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The Seventh Season

by David E. Sluss

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DS9's seventh season, and for the season as a whole.
   
Image in the Sand (7.9 / C+)
Summary: While moping on Earth, Sisko receives an unsettling vision from the Prophets.
The Bottom Line: A reasonably good start to the season, though a bit too by-the-numbers and predictable. More...
  
Shadows and Symbols (7.2 / C-)
Summary: While Sisko searches for a lost Orb of the Prophets, the rest of his crew are taking on the Dominion.
The Bottom Line: Most of the plot threads from last week are resolved in a reasonable, if not terribly compelling fashion. More...
  
Afterimage (6.0 / D-)
Summary: Jadzia's legacy makes it difficult for Ezri to settle into her new life on DS9.
The Bottom Line: Standard fare, but this episode manages the nearly impossible: making Garak almost totally uninteresting. More...
  
Take Me Out to the Holosuite (0.9 / F--)
Summary: Taking a break from the war, Sisko and his crew play a game of baseball.
The Bottom Line: A embarrassing, time-wasting episode, dumb as bricks from beginning to end. More...
  
Chrysalis (5.0 / F+)
Summary: Bashir's genetically enhanced friends return. 
The Bottom Line: The Un-episode: Uninteresting, Unaffecting, and Unnecessary. More...
  
Treachery, Faith and the Great River (6.7 / D+)
Summary: A Weyoun clone attempts to defect to the Good Guys.
The Bottom Line: A step up from the last few weeks, but when you've hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up. More...
  
Once More Unto the Breach (6.7 / D+)
Summary: The legendary Klingon warrior Kor returns to join the war effort.
The Bottom Line: Tolerable, as Klingon Klaptrap episodes go. But how many times can we be expected to sit through the same plot? More...
  
The Siege of AR-558 (8.3 / B)
Summary: Sisko and his crew assist a group of Starfleet soldiers in a critical mission.
The Bottom Line: Say, that was pretty good. More...
  
Covenant (6.0 / D-)
Summary: A trip to Empok Nor reveals Dukat and a cult of Bajoran followers.
The Bottom Line: There's not much that's really bad about this episode, but not much that's particularly good, either. More...
  
It's Only a Paper Moon (4.0 / F)
Summary: Nog experiences post-traumatic stress after being injured in combat.
The Bottom Line: A five-minute psychobabble plot seemingly padded with forty minutes of music. More...
  
Prodigal Daughter (4.2 / F)
Summary: Ezri is reunited with her familiy for the first time since receiving the Dax symbiont.
The Bottom Line: A rather pointless and strictly by-the-numbers outing, following an unfortunate DS9 trend. More...
  
The Emperor's New Cloak (4.0 / F)
Summary: Grand Nagus Zek seeks profit in the Mirror Universe.
The Bottom Line: Mostly drivel, with a couple of worthwhile scenes. More...
  
Field of Fire (6.0 / D-)
Summary: When Ezri assists in a murder investigation, memories of a psychotic former Dax host come to the surface.
The Bottom Line: Mildly interesting, but filled to the rim, not with Brim, but with contrivances. More...
  
Chimera (6.5 / D)
Summary: Odo encounters another Changeling who, like him, was sent out into the galaxy by the Founders centuries ago.
The Bottom Line: Surprisingly strong, with good performances and an interesting story. More...
  
Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang (1.5 / F--)
Summary: When hologram Vic Fontaine is threatened by holographic hoods, the crew goes all-out to protect him.
The Bottom Line: Look up "pointless" in the dictionary, and you'll find a still from this episode. More...
  
Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (9.0 / A-)
Summary: Section 31 recruits Bashir for a covert mission.
The Bottom Line: If this level of quality can be maintained, it might, repeat, might, make up for the dreck we were subjected to earlier this season. More...
  
Penumbra (7.5 / C)
Summary: While Ezri searches for the missing Worf, Sisko receives a warning from the Prophets.
The Bottom Line:An episode consisting mainly of set-up, too much so, perhaps, with the sound of chess pieces being moved around becoming perceptible at times. More...
  
'Til Death Do Us Part (6.9 / D+)
Summary: While Ezri and Worf are held prisoner by the Breen, Dukat, disguised as a Bajoran, tries to lure Kai Winn to the Dark Side.
The Bottom Line: Like last week, there's a lot of set-up and not much payoff, but unlike last week, this episode really feels off-kilter and all over the map. More...
  
Strange Bedfellows (7.5 / C)
Summary: As the Breen formally join the Dominion, Kai Winn is tempted by the Pah Wraiths.
The Bottom Line: There is some good dialogue and interesting developments, but with erratic pacing, as some of the plotlines feel rushed, others unconscionably padded. More...
  
The Changing Face of Evil (8.0 / B-)
Summary: The war escalates when the Breen attack Starfleet Headquarters on Earth.
The Bottom Line: While marred in a few places by flawed execution and questionable characterization, this is a pretty strong show. More...
  
When It Rains... (7.5 / C)
Summary: Kira tries to organize the Cardassian resistance against the Dominion.
The Bottom Line: As in "Penumbra," at times the manipulation of chess pieces is a bit too perceptible. More...
  
Tacking into the Wind (9.3 / A)
Summary: While Bashir works to find a cure for the Changeling illness, Worf takes on Gowron, the Klingon leader.
The Bottom Line: The best DS9 episode in years. More...
  
Extreme Measures (5.0 / F+)
Summary: O'Brien and Bashir capture Section 31's Sloan and try to extract information from him about the Changeling illness.
The Bottom Line: You have to believe that a lot of characters are really stupid in order to buy this plot. More...
  
The Dogs of War (5.0 / F+)
Summary: When Grand Nagus Zek announces his retirement, the fight to succeed him begins.
The Bottom Line: For the most part, the storylines in this episode live up to their name: dogs. More...
  
What You Leave Behind (6.0 / D-)
Summary: The final battle between the Federation and the Dominion, and between Good and Evil.
The Bottom Line: Look up "pointless" in the dictionary, and you'll find a still from this episode. More...
  
  
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