Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actors Alexander Siddig and Andrew Robinson have again reprised their DS9 characters for an online reading of some fan fiction. Earlier this month we shared the four-part series “Alone Together” the pair did with some other DS9 actors joining in. Now they have done another bit of fan fiction, and this time it is far more personal for Dr. Bashir and Elim Garak.
Andrew Robinson and Alexander Siddig perform “Little Achievements”
These new readings of fan fiction have grown out of the “Sid City Social Club,” a twice-weekly live Zoom chat with fans from Alexander Siddig’s official fan website SidCity.net.
“Little Achievements” is set 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Deep Space nine and finds Dr. Julian Bashir (Siddig) in a shuttle on his way home from an important event as he chats over subspace with very special friend Elim Garak (Andrew Robinson). The Cardassian Garak explains his appearance as a human due to a new “filter” he is trying out. The story was written by Elmie K-E and includes some more members of the Social Club performing additional roles.
“Little Achievements” leans into the popular fan notion that Dr. Bashir and Garak could be more than just good friends. This idea was born in the first season of DS9 and was actually introduced by Robinson himself. In his recent interview with TrekMovie.com, the actor described what he added to the character from the start:
What I added to that in that first episode was a sexual ambiguity about Garak. In that very first scene when he meets Dr. Bashir it’s clear as a bell— and this was my choice—that he was sexually attracted to this good-looking young Starfleet doctor. And although they didn’t follow that up with an explicitly gay character, that ambiguity about Garak remained.
To join the Sid City Social Club for more live readings visit SidCity.net.
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