The Trials of O’Brien: Times the DS9 writers made Chief O’Brien suffer

When Miles O’Brien left the Enterprise-D for a new job as chief engineer on DS9, he knew it wasn’t going to easy. After all, he’d just swapped the Federation’s top of the range flagship for a rusty Cardassian space station infested with voles and held together with spit and 24th century baling twine. What he didn’t know was that the writers of his fictional world also had it out for him, and devised ever crueller ways to torture DS9’s resident blue collar everyman. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: What You Leave Behind

The time has come for the final attack on the Dominion forces in the Alpha Quadrant. As Sisko and the new Defiant join the onslaught in space, on Cardassia, Damar, Kira and Garak prepare for a direct offensive against the Dominion compound. Meanwhile, on Bajor, Kai Winn and Dukat prepare to release the Pah-wraiths from their imprisonment in the Fire Caves. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: The Dogs of War

Whilst Sisko and his senior crew celebrate the arrival of a replacement USS Defiant, Kira and Damar are having a much tougher time of it. A betrayal leads to the destruction of the Cardassian resistance, leaving Damar, Kira and Garak hiding in a basement, uncertain of their next move. Meanwhile, Quark is delighted to hear that the Nagus is coming to DS9 to crown his successor. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: Extreme Measures

When Bashir realises he is running out of time to find a cure for Odo, he and O’Brien are forced to devise an alternative plan. Having discovered that Section 31 is likely responsible for the Changeling disease, they lure Sloan to the station, in the hopes that a Romulan memory probe will be able to extract knowledge of a cure. But when Sloan attempts to commit suicide, Bashir and O’Brien have a mere 43 minutes to enter his mind and extract the information they need. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: Tacking Into the Wind

Kira, Garak and Odo have been teaching Damar’s resistance how to fight back against the Dominion, and now the time has come for their most daring mission yet – to steal one of the Breen’s energy dampening weapons. But Odo has begun suffering from the symptoms of the morphogenic disease, and the last thing he wants is to either jeopardise the mission – or have Kira find out. Meanwhile, Worf agonises over what he can do to stop Gowron from endangering more lives in the pursuit of glory. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: The Changing Face of Evil

The tide of war has turned in the Dominion’s favour, with their new Breen allies first attacking Earth itself, and then promising to retake the Chin’toka system, the Federation’s only foothold into enemy territory. The only thing standing between the Breen-Dominion alliance and complete domination of the Alpha Quadrant may well be Legate Damar, who is tired of Cardassians being treated as second-class citizens by their allies. Meanwhile, in his Anjohl Tennan guise, Dukat urges Kai Winn to research the Pah-Wraiths. Continue reading