|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Episodes 7.25 & 7.26—”What You Leave Behind”: a review of the series finale

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There will be some SPOILERS here. A review of all of Season 7 will follow.

The series finale of Deep Space Nine is about twenty-five minutes too long. If these episodes has ended with the conclusion of the Dominion War, and an epilogue showing what happens to all of our favorite characters on the space station after everything was over, I may have given this story a 4-star rating.

But, as always, we had to deal with that whole Celestial Temple/Prophets/Emissary storyline that I’ve never really liked for seven seasons. Captain Benjamin Sisko is denied his happy ending after finally witnessing the death of Kai Winn and causing the ultimate death of Gul Dukat. He has to go live with his Prophet Mama, leaving behind his pregnant wife and grown son. He tells Kassidy that he’ll be back, but he doesn’t know when. That’s some weak writing, my friends.

To add insult to injury, Odo, who has pined away for Kira Nerys for six seasons before winning her heart, ends up leaving her to rejoin the Great Link to cure his people and teach them to care for the solids as he has. Not for a short vacation, but forever.

This ending sucked, if you’ll allow me to be a bit crude. After what was a rousing, even inspiring, conclusion to the war between the Dominion and the alliance between the Federation, and the Klingon and Romulan Empires, I expected something better. I expected more closure.

You won’t find that here.

I find myself in the same situation I found myself after finishing the series Lost. This is a series that I truly enjoyed watching, with characters I grew to love—or, in some cases, grew to love to hate—but now I hesitate to recommend it to others because of one episode: the last one.

I understand that endings are tough. In life, as in fiction. There’s always a hint of sadness when something comes to an end. But, the ending to DS9 includes the ending of nearly every relationship on the space station once known as Terek Nor.

Sure, Dr. Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax are at the beginning of their relationship, but even that came only after Worf and Ezri realized they didn’t belong together. The rest is just a list of broken pairings.

Benjamin Sisko and his wife. Ben and Jake. Ben and his baseball, even.

Odo and Kira. Heck, even Odo and Quark.

Bashir and O’Brien, who is moving back to Earth to teach at Starfleet Academy. Bashir and Garak, who has returned to what’s left of Cardassia after the war, as he is no long an exile.

Rom left the station before the finale to become the Grand Nagus. Worf is leaving to become a Federation ambassador to Klingon, I think. It’s just too much for me.

In spite of my very real complaints about this two-part episode, I doubt that the conclusion of the Dominion War could have been handled any better. For that alone, I give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.

All things considered, I guess we’re lucky they didn’t throw Morn out of an airlock. At least his relationship with Quark’s is still intact.

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