Trekathon Season Review: Deep Space Nine, Season 6

While Voyager has been getting better, Deep Space 9 has had its worst year so far.

Only 3 episodes made it to ‘very good’ or better (*Honor Among Thieves*, *In the Pale Moonlight*, *Waltz*), compared to nine that were overall bad (with the egregious *Profit and Lace* leading the way, followed by *The Magnificent Ferengi* and *His Way*).

They tried something big and ambitious at the start of the year, with the six-part ‘occupation’ sequence. Some bits of it worked, but not enough. Deep Space 9 is at its best when it’s telling stories based on the universe that has been built up around Bajor and the station – but only when it’s well planned. The six-parter had little planning, it felt like the writers didn’t know where they were going.

Overall this one is going to sit just under DS9 Season 3 in the ‘not good’ category. It’s just ahead of Voyager Season 3 in terms of quality. It’s a real shame, given the quality that Season 5 had gotten back to.

The very best of Trek:

– TNG Season 6

– DS9 Season 2

Strong performers:

– DS9 Season 5

– TNG Season 3

– TNG Season 5

– TOS Season 2

– TNG Season 4

– VOY Season 4

Mixed bag:

– TOS Season 1

– DS9 Season 2

– DS9 Season 1

– VOY Season 1

– TNG Season 7

Not good:

– DS9 Season 3

– VOY Season 3

– TNG Season 2

– TAS Season 1

– VOY Season 2

– TOS Season 3

– TAS Season 2

– TNG Season 1

That’s 532 watched, 23,746 minutes, and 72.82% complete. 82,537 words written. 205 to go. Next we have the last year with two series on the air, and a movie too. The end of Deep Space 9 is nigh.