Hey guys, sorry it's been awhile on this one. I just switched computers and now I actually have a working spacebar (yay).
So I just finished season 7 of DS9 this past weekend, and I have a lot to say reguarding the last season. First off, I thought it was very good and very bad at the same time. The first half of the season being the bad, the second half being the good. The first half bothered me because they knew that this show was nearing its end, and yet we have to sit here and watch episodes that could have just as easily been thrown into other seasons. Until the final dozen or so episodes of the season, this felt just like any other season of the show. I almost forgot the Dominon War was going on though, as there wasn't much on it aside from the episode, Siege of AR-558, until the final few episodes. I also had a lot of criticisms reguarding Ezri's character, and how much she was focused on early in the season despite supposedly carrying on Dax's character. While in the end I think having her take Jadzia's place was a good thing, I felt like the entire first half of this season was devoted to her and Vic from the holosuite. The other main characters like Sisko, Kira, Odo, O'Brian, and Bashir were just shoved in the background while those two had a ton of episodes devoted to them. At least, that's what it seemed like.
But as lame as the first half of this season was, the second half more than made up for it. The last 9 or 10 episodes took advantage of what made DS9 so compelling in earlier seasons, which was to make them flow together as a whole and become must-see episodes. Why they didn't do this more often in the later seasons still leaves me scratching my head. I think that isolated episodes here and there are good, but between the territory that TNG covered and what Voyager was doing with their show, DS9 would have really stood out more, I think, if they made more episodes like that. Still, these episodes leading up the finale were supremely well done, and outshined those of the earlier part of the season quite a bit.
Overall I would say that this was my second favorite season, just based on the strength of the final episodes. I watched a lot of the extra features, and I have to agree with the producers on this show that it would have greatly benefitted from at least one more season. Ezri, Sloan, and Vic only ended up being on the show for a cup of coffee, and that's about it. It would have been nice to see the aftermath of the Dominion War, or maybe even have it stretched out so that the Breen would be more significant. Still, this was a great ending to a wonderful series, and I hated to be done with it. I seriously felt a little depressed for a day or two after I finished it. I can't wait to go back through it with my fiance though. She's a fan of the first two Star Trek shows, but is just now getting into DS9. Hopefully it won't be too long before I get to relive this great show again.
Anyways, on to my reviews for the episodes:
- Image in the Sand: We rejoin the crew on DS9 a few months later. The wormhole is still closed, Sisko and Jake are still on Earth, but Kira has been promoted to Colonel and is now running the station. A new group of Romulans want to make their presence known on the station. While things start out well, Kira becomes hostile when Bajor learns of the Romulans keeping weapons on their newly set-up hospital orbiting the planet. Meanwhile Sisko starts to receive visions from the prophets about a strange woman who he later finds out is his mother (thus clearing up the fact that they keep telling him he is "of Bajor"). He plans to set off and find the last orb of the Prophets. The episode concludes with Ezri Dax making her debut on the show. Pretty good episode. - 2/5
- Shadows and Symbols: Kira plans to take a military stance against the Romulans while Sisko searches for the lost orb. The Pah'Wraiths try to deter him from his course, making him believe that the whole idea of Deep Space Nine is a story in his head while in a mental hospital. Ezri helps him come to his senses, and Sisko re-opens the wormhole. This inspires the admiral on DS9 to order the Romulans to stand down their course for Bajor. Another okay episode. - 2/5
- Afterimage: This is the kind of episode they should have had for Worf when he came on the show. This was basically the growing pains episode involving Ezri. She struggles to find her place amongst the crew of DS9, and eventually decides to leave until Worf says that she should stay if she wants to. Sisko gives her the position of ship's counselor, and her first duty is to help Garrak get over his claustrophobia. Between doing that and receiving Worf's acceptance, she decides to stay on board. This was a good episode, and really the only one they needed to do for awhile to define and incorporate Ezri's chracter into the crew. Sadly, she ended up having more on-screen time in the first half of this season than just about anyone else. - 3.5/5
- Take Me Out to the Holosuite: A personal favorite of mine. Sisko is challenged by an old rival Vulcan of his to a baseball game; his crew vs theirs. While Sisko's crew knows hardly anything about the game, he takes the time to train them. Some pick up on it, some don't. Sisko takes it very seriously until he himself gets thrown out of the actual game. While the Vulcans ended up winning by a landslide, Sisko and crew rejoiced that they actually got a run on the Vulcans, and Rom was the one to do it. I may rate this a bit high, but I really enjoyed this episode. - 4.5/5
- Chrysalis: Much like the first episode with the genetically enhanced patients Doctor Bashir had, this was a very forgettable episode. Bashir falls for one of them, but ultimately gives her up. I forget why, but I just didn't care for this episode at all. - .5/5
- Treachery, Faith, and the Great River: Weird name for an episode, if you ask me. Odo picks up one of the Wey'Un Vortas who wishes to defect to the Federation. Odo eventually gets cornered in his runabout and the Wey'Un sacrifices himself to save Odo. Meanwhile Nog goes through some complicated means in acquiring something O'Brian needs. This gets out of hand when he borrows things without asking. Overall an okay episode. - 2/5
- Once More Unto the Breach: Worf's friend, Kor, wants to join the Klingon fleet in attacking the Dominion. Due to some past history with Kor and Martok, Martok is reluctant to have him join, but appoints him third officer. The crew begins to praise Kor for his stories of battles past, but when the time comes and Kor takes command, he shows just how delusional and power-hungry he has become. When Worf is assigned a suicide mission to hold off the Dominion forces from catching up to the Klingon fleet, Kor goes in his place. A pretty good episode. - 2/5
- The Siege of AR-558: The Defiant's crew comes to strengthen the lines of a very important outpost being defended by the Federation. The current officers stationed there are hostile and under a great deal of physical and mental stress. Nog ends up losing his leg in this episode after being shot by a Jem'Hadar. After a final battle between the Federation and Jem'Hadar, reinforcements arrive with more supplies and troops to relieve those already there. I didn't care for this episode much, and felt like there could have been more here. - 1/5
- Covenant: Kira is kidnapped and taken to Tarrak Nor, the sister station of DS9, where Gul'Dukat now leads the cult of Bajorans that follow the Pah'Wraiths. He is soon exposed, however, and his followers turn against him after he tries to have them all commit ritualistic suicide except himself. His followers also became suspicious once one of the Bajoran women on the station gave birth to a half Bajoran-half Cardassian. Kira returns to the station once the Bajorans come to their senses and go back to Bajor to await their sentences. This was a good episode. - 3/5
- It's Only a Paper Moon: Nog returns with his new leg, and is hostile when everyone tries to bring it up or act nicely to him. He ends up escaping to the holosuite, where he and Vic begin building an empire of night clubs within the holosuite. Eventually even Vic realizes that Nog needs to rejoin reality and face the facts that his leg isn't that bad. I actually really enjoyed this one, if it was a bit on the irrelevant side of the series. - 4/5
- Prodigal Daughter: A pretty pointless episode where Ezri goes to rescue O'Brian after he is captured by the Orion Syndicate on Trill. She learns that her family has been working with the Syndicate and realizes that her family is no longer what she thought it was. - 1.5/5
- The Emperor's New Cloak: The final episode of the mirror universe where Quark and Rom must cross over with a cloaking device in order to save Nagus Zek. The mirror Ezri eventually sympathizes with them once she realizes they will be put to death, and helps them escape. An okay episode. - 2.5/5
- Field of Fire: A good episode despite involving Ezri a great deal. She is supposed to investigate a murder, and in order to do so she starts associating with her past host who was once a murderer. The two work together to capture the criminal. I enjoyed this one. - 3/5
- Chimera: Odo discovers another lost shapeshifter like himself. This one, like many other shapeshifters, is very arrogant towards humans, and eventually is to stand trial for killing a Klingon in self defense. Odo breaks him out, but before traveling the galaxy with this other changeling, he decides to stay on DS9 with Kira. This episode was okay. - 2/5
- Badda-Bing Badda-Bang: Vic's holosuite program changes suddenly to a mafia-owned night club, and the crew of DS9 help him to rid the bar of the mafia. Apparently his program was designed with a "Jack in the Box" effect, which would change things up periodically. Sisko also goes into the holosuite for the first time after the crew convinces him how much Vic means to them. This was a pretty good episode, but could have been better. - 2.5/5
- Inter Arma Enim Silent Legas: Sloan from Section 31 returns to recruit Bashir into an undercover mission, where he plans on killing a major Romulan figure. I really enjoyed this episode, and this is a perfect example of what great episodes there could have been had this show had another season. - 4.5/5
- Penumbra: This episode marks the beginning of the end. Ezri goes in search of Worf after he is lost in the Badlands. The two confess their attraction for each other, but are captured by the Breen. Sisko also proposes to Kasidy. A good episode. - 3/5
- Til Death Do Us Part: Worf and Ezri remain captured by the Breen, who subject them to psychological torture. During this time, Ezri unknowingly tells Worf that she is attracted to Dr. Bashir. He becomes upset by this, but by the end of the episode we find out she is confused and isn't really sure if she wants to be with Bashir or Worf. Sisko also breaks off his marriage when he receives a message from the Prophets that he will know only sorrow if it goes forward (speaking of which, why didn't this ever play out since they DID get married?). He eventually defies the prophets and marries Kasidy. Dukat arrives on the station disguised as a Bajoran to meet with Kai Winn. He claims that he is a farmer from Bajor, and the two believe that their destinies brought them together. A good episode. - 3/5
- Strange Bedfellows: Worf and Ezri are brought to Cardassia, where we find out that the Breen are the newest members of the Dominion. The Cardassians start to become uneasy with the back seat they've taken to the Breen in the eyes of the Founders. Damar eventually releases Worf and Ezri, and tells them that they want help from the Federation. Meanwhile, Winn becomes much more intimate with Dukat, and her advisors start to worry about her safety. Dukat reveals to Winn that he is a follower of the Pah'Wraiths, and after convincing her that the Prophets don't care about her at all, she reluctantly decides to embrace the Pah'Wraiths as the true gods of Bajor. This episode was pretty good also, especially seeing Kai Winn's change of heart.. - 3.5/5
- The Changing Face of Evil: This episode starts off with the Breen successfully attacking Earth, but are eventually repeled by those stationed there. Tensions arise, and eventually there is a huge battle for the Chin'Toka system, the last Federation territory in enemy space. The Federation alliance suffers a big defeat, and Sisko loses the Defiant. Meanwhile Dukat and Winn return to Bajor to start researching how to unleash the Pah'Wraiths. After accidentally killing one of her advisors, the blood of the dead Bajoran spills onto the book of the Pah'Wraiths, and reveals the hidden writing within. The episode ends with Damar broadcasting a message that Cardassia wants to be free from the Dominion once more. Great episode. - 4/5
- When it Rains...: O'Brian realizes that one of the Klingon ships that survived the battle for the Chin'Toka system was programmed in a special way that made it immune from Breen weapons. Although this change could only happen with Klingon ships, it gives the alliance an edge they were looking for. Kira and Odo are sent on an undercover mission to Cardassia to aid Damar and his resistance. Kira is given the field rank of commander by the Federation for this mission. Bashir also discovers that Odo is infected with the same terminal disease that the Founders have. Martok is also inducted into the Order of Kahless by Gowron, who proceeds to send him on missions where he will be extremely outnumbered. An okay episode amongst the bunch. - 3/5
- Tacking into the Wind: Kira, Damar, and the rebels infiltrate a Dominion ship to steal the secrets of Breen weapon technology. One of Damar's assistants tries to kill Kira and Odo, but Damar kills him, thus signifying that the old, xenophobic Cardassia is gone, and that a new, Federation-friendly one will be born. Meanwhile Bashir and O'Brian work on a cure for Odo's disease, but once one cannot be found, Bashir realizes that this must be the work of the Federation, namely Section 31. They must have infected him so that he could pass on the disease to the Founders. The two plan on luring Section 31 to the station after sending Starfleet a message that they found a cure for Odo. Then Dukat tries to read the secrets of the Pah'Wraiths himself, and is punished by being cursed with blindness. Winn sends him out into the streets until he recover his eyesight. Also, Worf grows tired of Gowron sending himself and Martok into battles with insurmountable odds, and fights him to the death. When Worf is proclaimed Chancellor, he passes the honor onto Martok. A great episode. - 4/5
- Extreme Measures: Sloan is lured to the ship by Bashir and O'Brian. When the two try to extract the secret of the cure from his brain, Sloan activates a self-killing mechanism. Bashir and O'Brian must then enter his mind to find the secret themselves. After being run around by Sloan's well-trained mind, they find the portion of his mind that holds all of his secrets, including those about Section 31, other races, and other Federation secrets. When Bashir tries to stay behind and learn everything, O'Brian is the voice of reason, telling him that they need to leave before Sloan dies and takes them with him. Odo is cured, and the war continues. Great episode. - 4/5
- The Dogs of War: Kira, Damar, Garrak, and the rest of the Cardassian resistance are lured to Cardassia when they hear about a good portion of the Cardassian military wanting to join them, but it is a trap and Kira, Damar, and Garrak are stranded on the planet. They take refuge in the home of one of Garrak's oldest and most dearest friends for the time being. After bombing some major military installations, Damar broadcasts that he is indeed alive, and asks the citizens of Cardassia to rise up and rebel. Meanwhile, the Female Founder orders the erradication of all Cardassia in response. Also, after realizing that the Federation now holds the secrets to overcoming the Breen weaponry, she orders a retreat to Cardassian space in order for her ships to rebuild and ready for another offensive. Once realizing this, Sisko and the rest of the alliance plan one last attack in hopes of crippling the Dominion for good. Dukat also returns to Winn's office after recovering his eyesight, and the two continue their mission of setting free the Pah'Wraiths. Finally, Rom is given the role as new Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance, while Zek and Ishka retire to Risa. Oh yeah, and Bashir and Ezri finally confess their love for each other, and Worf is okay with it. Another great episode in this series. - 4/5
- What You Leave Behind: The final episode that is also the length of two episodes combined. The episode beings with the iminate battle between the Federation Alliance and the Dominion. Between that and the infiltration of Dominion headquarters by Kira, Damar, and Garrak, the war starts to come to a close. The Cardassian ships switch sides midway through the battle, and the Cardassian guards at Dominion HQ join the resistance once Damar has died during the infiltration process. The Federation Alliance fleet wins their battle, and Kira's resistance kills the last Wey'un clone and the rest of the Jem'Hadar at Dominion HQ. Odo beams down to link with the Female Changeling, thus curing her and having her call off the rest of the Dominion forces. The two sides sign a treaty and the war is over.
In the second half, we see Dukat and Winn go into the fire caves to awaken the Pah'Wraiths. Once they reach the center of the caves, they celebrate with wine that Winn has poisoned. Dukat dies, but is soon ressurected by the Pah'Wraiths. Meanwhile the crew of DS9 celebrates one last time at Vic's in the holosuite before they all go their separate ways now that the war is over. During this time, Sisko receives a vision and realizes that his role as Emmissary is at hand. He goes into the fire caves of Bajor to meet up with Dukat and Winn. Now possessed by the Pah'Wraiths, Dukat attacks and holds Sisko in his grasp. Winn tells Sisko to destroy the book of the Pah'Wraiths, and the Pah'Wraiths then set fire to her body. Sisko, Dukat, and the book are flung into the fiery pits before Sisko is saved by the Prophets. They tell him, however, that his place is now with them in the Celestial Temple. Everyone on DS9 is alarmed when they can't locate Sisko until Kasidy receives a vision from him. Shortly thereafter, we see the crew go their separate ways. O'Brian goes to teach at Starfleet Academy, Worf becomes an ambassador between the Federation and the Klingons, Odo returns to his people to teach them about the races they are now at peace with, and the rest remain on DS9 with Kira in command. That's how the show ends, and what an ending it was. - 5/5
I'll admit that when I saw the final episode before I didn't like how it ended, but after watching the rest of the series, it made more sense for Sisko to end up where he did. I had a lot of fun watching this series and plan on doing so again soon. Thanks to all who enjoyed reading my reviews for this show. Perhaps I'll do them with another show again in the future. Until then, stay tuned for my usual PS3 reviews.