Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 1

Apocalypse Rising

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Sep 30, 1996 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Good episode despite Sisko's plot-convenient incompetence.

    Why the hell Sisko don't just press the activation button before he got on stage will forever baffle me.
  • It's a polyjuice potion infiltration mission

    Don't be fooled. Despite its pretentious title and season opening slot, "Apocalypse Rising" is a simple caper/assassination story that's a fine episode but hardly the spectacular season kickoff DS9 fans are used to.

    The plot itself is like a polyjuice potion infiltration mission, complete with dramatic and comedic possibilities that are both taken advantage of. And if it comes across as standard paint by number storytelling, at least the direction and acting are good enough to carry the idea from start to finish with plenty of excitement and few slow spots. Still, there are better Klingon episodes ("The Way of the Warrior" being one of them) and the show does a better caper story with its seventh season episode, "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang".
  • Picks up with the final climactic confrontation.

    Aside from "Emissary", this is probably the weakest season premiere in DS9's run. Not that it's bad or anything - but like many of these episodes, there's too much setup. We also get some over-the-top Odo moping - maybe appropriate for the character, but really not that interesting to watch. It's entertaining to see O'Brien and Sisko as Klingons, of course, and we get some a nice relatively brief appearance by Dukat.

    It's really in the last few scenes that the episode picks up, and I suspect first time viewers will be on the edge of their seat to see how the villain is exposed.
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