Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 6 Recap

Season 6 is a fantastic season, from that incredible six-episode arc to the tragic death of Jadzia in the final episode. It is quite a great season, with only 2 or 3 bad episodes, and maybe a couple mediocre ones. For the most part it is great story after great story, showing the sad effects of war in some of the most honest stories in all of Trek.

The fact of the matter is that Season 6 may be incredible, but it completely relies on the previous great seasons…even so I think this may very well be the best season of the whole series. It doesn’t have the strongest finale (I actually think next season’s is the strongest), but it DOES have the best opening of any season, and is more consistently awesome from week to week this year.

I wish there was more to say, but I think it is a great season, probably my favorite of any Trek season.

NEXT TIME: Purpose of Sisko

The Death of Jadzia Dax

Story: Tears of the Prophets
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Jadzia and Worf are considering having a baby. This is quite the blow to Bashir and Quark, who still feel as if they lost Dax…now they lost her long ago (a point Vic Fontaine points out to both of them). Both accept what has happened, and Julian even helps her with her plans to have a baby.
But on the other end of things a weak spot has been discovered in Cardassian space, and its time to make their move. After convincing the Romulans to join the Federation and Klingons in the attack, Sisko has a visit from the Prophets. They tell him not to leave Bajor. He is torn between his Starfleet duty and his acceptance of being the Emissary. He decides to follow his duty as a Starfleet captain, and he joins the raid in Cardassian space.

Meanwhile Dukat has been possessed by a Pah-Wraith, a plan he has to help the Dominion troops come through the wormhole. But he comes aboard the station ZAPS Jadzia who happens to be in the temple, and then opens up and orb…not making it possible for Dominion troops to come through, but destroying the Wormhole entirely apparently.

The mission in Cardassian space is a success, but not before Sisko has trouble commanding, feeling he’d lost the prophets and they soon learn of the situation on the station. They return, and Julian informs them that he was able to save the Dax symbiont, but apparently Jadzia is not going to make it. It isn’t long after that she dies…it is an emotional moment for Worf and Sisko…she will never have that baby.

Siskop has a great moment prior to her funeral, speaking out to her, questioning everything. I’m glad they did not show the funeral it would’ve probably just been too similar to Spock’s funeral. He decides to leave the station, and head back to Earth…to think. The final moments of the show are very eerie scene of Sisko just quietly working outside his father’s restaurant.

This may not be the best finale, but it is pretty strong in its own way.

NEXT TIME: DS9 Season 6 Recap

Voice in the Darkness

Story: The Sound of Her Voice
Written By: Ronald D. Moore & Pam Pietroforte
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

People are a bit grumpier these days. The war has changed them all a bit. Kassidy is noticing some of the hints of this while helping on the Defiant. But when they get a transmission from a woman trapped on a planet needing a rescue, the crew spends their days taking turns talking with her, bettering themselves, and learning a bit. It is a nice little poignant episode.
Eventually they finally get to the planet, only to find that she has been dead a while, 3 or so years, and the transmissions they were getting were sent forward in time from when she was, and what they sent back through this planetary barrier was going to her time. It is weird, but it works. The final scene where they hold a funeral for her is pretty good, even if the Chief’s speech hits the nail a little to hard on the head about maybe one of them missing (it is just a bit of obvious writing when you know what comes next week).

In the b-plot Quark tries to distract Odo with Kira in order to pull off some illegal profit making activities. It is alright as well, but nothing to write home about.

NEXT TIME: Tears of the Gods

Molly O’Brien – Feral Child

Story: Time's Orphan
Written By: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle & Joe Menosky
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Another in the line of “O’Brien Must Suffer”. This time his daughter falls into some kind of time portal, only to be discovered after she’d been lost for 15 years or something. So she is some kind of feral child, as if she had been raised by wolves. It is weird.
I don’t know if I like the suffer stories, they usually just try and raise the stakes for how bad his life can be …for an episode with a reset button at the end. They feel like they belong in Voyager must of the time. This has moments but it is just a tough story to chew.

NEXT TIME: Lisa Cusak

Quark in Drag

Story: Profit and Lace
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Worst episode of the series. Basically a bad episode that puts Quark in drag. It relies entirely on bad jokes and standard female clichés…I find it pretty unbearable to watch. I will say no more on the subject.

NEXT TIME: Out of Time

Cadets

Story: Valiant
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Jake and Nog run into some Jem’Hadar ships in their runabout on their way to Ferenginar…they are luckily save by a Federation ship known as the Valiant (same type as the Defiant). When they are beamed aboard they find a crew entirely made up of Cadets, Red Squadron to be exact. Apparently they were a training vessel, on a mission to find a new kind of dominion battle ship. But when the teaching observers are all killed, the Cadets take over, and a trapped behind enemy lines.
The acting Captain decides to continue the mission, instead of returning home. But these young kids aren’t ready for the jobs and responsibility they have taken on…it is weighing on many of them. Some of them act older then they are, they have delusions of grandeur, the acting Captain himself is addicted to drugs and isn’t sleeping well…they refuse to acknowledge home, thinking it would cause only weakness…in other words it’s not good. They promote Nog to chief engineer, and treat Jake like an enemy…he doesn’t wear the uniform.

It is a great episode, showing how being unprepared in maturity is really the worst enemy…I think it really says something.

NEXT TIME: Some Like it Not

Prophets Battle the Pah-Wraiths

Story: The Reckoning
Written By: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, Harry Werksman & Gabrielle Stanton
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

An ancient religious artifact has been discovered on Bajor, and Sisko and Kira are asked to visit. The artifact says “Welcome Emissary”, obviously the reason they were asked. When Sisko then gets a vision from the Prophets, he decides to take the tablet to the station to translate the rest of the writing on it. When Dax succeeds, it seems to indicate that whatever this prophecy is, it will destroy the station.
It has some good ideas but unfortunately it falls flat in the end. It is anti-climactic. I like that the prophecy isn’t fulfilled, and that Sisko is put into a tight spot, but I think it builds up too much and doesn’t pay off here. It stinks, because it wasn’t bad in the lead up. I can’t say I understand Winn’s motives on this one.

Another issue is the first signs of Kira and Odo’s relationship, which is sort of sickeningly sweet…not something I want from these two characters.

NEXT TIME: Red Squad

Odo Finally Gets Kira

Story: His Way
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Bashir gets a new holoprogram from his friend Felix, this time it’s a lounge singer named Vic Fontaine, who is aware of his nature as a hologram. He is intuitive and smooth, and can tell that Worf and Dax are married, that O’Brien misses Keiko…and that Odo has feelings for Kira. He doesn’t spill the beans on Odo, but he does agree to help Odo learn how to win Kira over from Shakaar.
It is a good episode, because I love Darren’s performance as Fontaine. I really like this character, who plays a recurring role as an escape for our characters during the trying time that is war. I think finally getting Kira and Odo together after all this time of him pining after her was probably the only alternative (how long can you come up with stories for the sad lonely guy in the corner?). I was happy they finally did start a relationship, but I feel that after this episode there relationship is lame until partway through Season seven.

But it is a good episode, not the best, but certainly a good beginning for their relationship, even if they don’t become a good couple on screen until the seventh season.

NEXT TIME: Good vs. Evil

Vreenak

Story: In the Pale Moonlight
Written By: Michael Taylor & Peter Allan Fields
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Top 5 material for sure. What an incredible episode about how far a man can fall to save what he believes in. Sisko has started to hate Fridays. Fridays he gets the casualty reports from the war, and someone finds a friend that they have lost. It is a ritual that depresses him a lot. The Federation is going to lose this war if the Romulans don’t change their tune on this non-aggression pact they’ve signed with the Dominion. Sisko MUST get them in the war…on the Federation side.
So he makes a deal with Garak to try and convince Senator Vreenak of the Romulans that the Dominion WILL attempt to conquer Romulus after the Federation is destroyed. It is a tale of bad decisions, and getting deeper and deeper involved in shady business. When Senator Vreenak discovers that Sisko’s proof is a forgery (one of the best line deliveries in the whole series “it’s a faaaake”), Garak arranges for Vreenak’s shuttle to explode (without the knowledge or blessing of Sisko) and it results in a FANTASTIC scene between Robinson and Brooks.

The final scene, in which Sisko defends his actions because it has brought the Romulans on their side before deciding to erase his entire log…is really chilling. Does the end justify the means? Brilliant episode.

NEXT TIME: Vic Fontaine

Section-31

Story: Inquisition
Written By: Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

A terrific piece of drama. Luther Sloan from internal affairs comes to the station to investigate an alleged spy. But it turns out his suspect is Bashir, and in fact he has pretty much convicted him like a Cardassian before he has even questioned anyone. Bashir gets thrown in the brig, and questioned ruthlessly by Sloan, who twists all of Bashirs words, or claims he is lying or that he is repressing his memories. Sloan even goes so far as to create a simulation trying to convince Bashir that he really is a Dominion spy repressing his memories.
It is a great piece of drama, but it is eventually revealed that Sloan isn’t from internal affairs at all, but from a secret organization of the Federation known as Section-31. Pretty much a Federation version of the Romulan’s Tal Shiar or the Cardassian’s Obsidian Order. It is an interesting prospect, even if it goes against some of Roddenberry’s Utopian ideals about the Federation and Earth. I’m torn on the issue, I think they make for a great episode or two, but I do wonder if it sort of it contradicts some aspects of the franchise’s philosophy.

NEXT TIME: Patriot

To Love and Bear

Story: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Dukat is a dick. Kira is awoken on her mother’s birthday with a call from Dukat, who calls just to fuck with her and tell her that he once banged her mom. What a strange man he is. She tries her best to brush it off, but it weighs on her, and she is irritable for a day. She asks Sisko to use his pull as the emissary to let her go to the Orb of Time, in order to travel back in time just to see whether or not Duakt actually got busy with her mom. I’m sorry but I just wouldn’t want to know…try and forget about. I wouldn’t go looking for confirmation.
The Orb of Time seems to work in different ways, when it was seen in “Trials and Tribble-ations” it just sent the Defiant back in time, this time it not only sends Kira, but it changes her clothes and hair for her. Weird. Then she proceeds to check out what really went on between her mom and Dukat.

I didn’t really find this episode to be that satisfying, like we needed a new layer for Kira to hate Dukat, or that she needed a reason to find respect for her mom for what she did for her family. I think this was a weak entry, probably my least favorite “flashback to the occupation” episodes. What it reveals is inconsequential at this point in the series.

It isn’t really a bad episode, just not that interesting or memorable in the long run.

NEXT TIME: Luther Sloan

Dax or the Mission

Story: Change of Heart
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Worf and Jadzia go on a mission to retrieve some information from a Cardassian defector. The defector wants out and asks for help escaping. They are to meet him in the jungle of a planet, and take him to federation space. Unfortunately they meet up with some Jem’Hadar, and after defeating them…Worf discovers Dax has been hit. Now they have to meet the rendezvous with her wounded, and she is only getting worse. Worf is forced to choose the mission and his duty…or his wife.
In the end he chooses Dax, and saves her life, avoids the mission, and loses lots of info that could have changed the course of the Dominion war. It is a tough decision, but Worf makes the choice right for him, and while in some ways it would have been nice to have him choose the mission and have Dax die here, I think the impact of her death later becomes stronger because of his decision here.

The really small b-plot only makes it to the half-way point, but it involves the Chief and the Docotr attempting to beat Quark at Tongo, but Quark manages to keep his streak alive by distracting Bashir…reminding him how they both managed to lose Dax forever to Worf. It has its moments, but it really is minor to the story.

The episode is really good, and I think the performances from Dorn and Farrell are terrific.

NEXT TIME: Kira’s Mother

Infiltrating the Orion Syndicate

Story: Honor Among Thieves
Written By: René Echevarria & Philip Kim
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

O’Brien is forced to work undercover for Starfleet with the Orion Syndicate. He gets in with a man named Bilby, and attempts to find out who the Starfleet spy is. Things get sticky when he discovers that the Orion Syndicate seemed to be associated with the Dominion now, which only keeps O’Brien there longer. Even more trouble is he unfortunately grows to like Bilby, but he is doomed to betray him, given the nature of his assignment.
It is an okay episode, nothing more nothing less. It is decent, but it is nothing special.

NEXT TIME: Worf and Jadzia In the Jungle

Honey, I Shrunk the Runabout

Story: One Little Ship
Written By: David Weddle & Bradley Thompson
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

Ridiculous. While doing a scientific mission that shrinks a runabout (?), the Defiant (which is holding the runabout in a tractor beam), gets attacked and boarded by Jem’Hadar soldiers. It is really silly. We get 45 minutes of Jem’Hadar bickering about the older version (Gammas bread in the Gamma Quadrant) and the new Alphas (bread in the Alpha quadrant specifically for battle in that quadrant). So they bicker about nothing really while the normal sized crew attempt to stall them, and the tiny runabout crew try to help.
It isn’t as fun as it would like to be. There are some fun jokes, but they are mostly at the beginning and the end, everything in between is average or blah.

NEXT TIME: Bilby

The Dreamer and the Dream

Story: Far Beyond the Stars
Written By: Marc Scott Zicree, Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

This is a glorious episode. While Ben’s father visits the station, he begins to have hallucinations, and then the episode takes a shit. He is suddenly science fiction writer Benny Russell, and he writes for a pulp magazine in the 50s. It is a tale of racism and the people in this time period, mostly focusing on this group of sci-fi writers for “Incredible Tales”.
It is a great episode, with something important to say. The characters are both light and fun, but the drama is brilliantly written and acted. The cast does a tremendous job of playing these completely different characters, and it’s a group of characters you sort of don’t want to leave in the end.

NEXT TIME: Gammas vs. Alphas

Morn Dies

Story: Who Mourns for Morn?
Written By: Mark Gehred-O'Connell
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

What a fantastic episode…so much fun. When news hits the station that lovable bar staple Morn has died, everyone is hit hard, even Quark. The tables turn when Quark learns he has inherited everything owned by Morn. But as Quark learns of Morn’s hidden riches, he also meets some of Morn’s acquaintances…and he seems to have inherited Morn’s troubles as well.
It is one of my favorites, in terms of sheer fun. It is hilarious and wacky in all the right places. Morn has been in the show since “Emissary”, and it is the first episoe really centered on our character that never talks on camera. The only way to focus on him without having talk is to have him hardly in it. I’m also glad Morn didn’t actually die…it made it all the funnier.

NEXT TIME: Benny Russell

Dukat's Head

Story: Waltz
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

“Waltz” is a great episode. It really digs deep into the psychology of Dukat, a man who’s motives have become somewhat muddled until now. Sisko visits a ship where Dukat is being held prisoner. When the ship has an accident, Sisko awakes in a cave with only Dukat…a Dukat who is increasingly becoming unstable since the death of his daughter.
What is brilliant about this is that Dukat basically reveals that he really wasn’t the kind leader during the Bajoran Occupation as he kept trying to convince Kira and others for the past 6 years…he really was the viscous bastard who wished he had killed every last Bajoran before he left. The death of Ziyal has only made what he has refused to accept about himself for many years come to light, and he is going a bit mad because of it.

It is a terrific episode.

NEXT TIME: You know Morn, he never shuts up

Ferengi Heroes

Story: The Magnificent Ferengi
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

The best Ferengi focused episode by far. I’ve said it before, but unlike many fans I often enjoy the Ferengi episodes on DS9, but most fans who would disagree with me on that one have to admit that this one is pretty entertaining. Ishka, Quark and Rom’s moogie, is captured by the Dominion; it is up to them to save her. They assemble a team of Ferengi for a rescue mission including Nog, Brunt, Gaila, and Leck and create a plan for a prisoner exchange. Sisko agrees to use Keevan, the Vorta captured in “Rocks and Shoals”, to be the prisoner exchanged for Ishka. But things get even stickier when Gaila accidently shoots and kills Keevan.
It is an all around fun time. There is just so much enjoyment I get out of seeing the various interactions between these Ferengi. It really is amazing to see how far they’ve come from their first appearance in “The Last Outpost”. Also Iggy Pop gives a great performance as the Vorta holding Ishka.

Good fun.

NEXT TIME: Sisko trapped with Dukat

Mutants

Story: Statistical Probabilities
Written By: René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Four genetically enhanced patients of a mental institution are brought to the station to try and learn how to contribute to society, much like our Dr. Bashir. At first they seem hopeless, but when they are able to tell so much about Damar just by watching his speech on a monitor…he wonders if they are capable of more. They are able to figure out the Dominion’s plan in some negotiations, but then they take their projections to a new level.
They end up using mathematical equations and factoring in all contingencies…and end up figuring out the outcome of the Dominion War entirely. They believe the only way to save as many lives as possible is surrender. Bashir agrees, but no one in Starfleet really does. Then the patients decide that the next best alternative is to cause an invasion that will end the war now in favor of the Dominion, killing only a few to save many. Bashir realizes that this plan is madness and attempts to stop them (they knock him out and tie him up). Luckily the mute in their group frees Julian.

When the help of one person derails their plan, it makes Bashir wonder if maybe they haven’t really factored in all the equations. There may be hope yet. It is a good episode, really entertaining, and also one that makes you think.

NEXT TIME: Moogie Captured by the Dominion

Mirror Bareil

Story: Resurrection
Written By: Michael Taylor
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

“Resurrection” is forgettable. Bareil shows up on the station, his mirror counterpart anyway. He attempts to take refuge on the station, but it all turns out it is a plot to help the Intendant from the Mirror Universe steal an orb. It is kind of dull all around, and it doesn’t really have that many exciting or fun performances, like the mirror episodes usually do.
It comes off as even more dull and forgettable when you consider that this airs right after the 6 episode arc and the wedding episode…so now it is this dull little slow story that is not only forgettable in the line of mirror stories, but also taking the momentum out of the room after the episodes it followed this season. Shame.

NEXT TIME: Jack, Lauren, Patrick and Sarina

Once Upon a Wedding

Story: You Are Cordially Invited
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Worf and Jadzia agreed to get married when the station was taken back, and now is the time. So they are going to get married, but the wedding is being pushed forward, in order to let Alexander be there. The episode is okay, but it is flawed, especially after this fantastic arc.
Bashir, O’Brien, Martok, Alexander, and Sisko join Worf in what is essentially a Klingon Bachelor Party. It is painful. On the other end of things Jadzia must impress Martok’s wife in order to join the house in marrying Worf. It is painful.

The episode is alright, but mostly the trials for Worf’s Bachelor Party thing and and the great exciting Bachelorette Party for Dax (especially nog’s crazy dancing).  That stuff is hilarious and fun, and the wedding is good, but there are some flaws that are head to rectify in this episode.

I REALLY didn’t like how Kira and Odo wander off to play seven minutes in heaven in a closet and come out being the best of friends. I’m sorry but he BETRAYED her trust. He ditched her and everyone else during the occupation of the Dominion and almost let Rom DIE because he was too busy fucking around with the Female Changeling to give a damn, and without us getting real closure on that, they just make up OFF SCREEN? Screw that.

Despite these flaws, I really liked the wedding, despite missing people in attendance (The Rhozhenkos…the Enterprise crew he served with for 8 years) But all absences are actually really easily explained away with the volatile war situation in the Alpha Quadrant, as well as the sudden change of date for the wedding for Alexander.

NEXT TIME: Switching Places

Rataking Deep Space Nine

Story: Sacrifice of Angels
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Best space battle in the whole damn franchise. This episode is awesome. It starts right before the battle, and then spends a great deal of time dealing with the actual space battle for DS9. Then there are the dealings on the station, rescuing Rom, sabotaging the disabling of the minefield, Quark becoming a hero. It is pretty magnificent stuff.
When the Klingons show up, it changes the game, and the Federation are able to win back DS9 and chase the Dominion back into Cardassian space (Weyoun’s best line of the episode “welp…time to pack”). It is a great victory, but there are consequences. In order to stop the Dominion fleet from coming through the wormhole, Sisko must ask the Prophets to destroy them entirely. They tell him that he may be of Bajor, but he will find no rest there. He is going to suffer because of their help here. Another loss is Ziyal, who dies at the hands of Damar, before seeing Garak again. It drives Dukat even more insane.

I did enjoy those joyous moments of returning to the station, the Bajorans welcoming back their Emissary, Jake and Ben being reunited, Martok owing Sisko a case of bloodwine…Jadzia and Worf reunited. It is great to see.

It is a great finale to the end of this arc.

NEXT TIME: Worf and Jadzia Get Married

Fortune

Story: Favor the Bold
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Favor the Bold is a badass episode. It is basically the culmination of the whole arc. Initially it was the end, but it became two episodes out of necessity really (this could NOT have been just one episode). Sisko forms a new plan to overthrow the Dominion…taking back Deep Space Nine. He wants as many troops as possible to take back the station, before they disable the minefield, because protecting Earth is not as important. Earth isn’t the most important post in the quadrant, the station is.
Meanwhile on the station, Rom is still stuck in jail, doomed to be executed. Kira makes attempts to have him freed, asking Weyoun and Dukat, even asking Ziyal to plead with her father but it only causes issues between the Father and daughter. At one point Kira and Ziyal are speaking and Damar attempts to end it, and Kira knocks Damar out. It is badass.

The episode is basically set up for “Sacrifice of Angels”, but that is okay…there is a LOT to build up, and a lot to start bringing to an end in this arc. In this episode the Federation prepares for an all out assault, and Dominion brushes off what little threat they think the Federation is at this point. Also Nog is promoted to full ensign.

The final moments are just before the battle, the next episode is going to be epic.

NEXT TIME: We’re About to Find Out

Life During Wartime

Story: Behind the Lines
Written By: René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Kira’s resistance cell is slowly causing mayhem on the Station. Odo is upset by this prospect, maybe blinded somewhat by his position on the Terok Nor council…and trying to maintain order. But then a new issue arises: the Female Changeling comes aboard the station. Trapped in the alpha quadrant because of the minefield, she feels the need to be with her people. Odo even goes so far as to link with her. It’s a pretty bad situation. He begins to pay less attention to Kira and the resistance, and starts to explore himself…he is losing site of his priorities.
Damar’s drunken big mouth though gives Quark info, which he shares with Kira’s resistance cell: they’ve found a way of disabling the mines. Rom sets about disrupting their plan, gets caught (because Odo links again and doesn’t shut off the alarm) and is thrown in jail.

The B-story this time is with Sisko, who was given an assignment to take out a Dominion sensor which has been keeping the Dominion a step ahead of the Federation during this war the whole time. But then Admiral Ross decides he needs Sisko behind a desk. He is given a promotion and is kept at the starbase in a more strategic position. It is a very small story, one that pays off in the next episode.

NEXT TIME: The New Plan

Alexander As a Warrior

Story: Sons and Daughters
Written By: Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Possibly the weak link in the 6-episode arc. It isn’t the worst episode in the world; it just isn’t as well structured or as brilliantly executed as the Previous two, as well as the following three. The main plot involves some new recruits on the Rotarran, Martok’s ship which Worf is serving aboard during this time without the station. One of these new recruits is a familiar face: Alexander Rhozhenko. Worf has sort of lost touch with Alexander since he once again sent him off to his foster parents. Worf really is a deadbeat dad. Alexander has tried to make a new path for himself, to be a warrior. It was a path he previously showed no interest in.
Worf has never been a good father to Alexander. He has not really changed. He fights for Alexander; he is a rather bad teacher to him while trying to teach him how to fight hand to hand, but Alexander spills the beans on the real problem between them: Worf abandoned him. Worf has to really reflect on what a piece of shit he’s been to this kid over the years. It’s a premise I’m glad was explored finally. In the end Worf finally learns to respect his son, and helps him join the House of Martok.

The B-plot is once again on the station, featuring the return of Dukat’s daughter Ziyal. Dukat tries to use her once again to get closer to Kira. He really has a sick thing for her…even using his own daughter to build some kind of bond between the two.

NEXT TIME: On the Station

Crash-Landed

Story: Rocks and Shoals
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

The wounded commandeered Jem’Hadar ship has an encounter with other Jem’Hadar ships, and gets a good beating…and crash-lands on a planet. Jadzia is wounded; the symbiont may be wounded itself. Also crashed on the planet is another Jem’Hadar ship, with a wounded Vorta and limited Ketracel-White for the Jem’Hadar. It is a game of trying to survive, but the Vorta has his own plans for survival. He orders the Jem’Hadar to attack the Starfleet camp, and given Sisko the plans so he can kill all the Jem’Hadar before they run out of white and kill everyone themselves. It is an uncomfortable position, but the only real option.
The smaller b-plot is actually pretty weighty. Kira has become the very thing she despised during the occupation: a collaborator. She is helping the Dominion…day in, day out. She has even come to apologizing for them: they are about to send Vorta to Bajor for supplies and help (the Dominion has cut off Bajor from all other suppliers, but she seems to be forgetting the impact of that). But when a Vedek hangs herself in front of all on the promenade…Kira can’t sit back any longer…she is going to begin a resistance.

NEXT TIME: Ziyal Returns to the Station from Bajor

Not Going Well

Story: A Time to Stand
Written By: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Season 6 begins with a serialized six-episode arc, this first episode establishes some simple elements: they are still not back at the station…and the war is not going well. Our characters have been fighting relentlessly, and stuck in the little cramped Defiant isn’t helping anyone’s moral…not to mention the constant bad news from the front. On the station Odo, Kira, Quark, and Jake are still on the station, forced to work with the Dominion and the Cardassians because of the non-aggression pact made with Bajor. In the behind the lines story, Kira and Odo want the Bajoran security back on the promenade, Dukat refuses…Weyound decides that they will be reinstated when Odo asks him personally…Odo is a God.
Starfleet finally does comes up with a new plan: to destroy the main supply of Ketracel-white in the Alpha-quadrant. This could be dramatic turn of events for the Federation, since the Wormhole is still mined near DS9, and so far the Dominion/Cardassians have not yet been able to figure out a way to disable the minefield. So the Jem’Hadar ship captured by Sisko in “The Ship” is going to be flown by the Defiant crew in order to destroy the supply. They do succeed in destroying the supplier, but not without repercussions: the bomb goes off early and knocks out there warp drive…they are stranded in Cardassian/Dominion space.

There are a lot of nice character touches; from our people behind the lines, the Defiant crew with Garak and Rom, Martok and Sisko, Admiral Ross, the banter between Damar, Dukat and Weyoun as well. It is a fantastic set-up for what the next 5 episodes will involve for sure.

NEXT TIME: None But the Brave

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 5 Recap

Season 5 is essentially the season in which the writers and producers got the show back on the track they were planning before the executives forced some changes for ratings sake. Luckily I don’t feel that the executive meddling did that much harm to the series, in actuality I think it really helped Season 5 a lot, and the whole Dominion arc…it added this whole extra layer, one that really built up this impending doom that is the Dominion War.

The war is slowly built up to in this season, from slowly ending aggressions with the Klingons, to finally make the Cardassians big villains again when they join the Dominion, to the great reveal that there was a changeling Bashir for several episodes…right up to the bitter end when the station is lost to the Dominion and the war officially begins.

It is a great season, one with not only fantastic dramatic episodes, but also some hilarious and fun stories as well. I also like that by this season everyone has costumes that are not only easier on the eyes, but look realistic as well. Odo has a collar that looks more official (added at the beginning of Season 4), Kira has lost the shoulder pads (also changed in season 4), Jake is wearing actual clothes with vests (instead of the nightmare PJs he wore in earlier seasons), and halfway through this season the Starfleet crew change to the Black on grey First Contact uniforms, which just look better on screen and actually look like believable uniforms (I love Trek and all...but the primary colors aren’t all that realistic for a huge Starfleet that is to be taken seriously).

All in all everything is pretty solid in this season, broadcast during the 30th anniversary of the Franchise.

NEXT TIME: The Six-Episode Arc

The War Begins

Story: Call to Arms
Written By: Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

What an incredible finale. It is epic from the word go. It has big sweeping themes, and brings many character arcs into the fold…the arcs don’t really end, but many get a new direction. It is a game changer. DS9 decided against repeating TNG’s standard cliffhangers, and went with the effective game change endings. The main arc of the season would be over, but they show you what is too come in a way.
Anyhow, the Dominion has been sending troops through the wormhole…attack seem imminent. It is decided by Starfleet and Sisko to mine the wormhole to keep anymore troops from coming through. This obviously pisses off the Dominion. So Weyoun and Sisko make some veiled attempts at compromise, but neither really buys it. Sisko lays the mines.

So much happens in this episode, Jake’s struggle with war and medicine from “Nor the Battle to the Strong”, Rom and Leeta get married, Bajor signs the non-aggression pact with the Dominion to ensure that planet’s safety, Klingons destroy Dominion fleetyards, all Starfleet members evacuate the station, the station becomes Terok Nor again – captured by the Dominion/Cardassians…Jake stay behind.

It’s a heavy episode, it is exciting and thrilling and dramatic and funny…it is one of the best episodes of the series…and the final moments where Dukat sees Sisko’s baseball (his message that he will be back)…and the Defiant and Rotarran meeting up with this GIANT fleet of Klingon and Federation ships…it is one of the most epic shots of the franchise.

NEXT TIME: DS9 Season 5 Recap

Willie Mays Rookie Card

Story: In the Cards
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

A fantastic episode. It is actually a lot of fun. The crew of the station are all pretty depressed, it seems as if war with the Dominion is on its way, and no one feels good about it at all. Jake is concerned about his father, he knows that Ben is often one that people go to for strength, but now even he can’t seem to shake depression. When he and Nog learn a 1951 Willie Mays rookie card is going to be on the auction block at Quarks, he decides it is the perfect gift for his dad. But they lose at auction, and then make a series of deals and trades in order to trade for the card with the actual winner. It is a lot of good fun, and the episode has this calm before the storm feel to it.
In a dramatic B-plot, Bajor is considering signing a non-aggression pact with the Dominion, in order to protect its borders entirely, something the Federation cannot guarantee. Kai Winn is sort of in a rock and hard place, siding with the Federation and risking being the first target for annihilation, or siding with the Dominion…basically signing up to be the first conquered. Neither way is a win-win for Bajor.

But it’s the A-plot that really sells the episode, from the sort of wacky mad scientist in Giger, to the many wants and needs of our main characters, to the absolute hilarity of banter between Jake and Nog.

NEXT TIME: Second Battle of Deep Space 9

Sister Station

Story: Empok Nor
Written By: Bryan Fuller and Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Needing some spare parts for the station, O’Brien leads a team to grab some parts from the sister station Empok Nor, also in the team are Garak and Nog. But when they get to the station they discover that they are not alone. Hiding in the shadows are two Cardassians, affected with a psychotropic drug that causes them to be extra violent. Unfortunately, Garak gets infected as well, and he gets a little scary.
It is an all right episode. It isn’t that good or bad, but it certainly entertaining and has a good tone of dark and scary.

NEXT TIME: Lions and Gigers and bears

Fate of Eddington

Story: Blaze of Glory
Written By: Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

A solid conclusion to both the Sisko-Eddington arc, as well as the whole Maquis thing in general. A message is intercepted from the Maquis, who were mostly wiped out by the new Cardassian/Dominion alliance. It seems they have set up some missiles aimed at the Cardassians in retaliation, but the federation can’t allow these missiles to go through, for it could lead to an all out war with the Dominion.
So Sisko forces Eddington to help him find and disarm the missiles. They find the bunker eventually, only the whole thing was a ruse. The message was a lie, there are no missiles, and Eddington devised this plan as a way to both get out of jail and to regroup with some Maquis survivors, including his wife. But the Jem’Hadar have invaded this hidden bunker, and Eddington fights them off to die in a blaze of glory, protecting his friends and family one last time.

Rick Berman wouldn’t allow a definitive “the maquis are over and done with” statement. He wanted them available for the future of Voyager (???). But while the writers left it somewhat open-ended, it is pretty much an arc that is over and done with. DS9 and TNG handled these stories so well, they were rarely used in a bad manor, probably because they were such a different idea in Trek that they had so many avenues to pursue. But I am glad they ended it here, Voyager had no idea what to do with them, and this series gave them a strong beginning and end.

NEXT TIME: Psychotropic Drug

Descendants of the Defiant Crew

Story: Children of Time
Written By: Gary Holland and Ethan H. Calk
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

A lot of fans like this episode a lot, it is often put up there with “The Visitor”. But while that episode has a real emotional heart between Jake and Ben, this one is just plain dull and boring. I don’t care for it.
The Defiant crew hit some kind of energy beam and end up on a planet…with a village filled with their own descendants. They seem to have traveled in time, generations later, after the Defiant was trapped on this planet. Its kind of confusing when you think about it, and I think the whole Kira-Odo thing is only somewhat well executed here. I'm not sure I care for him revealing to her his feelings, since it is only sort of touched on later (where they agree to just forget about it).

I just don’t buy it.

NEXT TIME: End of the Maquis

IKS Rotarran

Story: Soldiers of the Empire
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Worf and Dax join General Martok on a rescue mission on the Rotarran, a bird-of-prey with a crew who has had a bad record in battle. Martok himself hasn’t led a mission since his imprisonment by the Dominion.
The crew of the Rotarran see weakness in their leader…Martok is clearly still mentally wounded from his experience in the prison camp. When the ship they are meant to rescue seems to close to the Cardassian border…Martok decides to abort the mission. It is a sign of cowardice, and cowardice is not recommended for a Klingon leader. It is the first officer’s duty to kill a leader showing weakness in battle, but Worf has issues doing so. He shared a moment with Martok during imprisonment…Martok helped save Worf’s life while fighting Jem’Hadar, kept him mentally prepared and kept Worf from giving up and dying during the fight. Worf uses a similar moment to get Martok’s spirt back in the end.

This is an unusual episode in that it mostly takes place on the Rotarran, almost entirely with the Klingons. It is pretty good too, DS9 really made the Klingons cool again, when they had become a bit dull and tired in TNG…I never would have thought that new life would be breathed into them.

NEXT TIME: Yedrin Dax

Moogie and the Nagus

Story: Ferengi Love Songs
Written By: Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Quark is depressed, having no Ferengi status still. He returns home to be with Moogie…only to discover she is dating the Nagus. It bothers him, but Brunt offers to give him his license back if he can break it up (Brunt fears she will disrupt Ferengi society with her unorthodox influence on the Nagus). Quark does break them up, but it causes a landslide in the Ferengi Stock Market…Zek is losing his memory and skills…Moogie was the power behind the throne. Quark manages to get them back together, save the Ferengi alliance and keep his Business License.
The story is okay, not the best Ferengi episode in the world, but decent. I don’t care for the new actress playing Ishka (Cecily Adams). Andrea Martin played the character more convincingly…as a real old woman, but Adams plays her like a cartoony old lady. I just think its weak (it actually gets worse in future episodes she appears).

The B-plot involves Rom and Leeta getting engaged, running into trouble, and then getting engaged again. It is average: and I don’t care for the acting of Chase Masterson…as attractive as she may be, her acting is nothing more than bad.

NEXT TIME: Star Trek: Klingon

Tekeny Ghemor

Story: Ties of Blood and Water
Written By: Edmund Newton, Robbin L. Slocum and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

A sequel of sorts to “Second Skin”, we see the return and fate of Tekeny Ghemor. He returns to DS9 at the request of Kira, who would like to use his former position and connections to the Cardassian Dissident movement to disrupt the new Cardassian-Dominion alliance. Two problems stand in the way: Dukat comes to extradite him…and he is dying.
At first she cares for him, he is a sort of surrogate father to her. Her own father died during the occupation, she missed his death by an hour…she chose to fight the Cardassians instead of staying with him, a decision she has regretted for years. But when she learns of some information about Ghemor’s past, she distances herself from him…mirroring her missing her own father’s death.

It is a decent episode, some great acting from Visitor, but the episode is just a good episode: not a tremendous one. It is notable for seeing the return of Weyoun, who had died in “To the Death”, but here it is revealed that the Vorta clone themselves ( a clever idea, especially when it really was just an excuse to bring Combs back…thank god they did he is awesome). There is a particularly great scene between Sisko, Dukat and Weyoun. Enjoy.

NEXT TIME: Leeta and Rom Get Engaged

Gaila

Story: Business as Usual
Written By: Bradley Thompson and David Weddle
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Quark is still ruined by his actions in “Body Parts”, and his cousin Gaila comes to the station to offer him a job in his weapons dealing business. But Quark doesn’t have the stomach for selling weapons of mass destruction to mad men. He also is a bit uneasy dealing with Gaila’s associate, who is a bit on the touchy side. It is a solid episode, one of the good more dramatic episodes for Quark, who often gets the more comic relief episodes, but this is a good one.
The B-plot involves the Chief having to hold his new baby, who cries every time he sets him down. It is a fun little b-story for sure, but rather forgettable in the grand scheme of things.

NEXT TIME: Return of Weyoun

Odo Does the Nasty

Story: A Simple Investigation
Written By: René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

This episode would have made more sense if Odo was still human, but the producers failed and put it way after he regained his shapeshifting abilities, and the idea of Odo having a sexual relationship is pure crap here. It just doesn’t make all that much sense.
The story itself is just average; it is basically a Film Noir plot set on the station.

NEXT TIME: Quark as a Weapons Dealer

Bashir’s Parents

Story: Doctor Bashir, I Presume
Written By: Ronald D. Moore and Jimmy Diggs
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Lewis Zimmerman, the man who created the EMH (the Doctor on Voyager and other Starships), has come to the station to use Bashir as a model for a new LMH, a longterm medical hologram. The problem comes up when it comes to interviews to make the hologram more-well rounded, building a psychological profile. He has to interview people…including Julian’s parents. Zimmerman does not respect Julian’s wishes and decides to interview them.
The problem that arrives is that Bashir is not what we all thought…his parents had him genetically engineered as a child…Bashir is actually kind of illegal. Genetic engineering is not just frowned upon, but totally illegal since the eugenics wars. So this discovery about Bashir’s background puts him in an uncomfortable position.

They decide in the end that for every Julian Bashir (an example of successful genetic engineering) there are several Khan Noonien Singhs (an example of the worst case scenario in genetic engineering). Julian is given a pass, but the standing on genetic engineering is still totally illegal.

I like this episode; I really enjoyed the performance from Picardo, who gives a grumpier performance as Zimmerman (even grumpier than his standard performance as the Doctor). I didn’t really care for the Leeta stroyline ,with either Zimmerman or Rom. But Rom marrying her is like…whatever. I don’t really care but I just think her character is useless.

NEXT TIME: Arissa

Cardassians Join the Dominion

Story: By Inferno's Light
Written By: Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

This is really one of the best two-parters of the franchise. The Jem’Hadar come through the wormhole, but do not attack the station, they head for Cardassia…Dukat’s Bird of Prey joins them…but not to fight…to literally join. He has become the new head of the Cardassian Government and has made Cardassia join the Dominion. Holy crap. I’m glad Dukat was a villain again, the Cardassian-Bajoran-Federation Alliance never really worked well.
In the prison camp, Worf fights Jem’Hadar on the station, while Garak faces his claustrophobia in a tight wall to try and send a message to the runabout. On the station the Gowron resigns the Khitomer Accords, which is awesome because I prefer the Cardassians as villains and Klingons as allies. Also Changeling-Bashir makes attempts to sabotage the station and to advance the war with the Dominion and disrupt the new alliance with the Klingons. In the end Martok is made the main Klingon military presence on the Station…and Martok quickly becomes the best example of a Klingon ever…others were corrupt politicians or idiots…Worf is this conflicted guy…Martok is the quintessential Klingon. A brave warrior with keen military sense, a sense of humor and is totally badass and actually honorable through in through.

It is a brilliant and awesome episode. The show is well on its way to bringing the war with the Dominion to its inevitable clash. Incredible couple of episodes.

NEXT TIME: Emergency Holographic Bashir

Dominion Prison Camp

Story: In Purgatory's Shadow
Written By: Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

A message from Enabran Tain makes its way to DS9,Sisko sends Garak and Worf to follow the message, but wind up in the middle of a Jem’Hadar invasion fleet. They get thrown into a Dominion Prison Camp, and find General Martok, the real Martok who was replaced with a Changeling seen throughout Season 4 and exposed at the start of this season. Also found there are Tain, who was last seen going down with his ship during the failed raid on the Founders by the Obsiddian Order and Tal-Shiar. Oh and one other unexpected prisoner…Dr. Bashir. He is wearing the old uniforms last seen in “The Ascent”…meaning that since at least “Rapture” we’ve had a Changleing Bashir on the station. Crazy good reveal.
The Garak-Ziyal-Dukat plot is fairly interesting as well, and it leads to some solid scenes. The prison camp on the asteroid looks awesome, and the invasion fleet coming trough the wormhole at the end is a great visual effect.

Anyhow the Dominion threat is bigger than it ever was before, and at the end of the episode, the plan to close off the wormhole fails, sabotaged by Changeling-Bashir…and the fleet of Jem’Hadar ships comes through the wormhole.

NEXT TIME: Prison Break

Sisko vs. Eddington

Story: For the Uniform
Written By: Peter Allan Fields
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Sisko was hurt by the defection of Eddington in “For the Cause”. He pulled one over Sisko’s head…and he doesn’t like that he trusted him. He wasn’t a changeling or a prophet or some other highly intelligent being…he was just another man…and he beat Sisko and defected to the Maquis. So he wants to get him on trial bad. It is an obsession now. He needs to get his white whale…and he is not taking now for an answer.
It is a terrifically executed episode, it has great drama, wonderful performances from Brooks and Kenneth Marshall, and a plot that is intense and thrilling. A wonderful episode that has a strong conclusion later in the season and the end to the Sisko/Eddington arc.

NEXT TIME: The Real Martok

Babies

Story: The Begotten
Written By: René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Quark finds a sick or dead baby changeling, and he sells it to Odo, who takes quite an interest. He begins to do simple experiments to teach it to shapeshift, but Dr. Mora (the scientist who discovered Odo) returns to the station in order to help Odo with his experiments. It brings up the old issues between the two, but experimenting and trying to help the baby changeling manages to help them solve some of these old issues. It is great to see Odo happy about something. In the end the child begins to die, but in its final moments of life it connects into Odo…and somehow gives him his shapeshifting abilities back.
In the B-story Kira is giving birth to the O’Brien’s child. Mostly it is an uninteresting plot about Shakaar and Miles bickering a lot. Who knows why…beyond one loves Kira and one wants that baby inside her. It is mostly just silly writing here. I did, however, enjoy the final scene with Kira and Odo where Kira admits she has become a bit attached to the baby, and wishes she could have kept it. It is an honest thing to happen to a person who carries a child and gives it away.

NEXT TIME: Finding the Defector

Silaran Prin

Story: The Darkness and the Light
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1997

Members of Kira’s old resistance cell are being murdered one by one, and Kira is getting haunting distorted messages saying “that’s one” or “that’s two” as each one is killed off. I think having this story take place during Kira’s pregnancy is a really brilliant. The writers could have easily held this one off until after Visitor gave birth, but writing this story about her losing her friends one by one and being held back not only by duty but by her own condition as well. It also gave the writers this fantastic dramtic final scene, in which hthe Cardassian getting his revenge plans to remove the baby from Kira by force, and raise it with his own sense of morality, a morality he feels is totally lost in Kira.
It is a pretty decent episode, with a terrific climactic scene. I think without that scene the episode wouldn’t have been nearly as strong.

NEXT TIME: Return of Dr. Mora

B’Hala

Story: Rapture
Written By: L. J. Strom and Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1996

An interesting turn for Sisko. When a Bajoran artifact is finally returned by the Cardassians, it leads Sisko to study it, but he becomes a bit attached to it. He becomes obsessed studying it, to figure out what it means. It has something to do with a mythical land known as B’Hala. He actually feels like he was there at one moment. A problem occurs when Bajor is being accepted into the Federation, finally, and he realizes that the Bajor should not join. It is a moment in which he changes his tune on the whole Emissary thing. From here on out he accepts the role…actually embraces it. But in doing so he disappoints his Starfleet superiors.
It is a good episode, if you are into the whole Bajoran-Emissary-Prophets thing (which I am). The episode also see the return of Kassidy Yates who has been released from her stint in prison after the events of “For the Cause”. Another noteworthy change is that the new uniforms introduced in “Star Trek: First Contact” make their first appearance in this episode and would be worn until the end of the series.

NEXT TIME: That’s One

Quark and Odo Trapped

Story: The Ascent
Written By: Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1996

The A-Plot has Odo and Quark in a runabout, which crash lands, and has them trapped on an inhabitable planet together, forced to lean on each other in order to survive. It is a fun little story, I love their combative relationship, and I think the episode works well because of it.
The B-story has Jake and Nog moving in together on the station, but Rom has become a bit more rigid in Starfleet Academy, and it is causing friction between the two. It is a solid B-story, not as good as the A-plot…but it is solid nonetheless. Sort of your average odd couple situation.

NEXT TIME: The New Uniforms

Nightmare on Odo Street

Story: Things Past
Written By: Michael Taylor
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1996

Really good episode, a lot like “Necessary Evil”, where we get a lot of background on Odo and his involvement on Terok Nor during the occupation. Some sort of accident on a runabout sends Odo, Dax, Sisko, and Garak back to the station during the occupation, and Odo is forced to relive one of his most haunting memories…the time he sentenced three innocent Bajorans for an assassination attempt on Dukat. Essentially all four are trapped in a Odo’s nightmare.
It is a great episode, dark and chilling ,with that dark Cardassian atmosphere and some wonderful character development for Odo…and Auberjonois gives one hell of a performance.

Great episode.

NEXT TIME: Jake and Nog move in together

Morality of Risa

Story: Let He Who Is Without Sin...
Written By: Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1996

I hate Risa stories. They are the dumbest thing in the universe, because “sex planet” will always seem creepy to me. This episode is a failure because it tries to talk about openness with sex and those who want to be a bit more conservative…but it is just done so poorly I can’t stand it.
Basically, Worf is a stick in the mud for 30 minutes while Dax, Bashir, and Lela all act like horny kids on ecstasy. Annoying Christian Right analogues serve as assholes trying to stop the sex planet through its weather controls. It is painful to watch.

NEXT TIME: More of Odo on Terok Nor

Temporal Investigations

Story: Trials and Tribble-ations
Written By: Ronald D. Moore and René Echevarria
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1996

Fantastic episode. The effects are brilliant, you really feel as I our characters are on the old TOS sets. The whole episode deals with the Defiant transporting an old Darvin and an orb of time in the Defiant, and accidentally getting thrown back to the events of “The Trouble with Tribbles”. It is one of the best homage filled episodes ever…and I’ve never been presented with an opportunity to watch it, and not taken it.
The cast looks like they are just having fun, because they are, and it makes the audience enjoy it all the more. It is enjoyable in every single scene, and has some of the funnest moments in the franchise.

NEXT TIME: Worf is a Stick in the Mud

Not Keiko

Story: The Assignment
Written By: David R. Long, Robert Lederman, David Weddle and Bradley Thompson
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1996

Keiko comes back to the station after being on Bajor…but she is possessed by a pah-wraith and is forcing O’Brien to make modifications to the station, or else it will kill Keiko. He gets Rom to help him save time, but it turns out that the pah-wraith wants to destroy the Prophets.
As O’Brien Must Suffer episodes go, this one is pretty good. Mostly they are either silly or too unbelievable, but this one works well within the DS9 universe and it gets a great performance out of Meaney, not to mention Grodenchik and Chao. Chao is not one that often gets praise in these Treks, but she does a good job here.

NEXT TIME: The Orb of Time