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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous, October 5, 2003
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This review is from: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)
Truly a risky season for all involved, Deep Space Nine's fifth year had the show churning out some of its best hours of television and taking the show back onto its original course. Following the gloominess of season 4, Deep Space Nine featured not only more comic relief, but less of the heavy-handed devastating drama that so frequently reared its head in its predecessor. As a result, this season is much more balanced and also happens to give layers of complexity to new and previous characters. All in all, this season was the great beginning of a fantastic end.
That said, this season is close, but not nearly, the show's best. Deep Space Nine was refined in this year, but it wouldn't be until the following year that the show hit its creative and emotional peak. Another problem with this season is the occasional appearance of story flotsam (Let He Who is Without Sin, Ferengi Love Songs) that either just shouldn't have been made (the former) or were poorly executed (the latter). However, aside from some minor faults, the season does mostly contain some thrilling, fascinating, and emotional episodes that brought the series forward.
It seemed like every major (and most minor) characters had at least one episode to shine here. Captain Sisko got to finally begin to mature in his role as Emissary by receiving visions from the Prophets (Rapture) and truly feel the futility of war (The Ship), as did Jake (...Nor the Battle to the Strong), who also got to undergo machinations to get a treasured Willie Mays card (In the Cards). Kira was pregnant for most of the season, which prompted inside jokes (Apocalypse Rising) and was a central plot device when her friends began dying off (The Darkness and the Light). She also got another episode with her Cardassian father-who's-not-her-father, Legate Ghemor (Ties with Blood and Water), which exposed some of her shortcomings and resulted in some really nice scenes. Worf got to prove his mettle to the Jem'Hadar (By Inferno's Light) and become a Fletcher Christian to save his crew (Soldiers of the Empire). But of course the season was notable for putting him together with Dax (Looking for Par'mach...). Odo found a brother (The Begotten) and had a relationship with a humanoid woman (A Simple Investigation), but ultimately confessed to Kira that he loved her (Children of Time). Quark got into the arms business (Business as Usual) and developed a conscience as a result. He also ended up courting Grilka once again (Looking for Par'mach...). O'Brien was tormented again, this time by a Pah-Wraith (The Assignment), and got to revert to his old soldier roots (Empok Nor). We began to see some characters more and more, such as Jeffrey Combs' delightful Weyoun (Ties of Blood..., In the Cards, Call to Arms), Glinn Damar (Apocalypse Rising, Ties of Blood..., Call to Arms), Kai Winn (Rapture, Ties of Blood...,In the Cards). Others dropped in sporadically, such as Kassidy (Rapture) and Michael Eddington (For the Uniform, Blaze of Glory).
Along with all of this character development, we got some truly fantastic stories. "Apocalypse Rising" is yet another great season opener, combining suspense, political machinations and some wry humor. "The Ship" has got suspense, but also some moving dialogue at the end, dealing with meaninglessly lost lives. "Looking for Par'mach..." is a very funny episode, a Cyrano de Bergerac parallel that culminates in Quark dueling another Klingon with Bat'leths! "The Assignment" finally introduces the Pah-Wraiths, setting up the series finale. But, of course, the stunner of the season is "Trials and Tribble-ations." Technically stunning and filled with nostalgia, this episode is a winner. "Things Past" was a dark examination of Odo's psyche, and "The Ascent" allowed Quark and Odo to confess to some friendship, "For the Uniform" was a fantastic episode that brought the struggle between Sisko and the Eddington-led Maquis to a point. The Dominion two-parter (In Purgatory's Shadow, By Inferno's Light) brought forth most of the story threads that would propel the series into its final years. "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" is a dramedy looking at Bashir's sordid past. It also features Robert Picardo as a guest star, a.k.a. the EMH. "Children of Time" is an interesting science-fiction episode dealing with time-travel and the crew meeting their future descendants. "Empok Nor" captures the feel of a great slasher movie, and Garak is a very convincing psychotic killer. Credit actor Andy Robinson (Scorpio from Dirty Harry) who had problems about playing the same type of character that got him typecast. The season concludes with the stirring "Call to Arms", the show's best cliffhanger. All in all, the episodic offerings here are great.
In short, one needs only think of the difference that this season made in the run of the series to realize how important it was. This season features great contributions from plenty of people, and it is a must for fans.
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Initial post: Jan 23, 2008 12:14:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2008 12:15:39 PM PST
The review was good but my real question is WHY HAS IT TAKEN AMAZON SO LONG TO DOWNLOAD SEASONS 2-7 ?
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