Let us, for a moment, consider the fate of Miles O’Brien.
Not “The Passion of the O’Brien,” as his time stationed on Deep Space Nine became known, as it took him through the 24th Century equivalent of the Stations of the Cross, such as spending 20 years in a virtual mind prison or having his daughter fall through a time portal.
We’re going to talk about his other fate: How he was a once-promising officer and bridge crew member who was stripped of rank and sent to exile, first in the Transporter Room and later to a crumbling space station orbiting a backwater planet, where only after years of struggle does he finally regain his stature and dignity.
O’Brien came aboard the Enterprise on its first mission, an honored hero of the Cardassian War. Appropriate to someone of his stature and skill, Ensign O’Brien is a helmsman in series debut episode Encounter at Farpoint (Stardate 41153.7), seen in a red command uniform manning a key...