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It's Only a Paper Moon 

Severely depressed at his serious war wound, Nog retreats into Vic Fontaine's holosuite program while the singer tries to help him.


Anson Williams


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Nicole de Boer ... Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Colonel Kira
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Chase Masterson ... Leeta
James Darren ... Vic Fontaine
Tami-Adrian George ... Kesha


Severely depressed at his serious war wound, Nog retreats into Vic Fontaine's holosuite program while the singer tries to help him.

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30 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aron Eisenberg considers this episode his personal favorite. Aron also mentioned in several interviews that a number of wounded combat veterans reached out and contacted him after the episode aired to compliment him on how real-to-life his acting was, since the episode dealt primarily with Nog coming to grips with the psychological trauma of being wounded in battle and losing a limb as a result of those wounds. See more »


When the station officers discuss Nog's dependence on Vic Fontane, Lt. Ezri Dax' insignia change position. In the first three shots of her, the full one is on the left side of the black one. In subsequent shots they take their correct position. (Normally the full insignia are to the right of the black ones, which are similar to the half-stripes used in the US Navy for the ranks of Lieutenant J.G. and Lieutenant Commander.) See more »


Vic Fontaine: She called you a hero? And for that you slugged your best friend? Remind me never to give you a compliment.
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References The Searchers (1956) See more »


It's Only a Paper Moon
Written by E.Y. Harburg, Billy Rose and Harold Arlen
Performed by James Darren
Sung while Nog and Vic Fontaine plan to build a new casino
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Vic Sings Some Great Songs
10 November 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Nog was seriously injured in a previous episode. The Jem'Hadar destroy one of his legs. Even though the technology has come around to producing incredible artificial limbs, he is suffering from a kind of PTSD. He takes refuge in the holo-suite program where Vic Fontain (James Darren) is a nightclub crooner). Here, he is able to act like a fully functioning young man. Vic tries to deal with Nog's issues, knowing that he is taking on a fantasy life that will come to an end at some point. Finally, Nog's friends and shipmates, gently move in and get Vic to agree to help get him squared away. Nog is so much more of a developed character than his buddy, Jake, who has been written as a slovenly nay-sayer. Anyway, this episode deals with some issues that transcend the sci-fi world and get into the realities of the casualties of war.

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