October 4, 2013

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season Five

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season Five, 1996-1997. Political stability erodes under the threat of invasion.

Created by Rick Berman & Michael Piller. Directed by Allan Kroeker (4 episodes), Kim Friedman (3), Jonathan West (2), René Auberjonois (2), LeVar Burton (2), Mike Vejar (2), James L. Conway (1), Andrew J. Robinson (1), Jesús Salvador Treviño (1), Victor Lobl (1), Gabrielle Beaumont (1), Les Landau (1), David Livingston (1), John T. Kretchmer (1), Siddig El Fadil (1), Avery Brooks (1) & Michael Dorn (1). Written by Ira Steven Behr (9 episodes), Robert Hewitt Wolfe (9), Ronald D. Moore (6), Hans Beimler (5), René Echevarria (5), David Weddle (2), Bradley Thompson (2), Bryan Fuller (2), Pam Wigginton (1), Rick Cason (1), Brice R. Parker (1), David R. Long (1), Robert Lederman (1), Michael Taylor (1), L.J. Strom (1), Peter Allan Fields (1), Jimmy Diggs (1), Edmund Newton (1), Robbin L. Slocum (1), Gary Holland (1), Ethan H. Calk (1), Truly Barr Clark (1) & Scott J. Neal (1). Starring Avery Brooks.

Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 1/4 (Bad)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good). Bonus point for "Trials and Tribble-ations."
Acting: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4).  Aaaaaand now it's better than The Next Generation. What the hell. There isn't a single bad episode all season, and a surprisingly large handful are great. I'm kind of glad I never gave this show a chance in the 90s - I get to watch it now like it's new (like Star Trek didn't die a slow, painful death over a decade ago), and I am excited to find out what happens next.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.3/4 (Okay)

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