Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Show generally

Corrected entry: Chief O'Brien seems to have undergone a serious demotion from The Next Generation to Deep Space 9. In TNG, he was a lieutenant, and when he started on DS9, he wasn't even an ensign.

Correction: In The Next Generation, O'Brien is seen to be wearing Lieutenant pips, but in an early DS9 episode, it is mentioned that if he left DS9 he would have to "give up (his) promotion", so it appears he didnt get demoted. And in several episodes, ("Armageddon Game" for example) O'Brien notes that he is not an officer in starfleet, merely an enlisted man, or petty officer. Petty officers dont get ranks like lieutenant. When he got transferred to DS9, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer, hence why everyone calls him Chief. I would guess that the creators of The Next Generation didnt expect him to be such a major character later on, so didnt give much thought into his rank and history when he was created, hence why he was a lieutennant in TNG.

In TNG O'Brien occupied a position usually held by a lieutenant, which for whatever reason, did not have an officer of that rank assigned. Therefore O'Brien with the position of Transporter Chief, was given the technical rank of Lieutenant, but his actual rank was still an NCO rank. Doesn't explain how Worf's dad recognised him as an NCO in "Family" though.

Join the mailing list

Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Add something

Most popular pages

Best movie mistakesBest mistake picturesBest comedy movie quotesMovies with the most mistakesNew this monthThe Lost World: Jurassic Park mistakesPretty Woman mistake pictureM*A*S*H mistakesFlightplan endingMan on Fire questionsSex and the City triviaShrek quotesShrek plotDenzel Washington movies & TV shows25 biggest mistakes in classic Disney moviesStar Wars mistake video

Quotes

Julian Bashir: They broke seven of your transverse ribs and fractured your clavicle!
Elim Garak: Ah, but I got off several cutting remarks which no doubt did serious damage to their egos.

More...

Mistakes

At the end of the episode, Odo has sent everyone affected by the telepathic matrix to a cargo bay. Sisko and O'Brien remove their com badges, throwing them aside before heading to the bay. After everyone is cured, Sisko straightens back up and, in the closeup, you can see that he has a badge on. In the next closeup, it's gone again.

More...

Trivia

Buck Bokai, a baseball player from the 21st Century, who becomes "real" in this episode, broke Joe DiMaggio's consecutive hitting streak in 2026. While he's not physically seen or referred to by name, this fact is mentioned in the 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' episode "The Big Goodbye."

More...