10/21/1996. Nor the Battle to the Strong — Jake finds his courage and endurance put to the test when trapped at a Federation colony under attack by the Klingons.
10/28/1996. The Assignment — O'Brien is forced into betraying Deep Space Nine when an entity with mysterious motives takes possession of Keiko's body, holding her hostage.
11/4/1996. Trials and Tribble-ations — Sisko and the Defiant crew are catapulted back in time by a vengeful Klingon to "The Trouble with Tribbles," where they must prevent him from killing Captain Kirk and altering the time line.
11/11/1996. Let He Who Is Without Sin...zero stars — While vacationing with Dax on Risa, Worf becomes involved with an extremist essentialist group who wants to destroy the false illusion of paradise.
11/18/1996. Things Past — Returning from Bajor in a Runabout, Sisko, Odo, Dax, and Garak suddenly find themselves on Terok Nor of the past—where they realize they are about to be accused of the attempted assassination of Gul Dukat.
11/25/1996. The Ascent — Odo and Quark crash-land a Runabout on a frigid planet. Stranded, they must put aside their differences in an effort to work together to survive.
12/30/1996. Rapture — Sisko begins having powerful visions that span the far reaches of the past and future, and the fate of Bajor may depend on his prophetic moments of insights.
1/6/1997. The Darkness and the Light — Someone from Kira's past is killing her old friends from the Shakaar resistance cell, and Kira may be the next target.
1/27/1997. The Begotten — As Major Kira enters the final stages of her pregnancy, Odo attempts to raise an infant Changeling and teach it how to use its unique abilities.
2/3/1997. For the Uniform — Sisko is determined to hunt down and capture Maquis leader and traitor Michael Eddington, but how far will he go to fulfill a personal vendetta?
2/10/1997. In Purgatory's Shadow — While in the Gamma Quadrant, Garak and Worf are taken prisoner by the Jem'Hadar when they discover signs of an imminent Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant.
2/17/1997. By Inferno's Light — As Worf, Garak, and Bashir plan their escape from a Jem'Hadar prison, the Alpha Quadrant prepares for a confrontation with the Dominion and their new, unexpected allies.
2/24/1997. Doctor Bashir, I Presume — When a Starfleet technician designing a new holographic medical program invites Bashir's parents to the station to aid in his research, Bashir comes face-to-face with a buried secret from his past.
3/31/1997. A Simple Investigation — Threatened with death, a woman involved with a nefarious organization finds herself trapped with no escape from her own role within it. Odo, sympathizing with her situation, may be her only hope, and more—as he realizes he has fallen in love with her.
4/7/1997. Business as Usual — Drowning in debt, Quark agrees to help his cousin Gala deal weapons through the station. But as the stakes rise beyond belief, Quark finds himself facing a staggering moral dilemma.
4/14/1997. Ties of Blood and Water — Dying of a terminal disease, Cardassian dissident Ghemor—a father-like figure to Kira—comes to DS9, rekindling Kira's memories of her real father.
4/21/1997. Ferengi Love Songs — When Quark returns home, he learns that his mother and Grand Nagus Zek are in love. But an opportunity knocks, giving Quark the option to sacrifice his mother's happiness to regain his Ferengi business license.
4/28/1997. Soldiers of the Empire — When General Martok is offered command of a Klingon Bird of Prey, he chooses Worf as his temporary first officer. But has hard time in a Dominion prison made the General unfit for Klingon duty?
5/5/1997. Children of Time — The Defiant crew beams down to a planet in the Gamma Quadrant to discover a colony of survivors who are the crew's descendants—revealing that the crew is destined to travel through time and be trapped two centuries in the past.
5/12/1997. Blaze of Glory — To prevent a Maquis terrorist act that could trigger an all-out war in the Alpha Quadrant, Sisko and Eddington must put aside their differences and embark on a dangerous mission in the Badlands.
5/19/1997. Empok Nor — When O'Brien and his crew venture to an abandoned Cardassian station on a salvage mission, they find themselves hunted through the darkened station by two determined predators.
6/9/1997. In the Cards — Determined to cheer up his father with a gift, Jake attempts to obtain a recently rediscovered 1951 Willie Mays baseball card. Dragging Nog along for the ride, Jake embarks on a series of mini-adventures—with no intention of stopping until he gets his hands on the illustrous item.
6/16/1997. Call to Arms — When Sisko attempts to curtail Dominion activity in the Alpha Quadrant by mining the entrance to the wormhole, the Dominion and their Cardassian allies threaten to capture DS9 by force.
Fifth Season Recap — A capsule review of each episode, rankings, character and theme discussion, and an analysis of the entire season overall.