The Top 25 DS9 Episodes

Círdan’s note: And now for some Trekkie fun! Our very own spock028 lists the top 25 Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Episodes. What do you think? 


Time to count down the best of the best!!!

25. Children of Time

The Crew are forced to make an impossible choice: Leave a planet and kill all of their future descendants or stay and never see their homes or families again. One of Star Treks best moral dilemmas.

24. The Wire

Who is Garak? One lie leads to another and the result is an awesome episode.

23.  Civil Defense

An engaging man vs machine story, Civil Defense shows that whatever can go wrong will.

22. Whispers

O’Brien returns to the station to find everyone has turned against him. What we get is one of DS9s most mind bending episodes.


21. Little Green Men

Quark, Rom and Nog crash land in Roswell 1947. Shenanigans ensue.

20. The Search Parts 1 and 2

The crew enters Dominion Space to find the Founders. Not only is the episode excellent, we also get introduced to the U.S.S Defiant.

19. Through the Looking Glass

Sisko has to impersonate his alternate self to convince his alternate wife to fight against an alliance of Klingons, Cardassians, and Bajorans that enslave humans in an alternate universe. Need I say more?

18. Past Tense

Sisko has to play the role of an historical figure he accidentally causes the death of when he and Bashir get sent back to 2024 in a transporter accident. Avery Brooks gives one of his best performances of the series.

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17. Necessary Evil

The best Odo murder mystery story, Necessary Evil reveals dark secrets from Kira’s past. The best parts are the flashbacks that show when Odo first meets Kira, Quark, and Gul Dukat.

16. Our Man Bashir

The most funny DS9 episode, the crew is forced to play roles in Dr. Bashir’s James Bond type holosuite program. The catch: If they die in the program they die in real life The James Bond references are hilarious and every actor hams it up for this loving parody.

15. Covenant

Kira finds out Gul Dukat is the leader of a demonic cult. The fact that the cult members are portrayed as real people is what makes it so creepy. Marc Alaimo and Nana Visitor both give great performances.

14. Image in the Sand/ Shadows and Symbols

The Season 7 opener has Sisko and Jake going on a spiritual journey, Kira and Odo negotiating with the Romulans, and Worf, Martok, Bashir, O’Brien, and Quark battling to avenge Dax. The story is big, epic, small and emotional at the same time.

13. It’s Only a Paper Moon

After losing his leg Nog escapes reality and hides in the holsuite. This episode recieved praise from veterans for realistically showing whats it’s like to come home from war.


12. Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

With a title that means “In times of war, the laws fall silent” you know it’s gonna be good. Bashir stars in this intense and complex political thriller that debates morality.

11. In Purgatory’s Shadow/ By Inferno Light

There is just so much awesomeness in this two parter. Cardassia announces their alliance with the Dominion, we get to see Worf take on a bunch of Jem’hadar, Enabran and Garak have a touching moment and we learn a shocking secret about Bashir.

10. Rocks and Shoals

The second episode of Season 6’s opening story arc, Rocks and Shoals shows that the Jem’hadar can be complex characters while giving us an action packed story. Meanwhile Kira is unable is to work next to the Dominion and we witness one of the most disturbing and shocking moments in the series.

9. Trials and Tribble-ations

The crew is sent back in time to the original U.S.S Enterprise to prevent Captain Kirk from being murdered. Hilarious and well edited, this episode clearly shows the differences between the two series.

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8. Hard Time

O’Brien is given memories of being in jail for 20 years. While he struggles to readjust to station life he must come to grips with the things he did in jail. Dark and mind bending, this is one of the series’s best.

7. The Siege of AR-558

War is Hell. It’s a simple message but its hammered down hard in the violent episode that’s unlike anything you’ve seen in Star Trek before.

6. Favor the Bold/ Sacrifice of Angels

The end of Season 6’s Dominion War story arc, this two parter features the epic battle to retake DS9. Not only does it feature one of Star Trek’s best space battles, it also tells a sweet and heartbreaking story of Gul Dukat and his daughter.


5. The Visitor

Jake Sisko throws his life away attempting to get his father back after he is lost in an accident. The story is complicated but it’s the father and son bond that makes it so great. The end scene is just beautiful. I cried.

4. Far Beyond the Stars

Sisko has a vision he is living in a segregated 1950s America working as a science fiction writer who writes a story about a space station in the future called DS9. The scenes of racism are hard to watch and Avery Brooks gives his very best performance of the whole show.

3. Duet

This was the episode where I knew DS9 was the best Trek of them all. This Season 1 episode is a simple yet effective story that is as beautiful as it is disturbing. When a Cardassian arrives on the station Kira goes to extreme lengths to have him captured. But is the Cardassian who he says he is? Is he a simple file clerk or a  murderous psychopath?  The episode is held together by an amazing performance by guest star Harris Yulin.

2. What You Leave Behind

DS9’s finale accomplished everything it needed to. Every character is given a satisfying sendoff and every story arc is tied up wonderfully. The episode features the shows best ship battle and the final showdown between Sisko and Dukat. An amazing ending to an amazing show.

1. In the Pale Moonlight

Sisko attempts to have the Romulans enter the war using any means necessary. Bad decision leads to bad decision and Sisko is forced go against every one of his values. I could never imagine this episode working in TOS (The Original Series) or TNG (The Next Generation). It’s something only DS9 could accomplish, a dark, haunting, episode that questions whether the ends justify the means. Strong performances by Avery Brooks and Andrew Robinson add to the fact that In the Pale Moonlight is not only the best DS9 episode, but one of televisions greatest episodes of all time.

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Send us an owl: Is your favorite episode on the list? Do you think Deep Space 9 is the best Star Trek of them all? Let’s hear all your thoughts! (I might not reply for a while, I’ve got a Star-Trek filled Netflix queue awaiting…)