Daily Doux: 10 Episodes That Show Why DS9 is the Best Star Trek Series
‘Duet’ (season 1)
Featuring two fantastic performances Nana Vistor and Harris Yulin, this classic from season one, where Kira interrogates a suspected Cardassian war criminal, helped the struggling freshman series escape from Next Gen’s shadow.
‘The Wire’ (Season 2)
One of DS9′s greatest strengths was its rich cast of recurring characters. By far the best of the bunch was Andrew Robinson’s Garak, a Cardassian tailor who was more than he appeared. This gem from the second season was the first to delve into his mysterious past but, as was so often the case with Garak, we came away with more questions than answers.
‘Past Tense’ (Season 3)
A great time travel tale with a social conscience that sees Sisko, Dax and Bashir accidentally sent back to an ugly time in Earth’s (future) history.
‘The Way of the Warrior’ (Season 4)
Worf’s arrival on the station marked the point where DS9 went from being that surprisingly good Next Gen spin-off to the best series in the entire Star Trek franchise.
‘The Visitor’ (Season 4)
After an accident leaves his father lost in subspace, Jake Sisko spends his entire life searching for a way to bring him home. Have a box of hankies nearby when you watch this one because, trust me, you’re gonna need them.
‘Our Man Bashir’ (Season 4)
DS9 didn’t always make holodeck gone wrong episodes. But when they did they were the best holodeck gone wrong episodes in the world.
‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ (Season 5)
DS9 may have been the show hat strayed furthest from Gene Roddenberry’s vision, but there was still no doubt that the folks who made it really loved Star Trek. Never was this more apparent than in this episode, a brightly coloured love letter to the classic series produced to celebrate the franchise’s 30th anniversary.
‘Far Beyond the Stars’ (Season 6)
Star Trek episodes don’t come more powerful than this classic from season six, which saw Sisko experience the life of Benny Russell, a science fiction writer in the 1950s struggling against discrimination to get his story of a black space station commander named Benjamin Sisko published.
‘In The Pale Moonlight’ (Season 6)
The episode that reveals just how far Sisko is willing to go in order to get the Romulans to side with the Federation against the Dominion. All together now: “IT’S A FAAAAKKKKEEEEE!!!!!!!”
‘Treachery, Faith, and the Great River’ (Season 7)
An underrated gem from the show’s final season that put Weyoun (another one of the show’s many amazing supporting characters) front and centre and gave the always brilliant Jeffrey Combs a chance to shine. The b-story with Nog making deal after deal to get the Defiant a new part is pretty great too.