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Encyclopedia > Doctor Bashir, I Presume? (DS9 episode)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
"Doctor Bashir, I Presume?"
Episode no.
Prod. code 514
Airdate February 24, 1997
Writer(s) Ronald D. Moore
Director David Livingston
Guest star(s) Brian George
Max Grodenchik
Chase Masterson
Fadwa El Guindi
J. Patrick McCormack
Robert Picardo
Year 2374
Stardate Unknown
Episode chronology
Previous episode "By Inferno's Light"
Next episode "A Simple Investigation"

"Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" features a familiar face from Star Trek: Voyager: Robert Picardo. In this instance, however, Picardo plays his Voyager character's creator. Of greater significance to DS9 lore, however, is a major twist in Julian Bashir's backstory. February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Ronald Dowl Moore (born 1964 in Chowchilla, California) is a screenwriter and television producer who is known for his work on Star Trek and is currently executive producer of the new Battlestar Galactica series. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Brian George (born 1952, Israel) is a character actor who plays guest role Middle Eastern characters of varying degrees of stereotypicalness. ... Max Grodénchik looking happy Max Grodénchik as Rom Max Grodénchik (12 November 1966- ), also known as Michael Grodénchik, is an United States actor. ... Chase Mastersons recent jazz album, Thrill of the Chase. ... Robert Picardo as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager Robert Picardo (born October 27, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Stardate is one of the dating conventions used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Robert Picardo as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager Robert Picardo (born October 27, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... The Doctor is a character on the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... Dr. Julian Subatoi Bashir (played by Alexander Siddig) is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ...


Plot Summary

Dr. Lewis Zimmerman comes to Deep Space Nine with the intent of using Dr. Bashir's physical and personality likeness as a template for a long-term medical hologram (as opposed to the short-term Emergency Medical Hologram installed on such ships as USS Voyager and the Enterprise-E). In order to make the hologram as robust as possible, Zimmerman needs a complete personality profile on Bashir. In addition to questioning Bashir himself, Zimmerman interviews Bashir's colleagues and makes arrangements – against Bashir's wishes – to invite his estranged parents, Amsha and Richard Bashir, to the station. In the fictional Star Trek universe, Dr. Lewis Zimmerman is the creator of the Emergency Medical Hologram, or EMH. Dr. Zimmerman is the Director of Holographic imaging and Programming on Jupiter Station, and is regarded as the father of modern holography. ... Deep Space Nine (DS9) In the Star Trek fictional universe, Deep Space Nine (or DS9 for short) is a space station. ... Dr. Julian Subatoi Bashir (played by Alexander Siddig) is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... The Mark I Emergency Medical Hologram from the USS Voyager In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Emergency Medical Hologram or EMH is a holographic program intended to support or replace medical personnel aboard a Starfleet vessel or installation in case of emergency. ... The USS Voyager (NCC-74656) is an Intrepid class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) is a Sovereign class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...

Julian is embarrassed by his father's tendency toward hyperbole, for example referring to the time he "ran shuttles" when, in fact, Richard was merely a steward who was fired shortly into the career. Bashir implores his parents at dinner not to reveal to Zimmerman anything about a secret from his childhood. Later, his parents go to the infirmary to try to assuage their sons fears, stating emphatically that they will not tell Zimmerman that they had Julian genetically modified when he was a child. They point out that they have kept the secret since he was a child, and that because such modification is illegal in the United Federation of Planets, they, too, are criminally culpable. An iconic image of genetic engineering; this autoluminograph from 1986 of a glowing transgenic tobacco plant bearing the luciferase gene of the firefly, illustrating the possibilities of genetic engineering. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, the United Federation of Planets (UFP) – widely referred to and known as merely the Federation – is an interstellar federal state of more than 150 member planets and thousands of colonies. ...

However, Bashir's parents are unaware that rather than speaking to their son, they are speaking to Zimmernan's new hologram; Zimmerman and Chief O'Brien, who is assisting Zimmerman, are right around the corner. O'Brien informs Julian about what he heard and Julian confirms that he were genetically modified. As a child, he reveals, he was a poor student who seemed destined to failure. His parents took him to Adigeon Prime for DNA resequencing, greatly improving his intelligence and dexterity. With the secret out, Bashir sees no alternative but to resign from Starfleet. Miles OBrien Miles Edward OBrien is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by Colm Meaney. ... Fictional planets featured in the Star Trek science fiction franchise: A Abadeen Acamar III Adara - Class Y planet in the Delta Quadrant featured in the Voyager episode Flesh and Blood. Adarak Prime - Dominion weapons depot featured in the DS9 episode When It Rains. ... The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid —usually in the form of a double helix— that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life, and most viruses. ...

However, before Bashir can file his resignation, his parents take things into their hands. Richard strikes a deal with the Starfleet Judge Advocate General's Rear Admiral Bennett: Richard will spend two years in prison for his and his wife's crime, and Bashir is allowed to retain his commission. The Judge Advocate General (often shortened to JAG) is an office of the United Federation of Planets, charged with overseeing legal matters within Starfleet. ...

In the midst of all this, Zimmerman pursues Leeta's affections, to the point of asking her to accompany him back to Jupiter Station to open her own bar. Shy Rom is too scared to say anything to convince her to stay, despite it being clear that Leeta would welcome any reason to stay with him. She is on the verge of getting onto a transport with Zimmerman when Rom careens around the corner and asks Leeta to stay Рto which she agrees. Leeta is a secondary character on Star Trek Deep Space 9. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, Jupiter Station is a space station orbiting Jupiter, and home of holo-programmer scientist, Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, who spearheaded the creation of the Emergency Medical Hologram in the 2370s. ... Rom is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by Max Grod̩nchik on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ...


  • This marks Bashir's parents' first appearance. Their strained relationship with Julian in this episode retroactively explains Bashir's awkward decline of Odo's offer to pass on his regards to friends or family on Earth in "Homefront".
  • This is the second and last time a holographic communications device appears, just a few episodes after its first appearance. For the same reason its first appearance allows for a more dramatic interaction between Sisko and Michael Eddington, its second appearance allows Admiral Bennett's speech about the hazards of genetic engineering to come across more forcefully than it would coming from a desktop viewscreen.
  • Although Bennett is referred to as a rear admiral, he wears a four-pip rank insignia; while he titularly ranks below a vice admiral, his insignia sports more pips than vice admirals' three-pip devices. Additionally, other rear admirals (e.g. Erik Pressman) have worn two-pip devices. All considered, Bennett's rank insignia is in all likelihood a costuming error.

Odo is a shapeshifter played by Rene Auberjonois on the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Lieutenant Commander Michael Eddington (played by Kenneth Marshall) was a fictional character in the television show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ...

See Also

  • Khan Noonien Singh – Genetically-altered superman whose actions contributed to the ban on genetical engineering
  • "Space Seed" – Khan's first appearance

Khan Noonien Singh is a villain in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Space Seed is a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, that was first broadcast on February 16, 1967 and repeated on August 24, 1967. ...

External Links

  • Doctor Bashir, I Presume article at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
  • Doctor Bashir, I Presume? article at StarTrek.com, the official Star Trek website



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