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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Trials and Tribble-ations

episode 5.6

USA 1996
produced by
René Echevarria, Steve Oster, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Ira Steven Behr (executive), Rick Berman (executive) for Paramount/CBS
directed by Jonathan West
starring Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor, Jack Blessing, Jim Jansen, Charlie Brill (also in archive footage), Leslie Ackerman, Charles Rahi Chun, Deirdre Imershein, and in archive footage: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Stanley Adams, Paul Baxley, Whit Bissell, Michael Pataki, Guy Raymond, David L. Ross, William Schallert
story by Ira Steven Behr, Hans Beimler, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, screenplay by Ronald D. Moore, René Echevarria, based on the original screenplay by David Gerrold, series created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Dennis McCarthy

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek, Tribbles

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It was a simple mission: The Defiant, Deep Space Nine's resident space ship, was to transport the "Orb of Time" from Cardassia to the space station, but a passenger, Darvin (Charlie Brill), somehow got hold of the orb and took the Defiant 200 years back in time, right to the happenings of the classic series' episode The Trouble with Tribbles.


Turns out that Darvin was the very Klingon spy who had poisoned the grain supply for Sherman's Planet back when, but has since fallen into disgrace with the Klingons and since lived a pitiful life as a tradesman on Cardassia. But if he could turn back time and somehow keep Kirk (William Shatner) and company from finding out his plot, he figures he would become a Klingon hero in the alternated timeline. So Deep Space Nine's Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks), Odo (Rene Auberjonois), Worf (Michael Dorn), Dax (Terry Farrell), Chief O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and Doctor Bashir (Alexander Siddig), beam to both the Enterprise and the space station near Sherman's planet where the whole story started back when, and try to first track down Darvin, and when they find him to thwart his plan - which is to kill Kirk by placing a bomb in one of the hundreds of thousands of Tribbles (little cute living furballs) which are slowly taking over both the Enterprise and the space station by breeding at an alarming rate. Now it's up to Sisko and company to find the bomb before detonation and to try to not alter history - which is harder than it sounds, as they seem to rather constantly be running into some of the key players of the events from back when, like Kirk, Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (DeForest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Chekov (Walter Koenig) ...


Now The Trouble with Tribbles was one of the most popular episodes of the original Star Trek series, so paying tribute to it is risky business at best, a recipe for disaster at worst - but this episode gets it absolutely right. Not only have the looks and style of the original series been convincingly recreated and the actors of one series copied into the respective other rather convincingly, this new episode also manages to hit the tone of the original episode and plays on the same strengths, like its tongue-in-cheek humour and great interplay between the series regulars, who are allowed to really milk their characters. It's really fun and does the original episode great justice.


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