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Image In The Sand

Episode:

151

Director:

Les Landau

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

On Earth, three months after the wormhole closed and the Orbs went dark, Sisko has a vision of uncovering a woman's face in the sands of Tyree. He learns that the woman was his real mother, Sarah, and that she had left behind a locket with ancient Bajoran writing on the back, which reads "Orb of the Emissary." Despite an attempt on his life by a member of the Cult of the Pah-Wraith, Sisko resolves to seek the Orb on Tyree, accompanied by his father and Jake. Meanwhile, on DS9, a Romulan military presence is established, but when they take over a Bajoran moon in order to build a hospital complex which also serves as a weapon storage facility, the Bajoran government wants them out; and Worf, Bashir, and O'Brien decide to undertake a dangerous mission in Jadzia's name.

Rating:

A-

Notes:

 

Shadows And Symbols

Episode:

152

Director:

Allan Kroeker

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Story by:

 

Stardate:

52152.6

Synopsis:

With Ezri Dax, Jake, and his father, Sisko goes to Tyree to seek the Orb of the Emissary. On the way there, and as he is digging in the desert, he begins having visions again - but are they from the Prophets or their enemies? Meanwhile, Kira leads a blockade against the Romulans in order to stop more weapons from being brought to Durna; and Worf, Bashir, O'Brien, Quark, and Martok go to Monak IV to destroy a Dominion shipyard so that Jadzia's soul can get into StoVoKor.

Rating:

A

Notes:

 

Afterimage

Episode:

153

Director:

Les Landau

Written by:

René Echevarria

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

On a leave of absence from Starfleet, Ezri Dax reacquaints herself with Jadzia's old haunts on DS9, while the other officers have difficulty adjusting to the new host. Worf in particular treats Ezri coldly, believing that to be friendly to her would dishonour his wife's memory. Sisko, however, wants Ezri to stay, and gives her the task of helping Garak when he begins having attacks of claustrophobia.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Take Me Out To The Holosuite

Episode:

154

Director:

Chip Chalmers

Written by:

Ronald D. Moore

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Captain Solok of the starship T'Kumbra - an old classmate and rival of Sisko's - comes to DS9 for repairs to his ship, and casually mentions that he has created a special baseball holosuite program. Incensed, Sisko challenges Solok, pitting a team composed of DS9 officers and residents against one composed of Solok's all-Vulcan crew. The problem? The Niners are terrible players. Will they be able to get it together before the big game?

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Chrysalis

Episode:

155

Director:

Jonathan West

Written by:

René Echevarria

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Jack, Lauren, and Patrick - three of Dr. Bashir's fellow genetically enhanced "mutants" - bring their friend Sarina to DS9 in hopes that Bashir can operate on her and bring her out of her fifteen-year cataleptic state. The operation is a success, and Sarina blossoms, much to the delight of Bashir, who finds himself falling in love with her.

Rating:

Notes:

Story line continued from "Statistical Probabilities".

Treachery, Faith And The Great River

Episode:

156

Director:

Steve Posey

Written by:

David Weddle & Bradley Thompson

Story by:

Philip Kim

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Having received a coded message from a Cardassian informant, Odo goes to meet him, but instead meets Weyoun, who makes the astonishing statement that he has decided to defect to the Federation. On the way back to DS9 with the Vorta, Odo learns that this is actually the successor clone to the Weyoun he has known - and that another Weyoun has been activated and is demanding that his predecessor commit suicide. Meanwhile, O'Brien gets a lesson in the art of scrounging parts and navigating the "Great Material Continuum," from Nog.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Once More Unto The Breach

Episode:

157

Director:

Allan Kroeker

Written by:

Ronald D. Moore

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Worf is approached by Kor, who, despite his status as a Dahar Master, is now without family or influence in the Empire, but wants a command so he can spend his last days as a warrior. However, Martok, who hates Kor, only grudgingly allows him to serve as third officer on Martok's ship in a five-ship raid into Dominion/Cardassian territory. During the raid, Kor relives an old battle and is ridiculed by the crew, including Martok. Will he get one last chance to redeem himself?

Rating:

B

Notes:

 

The Siege of AR-558

Episode:

158

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

The Defiant goes on a supply run to AR-558, a body in the Chin'toka system which is the site of a Dominion communications array that the Jem'Hadar are trying to regain control of. The war-weary troops there have lost two thirds of their original numbers, including their commanding officers, and Sisko decides to stay and take charge. Ezri and Kellin are able to reprogram the Jem'Hadar's antipersonnel mines to use against the enemy, but when the attack comes, what price will be paid for victory?

Rating:

A-

Notes:

 

Covenant

Episode:

159

Director:

John Kretchmer

Written by:

René Echevarria

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Kira is visited by her old friend and teacher, Vedek Fala, who gives her a red crystal. It is a homing transponder which is activated, causing her to be beamed by a Dominion transporter to Empok Nor, where a community of Bajoran Pah-Wraith worshippers has settled, led by none other than Gul Dukat. Dukat tries to convince Kira to join his followers, but she wants nothing to do with them or the Pah-Wraiths. When the first child born to the community turns out to be half-Cardassian, Dukat claims it's a miracle, then attempts to kill the mother. Rather than let his followers learn the truth, he decides to lead them to suicide.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

It's Only A Paper Moon

Episode:

160

Director:

Anson Williams

Written by:

Ronald D. Moore

Story by:

David Mack & John J. Ordover

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Having lost a leg in battle, Nog returns to DS9 with his new biosynthetic one. Although the leg works perfectly, Nog is walking with a cane due to the psychosomatic pain he feels. His friends and family are concerned as Nog withdraws from them emotionally, choosing to take his medical leave in the holographic world of Vic Fontaine. Will Nog retreat into fantasy for the rest of his life?

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Prodigal Daughter

Episode:

161

Director:

Victor Lobl

Written by:

Bradley Thompson & David Weddle

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

O'Brien is missing, after having secretly gone to New Sydney in order to find a woman - Bilby's widow, who has disappeared. Sisko prevails upon Ezri to ask her mother, Yanas Tigan, a prominent businesswoman in the same system, to use her influence to help find O'Brien. Ezri's mother agrees, in exchange for a visit. Ezri goes, and is reunited with her mother, and her two brothers, Janel and Norvo. After O'Brien is found, having discovered Morika Bilby's body, what secrets will he and Ezri uncover?

Rating:

 

Notes:

See also: "Honour Among Thieves"

The Emperor's New Cloak

Episode:

162

Director:

LeVar Burton

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Grand Nagus Zek has disappeared while on a business trip, and Quark is visited by the alternate-universe version of Ezri, who has a message from Zek - the Nagus has gone to the other universe, and is now a hostage. Quark must obtain a cloaking device for the Alliance, or Zek will die. With Rom's aid, he steals one, and mirror-Ezri takes them to her universe. There, they are captured by Terran rebels on Terok Nor, who take the cloaking device. How will Quark manage to save the Grand Nagus this time?

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Field Of Fire

Episode:

163

Director:

Tony Dow

Written by:

Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

A young lieutenant is killed in his quarters on DS9, and Ezri is assigned to use forensic psychology to aid in the investigation. After she has a vision of Joran, a murderous former host of Dax, another murder occurs, and Ezri turns to Joran for help, using a Trill ritual to enable her to interact with him as a separate being. Can Ezri use Joran's intimate knowledge of how and why a killer kills to her advantage, or will she be swept away by his sinister urgings?

Rating:

 

Notes:

Joran was discovered in "Equilibrium" and Captain Sisko hosted him for Jadzia's ghian'Tara in "Facets".

Chimera

Episode:

164

Director:

Steve Posey

Written by:

René Echevarria

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Odo and O'Brien are returning from a conference when their runabout is boarded by a Changeling - one who has never met another of his kind. Laas, like Odo, is one of the hundred infants who were sent out as explorers by the Founders. However, Laas is full of scorn and distrust for humanoids, and urges Odo to join him in a quest to find the other explorers and form a new Link. Odo is torn between his desire to live "as Changelings were meant to" and his love for Kira; and things become even more difficult when Laas is arrested for killing a Klingon.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Episode:

165

Director:

Mike Vejar

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

While Bashir and O'Brien are visiting Vic's, the lounge suddenly turns into a sleazy dive, and Vic is fired. The hotel has been bought by a mobster and old rival of Vic's named Frankie Eyes - the result of a surprise plot development buried in the program by its designer. Rather than reset the program, which would wipe Vic's memory, the DS9 officers concoct a plan to rob the casino, so that Frankie Eyes will be unable to pay the mob its cut.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

Episode:

166

Director:

David Livingston

Written by:

Ronald D. Moore

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

On the eve of a trip to Romulus for a conference and seminar on the Dominion, Bashir is visited by Sloan, who wants him to gather data on the Romulan leadership. Sisko advises Bashir that this might be a good way to learn more about Section 31 as well. At the conference, Sloan tells Bashir that he is to diagnose Chairman Koval of the Tal Shiar, who is suspected to have a disease called Tuvan syndrome. Believing that Sloan may be planning to use the disease as a cover to assassinate Koval, Bashir has no one to turn to except a Romulan senator.

Rating:

 

Notes:

The title of this episode is in Latin; the translation is "In times of war, the law will be silent".
Section 31 previously appeared in "Inquisition".

Penumbra

Episode:

167

Director:

Steve Posey

Written by:

René Echevarria

Stardate:

52576.2

Synopsis:

Deep Space Nine receives word that the ship Worf was commanding, the Koraga, has been ambushed and destroyed by the Jem'Hadar. Six escape pods from the starboard side of the ship have been recovered, but Worf was not in any of them. He leaves in the Defiant to search for Worf, believing that he is still alive. Back on DS9, meanwhile, Ezri is overcome with feelings of loss for Worf, and when Sisko tells her that they are giving up because there are Jem'Hadar ships converging on their position, Ezri decides to leave in a runabout to go and look for him. When Sisko finds out, he lets her go, but transmits a copy of the Defiant's sensor logs.

Using the computer on the runabout, Ezri thinks that Worf may have made it to one of the escape pods on the port side of the ship, and that the trajectory may have taken him into the badlands, a region dense with plasma storms that could easily destroy a ship, let alone an escape pod. Despite this, she cuts the runabout's engines, hoping that the currents in the badlands will make the runabout drift in the same direction as Worf's escape pod.

Back on the station, Sisko asks Kasidy to marry him, and she accepts. Both of them want a small Earth wedding, but the Bajorans want something different - to them, the Emissary getting married calls for great celebration, as well as a large wedding, to be performed by Kai Winn. However, the 'Sarah' prophet comes to Sisko in a vision and tells him that he cannot marry Kasidy, and if he does, he will know nothing but sorrow. He tells Kasidy, who is not terribly pleased, to say the least.

Having traversed the currents in the Badlands, Ezri finds an escape pod, and beams its occupant aboard - it's Worf. They are both relieved, but it is short-lived when they are attacked by the Jem'Hadar. Quickly overpowered, they abandon ship and beam down to an M-class planet. However, after a while, they begin to get on each other's nerves, until their feelings for each other come to a head. However, later on, while they are sleeping, they are stunned by Breen soldiers, captured and taken to a holding cell on board a Breen ship...

Back on the station, Sisko decides that if he wants to marry Kasidy, it's his choice to make, and they are married by Admiral Ross, despite a vision from the 'Sarah' prophet during the ceremony that he shouldn't...

Rating:

B+

Notes:

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Till Death Do Us Part

Episode:

168

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Written by:

David Weddle & Bradley Thompson

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

When Sisko reluctantly tells Kasidy of the Prophet's warning against their marriage, the wedding is off - but then the Emissary does some soul-searching about whether to heed the dire prediction, or follow his heart. Meanwhile, Kai Winn finally gets a vision, apparently from the Prophets, telling her to expect a "guide" who will aid her in the restoration of Bajor; then when Dukat arrives, posing as a Bajoran farmer named Anjohl, he begins to insinuate himself into her confidence. And on the Breen ship, Worf and Ezri are held captive and interrogated as the ship proceeds to a rendezvous that may spell disaster for the Alpha Quadrant.

Rating:

 

Notes:

This episode was originally entitled "Umbra".

Strange Bedfellows

Episode:

169

Director:

René Auberjonois

Written by:

Ronald D. Moore

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Kai Winn has another vision, and is horrified when the beings she thought were the Prophets instead identify themselves as the Pah-Wraiths, and urge her to embrace their path. "Anjohl" too reveals his allegiance (although not his identity), and Winn is faced with the choice of stepping down as Kai. Meanwhile, Damar is increasingly disturbed and frustrated by the Dominion alliance with the Breen, and by Weyoun's continued insistence on casually making decisions concerning Cardassia without consulting him. And Worf and Ezri have been taken to Cardassia to await trial and execution.

Rating:

 

Notes:

This episode was originally entitled "Eclipse".

The Changing Face Of Evil

Episode:

170

Director:

Mike Vejar

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

As Worf and Ezri return safely to DS9, news comes that the Breen have attacked Starfleet Headquarters on Earth. Meanwhile, Damar secretly gathers his forces to strike against the Dominion. When the Breen launch a counteroffensive at the Chin'toka system, Sisko joins the Starfleet reinforcements. On Bajor, at "Anjohl's urging, Kai Winn researches ways to free the Pah-Wraiths from their imprisonment in the Fire Caves. But Winn's faithful assistant has learned who Anjohl really is.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

When It Rains...

Episode:

171

Director:

Michael Dorn

Written by:

René Echevarria

Story by:

René Echevarria & Spike Steingasser

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

With only the Klingon ships able to counteract the Breen's energy dissipaters, Sisko pins Starfleet's hopes on Damar's movement. Kira is given a Starfleet commission and sent to help teach the Cardassians how to be rebels. She is accompanied by Garak and by Odo, who provides Bashir with a sample of "goo" before leaving. While analysing the sample, Bashir discovers that Odo is infected by the disease that is killing the Founders. Meanwhile, on Bajor, Dukat secretly tries to read the Text of the Kosst Amojan himself, to see if he can free the Pah-Wraiths without Kai Winn's aid. He is struck blind by a bolt of energy from the book. And Gowron comes to DS9 to give Martok a medal, and announces that he plans to take direct command of the Klingon forces, a move which Martok and Worf fear will prove foolhardy.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Tacking Into The Wind

Episode:

172

Director:

Mike Vejar

Written by:

Ronald D. Moore

Story by:

 

Stardate:

Not Given

Synopsis:

Kira decides on a bold plan to steal one of the Breen energy-dissipating weapons so that Starfleet can study it and come up with a countermeasure. With a team consisting of herself, Garak, Damar, Rusot and Odo, she gets aboard a Jem'Hadar ship. But there are complications - they must wait for the Breen weapon to be installed, Rusot's hatred for Kira is growing, and Odo has been trying to conceal the true extent of his illness.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

Extreme Measures

Episode:

173

Director:

Steve Posey

Written by:

Bradley Thompson & David Weddle

Story by:

 

Stardate:

52645.7

Synopsis:

The Breen weapon has been delivered to DS9, and Odo is in the infirmary. At his insistence, Kira leaves with Garak and Damar to continue the Cardassian resistance movement. With only two weeks at most before Odo will die of the Founders' disease, Bashir and O'Brien let Sisko in on their plan to obtain the cure from Section 31. Finally, Sloan himself shows up, and is promptly captured by Bashir, who plans to use an illegal Romulan memory scanner to probe Sloan's mind. However, Sloan triggers a suicide device inside his brain, and Bashir, accompanied by O'Brien, must enter Sloan's mind in order to find the cure.

Rating:

 

Notes:

This episode was originally entitled "Night Tremors".

The Dogs Of War

Episode:

174

Director:

Avery Brooks

Written by:

René Echevarria & Ronald D. Moore

Story by:

 

Stardate:

52861.3

Synopsis:

Sisko takes command of a new Defiant-class ship, with special dispensation to rename it from the Sao Paulo to the Defiant; while on Cardassia, the Female Changeling and Weyoun decide to withdraw in order to replenish their ships and troops. Meanwhile, Kira, Damar, and Garak arrive at Cardassia Prime for a meeting, only to learn that they have been betrayed. Kira and the others are forced to hide in the cellar of Garak's boyhood home, where they learn from Mila that Damar is becoming a legend among the ordinary Cardassian civilians. On DS9, Quark receives a static-garbled message from Grand Nagus Zek, saying that he plans to retire and move to Risa with Ishka, and that he is coming to DS9 to name his successor. Believing that he will be the next Grand Nagus, Quark is disgusted to learn of all the reforms Zek has been making due to Ishka's influence, and plans to reverse them as soon as he is in power. And Bashir and Ezri Dax finally address their feelings for each other.

Rating:

 

Notes:

 

What You Leave Behind

Episode:

175 & 176

Director:

Allan Kroeker

Written by:

Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler

Stardate:

52947.9

Synopsis:

The final assault of the Alpha Quadrant allies against the Dominion begins, as the uprising on Cardassia grows. However, Damar and his people pay a heavy price when the Jem'Hadar begin destroying Cardassian cities and exterminating the population. Damar, Kira, and Garak are captured, but saved from execution by fellow revolutionaries. Damar is killed in the effort to storm Dominion headquarters, and Kira and Garak manage to seize control, killing the eighth and last Weyoun in the process, and taking the Female Changeling prisoner. Meanwhile, the tide of the space battle turns when the Cardassian ships begin firing on their erstwhile Dominion allies.
The final end of the war comes when Odo joins Kira and Garak, and links with the Female Changeling, curing her and obtaining her agreement to sign a peace treaty and be tried for her crimes. In exchange, Odo promises to rejoin the Great Link and heal his people, hoping that in time he can teach them to reconcile with the solids.
On Bajor, Dukat, whose sight has returned, has entered the Fire Caves with Winn to release the Pah-Wraiths. Winn poisons him as a sacrificial offering, but the wraiths bypass her and possess Dukat's body instead. Sisko instinctively realises what is happening and races to the Fire Caves, where in their struggle, he and Dukat fall into the fire, destroying the Text of the Kosst Amojan and sealing the Pah-Wraiths in their prison forever. Sisko awakens in the Celestial Temple, where the Prophets tell him that his work is now complete, and that he is now one of them. Kasidy receives a vision from her husband, bidding her goodbye, and promising to return.
Many other goodbyes are exchanged. Garak faces a bittersweet end to his exile. Worf is appointed Federation ambassador to Qo'noS, and O'Brien leaves to teach engineering at Starfleet Academy. Odo and Kira part on the shores of the Great Link. However, Quark is still serving drinks and making deals at his bar, and Morn still resides on his stool. Bashir and Ezri also remain on the station, as do Nog and Kasidy. And together, Kira and Jake keep watch on the wormhole...

Rating:

A+

Notes:

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