Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (season 6)

{5/5} “Lucky for you, space is big. There are a lot of other nice girls out there — with or without spots.” — Vic, to Bashir and Quark

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 6, aired in 1997-98

Captain Sisko has temporarily abandoned Deep Space Nine, and it’s in the hands of the Dominion and Cardassians. The war with the Dominion has been going on for 3 months and everyone is on edge. Sisko has a new mission — take the Jem’Hadar ship they captured last year into Cardassian territory and destroy the Ketracel-white depot. Dukat hasn’t been able to get rid of the mine field in front of the wormhole, and Weyoun is anxious to get new ships and Ketracel-white from the Gamma Quadrant. Kira and Odo have started a new resistance on DS9 but they disagree about what to do.

For the first time in Star Trek, they did an ongoing story that led from one episode to the next — a bunch of episodes this season and a bunch the next.

This season is partly about decisions you make during war that you wouldn’t make otherwise. But the war doesn’t dominate the show quite in the way I imagined it — there is still time for other stories.

I like how Jake asks tough questions in his capacity as a reporter during the war.

In “Statistical Probabilities” Dr. Bashir works with some genetically enhanced individuals who are very interested in the war with the Dominion. In “Honor Among Thieves” O’Brien goes undercover in the Orion Syndicate but comes to respect the man he works with. In “Wrongs Darker than Death or Night” Kira discovers that her mother wasn’t where she thought she was during the Occupation. In “The Sound of Her Voice” the Defiant rushes to aid Captain Lisa Cusak, who’s trapped on a planet by herself.

In the incomparable “Far Beyond the Stars” black science fiction writer Benny Russell writes a story about a space station and experiences racism in the 1950s.

In the finale there’s an event that was certainly surprising the first time around, the death of a main character.

Casey Biggs plays Damar, Melanie Smith plays Ziyal, Cecily Adams plays Ishka, James Darren plays Vic Fontaine, and William Sadler plays Sloane.

This is the 2nd time I’ve seen it.

I previously reviewed season 5.

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