Station log: stardate 52645.7
We’re closing in on the end of the series, as we delve into the last few episodes comprising The Final Chapter. Extreme Measures, written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, first screened on 19 May, 1999.
Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and O’Brien (Colm Meaney) let work leak that they have a cure for the disease that is afflicting Odo (Rene Auberjonois) and The Founders, as the The Dominion War continues to wage. They’ve done this in the hopes of luring a Section 31 agent out into the open. The agency is the one that created the disease, infected Odo with it, and had him, unknowingly carry to the Changelings.
They’re ploy works as Sloan (William Sadler) arrives to investigate. More complications ensure however. when Sloan commits suicide to prevent the doctor from discovering the cure.
Sisko (Avery Brooks) is let in on what the two have been up to, and while he doesn’t like being left out of the loop, and finds some of their decisions morally and ethically questionable, he understands the need for the secret.
In an attempt to find a way to recover the cure from Sloan’s dying mind, O’Brien and Bashir go all inception, and explore the operative’s subconscious
Station log: stardate 52861.3
The penultimate episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was written by Rene Echevarria and Ronald D. Moore from a story by Peter Allan Fields. It aired on 26 May, 1999.
The station and Sisko are assigned the Sao Paulo, a new Defiant-class ship (which then has its name changed back to Defiant), something to prepare for the final battle up ahead, and Ezri (Nicole de Boer) and Bashir final dance around one another, and finally admit their feelings to one another with a passionate kiss.
Odo begins his recovery on the station, while Quark (Armin Shimerman) gets some news from the Grand Nagus (Wallace Shawn) that he is going to be the next Grand Nagus, or is he? But he’s learned that things aren’t the way they used to be on the planet and seems more equal, diverse, and accepting than it used to be (more liberal than conservative) and he’s less than happy about it.
Meanwhile, a resistance mission for Kira (Nana Visitor) and Garak (Andrew Robinson) doesn’t go as well as expected, especially when they hear people talking about the fate of Damar (Casey Biggs), though that may be just the incitement that the Cardassian people need to rise up against the Domion and their allies.
The Domion begin to pull back, solidifying their positions, as they brace for what is coming next week!
The episode may have proved a challenge for Jeffrey Combs who appears as Weyoun, the Vorta, and Brunt the Ferengi. And it ends with some life changing news for Sisko.
The final adventure from the DS9 bunch gets underway next week as I finish exploring Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD, available now from Paramount Canada.