Season One

This is the overall review of Season One of DS9. I know it’s 17 years late (I know, right?) but I really enjoy it and it’s my blog so you can take a running jump.

Season One has two main purposes – to introduce the characters and to set the scene for the adventures that follow. It performs these tasks reasonably well, although a couple of points deserve specific attention.

There are two main plots that run through Season One, both of which revolve around the Bajoran religion. Firstly, Commander Sisko becomes a major religious figure to the Bajorans, the Emissary of the Prophets. Secondly, Major Kira coming to a realisation that the war she has been fighting truly is over, and that another one is starting.

These two points are most clearly illustrated in the first and last episodes. In the first, Major Kira is furious that Starfleet have been invited to take over DS9, seeing it as defeating the purpose of her lifelong struggle for independence. The Starfleet interlopers discover in the space of days what has eluded the Bajorans for generations – the location of the Celestial Temple and the nature of the Prophets.

In the last, Vedek Winn starts up a religious debate over education on the station. Major Kira is initially a supporter of Winn, believing her to represent traditional Bajoran values. However, she discovers that Winn made the debate solely to draw out her main rival for the Kaiship and attempt his assassination. It is interesting to observe the effect this has on Kira’s religious fervour over the series.

Season One has a number of interesting episodes, including “Emissary” and “In The Hands Of The Prophets” as mentioned above. Also worth of note are “Duet”, one of the best early episodes, as well as “Dax” which provides us with a brilliant example of how to do complex exposition and the fantastic acting seen in “Dramatis Personae”. Of course, there are a number of dire episodes, not least the truly egregious “Move Along Home”, an episode of such unspeakable horror that brave men recoil with disgust. Also “The Storyteller”, which isn’t bad so much as incomprehensible.

Overall, then, Season One provided a gentle start to Deep Space Nine, introducing a large number of characters, many of whom (especially Vedek Winn, Garak and Gul Dukat) would become major players in the future seasons.

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