In a new interview, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Rene Auberjonois says that he felt his guest spot episode on Star Trek: Enterprise copied a story from DS9 and that this illustrates the need for JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek movie to "break the mold" of Star Trek and revitalize the franchise.
Auberjonois: Enterprise repeated DS9 story – Star Trek 2009 needed refresh
Rene Auberjonois played Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s shape-shifting (and grumpy) Constable Odo for seven seasons, along with a number of other Star Trek guest spots. In a new interview with the official Star Trek site, Auberjonois comments on how when he appeared in the the the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Oasis" he noticed it seemed familiar…
I was sitting with Scott Bakula at lunch about two or three days into shooting the episode. He said, “I like this script. I think this is a good one.” I said, “Yeah, we did this one in season three.” And he looked at me and said, “What?” I said, “It was the same sort of story.” That was not really a putdown, but when you’ve done that many years of writing stories, there will be recurring themes. I think that’s one of the reasons why I thought the new feature film really sort of broke the mold. It was time for new minds to come in and new conceptions to happen, and I think it’s absolutely revitalized the whole franchise. I have that sense now when I got to conventions, that even though ours is an old show that was done years ago, the new energy brought to the franchise by the last feature film has rekindled people’s passions for the whole Star Trek world.
The episode Auberjonois is likely referring to was actually in season 2 of DS9, called "Shadowplay." In both episodes the crew encounters a group of people who turned out to be mostly holograms. "Shadowplay" was written by Robert Hewett Wolfe, and "Oasis" was based on a story by Brannon Braga, Rick Berman and Stephen Beck.
Here are trailers for both: