Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 6
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Episodes: A Time to Stand, Rocks and Shoals, Sons and Daughters, Behind the Lines, Favor the Bold, Sacrifice of Angels, You Are Cordially Invited..., Resurrection, Statistical Probabilities, The Magnificent Ferengi, Waltz, Who Mourns for Morn?, Far Beyond the Stars, One Little Ship, Honor Among Thieves, Change of Heart, Wrongs Darker than Death or Night, Inquisition, In the Pale Moonlight, His Way, The Reckoning, Valiant, Profit and Lace, Time's Orphan, The Sound of Her Voice, Tears of the Prophets.
Deep Space Nine's sixth season began ambitiously with a six-part story arc devoted to the Dominion War. This was a brave move in many ways, but a sensible one too. Whereas other sci-fi shows wouldn't commit to showing the impact of war (e.g., Babylon 5), here there were numerous visible sacrifices. Characters were frequently kidnapped and held prisoner, allowing screen time for other members of the ever-growing cast (at its peak there were as many as 18 individuals with speaking roles per episode). This year also introduced the idea of Starfleet Intelligence and its sinister Section 31; alliances were built only to crumble almost immediately; Sisko led a suicide mission and at long last his destiny as the Emissary took a serious turn.
Amid all this sturm und drang the writers felt it necessary to inject some levity. In fact, there was so much comedic sidetracking this year it actually seemed as if they were afraid of the series' dark tone. Witness: Quark undergoing a temporary sex change, leading a Magnificent Seven-style band of Ferengi (with a cameo from Iggy Pop), Morn's nonspeaking character being sorely missed, the blend of Troi and Guinan into '60s crooner Vic Fontaine, and, in one fan favorite episode ("Far Beyond the Stars"), Sisko having visions of himself and the crew as 1950s staff writers on pulp magazine Incredible Tales. There were also cute reconciliations among Worf's extended family (leading to Trek's first cast wedding), and even the revelation of Bashir's genetically enhanced origins quickly became a subject for easy jokes.
Any of these events would have been satisfactorily cute if the war had ended and the show had moved on. But it confused the viewer when every so often the battle would be rejoined mid-episode. The clinching proof that no grand design was really at work was in the sudden exit of Dax. Despite all the jarring humor scattered about after the strong opening, the show seemed unable to avoid reverting to shock tactics for its finale. All of which hardly made the promised final year seem a particularly enticing prospect. --Paul Tonks
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From the commencement of the season, it is quite evident that the season is going to be big in so many ways. From the war with the Dominion to many of the payoff's between the characters that have, in some cases, been building since the first season. Worf and Jadzia's marriage, Odo and Kira finally getting together and Dukat's turn for even the worst are just "some" of the season's highlights.
I stand by my opinion that Terry Farrell's decision to leave the show to do a sitcom that she was later "released" from stands right up there with Denise Crosby's decision to leave STNG, "not too smart!"
As is the usual, the writing, directing and performances by all for this continuation on the saga that is Deep Space Nine are all extraordinary!
A brief synopsis of the more outstanding episodes of the season:
A Time to Stand to Sacrifice of Angels - In this brilliant and unprecedented six episode arc the shows producers takes us from where the fifth season concluded through many of the machinations of the initial stages of the war with the Dominion. Integral to these first six episodes is some the series most extraordinary writing, directing and acting that all lend greatly to this six episode arc being tops among all of the Star Trek episodes ever, from any of the series.
You Are Cordially Invited - Despite the war still raging, in this great episode, we see Star Trek's first Klingon wedding between Worf and Jadzia.Read more ›
Far Beyond the Stars takes Sisko to another dimension where he is a science fiction writer facing racism in the 50's. In this one he is the creator of a Deep Space Nine saga. The editor won't publish it. Not only will the editor not publish his story but he won't consider any of his work good enough for publication. This tale is by far the most poignant and heart wrenching of all the series.
As usual the set is light on extras, but the episodes more than make up for it. If Paramount ever issues this seven season set as one unit; (like the UK Borg Box of seven seasons of Next Gen) it should have a lot more in the way of episode commentary and interviews.
For what you are paying; a lot more in the extras could have been produced for such a great series. I still have to give it five stars. The episodes surpass the final ones in the last season.
If you are a sci-fi buff, you owe it to yourself to buy this, though it is not recommended until one has seen Seasons 3,4, & 5, as those provide a vital build up to the epic developments in year 6 - mainly, the outbreak of the Dominion War, which is the first and only time a prolonged interstellar war is (well) portrayed in the Trek universe.
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It's not a classic series, but like most of the Star Trek francise it's good and nice to watch.If you have bought the previous 5 series it's a must buy. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2010 by Ben Nicholson
This is a must have season for DS9 fans! The two-parter "Favor the Bold" and "Sacrifice of Angels" are definately the best of the lot. Read morePublished on July 14 2004
DS9 ended on a low note with the sudden exit of Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax, only a handful of episodes after she had married Worf, Farrell had a disagreement with series creator... Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by D.W. Smith
The war vs. the Dominion escalates with the near defeat of the Federation. Contains great episodes like "Far Beyond the Stars" in which Sisko has a vision of the past & he thinks... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by McHenry John
Maybe you already heard about this from DS9 Fifth Season. The main thing is last 2 chapters of each dvd of the DS9 Sixth Season arent recognized for my the Daewoo dvd player. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Roberto Ortega
The spaceship made the difference. TOS, TNG and Voyager had ships. They had episodic adventures every week. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by D. O'Neill
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