The one-and-a-half-hour series finale to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. After a series of Federation victories, the Dominion retreats to Cardassian space to repair and rebuild. Not content with a mere cease-fire, the combined forces of the Federation, the Romulans, and the Klingon Empire decide to make a final push to invade Cardassia Prime and end the war, once and for all. On Cardassia, Damar's revolution is in full swing, and Kira's commando team attempts to break into Dominion headquarters and take the founder hostage. When the dying female Changeling discovers that the entire planet has betrayed the Dominion, she decides that the only fitting punishment is the extermination of the Cardassian race. And on Bajor, Kai Winn and Gul Dukat go to the forbidden Fire Caves to resurrect the Pah Wraiths and bathe the entire Alpha Quadrant in purifying flame. Stopping all of this carnage is going to take a miracle, but fortunately Captain Sisko has the Prophets on his side. Unfortunately, the assistance of the Prophets is never free, and the time has come for Sisko to pay back his debts to the mysterious wormhole gods. Blood will be spilled, tears will be shed, and questions will be answered in the final episode of DS9.
Tropes in this episode:
- A God Am I: Gul Dukat, after the release of the Pah Wraiths.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Dominion is defeated. However, Worf and O'Brien leave for new assignments, Odo returns to his people, and Sisko is forced to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.
- Don't forget about Garak, who finally gets to end his exile from Cardassia, only after it's been devastated by the Jem'hadar.
- But Now I Must Go: Odo returns to the Great Link, Sisko joins the Prophets.
- Deus ex Machina: The prophets teleport Sisko out of the fire pit. Justified due to them doing this kind of thing throughout the series.
- Grand Finale: With all the fixings. Space battles, flashback montages, and one more goddamn Vic Fontaine song performed in its entirety.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Winn, after seeing Dukat restored and ranting about how he and the Pah Wraiths are going to set the galaxy ablaze, suddenly has a change of heart and tries to help Sisko. The Pah Wraith-empowered Dukat slams the door right in her face, however.
- Heroic Sacrifice: What did you expect from a Grand Finale? Damar, of course, doesn't make it. There's also Sisko, but he gets rescued by the Prophets.
- Last Episode Theme Reprise: All over the place.
- Last Minute Hook Up: The episode begins with Ezri and Bashir in bed.
- Storm the Castle: Literally with Kira's commandos storming Dominion headquarters, and IN SPACE with the Federation Alliance finally attacking Cardassia Prime.