Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


4 stars

Air date: 2/7/1994
Written by Paul Robert Coyle
Directed by Les Landau

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

O'Brien returns from a security briefing to find everyone on the station acting strangely toward him. Before long, O'Brien suspects a far-reaching conspiracy that encompasses everyone on DS9 and possibly into Starfleet Command. His suspicions continue to mount as he discovers his activities constantly being monitored, his orders changed without his notification, and station security measures consistently shutting him out of the loop with no explanation or apparent reason.

"Whispers" is an original take on the paranoid thriller, with expert scripting by Paul Robert Coyle, who creates unexpected twists, turns, and revelations that manage to plausibly build a sense that O'Brien is the only remaining individual who hasn't been "gotten to." The first-rate direction by Les Landau evokes a sense of altered reality in every scene, where characters seem to be only slightly different from what they should be, but different enough to seem threatening and to arouse our suspicions alongside O'Brien's.

Told in flashback, the carefully constructed narrative relates the crew's inexplicable half-truths and cover-ups strictly through O'Brien's point of view. In one eerily photographed scene, O'Brien finds himself convinced that food his own wife prepared may be poisoned. Colm Meaney brings his usual credibility to the role, with a textured performance that highlights the character's ability to plan ahead, think on his feet, and attempt to set things right—even in the face of such bleak odds. Once O'Brien escapes the station, he finds what promises to unravel the mystery for us, which is when the story drops the unexpected twist on us: O'Brien is the conspirator—unwittingly—a clone who honestly thinks he's O'Brien but has been programmed as an assassin by an alien government.

The uncovering and death of the clone is unexpectedly tragic and moving—the irony of the old adage that "perhaps it's not everyone else who is wrong, but just you" couldn't be more clear. Other than the slightly dialog-heavy final scene, which feels a bit too much like it was written for the audience's benefit, this is a superbly envisioned episode that ranks among the most deftly constructed mysteries on Trek. The way the clues play toward the two different perspectives (both the false O'Brien's and the rest of the crew's) is brilliant.

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45 comments on this review

Jason Keon
Sun, Nov 15, 2009, 7:03am (UTC -5)
Jammer: How could you give "Whispers" 4 stars. Sure it has some interesting scenes, especially the one where O'Brien thinks that Keiko might have poisoned his dinner, but there's no payoff, and the clone's death was hardly moving. I'd give it 2 stars; at best 2 1/2.
Sun, Dec 5, 2010, 6:15pm (UTC -5)
I don't understand how you can complain in numerous Voyager reviews that the shows offer no lasting character development and give "Whispers" four stars. I'm not arguing whether it was a good show or about Voyager or DS9 at all, I just can't see the consistency. It seems that you're willing to give DS9 every benefit of the doubt even to give your highest rating to a show which, based on your VOY reviews, violates one of your most fundamental tenants of writing.
Thu, May 19, 2011, 8:36am (UTC -5)
As a kid who grew up obsessed with Body Snatchers (both versions) and other 50s-60s Cold War paranoia, the beauty of "Whispers" stems from how deftly the episode turns the classic 'Paranoid Conspiracy' on its head. Given a lifetime of THEY'RE OUT TO GET YOU! reinforcement, I admit that I didn't see the end coming until the very last minute. Of course it was a conspiracy! Of course O'Brien was the normal one! Oops, guess not. Brilliant.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Elliott, I don't think Jammer has ever said that an episode must have lasting character development to be compelling. Nor that every single episode in a series must be dedicated to that development in order to be effective.

Throwing in the occasional curve ball can indeed pay off.

In this case I would say it does.

But not as much as Jammer does. 3 or 3.5 for me.
Sat, Jul 14, 2012, 9:38pm (UTC -5)
I think this one was a good character-developer for O'Brien--or a character-illuminator, at least.

Though the protagonist, in the end, isn't really O'Brien, he's an accurate-enough copy that both he and we think he is. He *is* acting as O'Brien would under the circumstances (presumably the difference he was made for awaits a trigger that never comes). The end should be moving; in some sense, we *have* seen the man we knew harried to a baffling death as he tried to do the right thing. The nature of his last moments' realization is his only "independent" life, and it only adds to the pathos.

From then on in the series, when "our" O'Brien appears, we know he's the man who *would* have done that...
Mister P
Sat, Jul 28, 2012, 1:11am (UTC -5)
Can someone explain to me why Quark didn't know his Rules of Acquisition? Even if he knew O'Brien was a clone, why would he bother pretending that he wasn't sure what the rule was?
Tue, Aug 7, 2012, 11:33pm (UTC -5)
Solid episode. My only complaint is the final line where O'Brien's clone mutter's something about his love for Keiko right before he died. It just wasn't well executed. (Also, killing him in the first place seems a bit harsh. Do these aliens not have a stun setting?) But good hour of television over all.

I also agree that not every episode needs to have lasting character development. DS9 was clearly better on this issue than Voyager, but it doesn't need to happen every episode.

Mister P, Quark sensed that O'Brien was mocking him and didn't want to just play into his joke by directly answering him. I probably would have reacted similar if I were Quark.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 6:57pm (UTC -5)
Was a promising episode that had me very interested at first. Though by the end you realize 99% of the drama could have been avoided by the characters exercising even the slightest common sense (such as, lock the suspected O'Brien up, and explain to him explicitly what was going on until they figured things out) but didn't so that the episode could be exciting.
Richard Berndt
Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 12:15pm (UTC -5)
Wow! Great episode, nicely set up, with the twist out of nowhere. It was also great to see a focus on "O'Brien," the episode does a very good job showing how he uses his expertise in a variety of ways.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013, 1:51am (UTC -5)
Mister P: I believe it's been shown already that Quark does not have all of the Rules of Acquisition committed to memory. Maybe he knew the rule, he just couldn't recall exactly which number it was. Or maybe he just made the rule up to justify the questions he was asking O'Brien about the Parada.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013, 8:05pm (UTC -5)
Full marks??? I think that's a bit generous considering other episodes from DS9 that have received this score, not to mention episodes from other series. I would say 2.5 - 3.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013, 5:11pm (UTC -5)
It was a rather well-done mystery, though given some of what we saw in other episodes, it occurred to me from the start that Sisko might well have good reasons for trying to put something over on O'Brien. After seeing some of Sisko's underhanded dealing with Starfleet and how cleverly he could subvert the spirit of his orders while following them to the letter, that he might arrange some distractions to keep O'Brien busy and out of the loop was entirely believable and consistent with his character.

I do agree that last scene seemed a bit odd. It's tragic enough that O'Brien is dying for basically doing what he believed to be the right thing; having him send his last regards to Keiko seemed a bit strained and over the top, especially considering what would have to be his lingering doubts that she really was the Keiko he knew and loved.

The whole plot, incidentally, is very similar to Philip K. Dick's short story "Imposter" in which it turned out the unwitting imposter's realization that he was an imposter was also the trigger for his hostile programming (which instantly detonated a nuclear explosion on Earth so enormous that the last line of the story says it could be seen all the way to Arcturus). If Sisko or anyone on his staff had ever read that story, it makes sense that everyone would try to avoid tipping the duplicate O'Brien off to his condition until they had him either completely subdued or safely away from the station.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013, 4:41pm (UTC -5)

An odd episode. Pretty good but not great.

Sat, Mar 8, 2014, 3:06pm (UTC -5)
I am in complete agreement with Jammer on this one. There are some minor flaws, but overall I would say this is one of if not the best stand alone episodes. Direction and acting are superb and the twist is excellent. The exposition scene at the end does seem unnecessarily dialogue heavy (we don't need everything spelled out to us), but that doesn't overshadow the rest.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 1:47am (UTC -5)
I wish to rob of this installment nothing of its greatness, but, having recently revisited Batman: TAS, this episode owes a lot to the episode "Perchance to Dream".
Wed, Mar 12, 2014, 4:38pm (UTC -5)
Of DS9, I've only seen mostly up to this episode, and while it's not perfect (some logical fallacies do come into play, such as why they didn't just jail him if they knew), it offers something that most of DS9 so far, meaning S1 and S2 episodes for me, don't in that the plot is actually interesting. There have only been a few other episodes so far with a really gripping narrative ("Duet" comes to mind), so "Whispers" was appreciated in that regard. One of the more standout episodes so far.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014, 4:47pm (UTC -5)
You might be able to enjoy the episode more if you put yourself in pseudo-O'Brien's shoes at the end and think about how he feels upon discovering what he is. Because for all intents and purposes, that was O'Brien, just his consciousness duplicated in another body, and he died there.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 2:01pm (UTC -5)
It's going to take me a while to wrap my head around this, especially the ending, which I did not see coming at all. I'm not even sure if it works. But it was an engrossing mystery all the way. Shane is correct--aside from the mental programming, the duplicate WAS O'Brien. The whole feel of 'Whispers' is a lot like 'Dramatis Personae', in that there's one sympathetic character who knows something is very wrong on the station and must figure out alone how to fix it.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014, 11:50am (UTC -5)
I think 4 stars is too high.

This is one of those episodes that is only good the first time you see it. The "reveal" was pretty darn good, but Bashir just sits there and let's the clone die. No one seems to care. It IS a human being you know.

2.5 stars from me.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014, 12:31pm (UTC -5)
God, are you really that dense? Bashir is genetically engineered . He can immediately tell if someone is saveable just by looking at them and assessing their vitals. This is why nobody attempts to help Martiza from his single knife wound either and actually McCoy had the same power. Just lay a hand on them and "He's dead Jim". They just KNOW these characters are dead.... :smirk:: because they read it in the script!
Tue, Jul 1, 2014, 12:53pm (UTC -5)
@ Robert


Our magical Star Trek Doctors

It was still weird that no one cared... not even Obrien.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 3:43am (UTC -5)
Did Keiko tell Molly that Obrien wasn't her real dad? Molly is so rude to him at breakfast and I don't believe she could just tell. Colm obviously played this obrien exactly the same.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015, 9:50am (UTC -5)
O'Brien episodes are a bore this included.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 11:11pm (UTC -5)
I love O'Brien stories, the one that really upset me was "Hard Time", it was so uncalled for. Someone should have taken a Photon Torpedo and blew those people to hell.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015, 1:14am (UTC -5)
I feel like Dusty on this one, I didn't see the ending at all. But, I thought it was the real O'Brien all the way and there was something wrong somewhere in the middle, I just couldn't figure out who or what. I ended up feeling so sorry for clone-Miles. Did they have to kill him?
Mon, Apr 20, 2015, 2:40pm (UTC -5)
I totally agree with Jammer on this. Brilliant episode.

As for one of the comments above, they couldn't simply lock the false O'Brien, because they had to wait for his rescue first. Locking him too early could have meant the death of the true O'Brien held captive somewhere!
Sun, Jun 7, 2015, 3:24pm (UTC -5)
I'm so glad you gave it for 4 stars - as it is probably my favourite DS9 epsiode. After first watching it years ago, I thought 'Wow that was amazing, but not the best' - but over time... as a standalone episode, it is easily in my top 5 of ALL Star Trek series.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
You might need a divorce if your wife cooking you one of your favorite meals is cause to worry that she is poisoning you.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 4:03pm (UTC -5)
I think I enjoyed this episode when it first aired, but I was a little bothered by the complete fake-out at the end. However, that hasn't bothered me whenever I've re-watched it since. It holds up well even when you remember what's coming at the end; you're not caught up in the mystery, but you're having fun watching everyone's actions.

I also feel there was a bit of development for Bashir here. Building on the previous episode, he's teasing "O'Brien" with a familiarity he didn't have before.

I'm not sure if I'd give it 4 stars, but it's a well done episode.
William B
Mon, Aug 10, 2015, 9:33am (UTC -5)
DS9 does paranoid thriller. The episode owes something not just to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but also to the Hitchcock "wrong man" thriller, in which an everyman character seems to be pursued by forces he does not fully understand for a crime he did not commit ("North By Northwest," "The Wrong Man," arguably "Strangers on a Train" among others), as well as the more personal, early Hitchcock in which loved ones and family members can't be trusted. There is a famous scene in Hitch's "Suspicion" in which Cary Grant brings Joan Fontaine a glass of milk and she wonders whether it is poisoned, which has its homage in this episode with Keiko's offer to Miles of the stew. What makes these stories click is the slowly dawning realization that as much as we know our loved ones, and as much as we know the world, there are always gaps in our understanding, recesses of our loved ones' minds that we cannot access. Another part of the appeal of this type of story is residual sense of guilt and confusion; I don't know if anyone else has felt that way, but sometimes I feel a nagging sense that I have done *something* that has cooled other people on me, but that I cannot quite remember, a feeling that is much more intense in dreams that slowly turn to nightmares.

The way the alienation between Miles and the others starts off slow and gradually increases, step by step, through the episode both ties in with the sense that Miles is being punished for a crime he has not commit, and is not even aware of, and that those around him are strangers to him -- that, in the end, he does *not know* these people. However, because it's a gradual process, the initial signs that there is *something wrong* are slight and instinctual, and hard to act on. I like the way the episode has multiple turning points in the story, and rather than simply repeating the same elements of "people acting weird" over and over again, it dangles hope and then removes it; Jake acts normally, but then he doesn't, Odo seems sympathetic to O'Brien's cause before they "get to him."

O'Brien's position as everyman in the show makes the idea of him taking on the entire station (eventually, the entire quadrant!) particularly appealing. He does not have the rank like Sisko or Kira does, nor is he recognized as a supergenius like Bashir or Dax, nor does he have improbable superpowers like Odo, nor is he outside the entire command structure and king of his own particular hill, in principle not directly beholden to anybody, like Quark. Miles is a man who is very good at his job, who cares about his wife and child. It occurs to me that as an NCO department head, Miles has the strange position of being both high in and outside the command structure, so that on a regular basis he really probably *would* feel slightly left out of the loop on normal decisions. The episode intensifies the slightly awkward low-status that he has, taking something we know about the character and enhancing it rather than inventing something new out of whole cloth. O'Brien's low rank makes the idea that the senior officers might be keeping him out of the loop for a particular reason *not* related to being replaced by pod people fairly plausible, at least initially; and it also means that when O'Brien forms a series of escape plans, using his detailed and slightly undervalued knowledge of the station's systems to stage a massive escape, we are rooting for him as the underdog all the more.

I do think the episode loses a little something when the end is revealed, because much of the appeal of the episode on a first viewing really is the gradually-unfolding mystery of what is going on with the crew, and whether anything is going on at all. That said, I think that the behaviour of the crew largely makes sense after the episode's reveal. As Jammer says, it turns the paranoia around and suggests that O'Brien has always been the problem, which the episode has in some senses hinted at all along, since there never was a clear smoking-gun sign that the crew was genuinely up to anything evil. And once the full reasoning becomes clear, the episode becomes a tragedy: replicant-O'Brien essentially is another O'Brien, who dies at the episode's end, before he is even activated. His death is the result of the escalation of both sides, unwilling to fully commit: Sisko et al. continue to keep O'Brien at arm's distance without actually acting against him (i.e. by locking him up), which causes (replicant) O'Brien to build more and more defenses and game plans up in an effort to fight them, all leading to a standoff in which O'Brien gets shot. And this tragedy ironically is because the DS9 crew were unwilling to lock replicant-O'Brien up without knowing for sure that he was not the real Miles. The attempt to isolate O'Brien from the preparations for the peace talks while claiming they were doing no such thing, the medical exam, Keiko's weird behaviour of keeping him away from Molly but insisting that nothing was wrong, were the suspicious actions that sent O'Brien running from them on a Runabout and convinced him that the crew had turned evil somehow. And I think it really was because Sisko et al. had enough respect for O'Brien that they did not want to arrest him when there was no evidence he was really a replicant...which, as it turns out, was exactly the wrong thing to do. Meanwhile, had O'Brien just run away -- gone to the Gamma Quadrant, or flown to a neutral outpost somewhere -- he would probably have avoided death himself, but his honourable nature meant that he *had* to investigate what had happened to the crew so that he could help save Starfleet and perhaps save his friends and loved ones. In retrospect, it seems clear that they should have told O'Brien flat-out that they had heard that he was a replicant, told him that they wanted to keep an eye on him (perhaps under house arrest in his quarters?) until they could confirm or deny these allegations and find whether or not there was a real "O'Brien" out there.

The episode's end is suitably downbeat: the alienation that had defined the whole episode continues until the last minute, with O'Brien finally alienated from *himself*, and his final wish to let Keiko know he loves her is somewhat lost. That (replicant) O'Brien is alienated not just from his life but from himself is nicely foreshadowed by several moments of O'Brien talking to himself on the Runabout, even explicitly ("Talking to yourself, O'Brien. Gotta stay awake, O'Brien"). The replicant's O'Brien-ness really is total.

I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, though I do think that it is maybe a touch slow. Definitely at least 3.5 stars; I think I will go with 4, ultimately.
Diamond Dave
Fri, Nov 13, 2015, 3:54pm (UTC -5)
Really didn't get along with this one. OK, the twist is a surprise and does pay off the episode as a whole. The trouble for me is that the rest of it is just so slow - the fact that something is clearly just a little off doesn't maintain any interest until the pay off at the end. In my mind that doesn't retrospectively make the rest of the episode enjoyable. In fact I found it deadly dull. 2 stars.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 8:23pm (UTC -5)
I love this episode. Mystery has always been one of my favorite genres of trek. I even have a soft spot for the "bad" episodes in this genre like "Twisted" on Voyager. As I'm rewatching DS9 now after a long time away from the series, this is the first episode (save for the pilot) where I remembered exactly what's going to happen, but in a good way (unlike, say, "Move Along Home" where I remembered it in a negative light). Plus it's the first in the annual "Torture O'Brien" series which is always fun. And the first time we hear "Coffee, Jamaican blend, dooble strong, dooble sweet" (ok, the first 15 or so times).
Wed, Feb 10, 2016, 8:07pm (UTC -5)
@BZ I believe the episode before this is OBriens first coffee order.

@Elliott Your reviews have been consistently entertaining. Any plans to continue? :)
Sun, Feb 21, 2016, 9:29am (UTC -5)
A fun episode with the twist reversal.

complaints though:

this O'Brien was so realistic even Basher couldn't tell, so why was nobody like Keiko pining away that "that's no fake, that's my Miles!" Molly too?

And it even featured some of the best Basher/O'Brien bickering:

Basher: How's your sex life?
O'Brien: I don't *have* a sense of humor.

and yes if they suspected this, the only sensible thing would be to confine him, at least to his quarters or some such and explain it, not have him wandering loose in this station doing who knows what. after all, they had no idea what the replicant was going to do. maybe his whole body was a bomb. Miles might be annoyed but he would find it entirely reasonable.

I guess an answer to both is perhaps that maybe we weren't shown reality, we were shown replicant Miles' recollections-- they may be distorted in the normal way someone under stress would likely recall them, but they may not be very accurate at all.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016, 9:31am (UTC -5)
ugh, "Bashir" not "Basher". dyac!
Sun, Feb 21, 2016, 1:55pm (UTC -5)

Basher haha
what about the others....
Been Sicko
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Jerk Sicko
Fri, Feb 26, 2016, 11:28am (UTC -5)
What is there to say about "Whispers" that Jammer hasn't already said? Well, there is one major flaw in this otherwise good episode that I'll get to.

But first, it is a really good example of a Star Trek thriller. There's a wonderful atmosphere with plenty of really enjoyable twists and turns. I love a good conspiracy theory (give me a book on the JFK assassination and I'll be set ) (it's why I really like VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy") and watching a character slowly unravel said conspiracy is always enjoyable. Having O'Brien, the Every-Man character of the show, be the one who's doing the unraveling makes it all the better. One level it really excels at is that it knows that we, the audience, expect there to be some kind of alien influence going on, because we've seen episodes like that before, and so expect O'Brien to somehow save the day until the rug is pulled out from under us.

The problem, however, is the moment of rug-pulling itself. It is rather tragic when we find out that the O'Brien we've been following is really the villain and that he died essentially for nothing. I also admire the fact that the rest of the crew are working with the Rebels to stop the government from destroying the peace talks - usually that would be reversed, with the heroes aiding the government - it's a nice reversal. However, finding out that our "O'Brien" is really just a clone (or replicant) destroys the greatest thing about the episode - the character development for O'Brien. We had been seeing, as Jammer says, O'Brien's "ability to plan ahead, think on his feet, and attempt to set things right." Except, we didn't see anything of that. We saw the clone doing all of it. The real O'Brien didn't get any sort of development. It was all a bait and switch. I suppose you could say that the clone was so perfectly like O'Brien that he (the real one) would have done exactly the same in his (the clone's) place. But, I don't buy it. It just doesn't sit right with me.

There are also a few niggling, little, nitpicky things that drag it down. First, why was Molly told the truth about the clone? Her interaction with the clone makes it clear that she knows he's not really her father. It doesn't make sense to tell someone that young such an important secret. It would have been better if Molly had just not appeared in this episode. Second, if Molly was told, why wasn't Jake? He doesn't seem to be informed until the last minute. Third, wasn't the clone heading back to the Paradan system to warn their government about a conspiracy between the Rebels and the station? Why didn't he go straight to Paradan headquarters instead of beaming to whenever Sisko, Kira and Bashir went?

Still, even with these flaws, "Whispers" is definitely a step-up in quality from the run of episodes immediately preceding it.

Sat, Apr 23, 2016, 4:19am (UTC -5)
I don't think there is any evidence that Jake or Molly were told that O'Brien was a clone. The last time we see Jake, he may simply have been told that O'Brien isn't well and needs to be taken into custody.

Molly's reaction to her father is completely from picking up on the emotions of her mother. Keiko dismissing it as first is almost convincing, until she gets weirder. If she told Molly anything, it may have been, "Daddy's not himself," or the like, and tried to hide the rest, but kids can always read through that.

Agreed with much of the above; not quite 4 stars, but 3.5 is appropriate.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016, 9:02pm (UTC -5)
O'Brien orders his Jamaican coffee, double strong, double sweet so many times in this episode that I kept expecting it to be a plot point. Like, maybe it wasn't O'Brien's normal coffee order and that's what tipped them off that it wasn't him, haha. The fact that it didn't mean anything actually bothers me a little because it was so prevalent; what was the point?

Anyway, great episode, I've always enjoyed this one.
Trek fan
Sat, Oct 15, 2016, 2:50am (UTC -5)
For me, a good but not great Alternate Reality (TM) episode of post-TOS Star Trek. I give it 3/4 stars for the tension, but it falls short of greatness because I actually predicted the plot twist very early in the episode.

On the plus side, I really enjoyed the Twilight Zone vibe of escalating tension, extremely well-played by the cast. There were so many scenes early on that seemed normal on the surface but involved characters who clearly seemed agitated with O'Brien for some reason. The actors did a nice job portraying these scenes with body language more than lengthy exposition; this kind of "showing rather than telling" always feels to me like a nice change of pace on Star Trek.

However, we are still dealing here with an overused Star Trek plot device, regardless of how well-executed it happens to be. Mark my words, whenever a Star Trek character opens the episode by returning home from a trip to find an alternate reality where everything is "off" somehow, there are only two possible resolutions to the plot: Either the character is out of whack or everyone else is out of whack. Since O'Brien remained thoroughly isolated throughout the episode, failing to find even a single ally, I found myself thinking pretty early on that he -- and not the entire rest of the cast -- was an imposter. So the story, even though the show executes it well, didn't really impress me. After you've seen a handful of these alternate reality Trek episodes, you've pretty much seen it all.
Lt. Yarko
Wed, Mar 8, 2017, 12:41am (UTC -5)
Whoever made the clone sure had a terrible plan. Big gamble that he would be in the right place at the right time. I hope they had a plan B in case their clone thought he actually was O'Brien and ended up actually trying to live his life.

I loved the mystery and the reveal, but it all falls apart when one thinks about it for 5 seconds and realizes all the problems people have listed here in comments. It's hard for me to respect the good stuff when its embedded in a broken framework. It's the same problem I had with Armageddon Game. So much promise and good moments but ends up being a disappointment.
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 8:27am (UTC -5)
An engaging episode as I watched it. After its conclusion, though, I wondered. Based on a rumor relayed by an unnamed government informer, it was believed that an O’Brien duplicate might have been created. Dr. Bashir’s medical examination showed no difference between the real and fake O’Briens. The fake O’Brien displays all memories and behavior of the real one. So based only on a rumor, his wife and friends become fearful of O’Brien? Keiko in particular seemed really fearful.

The fake is chased through the station—can’t the Federation crew use a scanner to see where his life signs are? How come they didn’t transport him from that location to an interrogation room? With all that technology, they can’t stop his escape?

To be fair, despite their fear of him, they didn’t want to hurt him. And Dr. Bashir did seem to be administering (kind of) aid to the fake before he succumbed to his wounds. I guess the world was not ready for two Miles O’Brien.
Slade Barker
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:39pm (UTC -5)
Right from the start, I thought it was obvious that O'Brien was the one who was off -- not the rest of the crew. I am surprised that everyone else seems to have been taken in. It would be preposterous if the whole crew had been replaced by Body Snatchers. It doesn't even happen that way in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"! I must say I am astonished that Jammer gave this four stars.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 9:02pm (UTC -5)
I think they missed a real chance with this one--because of the way it starts we already know something is up. I think it would have been better to experience it with Miles, without being on the alert for something amiss from the get-go.
James Alexander
Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 2:06pm (UTC -5)
this is a hard one for me to watch.
the episode sets up a really uncomfortably atmosphere from the get go, and tells you in virtually every way that something is wrong.

I clicked on it by accident one evening when I was looking for an episode to chill out with and had to turn it off again because I was on edge as soon as Miles and Keiko had that really weird dinner.

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