Slightly weaker than the preceding and succeeding seasons as a whole, Season 5 still delivers quality episodes. While The Dominion weighs heavily on everyone’s mind, it is largely absent for much of the fifth season as Bajor and the Klingons become the primary propellant.

Sisko’s role as the Emissary becomes better expounded, corresponding with Kai Winn Adami’s increasing antagonism. Odo regains his “powers” while The Maquis encounter a dire conclusion. Leeta’s character evolves, as does her relationship with Rom. DS9 even crosses over into one of the most famous Original Series episodes to save Captain Kirk from an assassination.

Arguably one of the best season finales in television history, the season concludes with The Dominion-Cardassian alliance seizing control of Deep Space Nine.

5-01: Apocalypse Rising

When Gowron is believed to be a Changeling, Sisko, Odo, Miles, and Worf go undercover to expose the truth.

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5-03: Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places

Worf reluctantly uses his extensive Klingon knowledge to help Quark seduce Grilka, his ex-wife.

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5-04: Nor the Battle to the Strong

Jake experiences first-hand the horrors of war.

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5-05: The Assignment

Keiko O’Brien becomes possessed by a Pah-wraith.

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5-06: Trials and Tribble-ations

To prevent an assassination of Captain James T. Kirk, Sisko and crew travel back in time to the Tribble-incident of the original Enterprise.

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5-07: Let He Who Is Without Sin…

A vacation on Risa is interrupted by a heretic.

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5-08: Things Past

Sisko, Jadzia, Odo, and Garak suddenly find themselves living as Bajorans who were wrongfully executed aboard Terok Nor during the Occupation.

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5-09: The Ascent

Upon crash-landing, Odo and Quark must work together to survive with limited resources.

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5-10: Rapture

Upon discovering an ancient Bajoran city, the Prophets send a dire warning to Sisko.

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5-11: Darkness and the Light

Kira's life is in danger as other former members of the Shakaar Resistance Cell are being murdered by an unknown asssailant.

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5-12: The Begotten

Odo tries to help a sick infant Changeling without assistance from Dr. Mora, the scientist who studied him. Meanwhile, Kira gives birth to Keiko and Mile’s baby.

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5-13: For The Uniform

Sisko relentlessly pursues the elusive traitor Michael Eddington, former DS9 crewman turned Maquis.

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5-14: In Purgatory’s Shadow

Garak, Worf, and Bashir search for Enabran Train after intercepting a distress call from the notorious Cardassian. Meanwhile, Dukat visits Ziyal on DS9.

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5-15: By Inferno’s Light

As Cardassia forges an alliance with the Dominion, Worf, Bashir, and Garak plan an escape from captivity with the help of fellow-captive General Martok.

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5-16: Doctor Bashir, I Presume?

Dr. Bashir has been selected as the model for the new Emergency Medical Hologram, but an exposed secret jeopardizes his career.

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5-18: Business As Usual

Quark, broke and desperate, joins his highly successful cousin Gaila in selling weapons, despite apprehension.

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5-19: Ties of Blood and Water

To the dismay of Weyoun and Dukat, Kira tends to a fatally ill Tekeny Ghemor aboard DS9, resurrecting unpleasant memories of her father’s passing.

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5-20: Ferengi Love Songs

Quark and Rom discover that their mother, Ishka, is Grand Nagus Zek's lover. Liquidator Brunt and Quark conive to end the relationship.

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5-21: Soldiers of the Empire

Jadzia joins Worf when he becomes first officer on General Martok's ship.

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5-22: Children of Time

The Defiant crew encounter their own multi-generational descendants on an alien planet.

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5-23: Blaze of Glory

When the Maquis reportedly plan a massive attack, Sisko enlists the help of their captured former leader, ex-DS9 crewman Michael Eddington.

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5-24: Empok Nor

Aboard an abandoned Cardassian station, a salvage team soon discovers that they are in grave danger.

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5-25: In The Cards

To cheer up a somber Sisko, Jake and Nog work hard to get a vintage baseball card for his birthday.

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5-26: Call To Arms

To prevent additional Dominion reinforcements, DS9 mines the wormhole’s entrance, escalating tensions between the Federation and Dominion… leading to a climatic ending.

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