Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5 (1996 - 1997)


Season 5
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Air date: Sep 30, 1996

Season Five of Deep Space Nine got under way with this episode, which orignally aired September 30, 1996. Acting upon Odo's suspicion that Klingon leader Gowron (Robert O'Reilly) is really a Changeling impersonator, Sisko is given the go-ahead by Starfleet Command to expose the phony (if indeed he is a phony). With the help of Dr. Bashir, Sisko, Odo, and O'Brien disguise themselves as Klingons, then, accompanied by Worf, infiltrate a Klingon ceremony in the Hall of Warriors, where Gowron is to be the guest of honor. As is often the case on this series, everything boils down to a personal matter of honor, or lack of same. "Apocalypse Rising" was written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1996

While exploring a hitherto uncharted world in the Gamma Quadrant, Sisko and an away team consisting of Worf, O'Brien, and Muniz (F.J.Rio) witness the crash-landing of a Jem'Hadar warship. Boarding the crippled vessel in search of survivors, Sisko and his crew are trapped inside. With a Jem'Hadar relief squad rapidly approaching, Sisko's only hope for rescue apparently lies in the hands of Kilana (Kaitlin Hopkins), a member of the hostile and mistrustful Vorta race. First telecast October 7, 1996, "The Ship" was scripted by Hans Beimler from a story by Pam Wigginton and Rick Cason.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1996

Directed by series semi-regular Andrew Robinson, this exotically titled Deep Space Nine episode first aired October 14, 1996. Mary Kay Adams guest stars as Grilka, Quark's Klingon ex-wife. Paying a visit to DS9, Grinka unwittingly causes friction when Worf falls in love with her. Meanwhile, O'Brien develops romantic yearnings towards Kira. "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places" was written by Ronald D. Moore.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1996

While accompanying Dr. Bashir on a mercy mission to a battle-scarred Federation colony, Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton) experiences the horror of war on an up-close and personal level for the first time in his life. As the dedicated Bashir tends to the wounded and dying, Jake, nervous over an impending Klingon attack, panics and runs off, which serves to put him even further in harm's way. Cowardice ultimately gives way to unexpected reserves of courage, when Jake is himself besieged by marauding Klingons. Scripted by Rene Echevarria from a story by Brice R. Parker, ". . .Nor the Battle to the Strong" was first telecast October 21, 1996.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1996

O'Brien is in for a shock when his wife Keiko returns from a visit to Bajor. Still speaking in her own voice, Keiko announces that her mind and body have been taken over by a mysterious alien entity. Threatening to murder Keiko from within, the ill-tempered entity demands that O'Brien sabotage DS9's communication and sensor systems. First broadcast October 28, 1996, "The Assignment" was scripted by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson from a story by David R. Long and Robert Lederman.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1996

First telecast November 4, 1996, this Deep Space Nine episode was a harkback to the classic 1967 Star Trek installment "The Trouble with Tribbles." Charlie Brill, a holdover from the original episode, reprises his role as renegade Klingon agent Arne Darvin, who sets the plot in motion by hurtling the Defiant and its crew some 105 years into the past. Upon getting their bearings, the crew finds themselves on board the original Enterprise, where they come face to face with James T. Kirk, not to mention thousands and thousands of those pesky and prolific Tribbles, one of which has been booby-trapped. "Trials and Tribble-ations" was scripted by Ronald D. Moore and Rene Echevarria from a story by Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1996

Worf's much-needed vacation on the pleasure planet Risa quickly (and expectedly) goes awry. Actually, Worf is himself to blame for this, in as much as he willingly casts his lot with the Essentialists, a radical group of moralists determined to close down the hedonistic planet. Figuring prominently in the proceedings are guest stars Monte Markham as Pascal Fullerton, chairman of the Essentialists, and Vanessa Williams as Arandis, former lover of Dax's previous host Curzon Dax. Written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Ira Steven Behr, "Let He Who Is Without Sin" was originally broadcast November 11, 1996.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1996

Mysteriously rendered unconscious, Sisko, Dax, Oro, and Garak awaken to find themselves on an alternate DS9, seven years in the past. This is daunting enough, but even more perplexing is the physical state in which the four crew members awaken. Though they appear "normal" to one another, to everyone else they look and behave like Bajorans, and as such have been condemned to death for an act of treason. First telecast November 18, 1996, "Things Past" was written by Michael Taylor.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1996

Called to a Federation Grand Jury hearing, Quark leaves DS9, escorted by a reluctant Odo. Halfway to their destination, their sabotaged Runabout crash-lands on a deserted planet. Forced to rely upon each other for survival, Quark and Odo have a hellish time suppressing their long-standing mutual animosity. Written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, "The Ascent" was originally telecast November 25, 1996.

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Air date: Dec 30, 1996

Injured in a holosuite accident, Captain Benjamin Cisco awakens to find that his senses have been heightened. While in this advanced mental condition, he sets about to locate the lost Bajoran city of B'hala. Cisco's quest has a surprising effect on Bajor's impending admission into the Federation. Penny Johnson and Louise Fletcher make return appearances as Cassidy Yates and Winn, respectivley. Scripted by Hans Beimler from a story by L.J. Strom, "Rapture" was first made available on December 30, 1996, though most local stations chose to run the episode the week after New Year's Day.

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Season 5 of this sci-fi series sees Sisko (Avery Brooks), Worf (Michael Dorn), Odo (René Auberjonois) and O'Brien (Colm Meaney) tasked with exposing Gowron (Robert O'Reilly) as a Changeling. However they soon discover that it was Martok (J. G. Hertzler) who was replaced.


Avery Brooks
as Cdr. Sisko
Colm Meaney
as Miles O'Brien
Nana Visitor
as Maj. Kira Nerys
Alexander Siddig
as Dr. Bashir
Cirroc Lofton
as Jake Sisko
Terry Farrell
as Jadzia Dax
Michael Dorn
as Lt. Cdr. Worf
J.G. Hertzler
as Gen. Martok
Robert Picardo
as Zimmerman
F.J. Rio
as Muniz
Tom Hodges
as Pechetti
Randy Mulkey
as Idanian No. 2
Randy Oglesby
as Silaran Prin
Mary Kay Adams
as Quark's Ex-wife
Charlie Brill
as Renegade Klingon
Ernest Perry Jr.
as Adm. Whatley
Melanie Smith
as Tora Ziyal
Dey Young
as Fugitive Woman
Lawrence Pressman
as Dying Cardassian
Karen Austin
as Kalandra
Tim Halligan
as Farrakk
Wallace Shawn
as Grand Nagus
Steven Berkoff
as Arms Dealer
Frank Kopyc
as Bolian Aide
James Horan
as Ikat'ika
Judi M. Durand
as Station Computer
Tiny Ron
as Maihar'du
Jeb Brown
as Ensign
Robert Zachar
as Head Guard
Paul Dooley
as Enabran Tain
John Bennett
as Towering Klingon
William Shatner
as James T. Kirk
Tony Epper
as Drunken Klingon
DeForest Kelley
as Leonard "Bones" McCoy
James Doohan
as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Walter Koenig
as Pavel Chekov
Stanley Adams
as Cyrano Jones
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 5

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Once again the writers and Avery Brooks prove that Sisko is unlike any other Starfleet captain.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The fifth season finale of [DS9] hadn't just broken the utopian pacifism of the franchise as a whole, it had broken the very concept of the series by kicking Starfleet off [DS9] and placing the station into the hands of the Dominion.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a bold move whose boldness only becomes clear in retrospect. In the moment, everything that happens makes sense. That's why it's so brilliant.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The cliffhanger, which involves Captain Sisko losing Deep Space Nine, the show's namesake, is the best dramatic hook the show ever offered (and that's saying something).

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

They threw a lot at us this season and turned the show upside down several times. The end result was unforgettable.

Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

A good crossover episode is always satisfying, and the opportunity to meet the creator of one o fStar Trek: Voyager's most endearing characters, the Emergency Medical Hologram, is too good to pass up.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5

  • 2d ago
    The second half is again the stronger one, but S5 is clearly better than S4.
  • Sep 14, 2020
    More great episodes To enjoy!
  • Jun 17, 2020
    In my opinion, This is the season that made DS9 better than TNG
  • Feb 10, 2020
    The war o Star Trek, Not agains Roddenberrys future. It is the deffense of his view. A great Armada is coming to destroy the federation. And the heores must fight for their freedom. Almost on the highest level
  • Jan 06, 2018
    Even the occasional embarrassing dud like Let He Who Is Without Sin can't slow down this juggernaut of a show. The Dominion War has finally begun, and it takes the rest of the series to tell this fantastic story arc.
  • Oct 28, 2017
    the best trek tv show but it took a couple of seasons to get going but i loved they way they had recurring characters and ongoing plots and stories
  • Jun 06, 2017
    The Dark Trek, deep space nine sets itself apart quickly from TNG but really hits it stride from season 2 and with the exception of having to deal with the forced Klingon addition of season four stays the course to bring great story telling. The only Trek
  • Jan 04, 2016
    Possibly my least favorite of all of the Star Trek series, but that's not to say it's bad. It's just different. It's more focused on war and diplomacy, than the exploration and science based stories I like so much from the other series. While the stories weren't as appealing to me as other series, the cast was great! One of my favorite ensembles in all of Trek actually and the series improved in later seasons. It's still Trek and it's still great despite some of my issues with it.

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