I forgot that Distant Voices was aired right after Visionary. It's a bit weird for DS9 to have two techy episodes in a row - it's almost like watching TNG again.
I probably like this episode about as much as Visonary, which was alright too. There was some good character stuff here for Bashir though amongst some of the other other stuff that didn't work as well. I would personally say that this episode easily slots into what we later learn about him. We find out that he intentionally
didn't answer that question correctly when at medical school, so it's already hinted in this episode (through the magic of hindsight
) that something was afoot.
(Why aren't we talking out loud about it the secret? Is it forbidden!