I could tell immediately that I wasn't going to like the style of the
book. If it was going to be this way, the story would have to be
the thing to save it. Unfortunately, while it had a great battle
sequence and intrigue with the Dominion War arc, the Pah-Wraith section
was so poorly done that it just brought the book farther down.
I guess this is my chance to critique the last episode of the
series, as well. As I said above, the Dominion War part of the book
was enjoyable, as long as it told itself. The style of writing was
pedestrian, however. The text was mostly in a dialogue form -not
between the characters, but within their minds. This is the sort
of writing I would expect from an immature author.
There were a few moments when I found myself going from page
to page in anticipation, but that, I believe, is because the episode was
so strong on this part.
The Defiant has amassed a fleet of Federation, Klingon and Romulan
warships around DS9. They go for an invasion of Cardassian space,
to put an end to the war, once and for all. The good-byes are soothing,
but body language did more in the episode than any of the simple thoughts
put in their heads here.
The battle was spectacular, but is here necessarily brought down
in scope by putting us in Sisko's mind. His flurry of thoughts makes
for an incoherent story, especially after having read a terrific flying/
battle scene in Knights of the Black Earth
earlier this month.
The plot on Cardassia, between Kira, Garak and Damar doesn't
fare any better. It was spectacular in its execution in the episode,
but is just plain difficult to read in most spots. Kira's hallucinations
were particularly bad.
At the most critical point, the Cardassians turn on the Dominion.
This is in response to Weyoun destroying a Cardassian city due to uprisings.
That was the Vorta's fatal mistake.
The Dominion fleet withdraws to Cardassia, where the Founder
has ordered that the Cardassians be exterminated. The Allied fleet
makes its way there, and fights in a second wave. Odo beams down,
cures the Founder of her disease, and convinces her to surrender.
The war is over.
And if I knew how they were going to end the Emissary part of
the story, I would have said this is where the episode should have ended.
I thought at one point that the author was mocking Vic Fontaine.
I couldn't believe they wasted time on another song when they had such
important things to do. It seems like the author couldn't, either!
Or maybe I'm misinterpreting. It's hard to tell, with this writing
But the Emmissary arc continues. Kai Win and Dukat have
gone down to the Fire Caves on Bajor to release the enemies of the Prophets,
the Pah-Wraiths. There isn't much to tell. Win betrays Dukat,
using him as a sacrifice. But the Wraiths resurrect him, and he tosses
her aside, laughing mockingly, in comic book style. It was poorly
acted, and it is written even worse.
Sisko, in the middle of the party at Vic's, suddenly leaves,
and manages to get to the Fire Caves in a small fraction of the time it
took Win and Dukat to get there. He confronts Dukat, and destroys
the key to the Pah-Wraiths, diving into the fire below.
The Prophets take him, however, since he is half of them.
He gets to say goodbye to Kassidy, however, but not Jake, for some reason.
We get to see life on the station without Sisko, as everybody
begins to go their separate ways.
The last chapters seemed to go on forever. I couldn't wait
for it to end. I shouldn't have disgraced the memory of this episode
by reading the novelization. I thought I would get some more insight,
but apparently the author couldn't figure out the episode, either.
At least the direction in the episode was terrific, which made it a very, very watchable two hours,
worthy of a reasonably high rating. Not so here.