Season Six of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine kicks
off with a six episode story arc - one that was originally
planned to run for an entire season, until the producers decided
that this would alienate viewers who only watched the show
Six saw a few changes in the dynamics between the main
cast. There is a marriage, love blossoms for another couple,
and two characters die - one a prominent crew member of DS9
and the other a recurring character. And we get another semi-regular
member of the cast in holographic lounge singer Vic Fontaine.
also get to see that, after last
season's revelation that Doctor Bashir is not all
he seems, Starfleet acknowledge him for what he is. The episode
Statistical Probabilities illustrates why genetically
enhanced individuals had previously been banned from Starfleet.
While they are all super intelligent, the majority are social
misfits, prone to violent outbursts.
main focus for this season is the escalating Dominion threat
- a focus that ended up giving the majority of the episodes
an almost militaristic feel to them. But while the majority
of episodes progress this theme, there are plenty of light
hearted stories. There are a number of Ferengi based episodes
(always good for a laugh) including The Magnificent Ferengi
and Profit and Lace. The later is more amusing, with
Quark enduring a sex change operation to become one of Zek's
female financial advisors (don't ask how or why, just sit
back and enjoy it).
season also sees the first, and only, episode devoted to Quark's
favourite barfly, Morn (Who Mourns for Morn?) - who
sadly doesn't appear in any great capacity. But it's great
to get more of an insight into this character who has accidentally
become a semi-regular and popular background face. One nitpick
though. At the end of the episode why do the Ferengi complain
about "worthless gold"? According to Quark it is
only valuable if it is gold pressed latinium. However, in
countless episodes the Ferengi have traded with gold. In The
Next Generation episode The Last Outpost the Ferengi
take the Starfleet pins because they contain "precious
gold". Or am I just being sad?
also get another mirror universe story (Resurrection)
and the start of what could have been a great ongoing theme
in Far Beyond the Stars. This episode sees Sisko as
a 20th Century writer living in Manhattan. And it appears
that the events on DS9 are merely figments of his imagination.
This episode is intriguing as it gives viewers a glimpse at
what some of the actors, who are usually covered in prosthetic
makeup, look like. Sadly, apart from brief references, this
storyline was never really followed up again.
notable episodes include Waltz, which sees Sisko and
Dukat stranded on a planet after Dukat saves Sisko; Honor
Among Thieves, in which O'Brien infiltrates the Orion
Syndicate and then has to choose between the mission and his
new friend; Wrongs Darker than Death or Night, which
sees Kira travelling back in time to discover the truth about
her mother who died when Kira was three years old. Dukat claim
that he was her lover - a ridiculous notion in Kira's eyes,
but one that is eating away at her; Inquisition, which
sees the introduction of Section 31; and His Way, which
introduces regular guest character Vic Fontaine and shows
the birth of the romantic relationship between Kira and Odo.
it is the season ending that is intriguing. No "Oh my
Gawd!" cliff-hanger as in previous years, but it ends
on such a downer. Sisko is dejected, the prophets have vanished,
and one of the main cast is dead.
include: Mission Inquiry: Far Beyond The Stars; 24th
Century Wedding (10 mins); Crew Dossier: Bashir (14
mins); Crew Dossier: Quark (15 mins); DS9 Sketchbook:
John Eaves (9 mins); One Little Ship Gary Hutzel
featurette (4 mins); Ferengi Rules Of Acquisition: The
Beginning (4 mins); Ferengi Rules Of Acquisition: The
Sequel (7 mins); Photo Gallery; and Section
31 (Hidden files).
great collection from Paramount.