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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Reviews)

An index of our reviews of the cult classic Star Trek spin-off, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Once we’ve finished the run through, we might come back and add a series overview.


Season 1

January 3, 1993 – June 20, 1993


Season 2

September 26, 1993 – June 12, 1994


Season 3

September 26, 1994 – June 25, 1995


Season 4

October 2, 1995 – June 17, 1996


Season 5

September 30, 1996 – June 16, 1997

Season 6

September 29, 1997 – June 17, 1998



29 Responses

  1. No more?? Liking these

    • Actually, third season will be done over September-October this year, along with first year of Voyager. (And X-Files Season 2 in November, TOS Season 2 in December and some fun stuff in 2015.)

  2. That’s awesome! You do a really good job, I have enjoyed reading your reviews a lot. I can’t wait for fall to read the rest of DS9. Any idea of a timeframe on when you will be finished the entire series?

    Best Regards,

    John James

    • Provisionally mid-2016. I have a crazy ambitious plan to do most of Star Trek by the fiftieth anniversary. I am two-thirds of the way through TOS, a little under half through TNG, a little under half through DS9 and about one-seventh through VOY. Planning to do all four seasons of ENT this year, another DS9 and VOY, and then plow into the rest of the Star Treks starting in January.

      But that is a crazy ambitious plan, so don’t hold me to it.

  3. Still my all-time favorite TV series!

    • Definitely up there for me. Certainly a hugely formative one, and my favourite Star Trek show. (And I love TNG.)

      • Less said about Voyager the better, huh?

      • Ah, Voyager gets a tough time of it. I think it’s highlights stand with the best of the franchise, but they arrive too infrequently to count it as a brilliant (or even great) piece of television. I like it a lot more in hindsight than I did at the time; somehow knowing it’s never going to actually tell the story of a crew struggling to get home makes it easier to enjoy the episodic adventures.

        But every criticism made of it is entirely valid. It is too episodic; it does not have any substantial ensemble; the writing staff can’t agree on how to write Janeway; the Borg appear too frequently; the writers love that damn reset button. But I can enjoy large stretches of it on its own terms. (Oddly, and perhaps inexplicably, Counterpoint might just be my favourite episode, despite the fact that it is a generic episodic adventure; it is just executed so pitch perfectly – right down to the classical music.)

        That said, I think that Enterprise is somewhat underrated as Star Trek goes. I think the first season is half-way between a Voyager retread and something much more interesting, even if it lacks the courage to break away from traditional Star Trek formula. The second season might be my least favourite season of Star Trek ever; it is the season where every criticism of Enterprise is valid and fair. But I think the third and fourth seasons – though messy – deserve serious reappraisal.

      • Enterprise seriously lacked engaging characters. But it had far better storytelling than Voyager did. Voyager had some fairly decent characters, but dire storytelling; and as you said, was in love with that reset button formula. For a series that had a half Maquis crew, DS9 and TNG still did the only great Maquis stories.

      • I quite liked Worst Case Scenario, but yes. Squaring the Maquis/Starfleet thing away in the second episode was not the best approach to storytelling. Enterprise really lacked diversity in character. Not just in the aliens/humans mix, but also in “mostly white and male” (only two women, and two minorities, in the cast).

      • Counterpoint is Kate Mulgrew’s favourite Voyager episode too Darren. In fact, when she first read the script, she loved it so much she actually kissed it. And Burning Blogger of Bedlam, to my knowledge, TNG only did one Maquis episode, and that was the penultimate S7 episode Preemptive Strike. Although Journey’s End did lay much of the seeds for what became the Maquis.

  4. Anymore DS9 reviews in the future? I’ve been waiting for a long time, I really enjoy your reviews.

    • Sorry, John. They were scheduled for September, but they got pushed back at the last minute because some stuff came up. They’ve been rescheduled for February, through, if that helps? They’re mostly written, just a few left.

      • Thanks for the response Darren! I am really looking forward to reading them. What about TNG what’s the time frame? You’re reviews are my favorite on the net. You do a fantastic job, keep up the great work!

      • No worries. Apologies about the delay in replying!

        Thanks for the kind words.

        The original plan, which is a bit shot now by factors outside my control, was to do DS9 S4/VOY S2 in September/October, and to do ENT S4 in December. That would then give me the freedom to spend 2016 (50th anniversary!) completing the full set of Star Trek reviews. TOS S3, TNG S4/S5/S6/S7, DS9 S5/S6/S7, VOY S3/S4/S5/S6/S7. Unfortunately that’s pushed back. I would expect DS9/VOY to run in February/March and TOS in May. I have to decide if April is to be TNG S4 or ENT S4. I would expect some TNG by the end of next year, with an eye to completing the franchise by around mid-to-late 2017. All going to plan.

        (The return of The X-Files really threw the schedule to crap. It presented some immediate opportunities that I had to adjust my publication schedule in order to meet. But I’d expect an announcement around that in late November.)

  5. Hello,
    Long time reader of your exceptional reviews. Just wanted to know when the rest of the next generation and DS9 reviews will be posted? They are really good, the best reviews on the Web.

    Thanks for all the effort you put into these

    • Sorry didn’t read your reply above. Looks like I’ll have to wait till mid 2017. I’m looking forward to them.

    • Hi John.

      I’m doing the rest of my DS9 reviews at the moment. I’m interspacing them with Voyager, which should bring me up to the launch of Discovery. TNG will probably be after that.

      And thanks for the kind words!

  6. Darren, I know it’s a lot of work. But thanks for putting these up. I fell out of DS9 in the early Nineties and am binging on Netflix. I always make sure to get your take on each one just as I finish.

    One thing I’ve noticed for me – and you bring it up in the reviews as well – is a lot of similarity between DS9 and Battlestar: Galactica. The common denominator there is Ronald D. Moore, of course. But you can really see him trying things on the fourth season of DS9 that he later did again in BS:G.

    • No worries, Erik!

      I hope I can live up to that. The BSG parallels become more and more pronounced as the show goes on, particularly in the sixth and seventh seasons, that occasionally feel like rough drafts of what Moore wants to do with BSG.

  7. Hi Darren, I just finished reading your DS9 season 5 reviews. Very well done, thank you for putting so much time and effort into creating such an insightful look at one of my favorite shows of all time. Will you be able to finish and post season 6 and 7 in 2017?

    • I would hope so, but can’t promise.

      I’m about half-way through S6 at the moment, but may take a breather between seasons. I’m taking a minor breather from Friday to review Iron Fist.

  8. Hi Darren, great work on DS9 season 6! I really enjoyed reading your reviews. You have so much insight, I’m planning on watching the whole series again just to see all the aspects I’ve missed. When will you have season 7 up? I’m looking forward to it.

    • Hi John. The seven season reviews are going up as we speak. Voyager Season Five and DS9 Season 7 are going up Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

  9. I, too, am looking forward to the Season 7 reviews. I’ve been watching each episode and then reading the review, right through from the first season, and I have to say your reviews have given me some real insight into the show — and into why I always felt it was the best Star Trek of them all. What surprises me is how much I like the show now, perhaps even more than I did the first time through.

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