In this Trek Today article, Alexander Siddig reveals just how much he hated the 'Bashir was genetically engineered' plot: Which prompted me to start this poll and ask: did you like the storyline, and did you think that this storyline was convincing ? I'm a bit torn about this. I remember that, the first time I watched Doctor Bashir, I Presume?, I thought "Well, that came out of the blue". It seemed sudden and far-fetched. But now I'm all right with it - for a 5th season retcon, it kinda sorta works, or at least is not too improbable, and it gave us some interesting insight into 24th century attitudes to genetic engineering - and lead to the appearance of Jack Pack and Statistical Probabilities, one of my favorite season 6 episodes.