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5.0 out of 5 stars DS9 Season Seven The conclusion of Star Trek's best series!, December 18, 2003
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The seventh season of Star Trek Deep Space Nine is the conclusion of Star Trek's best, richest, most character and plot driven series to date, without exception. Even more so than when The Next Generation was concluded, the sense of the loss of this series for this fan and all of the fans of DS9 was that much more profound, despite the producers, writers and actors extraordinary efforts and the brilliance of this season!
Never before and not since in the history of Star Trek has a series serialized so many portions of its run and from the very early beginnings of the rumors of the Dominion all the way through the final episode in the epic, the entire arc with the Dominion war was prophetic and superior in how it was all set up and concluded.
This incomparable seventh season also brought to the series and the fans the addition of a new character in Ezri Dax. Given that the shows writers had a whole new character to play with and the fact that Ezri turned into such a unusual and wonderful character, many of the seasons early episodes were devoted to her and they were very good shows. High praise goes to Nicole deBoer for her performances during this season.
To make things even better for this season of wrapping up character and plot arcs, the shows producers decided upon and carried out some very different things for the Star Trek universe. From a brilliant and unprecedented ten episode arc to conclude the series to the extraordinary things they did with many of the characters to conclude the series; such as Captain Sisko's destiny, Rom's gift from Zek, Worf and Martok's intertwined destinies, the ultimate relationship between Bashir and Ezri, O'Brien's new assignment and Odo's return to the great link carrying the message of humanity, all of which wrapped up these characters perfectly.
For those that wish to find out what many of Star Trek fiction's finest authors and Pocket Books with approval through Paramount Studios believes what happens after the conclusion of "What You Leave Behind," there is a whole new re-launch series available and most of these rich stories have received very high praise from fans and critics alike.
The episodes:
Image in the Sand & Shadows and Symbols- These two episodes pick up beautifully where the sixth season left off and starts the character of Benjamin Sisko down the path of the prophets through an unexpected new character introduced in these shows. Ezri Dax is also introduced here in a funny and surprising way.
Afterimage - Ezri is finding out what it is to be a joined Trill and Garak, played perfectly by Andrew Robinson, and becomes her new patient as he finds "he" is a suffering from a moral dilemma.
Take Me Out to the Holosuite - Simply put, this is one of the series funniest and most cherished episodes ever produced.
Chrysalis - Bashir's genetically enhanced friends make a return in this beautiful yet heart wrenching episode.
Treachery, Faith and the Great River - It is episodes like this one that carried DS9 due to its rich script and superb acting as a Weyoun clone is found to be "defective" and seeks the aid of Odo while at the same time Nog may be in Starfleet but he proves he is still a Ferengi.
Once More Unto the Breach - John Colicos returns as Kor in this last amazing Klingon devoted episode of the series.
The Siege of AR-558 - The true effects of war come face to face with several of the characters in this episode.
Covenant - The final arc of Dukat and his covenant with the Pah-Wraiths begins in earnest in this extremely well written episode.
It's Only a Paper Moon - Vic Fontaine and Nog lead in this episode as Nog retreats to the holosuite to deal with his loss during his time on AR-558.
Prodigal Daughter - This beautiful episode introduces us to Ezri's family and a return for O'Brien as an intelligence operative dealing with the Orion syndicate.
The Emperor's New Cloak - This is the last brilliant mirror universe episode and at the same time the last great Ferengi episode.
Field of Fire - Ezri finds herself dealing with Joran, one of Dax's previous hosts that was a murderer and a series of murders takes place on the station.
Chimera - This is one story that I'd always hoped would come along, what if another changeling that was sent out like Odo showed up. The character of Laas is played to perfection by J.G. Hertzler's brother, Garman.
Badda-Bing Badda-Bang - You knew it would have to happen; a show devoted to Vic Fontaine and despite some misgivings with this character and its place in Star Trek, the overall story is very good.
Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges - Sloan from Section 31 returns in this brilliantly written episode which is heavily laden with mystery and intrigue involving the Romulans.
Penumbra thru What You Leave Behind - "Penumbra" is where the extraordinary ten episode arc begins and the conclusion of the Dominion War and the series starts. From gripping character driven scenes to extraordinary space battles between Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Dominion, Cardassian and Breen starships, every scene in these last ten episodes of the 176 hour saga is absolutely brilliant, leaving us, the fans longing for more yet remembering them fondly... {ssintrepid}
Episode list:
Image in the Sand
Shadows and Symbols
Afterimage
Take Me Out to the Holosuite
Chrysalis
Treachery, Faith and the Great River
Once More Unto the Breach
The Siege of AR-558
Covenant
It's Only a Paper Moon
Prodigal Daughter
The Emperor's New Cloak
Field of Fire
Chimera
Badda-Bing Badda-Bang
Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
Penumbra
'Til Death Do Us Part
Strange Bedfellows
The Changing Face of Evil
When it Rains...
Tacking Into the Wind
Extreme Measures
The Dogs of War
What You Leave Behind
Special Features:
-Ending An Era
-Crew Dossier: Benjamin Sisko
-Crew Dossier: Jake Sisko
-The Last Goodbyes
-Photo Gallery
-9 Section 31 "Hidden" files
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