These Are The Episodes… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 6

Posted by Matthew on November 10, 2013
Television

Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 5 ended with a bang; literally. After 3 years of build up and tension the war everyone knew was coming has finally arrived. The Dominion attacked the station under the command of Dukat and captured it. Sisko and the crew retreated and joined the allied fleet, vowing to return.

Season 6 is where the action really gets started. We had been waiting for a war and now it’s here, and because it’s Deep Space Nine we’re going to get to explore every aspect of it. This season starts off with a 6 episode serialized story ad also features what I consider to be the best episode of the series.

These are the episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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Reminder:

  • Must See episodes feature the main plot or primary character development. These are required viewing to understand everything at the end.

  • Should See episodes feature secondary plot elements or character development, and while they aren’t required they will give you a more complete experience with the show. If you have watched the should see episodes so far you should continue watching them now.

  • Take It or Leave It episodes are all the one offs and filler.

  • It’s worth noting that must see episodes aren’t necessarily good and take it or leave it episodes aren’t necessarily bad, and that ideally you’d just be watching all of them.

Season 6 has 26 episodes. 14 are Must See, 6 are Should See, and the remaining 6 you can Take or Leave.

6×01 “A Time To Stand

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Everyone
  • Relevant to War
  • Part 1 of 6

6×02 “Rocks and Shoals

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Kira
  • Relevant to War, The Jem’Hadar, Vorta, The Dominion
  • Part 2 of 6

6×03 “Sons and Daughters

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Worf, Kira, Dukat
  • Relevant to War, Klingons
  • Part 3 of 6

6×04 “Behind The Lines

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Kira, Odo, Damar
  • Relevant to War, The Dominion, Changelings
  • Part 4 of 6

6×05 “Favor The Bold

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Dukat, Damar
  • Relevant to War
  • Part 5 of 6
  • This Happens: Deep Space Nine Task Force

6×06 “Sacrifice of Angels

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Dukat, Damar
  • Relevant to War
  • Part 6 of 6
  • This Happens: Deep Space Nine Battle

6×07 “You Are Cordially Invited

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Worf, Jadzia Dax
  • Relevant to Klingons

6×08 “Resurrection

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Kira
  • Relevant to The Mirror Universe

6×09 “Statistical Probabilities

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Bashir
  • Relevant to War

6×10 “The Magnificent Ferengi

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Quark, Nog, Rom
  • Relevant to Ferengi, The Dominion, War
  • Guest Star Iggy Pop

6×11 “Waltz

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Dukat
  • Relevant to War

6×12 “Who Mourns For Morn?

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to Quark

6×13 “Far Beyond The Stars

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko
  • Relevant to Earth History, The Prophets

6×14 “One Little Ship

  • Take It or Leave it
  • Relevant to War, The Jem’Hadar

6×15 “Honor Among Thieves

  • Should See
  • Relevant to O’Brien
  • Relevant to War, The Seedy Underbelly of Space

6×16 “Change of Heart

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Worf, Jadzia Dax
  • Relevant to War

6×17 “Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

  • Take It or Live It
  • Relevant to Kira, Dukat
  • Relevant to Cardassian Occupation of Bajor

6×18 “Inquisition

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Bashir
  • First Appearance of Section 31

6×19 “In The Pale Moonlight

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Garak
  • Relevant to War, War is Hell, The Federation, Romulans, Cardassians

6×20 “His Way

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Odo, Kira
  • Relevant to Odo Has Feelings And He Feels Them
  • First Appearance of Vic Fontaine

6×21 “The Reckoning

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Winn Adami
  • Relevant to Bajor, The Prophets

6×22 “Valiant

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to Jake Sisko, Nog
  • Relevant to Jake and Nog are Bros, War is Hell

6×23 “Profit and Lace

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to Quark
  • Relevant to Ferengi

6×24 “Time’s Orphan

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to O’Brien Family

6×25 “The Sound Of Her Voice

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Everyone
  • Relevant to War, Odo and Quark are Bros

6×26 “Tears of the Prophets

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Jadzia Dax, Dukat
  • Relevant to War, The Prophets

Conclusion

Where season 5 ended with the Federation taking a defeat and putting on a determined face season 6 ends in a much darker place. Season 6 serves as the middle chapter in the story of The Dominion War and as with the middle part in any story things don’t look so good.

The war is going poorly, The Prophets have been attacked, one of our comrades has fallen, and Benjamin Sisko has returned to Earth. Things at this point cannot get any more grim.

We’ve also had some of the best exploration of the grey areas of conflict, good people doing bad things and the collateral damage that war causes. We’ve seen major leaps forward for many of the cast and crew, Star Trek’s best developed antagonist take a turn for the worse, and more of the epic space battles that we’ve been dying to see for years.

There’s only one more season to go in Deep Space Nine. Join me next week for our last viewing guide, and again in two weeks for a discussion of which episodes are the series best and why. See you then!

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