Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Out of the Box
In this issue: a fifteen-page guide to the full, complete, done and dusted seven seasons of Deep Space Nine, in the style of our regular Out of the Box coverage. Each season has a trio of highlights selected in print: we've chosen one from each of these seven trios below.

Cast, crew, plotline and tx dates for all episodes are in the issue. All Pics © Paramount
selected from
Cult Times Special #11
Seasons Five to Seven highlights here
All highlights by Paul Spragg
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Duet Duet
A Cardassian named Marritza arrives on DS9 and attracts Kira’s attention due to suffering from an illness that only former inhabitants of labour camps are afflicted with. Could this man be mass murderer Gul Dar’heel?
One of the earliest high points of Deep Space Nine, and a veritable jewel of the rather drab Season One, Duet is a flawlessly executed piece of allegorical television. Not only does it make its point about genocide simply yet subtly, it features some superb acting from Nana Visitor and Harris Yulin, who plays Marritza. It also sets up the future development of Major Kira, as this is the point where she finally begins to come to terms with her and her people’s past and starts to see through the blind hatred.

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Necessary Evil Necessary Evil
An assault on Quark re-opens a case that Odo had believed closed five years previously, back when Terok Nor was in Cardassian hands. The main suspect back then was Kira, but Odo cleared her. Could he have been wrong?
The Terok Nor flashback would be used in various ways to a greater or lesser degree of success later in the series, and Necessary Evil is a straightforward police investigation episode. It’s also a chance to show the dark side of one of the regular cast. Throughout the seven years, most of the crew are revealed to have some kind of skeleton in the cupboard, and after airing Dax’s dirty laundry last season, this time it’s Kira’s turn. It’s also worth noting the abilities of the set designers to create a very different DS9 through set dressing to give the station a darker, more unpleasant feel.

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The House of Quark The House of Quark
When a drunk Klingon falls on his knife in a bar fight, Quark takes the credit and business soars. However, when the Klingon’s widow, Grilka, arrives on board the station, Quark must do the honourable thing... and marry her.
It was unusual for DSN to do a Klingon episode before Worf arrived on the station, but the odd juxtaposition of the disparate cultures of the Ferengi and the Klingons leads to an enjoyably fun episode. Armin Shimerman plays Quark at his weaselly best in an episode where the Ferengi truly is out of his depth. When confronted with a potential bat’leth fight, it is only by luck he survives. The fact that it is Quark’s business acumen and not violence that saves the day is a clever twist, and leads to the wonderful image of Gowron staring in puzzlement at pages of figures.

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Our Man Bashir Our Man Bashir
The transporter patterns of several of the senior staff have to be downloaded into a holosuite after an accident. The holosuite in question is taken up by Julian playing a secret agent game, in which he must keep the characters alive to save his comrades.
A far less complex set-up than it sounds, the idea enables the DSN cast to let their hair down and spend some time playing James Bond-style characters, from the enticingly-named Honey Bare (Dax) to the sinister Dr Noah (Sisko). Along for the ride with Julian is Garak, neatly tailored (naturally) and trying to learn just how humans see spies, and maybe pick up some tips. The rapport between Andrew Robinson and Alexander Siddig has never been bettered

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