Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Doctor Bashir, I Presume? - S5-E16

Corrected entry: The episode completely contradicts what we've learned about Bashir and his family from previous episodes. In 2-6 "Melora" Bashir told her that his father was a Federation diplomat. If so, wouldn't some of the high-ranked people in Starfleet know about his family life? Having a son with birth defects certainly would not have been that big a secret and Richard certainly wouldn't have gotten away with having Julian enhanced if he chose to do so. In 3-18 "Distant Voices", Julian's mind was viciously probed by a Lethean, who via this contact knows everything about him. Of course, there was no mention of the genetic enhancements here, otherwise the evil alien would have easily used the secret and its illegality against the doctor. In another episode, Julian said he was very skilled at sewing up his teddy bear at the very young age of 5, which seemed to be the first indication of his desire to be a doctor. But as "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" indicates, Julian was genetically enhanced around his seventh birthday. If he was indeed physically and mentally deficient at the age of 5, he would have been completely incapable of patching up little Kukalaka.

Correction: In 3-18 Bashir could easily hide things from the lethean if he wanted, he has shown he has the mental capcacity to do this sort of thing. Bashir could have been lying about stitching up his teddy - maybe to impress whoever he he was telling. also having a child with learning difficulties isnt something most people would go around telling everyone, even if it isnt that big a secret, so possibly not many people knew, and they changed his name afterwards and switched him to a new school, so people wouldnt necessarily realize or connect the two. we also know from Doctor Bashir, I Presume that Bashirs dad changed his jobs frequently as well, so maybe he didnt have many close friends to tell about his son. so it may seem unlikey but it is possible for this to have happened and no one found out.

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