Which episodes start the Dominion War?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by Masao, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. Masao

    Masao Commodore Commodore

    Apr 26, 2001
    Netflix in Japan has started showing all of DS9. When DS9 first appeared back in 1993, I (a rabid paleo-TOS fan) thought it wasn't worth watching (due to some story about being forced to go through an apparently dangerous puzzle by friendly aliens?) and stopped. I heard it got better, but I never got a chance to watch it regularly. But now, because it's become available on Netflix, I want to start watching episodes about the Dominion War. So, tell me, where should I start?

    Thanks for any info you can provide.
  2. Bad Thoughts

    Bad Thoughts Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 19, 2013
    Bad Thoughts
    The first major encounter with the Dominion is the season 2 episode "Jem'hadar."
    I think the first episode that committed the series to the Dominion War was season 3's "The Adversary."
  3. Bagofmostlywatr

    Bagofmostlywatr Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 5, 2015
    Land of hope....
    Even then, it was a few individual episodes until season 5 and 6. DS9 isn't about fighting a war as such, but about the people and events leading to it and surrounding it.
  4. Mage

    Mage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 17, 2007
    The actual war itself starts in the last episode of season 5.
  5. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    As others have mentioned the war kicks off in the S5 finalé "Call to Arms" but you could say a state of cold war existed before then so other episodes to look at

    Season 4

    "Paradise Lost"
    "Broken Link"

    Season 5

    "Apocalypse Rising"
    "The Ship"
    "The Begotten"
    "In Purgatory's Shadow"
    "By Inferno's Light"
    "Soldiers of the Empire"
  6. Seven is DEEAAD!

    Seven is DEEAAD! It is... It is green. Premium Member

    May 1, 2001
    Seven of Five
    It depends how in depth you want to go. Do you want the whole buildup of the Dominion, events that led to the outbreak, or just get to the heart of the matter in season six? ;)

    Here's a big list of their appearances (or the ones I mostly remember):

    Season Two
    The Jem'Hadar
    There are small references to the Dominion that build their ominous presence in Rules of Acquisition, Sanctuary and Shadowplay.

    Season Three
    The Search Parts One and Two
    The Abandoned
    Heart of Stone
    Improbable Cause
    The Die Is Cast
    The Adversary

    Season Four
    The Way of the Warrior
    Hippocratic Oath
    Paradise Lost
    To The Death
    Broken Link

    Season Five

    Apocalypse Rising
    The Ship
    The Begotten
    In Purgatory's Shadow
    By Inferno's Light
    In The Cards
    Call to Arms - war is declared

    Season Six
    A Time to Stand
    Rocks and Shoals
    Sons and Daughters
    Behind the Lines
    Favor the Bold
    Statistical Probabilities
    In the Pale Moonlight
    Tears of the Prophets

    Season Seven
    Image in the Sand
    Shadows and Symbols
    Teachery, 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
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2016
  7. Bad Thoughts

    Bad Thoughts Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 19, 2013
    Bad Thoughts
    While I agree that the storyline starts well before CtA, The Adversary was literally conceived as the lead-in to Homefront, and should be viewed first from this perspective.
  8. elamigodemiamiga

    elamigodemiamiga Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Nov 26, 2016
    From jem'hadar to season 5, it was largely a Cold War. but war became inevitable imho when Dukat got Cardassia to join the Dominion in In Inferno's Light.
  9. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    In "Jem'Hadar" we already get the Dominion attitude of "if you don't get off Gamma, we kill you all", and in "The Search" we learn they won't be satisfied even with that because they hate the idea of the Alphans blowing up the wormhole. The inevitability of war would seem to be established there and then already...

    The timetable would ultimately be fixed in "Call to Arms" where Starfleet decides to mine shut the wormhole, knowing the Dominion will immediately react. But the timetable had probably been fixed some time before that in-universe, as the Alphans did not launch a war in "By Inferno's Light" but let the Dominion shipments proceed to Cardassia. The only reason not to attack the Dominion right there would be if Alpha strategists had calculated a date at which their fleets would be ready, and this was not it yet.

    Drama-wise, I guess you can hop in at any arbitrary moment. It doesn't necessarily matter how and why and when the war got started, as each episode deals with "the situation at hand" and many could even be watched as standalone adventures.

    Timo Saloniemi
  10. Masao

    Masao Commodore Commodore

    Apr 26, 2001
    I've watched "The Jem'Hadar" and "The Search," parts 1 and 2. Pretty good so far...
  11. Paradise City

    Paradise City Commodore Commodore

    Nov 9, 2015
    Sisko starts mining the wormhole to prevent any more Dominion fleets from coming through. Weyoun ain't too pleased about that obviously but when angry words gives way to a slick exchange of pleasantries - they both know it's war. That's a Call to Arms
  12. Bad Thoughts

    Bad Thoughts Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 19, 2013
    Bad Thoughts
    I always love when histories of WWII mention nothing before September 1, 1939.
  13. TonyLeung82

    TonyLeung82 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    May 12, 2016
    man, I wished i could be you and enjoy watching the complete series without aleady knowing how it develops or ends.
  14. USS Firefly

    USS Firefly Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    That was a wonderfull scene from a great episode
  15. arch101

    arch101 Commodore Commodore

    May 3, 1999
    Quincy, MA
    One could reason that it starts with The Emissary. Where Odo, the shapeshifter/founder with an unknown past, is introduced. His story arc is concurrent with The Dominion's.
  16. Masao

    Masao Commodore Commodore

    Apr 26, 2001
    Seeing something new is certainly fun, but you might have wasted > 20 years of your life by not being a fan! I certainly don't wish I could watch TOS or Star Wars for the first time. Of course, if (or when: it runs in my family) I get Alzheimer's, I might feel like I'm watching them for the first time...
  17. Fennius

    Fennius Ensign Red Shirt

    Oct 31, 2016
    Hey guys, maybe one someone says they're watching a series for the first time, don't tell them everything that happens?
  18. Jetboogieman

    Jetboogieman Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 21, 2011
    Deep space 69
    Call to Arms is absolutely the "September 1st, 1939" moment.

    But in actuality from a non-Federation perspective like a non western perspective for world war II, I think the war really began in "The Die is Cast", I think that's what really began the full spiral towards the war.

    In the WWII comparison I'm making, the Japanese invasion of Manchuria.
  19. Tomalak

    Tomalak Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jun 22, 2003
    Yeah, and By Inferno's Light is the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
  20. Navaros

    Navaros Commodore Commodore

    Aug 15, 2005
    DS9 does not neatly divide it's episodes into categories of "Dominion War Episode" or "Not Dominion War Episode." Whether any given episode can be said to be a "Dominion War Episode" or not is a very gray area for the most part. If you try to watch "The Dominion War Episodes" based on a list of episodes that someone recommends, that list may be missing many Dominion War Episodes based on the personal judgement calls made by its creator to exclude them.

    But to answer your question anyway as best as can be done, the Dominion War starts in the Season 2 finale which is called "The Jem'Hadar" (although other people may debate that point by calling that episode's event a hostile encounter rather than 'war' per say...like I said, it's a huge gray area).