moore has stated that they couldn't come up with an explanation that didn't sound silly for the difference in the appearance of Klingons between the two Trek eras, so Worf's comment that it is a long story and one they do not discuss with outsiders is the writers' way of saying "Look, just ignore this."
- Call Back: This site doesn't have the server space to list all the references to TOS in this episode.
- The Charmer: Averted. At one point Kirk glances over at Dax and she smiles at him. This was all the interaction they could show given what they had to work with, and they deliberately kept it as brief as possible to explain why Kirk didn't go over to talk to her (as one would normally expect him to do with an attractive woman like her).
- Deadpan Snarker: Odo, when questioning Worf about the Klingons' history with the tribbles, is particularly merciless with the sarcasm.
"Oh, another glorious chapter in Klingon history. Tell me, do they still sing songs of 'The Great Tribble Hunt?'"
- Enforced Method Acting: The actors had not seen the re-created Enterprise sets until they began filming their scenes, so any expression of wonder from them was totally genuine.
- Fanservice with a Smile: The waitresses at the bar, in keeping with the original show.
- Future Imperfect: A mild, internal example, with some of the DS9 crew not knowing things about this era, such as the Starfleet division colours being different and what Captain Kirk looks like.
- Grandfather Paradox: Lampshaded when Bashir encounters a woman he finds attractive who has the same name as his great-grandmother. He starts panicking over the possibility that he is his own great-grandfather and that he could cease to exist otherwise, but O'Brien tells him he's being ridiculous.
Bashir: I can't wait to get back to Deep Space Nine and see your face when you find out that I never existed!
- Hand Wave: Upon seeing 23rd century Klingons, the crew asks Worf about the ridges.
"We do not discuss it
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Bashir is a Doctor, not an historian.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Dax finds Spock very attractive.
- Never Heard That One Before: the Temporal Investigations guys to the time related joke Dax cracks
- Obstructive Bureaucrats: Played with. Temporal Investigations is apparently seen by most Starfleet personnel as people who show up just to make life hell for anyone who time travels, but the two we meet are pretty reasonable guys.
- Significant Anagram: The Temporal Investigation agents are named Dulmer and Lucsly, anagrams of Mulder and Scully.
- What Could Have Been: Although it is considered one of the best episodes of DS9, there were numerous other ideas that were bounced around. One of which involved the crew visiting the mobster planet from "A Piece of the Action," where they discover that the natives have gone on to emulate Starfleet as a commentary on Trek fandom.
- Whole Episode Flashback: The framing story is Sisko explaining the episode's events to the Temporal Investigations agents.