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:

  • 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
  • Distress Call: The Defiant picks up a general distress call from a Starfleet officer in the Rutharian sector.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.