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Tweekums19 July 2010
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On their way home from a mission in the Gamma Quadrant the Defiant passes a planet surrounded by an unusual energy barrier. Dax wants to investigate as the energy barrier means if they don't investigate now they won't get a chance again. The Captain agrees and when they get to the surface they in for quite a surprise; the planet is occupied by people descended from the crew of the Defiant! They tell the crew that when they leave something in the energy barrier will cause the Defiant to be doubled; the original will continue back to DS9 and the duplicate fill crash on the planet two hundred years before. Jadzia and the new Dax host, Yedrin, work to create the correct situation while the others get to know their descendants, one person has none though... it turns out that Major Kira died shortly after the crash. Jadzia learns that Yedrin has lied to her; the Defiant was never duplicated and if they carry on as planned none of them will see home again but will be destined to create the colony. Opinions about what they should do are divided, some believe they must allow the crash to happen as 8000 people would never exist otherwise, others believe they have a duty to return to their families on DS9.

This was an good episode which left the crew facing a interesting dilemma and when they must decide what to do it is surprising which people believe they should return to DS9 and those who think they have a duty to their descendants. While it was obvious that they would ultimately return to DS9 the way the ending happened came as quite a surprise which I won't spoil here. The colony itself seemed to be a standard Star Trek colony, the people all came together to plant the crops, seeming more like a commune than a colony of 8000 people.
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Time travel flaws once again
Paranaut30 July 2018
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I actually like this episode. It has an interesting dilemma. And it's important to the Odo/ Kira story.

The problem I have with it is the usual time travel logic of Star Trek. If they go back to the station at the end then the colony would never had existed at all, in any timeline.
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A very thoughtful episode...
MartinHafer18 January 2015
"Children of Time" is a very, very good episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". It begins with the Defiant getting stuck on a distant planet. However, the folks that greet them are a HUGE surprise-- they are descendants of the crew of the Defiant! Huh? Well, it seems that when the ship will try to leave the planet, it will be knocked back in time and crash--and the people they are talking to now are their descendants! It's confusing, I know, but far weirder time accidents have happened on the show. The problem is this--if they go back some other way, the nice people and wonderful civilization they've encountered here will be undone--and will never come to exist. What actually happens to end this episode just blew my mind and it concerns Odo.

This episode sure did a lot to further the progression of the relationship between Odo and Kira. Because of that, it's very important and a must-see. It's also a terrific episode regardless.
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Time Contrivances
Hitchcoc31 October 2018
This is another convoluted time travel thing where people exist in two planes. When Dax, in her bullheaded way, talks the Captain into exploring a planet, the crew lands and finds the children of their future selves. Of course, the writers turn this into a moral tale about giving one's life so that others can go on. There is a connection with these people, who are kind and productive, and so they become the potential victims. By leaving, the crew will make it so 8,000 people will never exist. The time travel business is so far fetched and so badly explained that it just doesn't work. Again, Kira and her religious beliefs are held to a higher plane than the beliefs of the others. Odo also has an interesting role to play.
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I dont understand why they had to not exist?
yanksa114 July 2018
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If 8,000 people exist for 200 years in a "bottle" as it were, I dont understand why they had to not exist. The creators could have had them continue and/or spring into another universe or something. The main point is the love relationship between Captain Sisco's second-in-command and the stations "constable." The end result is the worth of 8,000 souls to a couple love relationship. Odo thought it was worth it, but will "she?"
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An Emotional Episode
dafoat29 August 2019
The contrivances of the time travel plot are a bit forced. But then, most time travel stories have something in them that doesn't quite add up. But this episode still got to me. The scene where the crew helps their descendants plant their crop is really touching. It reminded me of a quote that is often attributed to Martin Luther. "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
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Flaws get in the way
sydney20156 July 2015
The premise and plot of this episode were very good, but the racial composition of the crew's descendants was so big of a flaw it took away from the rest of the episode. I'm willing to suspend disbelief for DS9 (as well as all the other Star Trek franchises/movies) to allow for the somewhat distinct races that still exist 300+ years into the future. But in this episode, there have been another 200 years (8-9 generations) with the full 8,000 person population all stemming from 40 or so people. There is just no way there would still be "black" & "white" people. (Don't even get me started on the redheads!) This would be one multi-racial group. And how there were still "pure" Trills, with only one to begin with, is a mystery. At the very least, the Trills would also be Klingon descendants. For one episode they could have cast a group of racially ambiguous people. (As noted in the "goofs" section, each descendant would likely have the same amount of DNA from the original crew, so racial distinctions would be minimal if any.)
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