So is anybody else having the same problem I am with the Bashir in their rewatch?
Knowing now that he's genetically enhanced with a massive IQ, I just can't watch anything he does in those early episodes without wondering if he's being sincere, or simply putting on a show to hide the truth. Especially in episodes like "Past Prologue", where he's bounding around like an exciteable, naive little kid and telling everyone about Garak. Or when he's acting nervous about the Klingons and every other little thing that happens.
As much as I loved "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" and it's big revelation, I definitely understand now why Siddig was so angry about it-- because it just doesn't match up at all with how he was playing the character before.