Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 25 The Sound Of Her Voice

The crew of the Defiant picks up a Distress Signal coming from the survivor of a downed Starfleet ship. They race there, leaving the communications open with the woman (she says that she can't sleep due to the medicine she is taking to survive in the harsh atmosphere). Upon arrival, they find her in the cave she had sought out for shelter and bring her home. Her body, at least. It turns out that, thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball, she had crashed 3 years prior, and had been dead the entire time the Defiant was racing to rescue her.

This episode provides examples of:

  • All for Nothing: Zig zagged. Lisa has been dead for three years, so the crew's efforts never would've made a difference. On the other hand, the experience has taught Sisko, Bashir, and O'Brien not to push others away during the rough times.
  • Batman Gambit: Quark has a deal in mind and seeks to arrange things so Odo is busy in a holosuite on Saturday.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Inverted in the B-plot. Quark feels this way about Odo, but just for once, Odo lets him get away with smuggling to thank him for setting up Odo's date with Kira.
  • Dead All Along: In a way, this is Star Trek's spin on a ghost story.
  • Distress Call: The Defiant picks up a general distress call from a Starfleet officer in the Rutharian sector.
  • Due to the Dead: When Lisa's body is found, O'Brien says they should bury her. Sisko agrees, but not about doing so on this barren planet; he wants to take Lisa's body back so that she can get a proper burial and be among friends.
  • Foreshadowing: "Because someday we're going to wake up and we're going to find that someone is missing from this circle." O'Brien had no idea how soon that would be proven true...
  • Hope Spot: The whole story is one big Hope Spot. The rescue party seems poised to reach the "damsel in distress" in the nick of time, only to discover that an ill-explained time displacement was in effect, and she's actually been dead for years.
  • I Owe You My Life: Odo tells Kira that he does owe Quark one... but just this one.
  • Irony: O'Brien admits that he felt even lonlier than Lisa despite being surrounded by friends.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Odo is all stern as he's bringing the hammer down on Quark, but he immediately acts all smitten when Kira appears and asks him out to lunch. Quark notices this, which sets off his B-plot.
    • While talking to a disinterested Bashir, Lisa pretends that she's being attacked. Serious stuff, until she imitates an alien claiming to have just eaten her.
  • Negative Space Wedgie: The planet has some kind of subspace barrier around it that causes the woman's distress signal to travel over 3 years into the future, and the Defiant's answer to travel into the past.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Quark says this of the grief he gets despite being there for Odo during his anguish over seeing Kira with Shakaar. He even says this trope is the 285th Rule of Acquisition.
  • Not So Different: Jadzia describes an Irish wake as a place where attendees drink, sing, laugh, and cry while paying respect to the dead. Worf remarks it's almost Klingon.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • One played for laughs in The Teaser. Odo cites the backless bar stools as dangerous to public safety—listing the various injuries Morn could experience if he were to suddenly slip and fall. A worried Morn stands up at that.
    • The big reveal about Lisa Cusak is a dramatic whammy.
  • Pet the Dog: After hearing what Quark said, Odo decides to let him get away with his latest scam.
  • Plot Hole: Why didn't anyone look up the ship she was from? Perhaps they would have learned sooner that she had been missing for 3 years.
    • Possibly justified by them presuming the Olympia she referred to was the current ship bearing that name as Starfleet is in the habit of reusing ship names often.
    • Further justified in that the ship had been sent on a long mission in deep space. When it crashed, it had been on its mission for 8 years.
  • Police Are Useless: Quark says he can easily handle Odo's deputies.
  • The Power of Friendship:
    • Quark points out that for all his scams, he's been there for Odo when he really needed help (such as Odo's misery when Kira got together with Shakaar), but he gets no regard, gets hassled over minor infractions, and would be sent to prison without a second thought. Odo overhears this, though, and takes it to heart.
    • Sisko, Bashir, and O'Brien take turns talking to Lisa. Each bonds with her in their own way, which makes the reveal sting even harder.
    • O'Brien's speech at the wake reflects how the group needs to be close and be there for each other again.
  • Properly Paranoid: Quark is certain he can't pull off his scam unless Odo is preoccupied. He's right; Odo was secretly observing things right where Quark was storing his goods.
  • Race Against the Clock: The crew have to get to Lisa before she no longer has the means to stave off carbon dioxide poisoning. It turns out they never had a chance.
  • Spanner in the Works: Just as Quark thinks his deal for Saturday is all set, Odo tells him he wants a holosuite for Sunday rather than Saturday.
  • Talking to the Dead: Literally due to a Temporal Paradox. The Defiant receives a distress call in the middle of an interstellar storm and alter their course to the planet in order to help. During the trip, they hold a conversation with a Starfleet officer who only managed to keep herself alive thanks to the recommendations of rationing what few medical supplies she had. By the time the crew finally reaches her on the surface, they find that she had been dead long before the Defiant got the distress call.
  • This Cannot Be!: Sisko's reaction to seeing Lisa's corpse.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The Teaser highlights how Bashir has become more impersonal, while Sisko isn't just joking when insulting him behind his back. While talking to Lisa, O'Brien admits he's been putting on a good front, but he secretly distances himself because people around him might soon die.
  • You Are Not Alone: Part of the reason Sisko wants two-way communication with Lisa.
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