Synopsis: Garak and Worf investigate a message which suggests that Cardassian spymaster Enabran Tain is still alive. Upon their arrival, not only do they find Tain, but also General Martok… and someone they did not expect. The crew tries to defend the Alpha Quadrant from the invading Dominion fleet; Worf, Garak, and the other prisoners prepare to escape from the Dominion Internment Camp.
Memory Alpha Summary: Got it Done
Dax: [of the Dominion ships] There sure are a lot of them.
Kira: That’ll just make it harder for us to miss
Oh boy have they been building up to this two-parter, and it’s glorious from start to finish. That Tain is Garak’s father makes perfect sense and puts together a lot of pieces from previous episodes. But beyond that convenient resolution, there’s just so much character development here. Worf finally gets to kick some ass, beating up one Jem’Hadar soldier after another. In fact, it makes you wonder why he was so useless on the Enterprise. But most importantly, Gul Dukat does a heel turn and becomes the ultra villain he’s been teasing at for years, becoming the Hitler to the evil succubus of the Dominion. Oh, and Gowron is now back on the Federation’s side again? Oh man, I just love every twist and turn here. I was never that comfortable with Gowron’s sudden turn against the Federation given how much he owed to the Federation for his ascension in the first place. This feels right.
The only criticism, and it’s mild, is that Julian being a Changeling on DS9 feels a bit too much like they forced it in there, especially since they really didn’t drop any hints in the past couple episodes. Apparently, the writers were afraid to drop hints, but it would have been more satisfying if they had.
And that’s a wrap. Hopefully the few of you who followed along enjoyed reading this.
Synopsis: After a Cardassian man arrives on the station suffering from an illness that he could only have contracted at a Bajoran labor camp during the Occupation. Major Kira leads an investigation to determine whether he is actually a notorious war criminal.
Memory Alpha Summary: The screaming of the lambs
Review: It only took sixteen episodes, but Gul Dukat finally comes back to play. Unfortunately, Garak is nowhere in sight, given a disappointing singular episode in season one. The star of this episode, though, is another Cardassian. A marvelous performance by Harris Yulin as the personality changing prisoner. I was caught a bit off guard by the ending, which is quite powerful.
Continue reading 2. Duet (1.19)
Synopsis: Upon returning from a mission to the Parada system, O’Brien begins to notice the crew acting strange around him and suspects there may be some unknown influence at work.
Memory Alpha Summary: They forgot the Voight-Kampff test
Review: Our final installment of O’Brien Must Suffer, or rather, his replicant must suffer here. What a brilliant concept, seeing an entire episode through the eyes of a replicant that doesn’t know he’s a replicant. What appears to be a generic conspiracy plot turns out to be that much deeper. We also get a fun chase scene to end it.
Continue reading 3. Whispers (2.14)
Synopsis: Sisko takes an untested Starfleet warship into the Gamma Quadrant in an attempt to find the Founders of the Dominion. On his homeworld, Odo learns about his people while back on the station, Sisko discovers that the price the Federation is willing to pay for peace with the Dominion may be too high; The Founders learn that the only way they are going to take over the Alpha Quadrant is through war.
Memory Alpha Summary: DS9’s version of Q Who
Review: Another episode that shows how much better the writing is on DS9 versus TNG. Allowing use of a warship and a cloak makes perfect sense, given the Federation’s apparent weaknesses in firepower compared to nearly every major race in the Alpha and Gamma quadrant. It also gives the special effects people more fun and makes space battles in the show more tense. I wish they had been able to keep the Romulan T’Rul on board the Defiant, as a Romulan character whose motivation isn’t solely “destroy the Federation” would have been nice.
Continue reading 4. The Search (3.01, 3.02)
Synopsis: When a Klingon fleet under General Martok arrives at the station ostensibly to protect the Alpha Quadrant from the Dominion, Sisko recruits Lieutenant Commander Worf to discover the Klingons’ true intentions.
Memory Alpha Summary: Michael Dorn finally gets to have fun
Review: After sputtering to the finish line in season 3, DS9 needed to make a statement in season 4. And they produced the goddamn Gettysburg address. This episode could have easily been “The show where they brought back Worf,” but it transcends that to be one of the best episodes of the series.
Continue reading 5. The Way Of The Warrior (4.01, 4.02)
Synopsis: With mounting losses in the Federation-Dominion war, and the specter of defeat, Captain Sisko enlists Garak’s help to “persuade” the Romulans to join the Federation/Klingon alliance to win the war. However Sisko soon learns that to save the Federation he may have to betray the values it stands for.
Memory Alpha Summary: Dance with the devil
Review: This one reminded me of Suspicions, where Beverly narrates her stupid decisions that nearly ended her career, but in the nick of time everything works out fine and she’s exonerated because ends justify the means.
Continue reading 6. In the Pale Moonlight (6.19)
Synopsis: An accident inside the wormhole sends Kira and Bashir into the “mirror universe”, where Klingons, Cardassians, and Bajorans rule over their Human slaves.
Memory Alpha Summary: The fairest of them all
Review: A continuation of the episode Mirror, Mirror from TOS, and what a freaking brilliant idea. Where as TNG would pay homage to the original series, or bring back characters, DS9 actually honors it by further promoting those storylines.
Continue reading 7. Crossover (2.23)
Synopsis: When Temporal Investigations arrives on Deep Space 9, Sisko recounts how he and the crew of the Defiant traveled back in time to the 23rd century to prevent the assassination of Captain James T. Kirk during the original Enterprise‘s mission to Space Station K-7.
Memory Alpha Summary: A creature that mates more than Riker!
Review: Every time I watch this episode I feel giddy. I don’t particularly enjoy watching TOS, but always enjoyed The Trouble with Tribbles. Plus, you can tell how much fun and energy everyone on the cast and crew had with making this.
Continue reading 8. Trials and Tribble-ations (5.06)
Synopsis: Experiencing a vision from the Prophets, Sisko sees himself as Benny Russell, a science-fiction writer in the 1950s, who struggles with civil rights and inequality when he writes the story of Captain Benjamin Sisko, a black commander of a futuristic space station.
Memory Alpha Summary: Where no Star Trek had gone before
Review: Now this is DS9’s Inner Light. It’s a little light on exposition, which is saying something, but the allegory is impressive. I found this to be quite moving, no doubt enhanced by watching it for the first time during the third year of the Trump presidency.
Continue reading 9. Far Beyond The Stars (6.13)
Synopsis: Odo meets another of the hundred Changelings who were sent out to explore the galaxy.
Memory Alpha Summary: Move over Kama Sutra
Review: The episode I didn’t know I was missing, the writers finally delve into how fucking hard it would be for a biped to be a mate with a metamorph. And they knock it out of the park. Laas is perfect as the Changeling who can tempt Odo as he’s not associated with the Founders, which is all to set up the incredible drama between Odo and Kira as they realize their relationship has issues.
So much of this just felt real: Kira getting jealous of Odo linking with Laas, feeling like she can’t be everything he needs; Odo yearning for a life he gave up; Kira showing her love by letting Odo go; Odo returning that love by staying. But what made me cry was the final scene, where Kira apologizes for making Odo feel like he can’t be himself, and he morphs into a gas and envelops her with his essence. Such a beautiful moment that science fiction was made for and what Trek is all about.
Continue reading 10. Chimera (7.14)