STAR TREK DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations"


“Trials and Tribble-ations”

Season 5, Episode 6

Episode Air Date: November 4, 1996

Podcast date: 2016.06.12




When Temporal Investigations arrives on Deep Space 9, Sisko recounts how he and the crew of the Defiant traveled back in time to the 23rd century to prevent the assassination of Captain James T. Kirk during the original Enterprise's mission to Space Station K-7.


A Klingon spy, Arne Darvin, goes back in time using the Orb of Time. He goes back to K-7 where Kirk had a famous standoff against the then human-looking Klingons after someone poisoned the quad


50th Anniversary this year. The show began September 8, 1966.




1.     Sisko sets the scene for us talking to Temporal Investigations

2.     Clip 2 is a continuation of clip 1, just the option to keep it shorter

3.     Sisko explains a bit more about Darvin going to K7. They put on the TOS uniforms and explain the change

4.     Sisko and Dax see Kirk and Spock in the hall

5.     Sisko wraps up the story for Temporal Investigations




1.     This is another one of those endearing Star Trek episodes that has a really good feeling to it. Easy TV viewing; lots of trivia.

2.     Star Trek Online is making a portion of their game dedicated to TOS – very cool!

3.     This is a great example of people “messing” with an old, successful property and doing it right.

a.     Many people are upset/scared about what CBS is going to do with the new Star Trek serieies, what are your thoughts?

b.     We see in this episode that they did a great job honoring the past and adding to it.

4.     On that note, do you think this was a good addition to DS9 or should they stay away from tampering with old shows?

5.     Tribbles are interesting enemies – Joe, I think you had some thoughts on this


TRIVIA (Optional)

1.     Arne Darvin is played by actor Charlie Brill in both episodes, 29 years apart.

2.     In-joke: Just before the barroom brawl, Miles O'Brien mistakes the officer with Scott and Chekov (in the vintage footage) for James T. Kirk. He was played by Paul Baxley, who stunt-doubled for William Shatner on numerous Star Trek (1966) occasions.

3.     In order to stay true to the look of the original Star Trek (1966) series, Jonathan West used 1960s style lenses and lighting techniques. He also used a 1960s film stock with a finer grain and 1960s style color saturation.

4.     The Star Trek (1966) original series episodes Star Trek: Charlie X (1966) and Star Trek: A Piece of the Action (1968) were originally considered for reprisal before settling on Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967). Coincidentally, while the producers were at a pizza parlor discussing the episode, Charlie Brill happened to be eating there as well. Ira Steven Behr recognized Brill and offered him the chance to reprise his role.

5.     The Defiant's crew ask a reluctant Worf why 23rd century Klingons looked different, questioning whether genetic engineering or a viral mutation were responsible. These two reasons were combined to ultimately answer the differences in Klingons' appearance in the Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) episodes "Star Trek: Enterprise: Affliction (2005)" and "Star Trek: Enterprise: Divergence (2005)".

6.     When discussing the different colours of Star fleet uniforms at the time of Kirk, Dr Bashir uses the classic Dr McCoy 'I'm a Doctor not a', in Bashir's case it is 'I'm a Doctor, not an historian'.

7.     This episode, along with the Voyager episode Star Trek: Voyager: Flashback (1996), were produced as part of a celebration of 30 years of Star Trek (1966). Both stories involve a character who is old enough to remember the days of the original series (Dax and Tuvok). Also, although both stories integrated characters from classic Trek, there was no character overlap; Sulu and Rand, who appear in "Flashback", did not appear in Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967).




Avery Brooks


Captain Sisko


Rene Auberjonois




Michael Dorn


Lt. Commander Worf


Terry Farrell


Lt. Commander Dax


Cirroc Lofton


Jake Sisko (credit only)


Colm Meaney


Chief O'Brien


Armin Shimerman




Alexander Siddig


Doctor Bashir


Nana Visitor


Major Kira


Jack Blessing




Jim Jansen


Lucsly (as James W. Jansen)


Charlie Brill


Arne Darvin


Leslie Ackerman




Charles Rahi Chun


Engineer (as Charles S. Chun)


Deirdre Imershein


Lieutenant Watley (as Deirdre L. Imershein)




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