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What You Leave Behind

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Title : What You Leave Behind Rating : 5
First Aired : 2 Jun 1999 Stardate : Unknown
Director : Allan Kroeker Year : 2375
Writers : Hans Beimler, Ira Steven Behr Season : 7
Rating : 3.5000 for 4 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : BJH Rating : 2
Review : And here we have the plodding finale to a space-opera. Even though half the action sequences consist of stock footage from previous episodes, it's enough to save the first half. The second half is a letdown, falling back on the tired premise of DS9 of talking the audience to death through long, drawn-out and occassionally pointless character moments. Considering they are in a war, with the future of the quadrant at stake, there should have been a lot more in the action department, with no expense spared on SFX... even if they had to cut back on previous episodes budgets.
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 4
Review : Quite an ending, although not perfect. The first part was action, action, action. There were some amazing moments within it, and I especially liked the moment when the Cardassians changed sides for some reason. The second part dragged a bit, but some of it really caught the spirit of a last show, with everyone drifting apart. Perhaps shifting some of the action into the second part might have balanced it a little. That was always DS9s failing, it often concentrated on the wrong part of the story. As a result, it could get a bit tedious at times. Its success was that it built the sense of a real community, and the good stories used this to great effect. Despite being rooted to the spot, moving on all the time, they pulled it together in the end. One thing really bothers me. Why didn't Morn get a line? He's been waiting for one for seven years! I would have added this to the end of the script. Quark - The more things change, the more they stay the same. Morn - You're right as ever, Quark. You're right as ever.
Reviewer : The Geek Rating : 5
Review : I remember watching this ten years ago, just shortly before I joined the Air Force. At the time I was interested in Star Trek, but school and its resulting homework did not allow me to indulge in that interest in a manner that I would have liked. In essesence, I saw the final episode as it aired, but I could not fully appreciate what I saw because of all that I missed. Fast forward to 10 years later. I am in Afghanistan, and have seen some pretty bad stuff. One day, I went to the Bazzar, a weekly market ran by the locals. There, I managed to pick up all seven season of DS9 for the same cost as a single season stateside. It took me about 3 months, but I watched every single episode in order, from beginning to end. I gave this episode, indeed the entire series a 5.00 rating. Let's face it, character development, both personal and interpersonal, was intentionally avoided by Gene Roddenberry. I think that was a mistake. Now before I have angry Trekkies storming my home with pitchforks and torches (torches!), I ask that I be allowed this admission. TNG, is without a doubt a truly great series. However, every episode was a bit of "problem of the week," with little to no reference to what they did in the previous episode. Furthermore, something as obvious as Riker and Troi's relationship was glossed over entirely. Some great storytelling was lost under one episode after another of Enterprise rushing off to save the day/ planet/ Starfleet from an officer that lost his way. DS9 changed all of that. The love between Sisko and Jake and later Cassidy felt sincere. Odo's anguish over love never gained was moving. His and Kira's later relationship felt deep and beyond "puppy- dog love" romantic. DS9 really came into itself as CGI technology became cheaper and more accessable. We saw this in the incredible space battles. No longer did the two ships sit near motionless and fire vollies at each other until one can no longer do it. Here, we saw true savagery on both sides, and the deaths of some good ships- on both sides. The story- arcs were riveting (although admittedly a trifle dull when the subject turned to matters of faith), but remember: Not every episode can be "City on The Edge of Forever". DS9 did indeed have some misses, but never did I think, "I cannot watch this anymore." The series as a whole, I believe was overshadowed by the great "Kirk vs. Picard" debaticle. If you ask me, I thought Sisko was the best. He was human, and he was not afraid to show it. He was the perfect middle ground to Kirk's and Picard's extremes. Okay, the whole point for this review is to justify my rating fortbhis episode, so here it is: I cried three times: Once during the flashback montage, once during Vic's number and once when Odo and Kira are on the Founder's homeworld, saying their goodbyes. TNG simply did not muster that sort of emotion from me. Good writing can invoke surprising emotional feedback, which is why I stand by my full 5.00 rating.
Reviewer : BJH Rating : 3
Review : A solid finale that actually captures the "feeling" of a Finale- stories, coming to a close (something that alluded the superior All Good Things'. This episode, however, is let down by the re-use of so much stock footage in the battle, it's almost a mini-clip show in it's own right. The brevity of the fight sequences is also a let down- this is a WAR people, and we spend more time talking about drivel than any real themes. The beginning is also seemingly slapped-together: Ezri, Bashir? All of a sudden the Alliance is in a position to invade the Dominion? Since when? Haphazard beginning and a "cheap production" middle mar an outstanding second half.
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