Help me watch the Dominion War

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by davidant32, May 21, 2013.

  1. davidant32

    davidant32 Commodore Commodore

    Sep 17, 2008

    I've seen more than a few DS9 episodes, but that was years ago, and I'm much less familiar with it compared to TOS and TNG. Anyway, a friend and I are wanting to watch DS9; specifically, the Dominion War. We're planning to watch all of Seasons 5-7... what else? Should we watch Season 4 first? What about key episodes before that? From memory, I recall 2x26 "The Jem'Hadar" and 3x21 "The Die is Cast" should be watched prior to Season 4-5. Other recommendations? Hoping for maybe 10 suggestions for Seasons 2-3 (don't really need main cast introduction episodes from Season 1).

    Thanks in advance!
  2. M.A.C.O.

    M.A.C.O. Commodore Commodore

    Sep 13, 2011
    From my DS9 abridged list.
    Season 2

    The Jem'Hadar

    Season 3

    The Search part 1-2
    The Abandoned
    Improbable Cause
    The Die is Cast
    The Adversary

    Season 4

    The Way of the Warrior 1-2
    Hippocratic Oath
    Paradise Lost
    For the Cause
    The Quickening
    Broken Link

    Season 5

    Apocalypse Rising
    The Ship
    The Rapture
    The Begotten
    For the Uniform
    In Purgatory's Shadow
    By Inferno's Light
    Doctor Bashir, I Presume
    Soldiers of the Empire
    Blaze of Glory
    Empok Nor
    Call to Arms

    Season 6

    A Time to Stand
    Rocks and Shoals
    Sons and Daughters
    Behind the Lines
    Favor the Bold
    Sacrifice of Angels
    The Magnificent Ferengi
    Statistical Probabilities
    Far Beyond the Stars
    In the Pale Moonlight
    His Way
    The Reckoning
    Tears of the Prophets

    Season 7
    Image in the Sand
    Shadows and Symbols
    Treachery, Faith and the Great River
    The Siege of AR-558
    It's Only a Paper Moon
    Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
    'Til Death Do Us Part
    Strange Bedfellows
    The Changing Face of Evil
    When It Rains...
    Tacking Into the Wind
    Extreme Measures
    The Dogs of War
    What You Leave Behind 1-2
    Last edited: May 21, 2013
  3. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 7, 2001
    On the run.
    That seems like a pretty solid list to me. [​IMG]
  4. GameOn

    GameOn Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 27, 2012
    I'd add season 3's Heart of Stone and season 4's To the Death to that list. I don't think Empok Nor, The Magnificent Ferengi, Valiant or Afterimage are really necessary.
  5. Iamnotspock

    Iamnotspock Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 11, 2008
    Bristol, England
    I'd recommend starting at the beginning with Emissary, to refresh your minds of the set-up, the characters and the Prophets (and Sisko's relationship to them) before skipping to The Jem'Hadar. After all, these elements do play important roles later on (the resolution to Sacrifice of Angels and the culmination of the series in What You Leave Behind spring to mind).
  6. davidant32

    davidant32 Commodore Commodore

    Sep 17, 2008
    ^^ Muchas gracias, everyone!

    Are there other prophet-specific or otherwise mythological episodes that we should watch to better understand the series' conclusion (episodes not already mentioned)? I do know that DS9 dealt heavily in that matter.
  7. M.A.C.O.

    M.A.C.O. Commodore Commodore

    Sep 13, 2011
    I think the episode "The Rapture" for season 5 you need to watch. I put the list together and forgot to add it in my first post. I have edited to reflect it's addition.
  8. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 6, 2011
    I would watch "Battle Lines," "In the Hands of the Prohphets," and "The Collaborator" to know about Kai Winn. You might want to watch "Accession" if you are looking for an important Wormhole alien episode. If you pay attention to all that is said by the Prophets, there is a set-up that pays off in season 7.
  9. GameOn

    GameOn Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 27, 2012
    There's also season 5's The Assignment which deals with the the Wormhole aliens and the Pah-wraiths.
  10. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 7, 2001
    On the run.
    They said in the first post that they'd be watching all of seasons 5-7.
  11. LiLiKitty

    LiLiKitty Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Jan 28, 2013
    If you have time, I suggest Season Four "Return To Grace." It's not absolutely necessary, but it does provide some clues to Dukat's and Cardassia's motivation for what they do later on.
  12. davidant32

    davidant32 Commodore Commodore

    Sep 17, 2008
    Many thanks to all of you that helped me muddle through Seasons 1-3 of DS9 ;). The episodes we (my friend and I) saw were all enjoyable and pertinent to our viewing experience. For those that are interested, we watched the following episodes, most of which per y'all's suggestions:

    Season 1
    Past Prologue
    Duet (fantastic episode)
    In the Hands of the Prophets

    Season 2
    Blood Oath (I'm a TOS fan and had to see it)
    The Maquis
    The Jem'Hadar

    Season 3
    The Search
    The Abandoned
    Meridian (upon watching, not necessary. The brief episode description I read had me hoping it would be a hidden Dominion planet of some sorts)
    Life Support
    Heart of Stone
    Improbable Cause
    The Die is Cast
    The Adversary

    All in all, we definitely ended up watching more episodes from seasons 1-3 than I had originally planned, but there are so many complex and overlapping story lines / character arcs that I determined it was necessary to watch so many episodes to truly enjoy and understand the show. For anyone who is curious, we have been watching a few episodes every Monday night (assuming our schedules align and permit), and have just started Season 4. From here on out, we plan to watch all the episodes. Who knows how long it will take to finish the series...!

    Thanks again, all! :bolian:
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013
  13. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 15, 2012
    Good call on just watching then all, especially by season 4. For the most part the plot does become serialized. It's not a race, so if you can only watch a couple episodes a week, no problem. It's not a race, DS9 will always be there. Have fun with it. :)
  14. dub

    dub Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 13, 2012
    Location? What is this?
    Please do yourselves a favor and go back to watch "The Wire" from season 2 and "Second Skin" from season 3. They're both excellent character episodes which I promise will be worth your time. Character arcs will help you better appreciate the plot arcs. :techman:
  15. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 21, 2011
    The Black Country, England
    I'd also suggest Progress. It makes no difference whatsoever to the plot arc, but it's a great little character piece.

    To be honest, I'd watch the whole series from start to finish. Imho it's the best Trek show and a bit lighter on crap episodes than the others. The first two seasons aren't great though...
  16. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2001
    Bonney Lake, WA
    I'm glad you included Defiant even though it wasn't suggested. To me, it adds another layer to Improbable Cause/The Die Is Cast.