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The Final Chapter,
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This review is from: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Seventh Season (DVD)
Deep Space Nine's Seventh Season is basically a highlight reel. One show after another sparkles, there are plenty of twists, and, most importantly, the show ends so well. The final arc is truly amazing and makes us remember why we liked the show in the first place.
First off, there is a new Dax host in the last season. Nicole DeBoer plays Ezri Dax in the final season, taking over for Terry Farrell. I always liked the idea of having a new regular character come in before the end to mix things up, and there are a few good episodes devoted to her. "Afterimage" has Ezri trying to get her old friends to accept her; and "Field of Fire" has her enlisting the help of psychopath Joran Dax to catch a clever killer. It was in this episode where we learned how different she was to be from the previous Dax: her readiness to access the twisted Joran part of herself. Also, "Prodigal Daughter" explores her backstory.
All the characters receive a fitting coda. Sisko begins the season confused about his purpose, but wraps up the season fulfilling his destiny. Kira is promoted to Colonel, but finishes up the season as a freedom fighter once again, and ends up in command of the station. Worf has an eventful season, which includes depression after Jadzia's death, nonacceptance of Ezri leading to romance, as well as indignation at Gowron for his purely personal motives in the war. Julian has a couple of run-ins with Section 31 and overall becomes a wiser, more mature person. Garak ends up finally ending his exile, Quark still runs the bar, and Rom becomes the Grand Nagus. All in all, the denouement of the show was perfect.
Some of this season's highlights are "Take me Out to the Holosuite", a whimsical break from the war which pits Sisko against an academy nemesis in baseball, "Once More Unto the Breach" and "The Siege of AR-558", a pair of war stories, "Treachery, Faith and the Great River" with Weyoun defecting from the Dominion, "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang", both Vic Fontaine episodes, the first dealing with Rom's injury, the second is a tribute to heist films. The aforementioned "Field of Fire" is a great mystery story, but my favorite episode of the season is "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges". This is the best Section 31 episode of all of them, a complicated morality play/spy story where nothing is as it seems. "The Changing Face of Evil" has more twists than Lombard Street, including Damar finally breaking off and starting his resistance movement. "Tacking into the Wind" finally has Gowron getting his just dessert, and "What You Leave Behind" concludes the series well by ending the Dominion war and having the characters go their separate ways.
It is easy to say that Season 7 is among the show's best. It is definitely worth purchasing.