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YMMV / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 10 Our Man Bashir

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: An extremely popular read of Bashir's spy holonovel is that it is not a way for him to fulfill the fantasy of being a suave, supremely brilliant and competent secret agent, but for him to have an outlet for his genetically-augmented abilities, and to fulfill the fantasy of not having to hide them and being appreciated for them.
  • Ham and Cheese:
    • Avery Brooks, in the role of an intentionally campy Omnicidal Maniac Bond villain, wolfed down the scenery and went back for seconds.
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    • As does Nana Visitor, who in this interview, said she was in heaven because her Bond girl role called for a comically terrible Russian accent and coming out of a wall on a round bed.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Julian Bashir, Secret Agent is a childish fantasy that lets Bashir pretend to be The Ace, a dashing man with amazing talents capable of incredible feats. But after the revelation that Bashir is genetically augmented, and therefore really is The Ace, it becomes a rather sad fantasy that lets him pretend to work for a government that not only allows him to use his abilities to their full extent, but actively supports and is grateful for him doing so instead of working for one he has to hide from for fear of losing his career.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Avery Brooks plays a hammy, bald, black supervillain who plans to destroy the world except for a select few who'll survive in a remote mountain location, all in a parody of the James Bond films. Not to mention that Bashir is helped by Garak, a tailor who's really a spy. Sound familiar? This episode came out twenty years before Kingsman: The Secret Service was released.
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    • Similarly, the plan of this hammy, bald supervillain is to wipe out the population of Earth by drilling into the planet's crust and unleashing large amounts of molten lava. While the exact method was a little different, the same basic scheme would be deployed by Dr. Evil in Austin Powers the following year.
  • Values Dissonance: Okay, it was almost certainly done for comedic effect, as it would have been seen as rather sexist even in the mid-90s, but Bashir tells Dr. Bare that Dr. Noah "only wants you for your mind," before complimenting her beauty and seducing her. Nowadays, that would be seen as a massive act of chauvinism on the part of Bashir (or rather, the character he's playing), while Dr. Noah would at least be able to claim that he practices Equal-Opportunity Evil.
    • This is a holodeck program based on 1960s spy novels, with the obvious example being James Bond. The fact that the women are there solely to be props and eye candy is exactly the point they were going for. His assistant for example is bilingual and can drive/pilot any vehicle, and yet is only able to get a job as a lowly valet. Therefore this is Deliberate Values Dissonance. Star Trek era men (Bashir included) do not otherwise view women that way. He's just playing along with the character.

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