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|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode|
|Episode no.||Season 7|
|Directed by||Mike Vejar|
|Featured music||Jay Chattaway|
|Cinematography by||Jonathan West|
|Original air date||February 24, 1999|
"Badda-Bing Badda-Bang" is the 165th episode of the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 15th episode of the seventh season. It's a Holodeck show in the style of this science fiction franchise, this time in one of Quark's holosuite's on Deep Space Nine, and featuring the self-aware hologram Vic Fontaine played by James Darren.
Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy. In this episode, a surprise change programmed into Vic's (James Darren) lounge by the designer, Felix (a friend of Dr. Bashir), turns the lounge into a mob-owned casino and burlesque where Vic is no longer welcome. This has many guest stars filling in various holodeck characters that play opposite the main Deep Space Nine cast.
Julian Bashir and Miles O'Brien enjoy an evening at Vic Fontaine's, when the program suddenly changes into a noisy cabaret. Frankie Eyes, Vic's longtime rival, shows up to throw Vic out. Bashir and O'Brien try to delete Frankie or freeze the program, but it doesn't work.
After Frankie fires Vic, the crew learns that Frankie was written into the holosuite program by Vic's designer, Felix. Upset by Frankie's treatment of Vic, and by the knowledge that the lounge's atmosphere will now change, the crew decides it must rid the program of Frankie. But to accomplish this task, they realize, he must be eliminated in a way that is period-specific to Fontaine's era: circa 1962. They cannot simply rewrite the program because that would result in Vic forgetting all the experiences that he has shared with the crew up to this point. The task takes on greater urgency when Vic is beaten up.
Vic reveals that he was assaulted by Frankie's bodyguard, Tony Cicci. Eager to discover Frankie's weak spot, Odo and Kira go undercover in the casino to do some research. Frankie takes a liking to Kira, and while the two flirt, Odo learns that Frankie works for crime boss Carl Zeemo, who expects to receive from Frankie a large skim of the hotel's huge daily profits. The crew hatches a plan to rob the casino, hoping it will cause Zeemo to bump off Frankie in retaliation.
The plot is set in motion when the crew infiltrates the casino staff, and Vic convinces Frankie to let him bring his high rolling contacts into the casino — who, unbeknownst to Frankie, are Starfleet officers. Meanwhile, Benjamin Sisko resents Kasidy Yates' participation in the plan, admitting he has not visited Vic's because of how blacks were treated in Las Vegas in the 1960s. She urges him to reconsider, citing the comfort she and Jake have both felt in the lounge, and soon Sisko agrees to play a pivotal role as a big-money gambler.
Vic walks the crew through their complex plan, to be executed the following night before Zeemo arrives. A security guard makes a phone call at the same time each night which allows them only eight minutes to pull off the heist. Though all crew members are well-prepared for their roles, the actual evening presents several glitches to the plan — most notably when Nog discovers that the lock on the safe is of a different type than expected. While he struggles to crack the lock, Zeemo arrives a day early to pick up his cash.
Noticing Zeemo's premature entrance, Vic does his best to stall him, while the other crew members fabricate enough stories and distractions to allow a successful Nog and Odo to slip away with the cash. After Zeemo discovers an empty safe, his thugs lead Frankie and Cicci out of the casino while reaching for the guns under their lapels — leaving Vic to his cherished role as lounge singer and the crew to theirs as satisfied patrons.
The atmosphere of the lounge changes back to the way it was originally. Vic takes the stage with his own band back, and calls up Captain Sisko, who joins him in a duet of "The Best Is Yet to Come".
Actor Robert O'Reilly normally appears in the recurring role of Klingon Chancellor Gowron on the series. For this episode, he plays a holographic human working in the count room of the casino, and is credited as actor “Bobby Reilly” in the opening guest appearances credits. O’Reilly’s fellow “Klingon” portrayer, J. G. Hertzler, did a similar name variation, for similar reasons, in the previous episode.
This had Nielsen ratings of 4.1 points when it was broadcast on television in 1999, equating to over 4 million television viewers at that time. In 2018, it had rating of 8.3/10 on 159 ratings at TV.com. In 2019, CBR ranked this the 17th best holodeck-themed episode of all Star Trek franchise episodes up to that time.
- TV.com. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang". TV.com. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
- "Star Trek: Ranking the 20 Best Holodeck Episodes". CBR. January 4, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
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