Three favorites: DS9 episodes

DS9crewRight now I’m reading Star Trek: Typhon Pact — Rough Beasts of Empire by David R. George III and before that I finished Star Trek: Typhon Pact — Zero Sum Game. That’s right, I’m getting caught up on the post-series Deep Space Nine books.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is, along with the original Twilight Zone, my favorite TV series of all time. With so many great episodes, is it possible for me to pick my top three? I found it wasn’t just possible, it was actually pretty easy.

“What You Leave Behind”
The final episode! “To the best crew any captain ever had. This may be the last time we’re all together. But no matter what the future holds, no matter how far we travel, a part of us… a very important part, will always remain here, on Deep Space 9.”

“In the Pale Moonlight”
All of DS9 asked the question, “How far to you go to defend paradise?” This episode pushed that question to its limits. “So… I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all… I think I can live with it. And if I had to do it all over again, I would. Garak was right about one thing, a guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant. So I will learn to live with it. Because I can live with it. I can live with it… Computer, erase that entire personal log.”

Also: “It’s a fake!”

“The Visitor”
Jake Sisko spends his entire life — and makes the ultimate sacrifice — to save his father. “To my father, who’s coming home.”

Honorable mentions: “Far Beyond the Stars,” “Duet,” and 171 others.

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