Student. Dreamer. Layabout. Bad influence on those wishing to maintain a sense of decorum and maturity. Please be aware: this is a NSFW blog. Really.
But why wouldn’t Kira be pleased that Julian was there to bring his Federation medicine to the natives? I’m honestly surprised that she didn’t deck him; Kira had more self-control in the first season than people gave her credit for. He didn’t mean to sound self-important or put down his host planet, but it does reveal that the Federation still has issues related to race relations. It is canon that they were seen as pariahs on many worlds where they tried to start over during the Occupation.
All his life, Julian might have grown up with images of Bajorans either seen as refugees in need of a handout, blood thirsty terrorists, or part of a ‘let’s laugh at the funny foreigner’ episodes of popular entertainment broadcasts, a commercial asking for donations to help Bajoran orphans, or as part of a immigration and foreign aide debate on political broadcasts. He could have seen them in person as domestics at a friend’s house, taking orders from diners at restaurant, holding a position at half the qualifications they actually have, or as part of a affirmative action program to help Bajoran ex-pats assimilate into Federation society. He could have heard people wonder why their Bajoran neighbors don’t move back to Bajor now that the Occupation has ended, even if their neighbors have settled there for decades. He would never have thought of Bajorans as being lesser, but would have been accustomed to being in a more privileged position than them. That sort of thing has a way of warping and seeping into a person’s outlook.
What I wouldn’t give for a deeper look into non-Starfleet views of the world of Star Trek.
Yes, that does make sense. He even has the blue eyes for it. Would they be a covert ops for the Republic, or an outfit like the Triple Triad?
While all this is TOTALLY VALID ANALYSIS, the scene I was thinking of wasn’t actually the one in the pilot where he’s all condescendingly excited about what a shithole DS9 is and she’s like THIS SHITHOLE IS MY HOME ASSWIPE - the conversation I had in mind was:
KIRA: I’ve never seen anything like that.
KIRA: I’ve never seen anything like that.
BASHIR: The woman?
KIRA: She was dead. The tricorder clearly showed -
BASHIR: Ah yes, well, tricorders. Very accurate with live people, not so accurate with dead ones. We learn that first year medical school.
KIRA: Well, I was very impressed, Doctor.
BASHIR: And well you should have been. I impressed myself on this one actually. I can’t imagine what other doctor would even consider examining the scapular nodes for parasitic infection. I just seem to have a talent, I suppose. A vision that sees past the obvious, around the mundane, right to the target. Fate has granted me a gift, Major. A gift to be a healer.
KIRA: I feel privileged to be in your presence.
BASHIR: Glad to have you along.
KIRA: Did anyone ever tell you that you’re -
(mercifully, the computer interrupts them)
(leaving me to wonder if she would have said ‘an infuriating pest,’ because then he would have had three people to tell him that and not listen to them)
Oh, I think the Obsidian Order has to be government, always - though the fact that obsidian is an igneous rock isn’t all that helpful because it clearly positions them as Fire Nation rather than Water Tribe.
Oh just IMAGINE Admiral Zhao and Gul Dukat looking down on each other.
Oh. That one. Yes. When half the viewing public must have cheered at seeing Julian being a slave for a day because they saw him as an irritating tit, while the other half cheered at seeing Julian being a slave for a day because they like seeing pretty people in distress.
I wonder if Julian began acting like that because it was expected that someone of his talents would be incredibly confident in his abilities, instead of ashamed at having an unfair advantage over his peers and terrified at being found out. So, he started acting the Insufferable Genius, to fit in with the other confident over-achieving students he went to school with. It just became a part of his mask.
It would be a Battle of Ham and Cheese, and sexy evil men throwing their weighty egos about. Yes. Yes good.
It could be a mixed element organization.