‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ (DS9) (TV)



Please feel free to comment on my review.

We now come to one of my favourite episodes in the ‘DS9’ series – ‘Trials and Tribble-ations’. This episode was made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Star Trek’. It’s a sequel to a great episode. 🙂

In the episode, the DS9 crew aboard the Defiant go to Cardassia Prime to pick up a Bajoran orb which happens to be the Orb of Time. They also pick up this human hitchhiker named Barry Waddle.

On the return journey to DS9, the Defiant gets transported back time a 100 years or so and approximately 200 light years from where they were. They soon come across the Enterprise in space.

That’s the original Enterprise! The one commanded by Captain James T. Kirk. That’s right. The DS9 team travel back in time to the events of one of the best episodes ever – ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’!

The Defiant manages to decloak itself next to the Enterprise as well as the deep space station called K-7. The human hitchhiker Barry Waddle turns out not to be a human at all. He’s actually a Klingon! 😮

It’s Charlie Brill as Arne Darvin. And yes, I did check, it is Charlie Brill from the original ‘Tribbles’ episode. Remember Arne Darvin? He was a Klingon agent who posed himself as a Klingon aboard K-7.

That was until he was discovered by a tribble who sensed he was a Klingon. Older Darvin plots to get revenge upon Captain Kirk after he foiled his attempts to poison a shipment of Quadrotriticale grain.

The DS9 crew attempt to blend in aboard the Enterprise and on the K-7 station in order stop Darvin in his attempts to change history. They dress up in period uniforms of the 23rd century, which is great.

It was great fun to see Sisko, Jadzia, O’Brien and Bashir in Starfleet uniforms from the original series as well as having communicators instead of the comm. badges they wear. It’s also pretty ironic too. 🙂

The styles of the future in original ‘Star Trek’ contrast so differently to how the future is perceived by ‘TNG’ and ‘DS9’ standards. Yet there is something nostalgic and welcoming about the 1960s future.

It was also fun to see the DS9 characters sort-of interact with the original series characters in the original footage of the ‘Tribbles’ episode. Most of that has to do with the green screen effect played.

Like before in the ‘Tribbles’ episode; the Enterprise and the K-7 station get infested with tribbles. The DS9 team try to avoid interacting with events in the episode, but somehow it’s very difficult to avoid.

For one thing, Bashir, O’Brien, Worf and Odo get involved with the bar brawl between Enterprise members and a number of Klingons. O’Brien and Bashir soon get arrested by Enterprise red-shirts. 😀

And yes, incidentally, the Klingons in the original series look different to how they are in ‘TNG’ and ‘DS9’. Worf says it’s a long story in terms of how Klingons look human without the ridged foreheads.

That ‘long story’ gets resolved in an ‘Enterprise’ story by the way. 😀 I also found it amusing when Kirk asked O’Brien ‘who threw the first punch’ whereas in that ‘Tribbles’ episode, it was Freeman. 😀

Thankfully Odo and Worf capture Darvin and it gets revealed that Darvin planted a bomb in a tribble to kill Kirk. Sisko and Dax search the Enterprise ship whilst Odo, Bashir and O’Brien are searching K-7.

Incidentally, it was amusing when Worf was repulsed by a tribble that Odo bought at the bar from Cyrano Jones. It matches to how Klingons were repulsed by tribbles in the original ‘Tribbles’ episode.

In the end, Sisko and Dax find that the tribble bomb isn’t on the Enterprise, so therefore it must be on K-7. As they shadow Kirk; Sisko and Dax deduce that the bomb is in K-7’s storage compartments. 🙂

They beam over to K-7 and remove the bomb, sending it off into space before it kills Kirk. Thankfully, Kirk is able to have young Darvin arrested and time gets saved. But the DS9 team don’t go just yet. 🙂

My favourite scene in the episode is when Sisko gets to meet Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise. I know it’s recreated from the final scene in ‘Mirror, Mirror’, but it got me believing that Sisko met Kirk.

‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ is a fun episode in the ‘DS9’ series and a great way to celebrate 30 years of ‘Star Trek’ by paying homage to the original series. I’ve seen this episode more than once to know I love it.

On Disc 7 of the ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Season 5’ DVD, there are the two documentaries ‘Trials and Tribble-ations: Uniting Two Legends’ and ‘Trials and Tribble-ations: An Historic Endeavor’ to enjoy.

‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ (DS9) rating – 10/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ (DS9) (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    Excellent review of an excellent episode, it’s clever how the DS9 crew branch seamlessly into the original series episode but we still don’t know who threw the first punch….(cough)Scotty(cough).

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      It’s quite amazing O’Brien would lie to Captain Kirk even though he doesn’t know who Scott is or met him. 😀

      Glad you enjoyed my review on the episode Simon. Glad you found this to be an excellent episode.

      Tim. 🙂



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