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