Originally Posted by kukalakana
Perhaps that was based on the assumption (to some degree shared by the audience) that the date was the same for both parties, and there was no need for either person to say "what day is it?" because they already knew.
It's like if you were talking to someone on a different planet and did not know it, you would not ask "what colour is the sky?" because you assume that it is the same for that person as it is for you.
What are the chances of them / you having been wrong in that assumption?
Indeed, and that kind of 'out of nowhere' twist can sometimes work better than others. But since it wasn't meant to be a a 'gimmick' episode or tech ep, but a look at the characters - it always, to me, just feels a little out of place when it's discovered.
Originally Posted by Big D
I just figured it would've come up when Sisko was telling her what had been going on in recent years. He talked about all kinds of major events, but apparently never once gave a stardate or some other concrete indication of how much time had passed. If he'd said, just once, "my ship was launched in 237X" or "the most recent attack was on stardate XXXXX" the jig would've probably been up.
:edit: Or if he'd simply asked "how long have you been down there?" or "when were you stranded?" in which case they'd both have put two and two together pretty quickly...
It's that kind of 6th Sense style writing where you have to have a conversation that can be understood in the context of before and after the twist is up.
It's clever on it's own because you then really have to think
about what the characters are going to say.