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.

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