Past Tense – Part I
Stardate 48481.2: The Defiant ferries Sisko and his senior staff to Starfleet HQ on Earth for a Gamma Quadrant symposium. A strange phenomenon intercepts the transporter beam carrying Sisko, Dax and Bashir to Earth, sending them into the early 21st century, though they still arrive in San Francisco. Sisko and Bashir are picked up and sent to a sanctuary district, a large high-security ghetto occupied by the unemployed, homeless and mentally ill. Dax befriends information mogul Chris Brynner, who assists her in the search for her friends. Sisko and Bashir learn that they have arrived mere days away from a historical event known as the Bell Riots, sparked when a violent uprising in the San Francisco sanctuary district was quashed with even more force by the National Guard, though the hostages taken by the sanctuary dwellers were kept safe by a man named Gabriel Bell. Trying not to interfere, the two time travelers stumble into the street brawl that initiates the riots – and due to their presence, Gabriel Bell winds up dead trying to keep Bashir from being hurt. The violence escalates, and the sanctuary’s residents begin their rebellion. Hostages are taken from the local government office, and only one man can keep them from harm at the hands of the angry sanctuary denizens: Commander Sisko, assuming the role of Gabriel Bell.
teleplay by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
story by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by Reza Badiyi
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Jim Metzler (Chris Brynner), Frank Military (B.C.), Dick Miller (Vin), Al Rodrigo (Bernardo), Tina Lifford (Lee), Bill Smitrovich (Webb), Henry Hayashi (Male Guest), Patty Holley (Female Guest), Richard Lee Jackson (Danny), Eric Stuart (Stairway Guard), John Lendale Bennett (Gabriel Bell)
LogBook entry by Earl Green