Today I watched the final ever episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a mere fifteen years after it aired. The reason for the slight delay is one of bad luck and odd repeat-showing practices by the people in charge of such things. I never saw the final series of DS9 when it was first shown and every time I’ve seen the series being repeated, for some reason, the last season was never part of the cycle. Sure, I could have bought the last season on DVD but then I would have had to buy all of them because anybody who just purchases the final season of a television show gets put on a list of suspected psychopaths. That’s a fact.
But anyway, SyFy finally came through and delivered season seven of Deep Space Nine and that meant that over the last few weeks I have finally, finally watched every single episode of every single Star Trek franchise. And… relax.
And that means I can now give my thoughts about Deep Space Nine’s last season as well as a comparison of the endings of each of the series.
Overall, I liked Deep Space Nine. The setting and general story arc worked well and if I were to rate the four non-TOS series (I’m not counting the original series because, well, I’m not and you can’t make me) in order of how much I liked them then – and this probably runs counter to a lot of people but that’s what makes the world a special place – for me it would be Enterprise, then Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and finally The Next Generation. Controversial, eh?
As for the final season of Deep Space Nine itself there was one thing I didn’t like at all: Ezri Dax. Ezri Dax and all things Ezri Dax-related. The Worf/Jadzia/Ezri problem. The Ezri/Bashir love explosion. The counsellor on a warship bridge problem. The space sickness crap. The fact she looks younger than Nog. The acting using facial expressions (this is my confused face… and this is my worried face… and this is my worried and confused face). I didn’t buy into her at all. She was a decidedly weak link.
I did like Vic Fontaine, though, but that may harbour back to my love of all things retro. And who doesn’t like a crooner? Nobody, that’s who. The one thing that really struck me about Vic, however, was how familiar he looked. At first I assumed he was a real singer but it took me a while to look him up (on those internets no less!) and that’s when I realised where I knew him from…
It’s only fricking Dr Anthony Newman from The Time Tunnel. Hell yes!
Outside the war with the Dominion the Pah-wraiths was the other big storyline for Deep Space Nine at the end. It was… meh. This all felt a bit rushed. As a way to tie up the storylines of Sisko, Kai Winn, and Gul Dukat it came across as decidedly unsatisfactory. The war itself was okay but space warfare in the Star Trek universe has never been terribly realistic (too two-dimensional, too close-quartered, too reliant on attack pattern deltas (what?), too ignorant of the vastness of space).
But anyway, I liked Deep Space Nine. I’ve said that already. So lets compare the Star Trek endings now since that’s the title I’ve given this post.
The ending to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was – without a doubt – the worst ending of any of the franchises. The Next Generation set a great benchmark with Picard bouncing through non-causally-related timezones trying to prevent a bubble of anti-time from rippling back through history and unravelling human existence. It was exciting, pulse-throbbing, heart-palpitating stuff. Voyager had an equally thrilling conclusion with the ship taking on the Borg with technology from the future then travelling down transwarp corridors as they collapsed behind them. Exciting, pulse-throbbing, heart… yeah, you know the score. The ending to Enterprise was a disappointment. That’s not to say that it didn’t include some excitement and interest but to make it a holodeck recreation and tie it in with The Next Generation was a fate the series didn’t deserve. It wasn’t too bad, but not a patch on the previous two endings. And certainly not as bad as Deep Space Nine’s deflating balloon. People leaving melodramatically (poorly done), dreadful flashbacks, and – unlike the other Star Trek franchises – it all finished with about ten minutes to spare making the ending of the ending even more of a let down.
But none of that really matters. I’ve finally watched all the official Star Treks there are. So now it’s time to hit the latest episode of one of the unofficial spin-offs. Star Trek has its endings but Star Trek also Continues.