Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – Favor the Bold, and Sacrifice of Angels

Station log: stardate unknown

Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler pen the next part in The Dominion War arc, that sees Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) developing a plan to retake the station, and wrest it from the joint forces of the Cardassians and the Dominion.

Meanwhile, aboard the station Rom (Max Grodenchik) is charged as an enemy of the Dominion State after the events of last week’s episode, and Odo’s (Rene Auberjonois) lapse in judgment thanks to the other changeling.

I like the episode’s introduction with Dax (Terry Farrell) commanding the Defiant, and fishing for Dominion targets with the help of Worf (Micheal Dorn) aboard his Klingon vessel.

There’s some nice exploration of war, and the need for a symbolic victory to inspire morale. And what I really love about this episode is that now that we are six seasons in, there are a number of supporting characters that have filled out the universe, and there are all these wonderful little story threads and character beats that play out.

Quark (Armin Shimerman) begins to do some serious work for the Resistance as he learns that there is a plan to take down the minefield around the wormhole preventing more Dominion forces from coming through.

This entire arc has been amazing and shows that serialized Trek story telling works brilliantly, and this one leaves us on a cliffhanger as Sisko resumes command of the Defiant, and spouting the episode’s title, leads the fleet to Deep Space Nine.



Station log: stardate unknown

Beimler and Behr penned this episode as well, and it serves as the final episode in the Dominion Invasion/War arc. Debuting on 3 November, 1997, this episode plays like gangbusters!

Battles wage, and the Defiant with Sisko is in the middle of it, even as those members of the Resistance aboard the station work to do what they can as well. This is a fantastic payoff episode, character beats and moments abound, and there is a lot of emotion at work in this story. This series.

Garak (Andrew Robinson), Nog (Aron Eisenberg), Weyoun (Jeffrey Combs) and Dukat (Marc Alimo) all have fantastic moments, and some set up things to come, I’m sure.

Kira (Nana Visitor), Dax, O’Brien (Colm Meaney), Bashir (Alexander Siddig), Jake (Cirroc Lofton), Quark, Leeta (Chase Masterson) they all get moments to shine in this story, advancing their characters, layering out the reality of the Trek universe, and wrapping us up in a brilliant story.

Starfleet, with some help from the Klingon Empire, and the Prophets are able to reclaim the station, and claim a solid victory as the Dominion and Cardassians retreat to Cardassian space. Still out there, but for the moment, halted…

The human adventure continues next week as I explore The Complete Series on DVD, now available from Paramount Pictures.

Boldly go…




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