These Are The Episodes… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 7

Posted by Matthew on November 17, 2013
Television

Deep Space Nine

So here we are: the final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

The wormhole is sealed. Captain Sisko is on Earth, lost without his connection to The Prophets. Worf is devastated over the ends of the season six finale. The war with the Domion rages across the Alpha Quadrant and goes poorly for the federation. Things are grim and in this final season things are only going to get worse before they get better.

Season 7 starts out with a two episode story but where it really shines is in the end. The last nine episodes form one story which wraps up all of the storylines begun in the series.

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

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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.

  • I’ve mentioned before that while I’m writing this lower the cost of entry to the series the idea would be to watch all the episodes. With season seven I’d like to make this my actual recommendation as there are so few episodes which are not plot relevant and so few with a lighter tone that every once in a while it’s nice to a respite from the war.

Season 7 has 25 episodes. 16 of them are Must See. There are a further 5 that you should see and just 4 that you can take or leave.

7×01 “Image in the Sand

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Kira, Worf
  • Relevant to War, The Prophets, Romulans, Klingons, Bajor
  • First Appearance of Ezri Dax
  • Part 1 of 2

7×02 “Shadows and Symbols

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Kira, Worf, Ezri Dax
  • Relevant to War, The Prophets, Romulans, The Federation, Bajor, Dax is Really Old
  • Part 2 of 2

7×03 “After Image

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Ezri Dax, Worf
  • Relevant to Dax is Really Old

7×04 “Take Me Out To The Holosuite

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko
  • Relevant to Vulcans, Baseball

7×05 “Chrysalis

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Bashir

7×06 “Treachery, Faith, And The Great River

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Nog, O’Brien, Odo, Weyoun
  • Relevant to War, Changelings, Ferengi, Vorta

7×07 “Once More Unto The Breach

  • Should Watch
  • Relevant to Worf, Martok, Kor
  • Relevant to Klingons
  • Guest Star John Colicos

7×08 “The Siege of AR-558

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, Nog, Quark
  • Relevant to War is Hell

7×09 “Covenant

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Dukat
  • Relevant to The Pah-Wraiths

7×10 “It’s Only a Paper Moon

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Nog
  • Relevant to War is Hell

7×11 “Prodigal Daughter

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to Ezri Dax
  • Relevant to Trills

7×12 “The Emperor’s New Cloak

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to Mirror Universe

7×13 “Field of Fire

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to Ezri Dax
  • Relevant to War is Hell, Dax Is Really Old

7×14 “Chimera

  • Should See
  • Relevant to Odo
  • Relevant to Changelings

7×15 “Badda Bing Badda Bang

  • Take It or Leave It
  • Relevant to Vic Fontaine

7×16 “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Bashir
  • Relevant to Section 31
  • Guest Star William Sadler

7×17 “Penumbra

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, Worf, Dukat, Damar
  • Relevant to War, Benjamin and Kasidy, Dax and Worf, Breen
  • Part 1 of 9

7×18 “‘Til Death Do Us Part

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, Worf, Dukat, Damar, Winn Adami
  • Relevant to War, Benjamin and Kasidy, the Prophets, The Dominion, Breen
  • Part 2 of 9

7×19 “Strange Bedfellows

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Damar, Winn Adami, Dukat, Kasidy Yates, Weyoun
  • Relevant to War, The Dominion, Breen, Cardassians, The Prophets, the Pah-Wraiths
  • Part 3 of 9

7×20 “The Changing Face of Evil

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Winn Adami, Damar, Weyoun
  • Relevant to War, The Dominion, Breen, Cardassians, The Defiant
  • Part 4 of 9

7×21 “When It Rains…

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Kira, Garak, Odo, Damar, Martok, Dukat
  • Relevant to War, Cardassians, The Dominion, Changelings, Klingons, The Pah-Wraiths
  • Part 5 of 9

7×22 “Tacking Into The Wind

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Kira, Odo, Damar, O’Brien, Bashir, Worf, Martok
  • Relevant to War, Cardassians, The Dominion, Breen, Section 31, Klingons
  • Part 6 of 9

7×23 “Extreme Measures

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Bashir, O’Brien
  • Relevant to War, Changelings, Bashir and O’Brien are Bros, Section 31
  • Guest Star William Sadler
  • Part 7 of 9

7×24 “The Dogs of War

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Damar, Garak, Quark, Benjamin Sisko, Martok
  • Relevant to War, Cardassians, The Dominion, Ferengi
  • Part 8 of 9

7×25 “What You Leave Behind

  • Must See
  • Relevant to Everyone
  • Relevant to War, The Dominion, Cardassians, Changelings, The Prophets, the Pah-Wraiths
  • These Fleets Battle: alliance

dominion * Part 9 of 9

Conclusion

So that’s it. After this there is no more. Deep Space Nine’s ending is bittersweet. All the storylines are tied up and all the characters get closure, but not every story ends well nor does every character get a happy ending.

That’s sort of the beautiful thing about the show though. Before Deep Space Nine Star Trek didn’t have shades of grey. It had explicit moral messages and happy endings. Deep Space Nine spent an entire series exploring the grey areas and while an “everyone lives happily ever after” ending might have been nice it wouldn’t really fit with the tone of the series.

I hope you’ve enjoyed watching this; my favourite Star Trek series. With this guide you will have seen all you need to in order to have a complete picture at the end of the story. I hope that one day you’ll come back to it and watch it all though, as there’s a great deal of nuance you’re missing out on by skipping any episodes at all.

Be sure to check back next Sunday too. We’re done laying out the viewing guide but I’m going to come back for one more entry in this series and talk a little more about why I love the show and then give you a rundown on what I think the best episodes of the series are. I’ll see you then!

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