Trekathon 279: In the Hands of the Prophets (DS9)

The first season comes to an end with a bang.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Anyway, in the tradition of the best episodes of this season, once again the focus is on Bajoran politics. This time the religious angle is at the fore, and the underlying differences between Bajor and the Federation are the main thing. The setup is a little too obviously a ‘ripped from the headlines’ Star Trek take on the debates over the teaching of evolution, and that struck me as being a little too overtly political for Star Trek’s normal approach.

The political part of the episode aside, the procedural investigation side rolls along nicely, and the personal touch in having O’Briens assistant (seen in the previous episode as well) as the assassin. It’s a strong season finale, but a lot rests on whether the threads begun here are carried through or dropped.

279 down, 458 to go.