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Old May 11 2013, 09:59 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 6 Rewatch

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Four episodes in, I'm enjoying the sixth season. Very glad to see the return of the Female Shapeshifter. And I liked the new, really arch Vorta in "Rocks and Shoals."
Rocks and Shoals for all practical purposes is a filler episode... but a great one. The dynamic and respect between the Jem'Hadar Third and Sisko is great and Keevan is the utterly despicable villain. But he'll get poetic justice in the Magnificent Ferengi.

Really the whole Occupation arc was excellent and well done. I love that DS9 was willing to upset the status quo. I just remember the first time I watched A Time to Stand how... creepy it was. Dukat was giving the captain's log, him, Damar and Weyoun were parading around DS9 like they owned it(and they did), and the good guys were displaced. Not to mention the drastic direction everyone's character arcs took. No one from this story arc was really unchanged by the end of it.
Rocks and Shoals is not a filler episode. It's probably the most pivotal episode in the entire arc. Maybe not for the reasons of the Jem'Hadar storyline (Even though that vorta does come back) but it changes Kira's attitude about the entire occupation in one of the most gruesome and biggest scenes in the entire series.
You could've cut the whole episode from the arc and just start the next one with Martok rescuing them and Kira having decided she's had it with Dukat, which wouldn't be out of character. So, yes that does fit the definition of filler since it's focusing on the small details. That's not to say it's not effective, stunning, or the greatest episode in the arc at all. I'd say it is. That's part of what made DS9 a great show, even the filler episodes were full of such great character material and dramatic storytelling.
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