Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Second Season
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The complete second season of the TV series Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
Only Kira Nerys would risk going to war over an earring. With the witty and wise second-season opener "The Homecoming," the writers started taking chances with the direction of Deep Space Nine--and the payoffs are immediate and far-reaching. It's the first episode in a complex trilogy involving the fate of the tenuous Bajoran Provisional Government, an extremist group called the Circle, and a legendary member of the resistance whom Sisko believes might be able to unite Bajor.
Continuing its blend of action, mystery, intergalactic politics, and religion, the second season gave prominent parts to Jadzia Dax ("Invasive Procedures," "Playing God," "Blood Oath"), Kira Nerys ("The Collaborator," in which Odo gives the first sign of his feelings toward her), the Cardassian Garak ("Cardassians"), Odo ("The Alternate"), Chief O'Brien ("Whispers," "Tribunal"), Commander Sisko ("Paradise"), and Quark ("Profit and Loss"), and Dr. Bashir developed relationships with both O'Brien ("Armageddon Game") and Garak ("The Wire").
Highlight episodes include the alternate-universe "Crossover," which pays homage to the original series' "Mirror, Mirror," and the two-part spotlight on the Maquis (first introduced in The Next Generation), a loose-knit organization of disenfranchised Federation colonists who resort to terrorist methods to provoke a new war between the Federation and the Cardassians. By the end of season 2, the only thing DS9 lacked was a really good villain. It got three for the price of one. Turns out the Dominion (first discovered in the underappreciated Ferengi spotlight "Rules of Acquisition") is a trinity of evil: the Founders, the Vorta, and the Jem'Hadar, those born-and-bred bad guys whose mission in life is to serve the Founders. The season-closer "The Jem'Hadar" is an intelligent, powerful episode that reveals all--and nothing--about the Dominion. --Kayla RigneySee all Editorial Reviews
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Sorry if you're expecting a "critic's" review here - I'm not a critic. You either like the different Star Trek series or you don't. I can say that the video quality is excellent and looks at least as good as it did when aired.
The Star Trek franchise has been alive for over forty-five years and through all of the various incarnations: Star Trek (The Original Series), Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as nine motion pictures, I have been an eager and loyal fan.
When Star Trek Deep Space Nine (ST: DS9) hit the airways in 1993 I was stationed with the U.S. Navy in Hawaii. Because if my rather unpredictable schedule I was able to see only a few episodes, principally the first season, but overall I missed most of the 7-season run of ST: DS9. So when I found all seven seasons of the series on Amazon.com, I plotted a course and picked up The Complete First Season and then The Complete Second Season.
ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season is entrenched in Gene Roddenberry's now multifaceted Star Trek universe. The series was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller and produced by Paramount Television the owners of the Star Trek franchise.
A spin-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season" opens as the Federation settles into the Cardassian space station Terok Nor in deep space after being invited in by the planet of Bajor. After the Bajoran people liberate themselves after a long brutal occupation by the Cardassians, the Provincial Government invites the United Federation of Planets in to command the station alongside Bajorans. The Federation renames the station Deep Space Nine.
The series stars Avery Brooks (Spenser For Hire, A Man Called Hawk, American History X) as Commander Benjamin Sisko, the franchise's first Black commanding officer. He is joined by the following series regulars:
o Chief Security Officer Odo (Rene Auberjonois ~ Benson, The Pirates of Dark Water, The Patriot);
o First Officer Major Kira (Nana Visitor ~ Ryan's Hope, Dark Angel, Friday the 13th);
o Lt. Bashir (Alexander Siddig ~ Syriana, 24, The Last Legion),
o Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell ~ Paper Dolls, Deep Core, Becker);
o Quark (Armin Shimerman ~ Beauty and the Beast, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Boston Legal);
o Operations Chief Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney ~ Last of the Mohicans, Star Trek The Next Generation, Clean Break), and;
o Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton) Commander Sisko's son.
"ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season" deals with the further exploration and increasing trade with the still largely unexplored Gamma quadrant through the (stable) artificial wormhole. DS9 is moved out of Bajor orbit and closer to the wormhole in order to stake a claim to it. The wormhole quickly becomes a center for exploration, interstellar trade, political maneuvering, between the Federation, the Cardassian Federation, and Bajor.
While the first season concentrated on the Bajoran people and their worship the highly evolved entities they call Prophets who created the wormhole, this season concentrates more on the interstellar intrigue and it's during this season that the word of the Dominion starts to reach Federation space. And the Maquis, a loose-knit organization of alienated Federation colonists who resort to terrorist methods to provoke a new war between the Federation and the Cardassians are introduced in a two-episode arc towards the end of the season.
Also towards the end of "ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season," the show get a trio nasty villains in the guise of the aforementioned Dominion (first whispered about in Rules of Acquisition): the Founders, the Vorta, and the Jem'Hadar. ST: "DS9 ~The Complete Second Season" closing episode The Jem'Hadar is a powerful, intelligently written episode that reveals a lot, yet nothing at all--about the Dominion.
"ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season" brings us an ambitious 26 episodes on 7 DVD discs, they include: The Homecoming, The Circle, The Siege, Invasive Procedures, Cardassians, Melora, Rules of Acquisition, Necessary Evil, Second Sight, Sanctuary, Rivals, The Alternate, Armageddon Game, Whispers, Paradise, Shadowplay, Playing God, Profit and Loss, Blood Oath, The Maquis Part I, The Maquis Part II, The Wire, Crossover, The Collaborator, Tribunal, The Jem'Hadar.
ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season continues to build on the fine start of Season One insofar-as each story build on the other in some way shape or form. And each episode is well written, well-acted, and this second season builds on the story-lines of the first with intriguing and engaging story-lines and characters.
In the ST: DS9 universe a large cross-section of alien creatures comes through the station, in fact almost every episode introduces us to a new race, most of which come through the wormhole.
Though there are light moments in ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season most of the episode explore dark material that more than other Trek series explore contemporary issues in American society at the time, including the separation of Church and State, the role of religion in the classroom, genocide, racism, loyalty, bigotry, and terrorism. And things are about to get a whole lot dicer as the Dominion finally enters the picture in a big way during the last episode of the season (The Jem'Hadar)
ST: DS9 ~The Complete Second Season takes me furthers my journey into what is proving to be one of the darkest chapters in Federation's fictional history; the Borg aside. Already in Sean Two the uneasy peace between Cardassia and the Federation is slowly unraveling thanks in no small part to the underhanded nature of the Cardassians and the result is a feeling of general unrest in the Alpha Quadrant.
There is little separation between Star Trek: The Next Generation and ST: DS9; both series take place during the same time period, only ST: DS9 had a bit more dark spice to offer up. Avery Brooks has come into his own as Commander Sisko during this season and the team of actors work well together with well written story-lines written for them all.
Needless to say I can't wait for season three!