10 Best Episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"

If you've only seen the recent Star Trek movies, you might be eager to jump into the Star Trek universe. But the question is, where do you start? Deep Space Nine is a terrific show with arching storylines and complex characters. Here are the ten best episodes of the series.

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"Our Man Bashir" (Season 4, Episode 10"

Julian Bashir as a secret agent
Julian Bashir as a secret agent. Paramount Television/CBS Television

Accidents with the holodeck on The Next Generation became a cliche. However, this episode made the idea fresh. While Bashir is playing a James Bond-type secret agent in a holosuite program, a transporter accident replaces the characters with the physical bodies of the station's staff. Bashir is forced to keep any of the crew members from dying in the game or they'll die in real life. The actors do a great job playing various dastardly villains and heroines, and the sixties vibe helped make this a fun episode.

09
of 10

"Sacrifice of Angels" (Season 6, Episode 6)

The Dominion and Starfleet meet
The Dominion and Starfleet meet. Paramount Television/CBS Television

At this point in the series, a ruthless empire known as the Dominion has taken control of Deep Space Nine. Sisko commands a fleet of Federation ships along with DS9's warship the Defiant to retake the station. This episode is full of action and one of the high points of the Dominion War storyline.

08
of 10

"The Way of the Warrior" (Season 4, Episode 1 & 2)

Worf aboard
Worf aboard "Deep Space Nine". Paramount Television

In the fourth season premiere, a Klingon fleet arrives at the station with a stated goal of protecting the Alpha Quadrant from the Dominion, However, Sisko suspects a ruse, and recruits Lt. Commander Worf to find the Klingons' true purpose. This episode brought Michael Dorn into the series as the highly popular Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

07
of 10

"Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" (Season 7, Episode 16)

Bashir, Sloan, and, Cretak at Committee
Bashir, Sloan, and, Cretak at Committee. Paramount Television

While attending a medical conference on the planet Romulus, Dr. Bashir is recruited by the secretive Section 31 to investigate the Romulan leadership. He quickly becomes embroiled in a plot to keep the Romulans allied with the Federation. This is a fun and engaging episode with lots of political intrigue.

06
of 10

"The Siege of AR-558" (Season 7, Episode 8)

Ezri Dax fighting at the Siege
Ezri Dax fighting at the Siege. Paramount Television

During a supply run to AR-558, Sisko finds the planet under attack by the Dominion. They've been under siege for months. The majority of the Federation soldiers are dead, and the survivors are suffering from PTSD. When the Dominion attacks the Defiant, Sisko, Bashir, Dax, Nog, and Quark stay on AR-558 to fight an overwhelming force.

05
of 10

"Duet" (Season 1, Episode 19)

Aamin Marritza, the Cardassian
Aamin Marritza, the Cardassian. Paramount Television/CBS Television

A Cardassian arrives on DS9 suffering from a disease he could only have contracted in a labor camp during the Bajoran Occupation. Major Kira becomes convinced he's a brutal war criminal, and is determined to bring him to justice. This has been hailed as a powerful and thought-provoking episode with metaphors of war that resonate today.

04
of 10

"Far Beyond the Stars" (Season 6, Episode 13)

Avery Brooks as Benny Russell
Avery Brooks as Benny Russell. Paramount Television/CBS Television

In this metafictional episode, Captain Sisko has a vision of himself as science fiction writer Benny Russell in the 1950s. Russell is writing the story of Deep Space Nine, and struggles with racism from editors who don't want a black man as the hero. This is a great story about civil rights and inequality, and points out the bold step of having a black captain in Star Trek

03
of 10

"The Visitor" (Season 4, Episode 3)

Photo of Benjamin and Jake Sisko
Photo of Benjamin and Jake Sisko. Paramount Television

When a freak accident aboard the Defiant seemingly kills Benjamin Sisko, his son Jake is devastated. But we watch years later as Captain Sisko reappears again and again in brief moments through time. Jake grows old, struggling to deal with the loss and continuing reappearance of his father. This emotional and touching story is one of the finest in all of Star Trek

02
of 10

"In the Pale Moonlight" (Season 6, Episode 19)

Benjamin Sisko toasts the good guys
Benjamin Sisko toasts the good guys. Paramount Television/CBS Television

Frustrated with the Federation's losses in the war with the Dominion, Sisko turns to Garak for help. He and Garak come up with a plan to turn the Romulans against the Dominion, but Sisko grapples with his morality. This bold and daring episode is considered one of the strongest of the series.

01
of 10

"Trials and Tribble-ations" (Season 5, Episode 6)

Sisko meets Kirk
Sisko meets Kirk. Paramount Television

The crew of Deep Space Nine goes back in time to the episode "Trouble With Tribbles" from the Original Series. "Tribbles" is one of the most popular episodes of the classic series, and bringing the crew of DS9 in contact with Kirk and other characters is done with wit and incredible special effects.

Final Thoughts

These episodes illustrate how "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" broke all the rules of Trek, and became one of the best series
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