Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 07 E 23 Extreme Measures

When Director Sloan arrives to destroy the supposed cure for the morphogenic virus, Bashir and O'Brien capture the wily spy. But before they can extract information about the real cure, Sloan activates a suicide implant. Bashir and O'Brien are now in a race against time to find the antidote in the depths of Sloan's subconscious mind before he dies, and takes the Dynamic Duo with him.

Tropes in this episode:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: This episode focuses on a single storyline, as opposed to switching between several threads.
  • Batman Gambit: Bashir has a forcefield Booby Trap waiting, know that Sloan will do his Trespassing to Talk intro. When Sloan claims not to know the cure, Bashir points out that he'd need to know what he was looking for while searching Bashir's files. Just blowing up his Sickbay would be too unsubtle and uncertain.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: More of a game of cat-and-mouse than a battle, but same idea.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Sisko's reaction to Bashir's theory that Section 31 infected Odo with the changeling virus, followed by a Face Palm as Bashir explains The Plan.
  • Call-Back:
  • Chekhov's Gun: Bashir mentions reading A Tale of Two Cities early in the episode. When he returns to it later on and discovers the opening line midway through the book, he realizes all is not as it seems.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: Bashir finds the novel he is reading starting over again because he never read it before and doesn't know where it goes from there.
  • Go Into the Light: Defied—when Bashir and Julian see the Light in Sloan's mind, O'Brien refuses to simply surrender to it.
  • Hard-Work Montage: O'Brien setting up the gizmos to link himself and Bashir with Sloan.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Bashir refuses to let Sloan die before revealing the cure.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: A very twisted mind at that.
  • Lured into a Trap: Sloan. Even he can barely believe it.
  • Not So Different: Bashir is using an illegal and quite sinister method in order to do what he believes is right. Sloan was on to something when he wanted to recruit him for Section 31... But now, he calls Bashir a "dangerous man" instead - which, from Bashir's perspective, would certainly apply to Sloan himself.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sloan becomes quite visibly disturbed when Bashir states his intention to use Romulan mind probes to find the cure.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: A bizarre variation: just as Sloan is about to give Bashir the cure for Odo — the part of himself who is repentant for the horrors he did, for the things he had to sacrifice in what he now sees as a wasted life — another Sloan, the unfettered part of himself, shoots him.
  • Out-Gambitted: Sloan finally gets out-played because he knew he might entice Bashir to stay too long and be taken with him in his final minutes in life, but O'Brien's dedication to the purpose of the mission is what shakes Bashir from his desire to learn more about Section 31.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Did Section 31 actually infect the Founders? They certainly didn't want anybody to find a cure, but it's never determined if they were responsible.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Sloan tries to pull this regarding O'Brien's family, but Bashir tells him to shut up.
  • Snipe Hunt: Sloan appears with another mission for Bashir, designed to get him off the station while Sloan finds the cure. Bashir has other ideas.
  • Stealth Pun: The part of Sloan's mind that refuses to give up the cure looks like the Defiant.
  • Suicide Pill: A neural implant, but still.
  • Taking You with Me: Sloan attempts this on Bashir and O'Brien. Fortunately, The Power of Friendship wins out.
  • Techno Babble: O'Brien of all people is confused by Bashir's explanation of the neural whatever link.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: A variation—when Bashir tells Sisko that his plan involves using illegal Romulan mind probes on Sloan, the look on Sisko's face and his little "Oh" both say, "This is gonna be one of those plans."
  • Trespassing to Talk: Sloan does this to Bashir—just like Bashir was expecting.
  • Unperson: The good part of Sloan remarks that he is a version of this. Having wiped away all traces of his life beforehand, leaving no footprints to follow, he won't be missed because he isn't even remembered.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Getting shot in Sloan's mind makes Bashir and O'Brien feel like they've really been shot.