Season Seven of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine sees
the Dominion war build to a crescendo. Although, thankfully,
the writers don't over play this and there are still plenty
of wonderful character based episodes. By
the conclusion everything is wrapped up neatly - no storyline
is left unfinished. And there are more than a few surprises
in the closing episodes. The death count, when it comes to
supporting characters, has to be one of the highest in a sci-fi
the start of this season Benjamin Sisko is on a quest to determine
his true purpose. Is he just a Starfleet captain? Or do the
prophets have a far greater purpose mapped out for him?
is also the matter of replacing one of the principal cast
members with a new actress, due to the fact that the show's
creators had to introduce a new Dax host in the form of Ezri.
As this was to be the final season for DS9, her introduction
could have been a disaster. The writers could have focussed
on her too much in a bid to ensure that the fans warmed to
her quickly, or they could have ignored her altogether and
used her in the background to help move other storylines along.
In the end, the balance the writers struck is spot on. She
is given just the right amount of exposure to ensure that
fans warm to her, but not at the expense of the other characters.
would a season of DS9 be without a parallel universe
story? Fear not, The Emperor's New Cloak keeps up the
tradition of the annually thrilling alternative DS9
and all the horrors that come with it.
episode which sees a return to familiar characters is Chrysalis.
This episode sees Bashir believe he has met the love of his
life, Sarina, who was the catatonic fourth genetically enhanced
misfit (along with Jack, Patrick and Lauren) that appeared
season's Statistical Probabilities.
Mummy (Lost in Space and Babylon 5) makes a
guest appearance in The Siege of AR-558. This episode
examines the indiscriminate nature of war, it also sees Nog
badly injured and focusses on his inability to adjust to his
situation. The following episode, It's Only a Paper Moon,
gives actor Aron Eisenberg (Nog) the chance to move into unfamiliar
territory. Most Ferengi based episodes are used as light relief,
but this episode sees Nog depressed and frightened of facing
the real world.
season also sees Dukat and Kai Winn jumping into bed together
to seize power. This story arc is interesting, because it
shows the true Winn in all her hypocrisy. These episodes are
made even more powerful by the fact that Dukat appears as
a Bajoran - so Winn has no idea that she is in league with
the Devil. But
fear not, as they get their comeuppance in the final episode,
the 2-parter What You Leave Behind.
include: Ending An Era; Crew Dossier: Benjamin Sisko;
Crew Dossier: Jake Sisko; The Last Goodbye;
Photo Gallery; Special Crew Dossier: Ezri Dax;
Morn Speaks; and DS9 Sketchbook: John Eaves.
There are also a number of hidden (but not very well) files
which take a brief look at a number of regular guest characters
(including Nog, Rom, Dukat, Vic Fontaine, Kai Winn, Gowron
and Martok. The extras on this collection seem to be a little
more polished than in previous box sets, although for some
reason in the Special Crew Dossier: Ezri Dax featurette
there is a clip of Worf and Ezri kissing which is repeated
for some unknown reason - maybe the Editor was asleep that
not the best season of Deep Space Nine's seven year
run (that accolade must go to Season
Four), it is certainly the most moving. The
conclusion, to my mind, is the best Trek has offered
so far. The poor episodes, over the show's entire run, were
few and far between. DS9 is by far the best written,
acted and produced in the franchise.