And So It Ends...! Not As Good As Seasons 3 & 6 but Probably the Next Best One!,
This review is from: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Seventh Season (DVD)
After Star Trek TOS and the later seasons of Voyager I've always enjoyed DS9 over the other series (TNG and Enterprise) and despite the unavoidable comparisons with that other great sci fi series Babylon 5 I've always thought that DS9 was different enough from JMS' excellent storyline to avoid being an outright plagiarism.
One thing that DS9 had going for it that Babylon 5 didn't was production money and so unlike the Babylon 5 dvd series, this DS9 dvd series has better special effects, a better soundtrack and overall better picture quality as well. In contrast with the Babylon 5 series where I feel it could definitely benefit from a thorough picture restoration when they finally put it on blu-ray I found this DS9 season 7 dvd set upscales very well to 1080p when I played it on my upscalable blu-ray player. The picture quality is not blu-ray reference quality but is a vast improvement over the first four seasons and although there are some soft and grainy picture frames they were few and far between. The same holds true for the sound quality which is also pretty good unlike the Babylon 5 dvd series which I also hope will undergo intense restoration for the blu-ray release. For this reason, I am happy to stay with these standard dvds of DS9 that I already have rather than to "upgrade" to the blu-ray versions should they become available.
Season 7 is the next best Season with regards the consistency of good episodes to Seasons 3 & 6. I liked "Image in the Sand", "Chrysalis", "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River", "Covenant", "It's Only a Paper Moon", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "When It Rains...", and the series ending episode "What You Leave Behind" is very good too. Overall I believe this season 7 together with seasons 3 & 6 to be the best among the seven with only a few dud episodes to speak off such as the Ocean's Eleven rip-off "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang" and the silly "Take Me Out To the Holosuite".
The plastic packaging is also very attractive and robust unlike the Babylon 5 one which I actually had to superglue back together again when the disc holder came apart from the cardboard spine. Overall, this dvd set of season 7 of DS9 sports a good, clean picture and sound transfer which upscales well on blu-ray players.