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Season Seven

Take Me Out To The Holosuite

Production # 554
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Aired Week Of: __ _____, 1998
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Original Stardate: 52___._
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Synopsis - A Starfleet Academy rival of Sisko's dock's at the station and challenges Sisko and his unenlightened crew to a game of baseball against his all-Vulcan crew.

Take Me Out To The Holosuite is a load of laughs as Sisko must whip into shape a baseball team, most of whom have only watched one game and know nothing about the sport. We also see a bitter rivalry between Sisko and Solok, which when explained is well understood; at least Sisko's side. Solok's side, on the other hand, seems quite emotional and illogical, but you'll never get him to admit that as he'll shround his actions with over-explanations of logic.

This episode, while providing us with some comic-relief focusses entirely around a key constant for DS9: Baseball. A game of strategy. A game of the unknown. You never know what's going to happen next. And a defeat can be shear victory. There are even rules and maneuvers surrounding this, such as the bunt (which by the way gave the Niner's their only run against the Logicians). The Bunt is a ball hit between home plate and the pitcher. On a bunt, the batter a very poor chance of reaching base, but it provides an excellent opportunity for someone already on base to reach home; hence the "sacrifice bunt"; and defeat turns into victory.

This sport has been a template, one of many, for the series; it is also considered by many spectators and professional players to be a template for life. The game-plan was to have a station on the edge of the frontier by a newly discovered stable wormhole. The players are the Federation/Bajoran team against the Cardassian team. As the game's progressed, relief pitchers on both teams have been brought in: first the Cardassians brought in the Dominion; then the Federation brought in the Klingons and then later the Romulans. And umpiring the game have been the writers on a lot a Paramount studios; and the viewers in their homes leading their separate lives, but tuning in each week just to catch the next at-bat. Now what a shame they're ending this series after just seven innings. :-)


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

Rom - Max Grodenchik
Nog - Aron Eisenberg
Leeta - Chase Masterson
Kassidy Yates - Penny Johnson

Guest Cast
Solok - Lou Wagner

Written by:

Ronald D. Moore
Directed by: Chip Chalmers

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