When the Defiant is sent back in time, Sisko and his crew must stop a vengeful Klingon spy from killing Starfleet's most famous officer - James T. Kirk.


Almost a century ago, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise first encountered the irresistible (and astonishingly prolific) lifeform known as the tribbles, resulting in one of the most unusual adventures in the annals of Starfleet. Now Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the Defiant are transported back in time to that historic occasion, where Darvin, a devious Klingon spy, plots revenge against Captain Kirk. Using the seemingly harmless tribbles, Darvin attempts to destroy Kirk - but for the misplaced residents of Deep Space 9, saving the original Enterprise will be nothing but "tribble."



DS9-era charactersEdit

Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) • Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) • Odo (Rene Auberjonois) • Worf, son of Mogh (Michael Dorn) • Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) • Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney) • Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) • Quark (Armin Shimerman)


Barry Waddle (Charlie Brill) • Dulmer (Jack Blessing) • Gariff Lucsly (Jim Jansen) • Morn (Mark Allen Shepherd) • Arlan (James Lee Stanley) • Nevis

TOS-era charactersEdit


James T. Kirk (William Shatner) • Spock (Leonard Nimoy) • Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) • Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) • Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) • Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig)

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Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams) • Arne Darvin (Charlie Brill) • Jerry Freeman (Paul Baxley) • Lurry (Whit Bissell) • Korax (Michael Pataki) • Walt Mathison (Guy Raymond) • Dave Galloway (David Ross) • Nilz Baris (William Schallert) • Ed Leslie (Eddie Paskey) • Dierdre Watley (Deirdre Imershein) • Security officer (David Gerrold) • Engineering lieutenant (Charles Chun) • Roger Lemli
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James CookCurzon DaxEmony DaxKenneth DodgeFrancis DrakeLeif EricsonFather FitzpatrickGorn captainJonahKandalNadeeHoratio NelsonKeiko O'BrienSeledon


CardassiaDeep Space 9Deep Space Station K-7Operations centerPromenadeQuark'sStation commander's office
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Antares systemAtlantic OceanBajorCambridgeCanadaCestus IIIEarthEnglandHall of WarriorsInvernessIota Geminorum IVIrelandMiamiMississippiRussiaScotlandSherman's Planet

Races and culturesEdit

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Starships and vehiclesEdit

Class F shuttlecraftUSS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • IKS Gr'oth (D7-class) • USS Nash (Sydney-class) • Spacematic
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USS HoodUSS Lexingtonmoon shuttleRMS Titanic

States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaFederation Department of Temporal InvestigationsKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Earth NavyKlingon High CommandImperial IntelligenceStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalUniversity of Mississippi

Other referencesEdit

aircraft carrieralternate timelineAntarean glow waterantimatterantimatter podautographBajoran prophecybiotechnologyBlarney Stonechicken sandwichchronitoncloaking devicecoffeecommand divisioncommunicatordeep space stationDenebian slime devilduotronicElementary Temporal Mechanicsfish juicefood synthesizergarbage scowgemstonegenetic engineeringgymnastics • "Earther" • Halloweeninternal sensorkevaKlingonesemedical tricordermilliwatnavigational computerOccupation of Bajoroperations divisionorbOrb of Prophecy and ChangeOrb of TimeOrb of WisdomPADDpredestination paradoxpriority oneq'aplaquadrotriticaleraktajinoRegulan bloodwormsciences divisionshore leavespace stationSpican flame gemstardateStarfleet rules, regulations and examsStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Starfleet uniform (2366-2373)subspace silenceTarkalean teatechnical journaltemporal investigatortemporal mechanicstemporal violationthree-dimensional chesstransportertranstatortribbletricobalttricobalt devicetricordertrilliumtriticaleturboliftUndersecretary for Agricultureviewscreenwarp nacellewheatyeoman


Background informationEdit

Related storiesEdit

This episode is a sequel to and takes place in within the events of The Trouble With Tribbles.
Established Jadzia and Curzon's relationship with Koloth.
Depicts Emony Dax meeting Leonard McCoy as referenced in this episode.
The consequences of tribble infestation of DS9 are depicted in the comic Nobody Knows the Tribbles I've Seen and the New Worlds, New Civilizations short story Second Chances.
The Temporal Investigations personnel have appeared in a number of stories, including: Trapped in Time, "Gods, Fate, and Fractals", "Almost... But Not Quite", "The Road to Edos" and the Star Trek Online novel The Needs of the Many. They are also mentioned in the Star Trek: Section 31 novel Rogue as having interviewed Jean-Luc Picard about the events of Star Trek: First Contact. DTI: Watching the Clock, and the novel about the Department of Temporal Investigations (including Dulmur and Lucsly).
Tribbles have appeared in many other stories, see the Tribble article for a more complete listing. Following "Trials and Tribble-ations", "The Tribbles' Pagh" shows them arriving on Bajor. Quark mentions the tribbles in "Ferengi Love Songs".
Further information on the O'Brien family in Dublin is revealed in this novel.


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