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Season Six

Time's Orphan

Production # 548
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Aired Week Of: __ _____, 1998
Order in Season 6: __ Order in DS9: __
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Original Stardate: 51___._
Order in Season 6: __ Order in DS9: __
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Synopsis - When Molly O'Brien is lost through an ancient time portal and pulled out after 10 years of her life have past, the O'Brien's work to re-educate her back into civilized life, as Worf sets out to prove to Jadzia he'd make a good father by babysitting Kiryoshi O'Brien.

Time's Orphan, originally titled Out Of Time , begs the question "why"? When the O'Brien's 8-year-old daughter is returned to them as an 18-year-old, and their asking themselves, "why can't we just send her back and try again to pull her out as a little girl?", Bashir responds, "Well then this Molly would cease to exist, and what right do we have to end her life?". But the question that they ignore here is, "What about Molly's right to spend her childhood with her parents, surrounded by people who love her; what right do they have to just let her have 10 years of memories of complete lonliness with no other sentient contact, not to mention living 10 years out of time?".
As far as children on Star Trek are concerned, it would seem the writers like to arbitrarily add 2 years to a child's age, once that child is over 18 months. Here it is stated that Molly is 8 years old; yet she was born in TNG's 5th season's Disaster with a stardate of 45???.? and although no date is given in this episode, the stardates for this season all start with 51???.? for a difference of 6 years; at most she should be approaching 7. And then there's Worf's son; this episode also states that Alexander was 4 when he came to live with Worf on the Enterprise; well again that was the 5th season of TNG, episode New Ground, with a stardate of 45???.?, and in that episode, Alexander even state's his birthdate as being stardate 43203, for a difference of 2 years. So the only age which was portrayed as accurate in this episode, was Kiryoshi's, which they stated as 16 months, which is just about right from the time of DS9's 5th season episode, The Begotten.


Series' Regulars
Captain Benjamin Sisko™ - Avery Brooks
Major Kira Nerys™ - Nana Visitor
Lt. Cmdr. Worf™ - Michael Dorn
Constable Odo™ - René Auberjonois
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax™ - Terry Farrell
Dr. Julian Bashir™ - Alexander Siddig
Chief Miles Edward O'Brien™ - Colm Meany
Quark™ - Armin Shimmerman
Jake Sisko™ - Cirroc Lofton

Guest Cast
Keiko Ishikawa O'Brien - Rosalind Chao
Molly O'Brien (age 18) - Michelle Krusiec
Molly O'Brien - Hana Hatae

Teleplay by:

Bradley Thompson &
David Weddle
Story by: Joe Menosky
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

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