Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 16 Dr Bashir I Presume

Dr. Lewis Zimmerman arrives on DS9 to take a holographic template of Dr. Bashir for use as a Long-term Medical Hologram. But when he begins to question Dr. Bashir's family about his past, some surprising, potentially dangerous information comes to light.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Accidental Public Confession: Julian Bashir's parents speak about his augmentations, not realizing they're actually speaking to the hologram based on Bashir, and that Dr. Zimmerman is in the other room listening. Up until that point, no one on the station knew or suspected anything about Julian's Bio-Augmentation except the Bashirs.
  • Bio-Augmentation: Bashir's Dark Secret.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Bashir does this to his father for turning him into a genetic design project.
  • Continuity Nod: Khan is mentioned.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bashir's father accepts a prison sentence to save his son's career.
  • Moral Dissonance: This is a similar case to "TNG: The Measure of a Man", where Starfleet seems to have the power to decide the civil rights of a person without the need to consult Federation civilian authorities. There is also an element of Fantastic Racism, since Bashir is being judged by his genetics, not his personal or career history. Starfleet has many personnel from species with Transhuman capabilities, such as Vulcans and Betazoids. But it is not generally assumed that they are a threat or will abuse their special abilities such that they should be disqualified from serving in Starfleet or working in a profession such as medicine. Then again, even if it is part of a plea bargain, Starfleet ultimately decides not to punish Bashir for something that was ultimately not his fault, since the worst Bashir had done was to hide the secret from them.
  • No Transhumanism Allowed: Played With. They point out exactly WHY it's a thing in Star Trek. Ultimately, Bashir is not punished simply for being a transhuman.
  • That Man Is Dead: To Bashir, he stopped being "Jules" the nickname his parents gave him when he was a child, the day he was augmented.