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The Sixth Season

by David E. Sluss

1997 - 1998

 
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A Time To Stand (8.0 / B-)
Summary: Starfleet finds itself getting its butt kicked by the Dominion. Meanwhile, on Terok Nor, life goes on.
The Bottom Line: A strong episode, when viewed in microcosm, but it's hurt by a significant disconnect with last season's finale.More...
  
Rocks and Shoals (8.0 / B-)
Summary: The Ship crashes again on a desolate planet, this time with Sisko and company on board, but they find that they are not alone.
The Bottom Line: Yet another attempt to breathe life into a Jem'Hadar goon. More...
  
Sons and Daughters (5.5 / F+)
Summary: Worf's son Alexander arrives on the station to try to prove his worth to his father.
The Bottom Line: This is clearly the weakest of the "arc shows" so far, and not coincidentally, the one most disconnected from the arc. More...
  
Behind the Lines (8.5 / B)
Summary: The Changelings try to lure Odo back to the Great Link.
The Bottom Line: The DS9 staff's collective finger is hovering over the reset button, but the Time Delay is still holding them back. More...
  
Favor the Bold (not reviewed)
  
Sacrifice of Angels (not rated)
Summary: Sisko risks it all to recapture the station and prevent a Dominion fleet from reaching the Alpha Quadrant. 
The Bottom Line: The Prophets press the Extra-Large Reset Button in an absolutely unforgivable deus ex machina ending to this Dominion invasion. More...
  
You Are Cordially Invited (not reviewed)
  
Resurrection (not rated)
Summary: The Mirror Universe version of Vedek Bareil tempts Kira.
The Bottom Line: Philip Anglim joins Star Trek's Welfare Program. More...
  
Statistical Probabilities (5.5 / F+)
Summary: Bashir tries to help a group of genetically enhanced humans.
The Bottom Line: The lunatics take over the asylum, both in the episode, and, apparently, at the story meetings which gave birth to the episode. More...
  
The Magnificent Ferengi (not reviewed)
  
Waltz (not reviewed)
  
Who Mourns for Morn? (not reviewed)
  
Far Beyond the Stars (not reviewed)
  
One Little Ship (not reviewed)
  
Honor Among Thieves (not reviewed)
  
Change of Heart (not reviewed)
  
Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night (not reviewed)
  
Inquisition (7.5 / C)
Summary: Bashir is investigated as a possible Dominion spy.
The Bottom Line: A big step up for DS9. More...
  
In the Pale Moonlight (8.9 / B+)
Summary: Sisko tries to convince the Romulans to join the war against the Dominion.
The Bottom Line: It can be argued that it's a case of "too little, too late," but the war finally got the coverage that such an important event would seem to merit. More...
  
His Way (5.8 / F+)
Summary: Odo seeks relationship advice from a singing hologram.
The Bottom Line: Contrary to expectations, it didn't totally suck. More...
  
The Reckoning (5.0 / F+)
Summary: The discovery of an ancient Bajoran artifact triggers the final battle between the Prophets and their arch-enemies.
The Bottom Line: A mixed bag. More...
  
Valiant (6.0 / D-)
Summary: Jake and Nog join a crew of academy cadets about to carry out a vital mission against the Dominion.
The Bottom Line: One of the least-memorable DS9 episodes this season. More...
  
Profit and Lace (3.9 / F)
Summary: Quark must pose as a female Ferengi for some reason.
The Bottom Line: I didn't expect much from this episode, and it delivered everything I expected. More...
  
Time's Orphan (6.5 / D)
Summary: A temporal anomaly produces a feral, ten years older version of O'Brien's daughter.
The Bottom Line: A good-hearted story with some nice performances, and even a tolerable B-story, ended by an appalling hit of the Extra-Large Reset Button. More...
  
The Sound of Her Voice (4.0 / F)
Summary: The Defiant crew picks up a transmission from a Starfleet officer who has been marooned on a planet for months.
The Bottom Line: A mixed bag. More...
  
Tears of the Prophets (5.5 / F+)
Summary: Sisko must pay an awful price for defying the will of the Prophets.
The Bottom Line: Nearly everything about this episode, from the performances to the dialogue, is as phony as a three-dollar bill. More...
  
  
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