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Trials and Tribble-ations 

Sisko tells two men from Temporal Investigations how he and his crew went back in time to when Captain James Kirk of the first Starship Enterprise exposed a Klingon spy with the help of Tribbles.


Jonathan West


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 7 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Jack Blessing ... Dulmur
Jim Jansen ... Lucsly (as James W. Jansen)
Charlie Brill ... Arne Darvin
Leslie Ackerman ... Waitress
Charles Rahi Chun ... Engineer (as Charles S. Chun)
Deirdre Imershein Deirdre Imershein ... Lieutenant Watley (as Deirdre L. Imershein)


Darvin, a disgraced Klingon spy, travels back in time to alter some events to his likings. The DS9 crew must find what he's trying to change and prevent it without altering the time line. They'll have to blend in with the crew from Star Trek: The Original Series. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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4 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the TOS adventures that was considered for revisiting was Star Trek: A Piece of the Action (1968), in which Kirk and Spock discovered that the inhabitants of the planet Iotia had modeled themselves after Chicago mobsters from the 1920s, after reading about the era in an Earth book. The idea was for the Deep Space Nine crew to visit the planet a century later, to find out that they had now modeled themselves after Spock, Kirk and Starfleet, and the planet now looked like 23rd century Earth. The idea was abandoned when screenwriters Ronald D. Moore and René Echevarria suggested Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) instead, since they were huge fans of that one, and could immediately come up with scenes to put the DS9 crew in. See more »


When O'Brien incorrectly identifies the officer in the bar with Scott and Chekov as Kirk, Bashir asks why a captain is wearing lieutenant's insignia. However, in Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles's credits, the character is credited as an ensign. Since Bashir has previously revealed a lack of familiarity with uniform standards of the earlier era, this might well be intentional. See more »


Sisko: [unknowingly echoing a Kirk line from the original episode] Storage compartments... storage compartments...
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Crazy Credits

Charlie Brill is billed twice, once as a major guest star following the episode's title, and again in the end credits with the other actors in the archive footage from the original "Tribbles" episode. See more »


Edited from Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Best Episode of Star Trek: Voyager
22 January 2019 | by cross525See all my reviews

My personal opinion, I believe that this is the best episode of Voyager. In honor of the original Star Trek (1966), this episode pays homage to the original series on their 30th anniversary. Using past and present characters is seamlessly flawless. The "fanboy" reactions of the Voyager crew meeting their idols of the original is priceless. If you consider yourself a fan of either show, then this IS must see TV. Watch on your own and come up with your experience.

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