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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 08 Things Past

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Odo, Sisko, Dax and Garak find themselves warped 7 years in the past and on Terok Nor. And Odo has to find a way out of the situation without revealing a dark secret about his past.


  • As You Know: Sisko reminds Odo, Dax, and Garak that DS9 was called "Terok Nor" during the occupation.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Take this trope, Sympathetic murder backstory and psychic link, put them in a blender and you'll get the whole setup for this episode.
  • Blatant Lies: The Cardassian guards claim Sisko, Odo and Garak had attacked Dukat, and that Sisko himself was trying to strangle the man (Sisko was standing over Dax, making sure she was alright). Odo shouts at Thrax that their stories could easily be disproved by talking to actual witnesses.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Thrax uses Odo's own "it's been my observation" during their argument. Another bit of Foreshadowing that he's really Odo himself.
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  • Continuity Nod: Dukat's fondness for Bajoran woman comes up again. Dax gets chosen as his newest "friend".
  • Did Not Think This Through: Garak attends a conference on the Occupation hoping to offer an "alternative view" to the Bajorans present, thinking they'd be delighted for the experience. As Dax notes, the idea of a Former Cardassian Oppressor trying to do that to Bajorans was not Garak's smartest idea.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Any number of real life cases where suspects from the fringes of society are convicted on the basis of dubious forensic evidence and witness statements by law enforcement officers more concerned with closing the case than getting to the truth.
  • Dream Sequence: The vision of the past is a shared dream between the four. This is revealed relatively early in the story; the four are unconscious and the other crew members (especially Dr. Bashir) are watching over them.
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  • The Ending Changes Everything: All of Thrax's dialogue takes on a new light when it's revealed that it's actually Odo.
  • Enemy Without: The investigator in charge, Thrax, is actually Odo when he was still working for the Cardassians, modeled after Odo's predecessor and looking like a Cardassian until Odo admits the truth. He even has an argument with himself.
  • Fantastic Slur: The Resistance recruiter refers to Cardies as "spoonheads". Garak bristles at this.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Quark is talking to "Thrax" about not being able to sell maraji crystals, he talks about how Cardassians dislike them as if he weren't talking to one.
    • Much, to the reveal, in case Odo's behaviour and foreknowledge of what's happened weren't a giveaway, or the sheer anger he directs at Thrax.
    • Odo being the cause of everyone's comas is the first hint that being turned into a solid is not as permanent as it seems.
  • Fridge Logic: invoked In-universe. Garak eventually realizes that the timeframe for the events is wrong; the security chief at the time of the incident wasn't Thrax, but Odo. This is one of several hints that lead to the truth being revealed at the end.
  • Heroic BSoD: Odo has one as soon as he realizes exactly where he is, and it doesn't let up until a while after he wakes up.
  • Lonely at the Top: Dukat claims this to "Leeta" when establishing a relationship with her.
  • Malicious Misnaming: The episode opens with Garak complaining about how the Bajorans gave him a nametag labeled "Elim Garak - Former Cardassian Oppressor".
  • Mean Boss: Quark, for Bajorans during the Occupation. Long hours, miserable work, and two five minute breaks a day.
  • My Greatest Failure: Odo let three innocent people take the fall for an attempted assassination on Dukat. His thinking about it at just the wrong time leads to the episode.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Garak complains at having been (literally) labelled a "former Cardassian oppressor" at a conference. Did we mention he chose to attend the conference in the first place?
    • Gul Dukat, in the way only he can provide. He insists the multiple assassination attempts are his fault... because he loves the Bajorans too much. Obviously, it's not because he's part of the systemic brutalization of an entire culture.
  • Not So Different: Much like Kira, Odo has a dark secret from his time on Terok Nor. The episode even ends with them in opposite places from the end of "Necessary Evil".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Odo's twitchy behaviour throughout the episode, once he figures out who everyone supposedly is.
  • Railroading: Every attempt to avert the fate of the three Bajoran innocents ends up either moving the story forward earlier than expected, or completely nullifying the attempt. Odo eventually manages to save his crewmates from the fate the prisoners suffered, but the execution of the prisoners isn't averted, and everyone in the dream sees it happen—with two Odos, theirs and the one from that time, watching.
  • Right Under Their Noses: Sisko uses a trick that Kira told him about to signal a meeting with the Bajoran resistance, by picking up a piece of pottery, examining it, and turning it over.
  • Theory Tunnelvision: Odo only realised afterwards the holes in the case because he was so focused on maintaining order.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Complete with hallucinated blood on Odo's hands.
  • Troll: Likely Garak's reason for attending the conference in the first place. He rarely gets to leave the station (which was earlier revealed to be a living hell for him as it is), so coming up with an excuse to do that and needle a bunch of overserious Bajorans both at the same time probably delighted him.
  • Wham Shot: Thrax suddenly revealing he's a Changeling.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: An injury suffered by one of the four unconscious crew members manifests itself in reality as a burst blood vessel. Bashir speculates that a death in the dream state might result in a death in reality. On the other hand, he also discusses realistic limitations of it, citing they probably can't spontaneously break their own bones.

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