Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Original Airdates: 1997-1998
With Deep Space Nine – again operating as Terok Nor – lost to The Dominion-Cardassian alliance, Season Six opens with an audacious, grim story arc spanning six episodes that progresses the series to new levels.
From this point onward, the show’s tone further darkens as The Dominion conflict casts an enduring shadow. Even hopes of euphoria are ultimately dashed when the marriage of Worf and Jadzia ends in tragedy.
Character evolution is discernible, especially from DS9’s growing network of supporting characters. In particular, Dukat’s character sees new levels of complexity when his long-lost daughter, whom he almost murdered, moves onto the station. Bashir’s career is put in jeopardy when his origins are revealed, while Kira discovers an unsettling truth to her mother’s disappearance. If there is one moment of optimism during season six, it comes from cupid’s arrow finally striking Odo and Kira.
As is common with Deep Space Nine, the season conclusion with a major cliffhanger. This time, it’s not the station lost, but the wormhole and one of DS9’s most beloved characters.
Despite its gloomy nature, Season 6 is one of Deep Space Nine’s best all-around seasons.
6-01: A Time to Stand
The displaced DS9 crew infiltrate Dominion space with a commandeered Jem'Hadar ship to cut off their ketracel-white supply.
6-02: Rocks and Shoals
After crash-landing, the crew of the commandeered Jem'Hadar ship are stranded, along with a Jem'Hadar group and their Vorta.
6-03: Sons and Daughters
Worf is reunited with his son, now a Klingon officer, while Dukat's relationship improves with his newly discovered daughter, Ziyal.
6-04: Behind The Lines
The Female Changeling arrives on DS9 while lives adjust to the Dominion occupation of DS9.
6-05: Favor The Bold
As the Dominion Occupation of DS9 continues, Sisko plans out a strategy to retake the station.
6-06: Sacrifice of Angels
With the Dominion only days from removing the minefield, the battle for DS9 escalades with tragedy.
Kira is stunned when a man believed to be her former lover, Vedek Bareil, suddenly returns from the grave.
6-09: Statistical Probabilities
Dr. Bashir offers to help a fellow group of genetically-engineered individuals better integrate into society.
6-10: The Magnificent Ferengi
Quark and Rom organize a group of Ferengi missionaries to rescue Moogie, their mother, from the Dominion.
Sisko and the recently captured Dukat, distraught from losing everything, become stranded together on an isolated planet.
6-12: Who Mourns for Morn?
On the news of Morn’s death, numerous old acquaintances arrive at DS9 in search of his secret fortune.
6-13: Far Beyond the Stars
Through a vision from the Prophets, Sisko has visions of living in 1950s Earth as a struggling writer.
6-14: One Little Ship
An accident physically shrinks a runabout while the Defiant is overtaken by the Dominion.
6-15: Honor Among Thieves
Chief O’Brien is sent to infiltrate the Orion Syndicate, an organized criminal group.
6-16: Change of Heart
When Jadzia is mortally wounded, Worf must make the difficult decision to save his wife or the mission.
6-17: Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
Major Kira uses the Orb of Time to travel back and investigate Dukat’s claim that her mother was his lover.
Section 31, the Federation’s secret autonomous intelligence agency, investigates Dr. Bashir as a possible Dominion spy.
6-19: In the Pale Moonlight
Sisko struggles with ethics as he works with Garak to persuade the Romulans against allegiance with the Dominion.
6-21: The Reckoning
Deep Space Nine is center of an epic battle between the Prophets and Pah-wraiths, with Kira and Jake both chosen as their corporeal vessels.
When their runabout is attacked by Jem’Hadar, Jake and Nog are rescued by Red Squad, an elite group of Starfleet cadets.
6-23: Profit and Lace
During a visit from the Zek and Ishka, Quark impersonates a female to prevent Brunt from becoming Grand Nagus.
6-24: Time’s Orphan
After Chief O’Brien and Kieko lose their daughter in an obscure accident, she returns as a drastically aged adult woman.
6-25: The Sound of Her Voice
While en route to rescue a stranded Starfleet officer, members of the Defiant crew communicate with her over subspace.