What would a Star Trek cast be without a doctor? From Bones to Beverly to Bashir, the first three series brought us great human physicians. Then came Voyager and the concept of medicine in the hands of a hologram. The Holographic Doctor was yet another great character, but the EMH was never intended for extended use. Deep Space Nine picked up the concept and extended it to the logical next step—the LMH or Long-term Medical Hologram. The model? Why Julian Bashir, of course! In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for the fifth-season episode “Doctor Bashir, I Presume” and discuss Robert Picardo’s guest appearance, Zimmerman’s fascination with Leeta, Bashir’s friction with his family, his relationship with Miles, and of course the major course change for his character as we learn that he is genetically engineered.
Originally published as The Orb 41: Leeta’s Assets, I Presume.