The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

When the Prophets warn him not to go ahead with his marriage to Kasidy, Sisko is conflicted – should he choose his love, or his destiny? Meanwhile, Kai Winn is visited by the disguised Gul Dukat, who she believes is a messenger from the Prophets, whilst Worf and Ezri remain prisoners of the Breen.

This episode is one of the weaker of the final instalments, featuring as it does mainly Prophet and Pah-Wraith based storylines. On the advice of the Sarah-Prophet, Sisko decides not to go ahead with his wedding, only to change his mind at the last minute, apparently inviting disaster. Once again, the Prophets, once so distant and uncommunicative, feel unnecessarily heavy-handed here.

Meanwhile, the Pah-Wraiths are being equally meddlesome, showing Kai Winn a vision so that she will accept Bajoran Dukat as a messenger of the Prophets. I know Winn is supposed to be an outright villain by this point, but by this point, she’s more an object of pity. So desperate is she for some sort of contact with the Prophets, that she accepts one from the Pah-Wraiths instead. Dukat in his ‘Anjohl Tennan’ persona plays to all her fears and doubts about Sisko as the Emissary, and immediately wins her over.

Finally, Ezri and Worf are probed and tortured for no real reason, before being handed over the Dominion, revealing that the Breen are the latest Alpha Quadrant power to join forces with them. Mostly, this storyline seems to have been knocked together so that Ezri can realise that she has feelings for Bashir rather than Worf. I enjoyed Ezri’s scepticism towards all the Klingon traditions that Jadzia so loved, but as I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of her and Bashir as a pairing.

Points of Note

  • One from last episode – surely Worf singing klingon opera in an escape pod would only speed up consumption of his limited oxygen supply.
  • Do the Prophets mean that Sisko is inviting disaster by marrying Kasidy, or that it will just make leaving her (and the child they will conceive) that much more difficult than if he broke up with her now?
  • Admiral Ross gives the standard Starfleet officer wedding speech, as previously given by both Picard and Kirk in their respective series.
  • The rank of ranjen appears to be below that of Vedek in the Bajoran religious hierarchy.

Summary – ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Sisko gets Kasidy, and Winn gets…Dukat?

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