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Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Third Season
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Episodes: The Search Parts I and II, The House of Quark, Equilibrium, Second Skin, The Abandoned, Civil Defense, Meridian, Defiant, Fascination, Past Tense Parts I and II, Life Support, Heart of Stone, Destiny, Prophet Motive, Visionary, Distant Voices, Through the Looking Glass, Improbable Cause, The Die Is Cast, Explorers, Family Business, Shakaar, Facets, The Adversary.
Deep Space Nine's third season begins eventfully, with Sisko promoted to Captain and being given a prototype warship equipped with a cloaking device, while Odo learns where he came from. In the two-part opening tale, this clever gambit is played to hook viewers into the idea of DS9 becoming an ongoing mystery/conflict show. Why the sudden intense change in format? Mostly it was to ensure the show continued to thrive, when a rather greedy production hierarchy fast-tracked Voyager onto the air mid-season (cue unnecessary crossover episode with Tuvok). Of greater concern was ratings thief Babylon 5, which played its counter-Trek cards at precisely the right time. Fortunately the result (initially at least) was a genuine boost for DS9.
Cast members seemed to have hit their stride and played off one another more assuredly than before. For example, Odo's character took several additional interesting twists, especially in his relationship with Kira. Rene Auberjonois had a very good year, directing two episodes to boot. Avery Brooks had begun this trend with the previous year's penultimate show. The real surprise was seeing Jonathan Frakes's name working behind the camera on three occasions, because he also appeared on screen in his alternate rogue Riker role, when Thomas dramatically steals the Defiant. Other welcome cameos that aided the feeling of casual camaraderie included the return of Lwaxana Troi, as well as first appearances by Quark's mother, the spooky Founder Leader, the lovely Leeta, and the sneaky Eddington. Clint Howard--a cult Trek figure--was briefly welcomed back, and with the many faces of Jeffrey Combs another was born. Stories advanced the complicated Bajoran/Cardassian healing process, while simultaneously brewing potential conflicts far worse than the behind-the-scenes ratings war. --Paul TonksSee all Editorial Reviews
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Too much heavy handed political and social commentary, something Gene always made sure didn't happen. Gene was a Veteran and lived an adventuours life, you can tell most of the writers, directors and producers of DS9 haven't been outside of Los Angeles thier whole lives are more concerned with making political statements than making good Trek - stick to sitcoms or soap operas. Maybe they're in league with JJ Abrams to kill Sci-Fi??
Voyager brought it back home. TNG > Original > Voyager. DS9 and Enterprise are tied.
Season 3 keeps up the pace of Deep Space 9
This is the season where the DS9 crew gets the USS Defiant so they are a little more mobile and can travel away from the station with ease. This opens the plot options up quite a bit.
There is more of the 'alternate universe' in this season, as well as the ubiquitous time travel to Earth's past story line that most of the Trek series do. (The Original Series did it, then did it again in Star Trek 4. The Next Generation visited 1980's San Francisco, then visited 21st Century Earth in First Contact. And now DS9 does it. It's tradition!)
You get a more complete vision of Odo in this season too as his character starts to get some depth.
DS9 is a solid sci-fi series. It's got the best overall story arc of the entire Trek franchise. And being based on a station rather than a star ship sets this installment of Trek aside and makes it unique in the Trek universe. If you're either a Trek or general sci-fi fan you owe it to yourself to check out DS9. Start from the beginning though. Don't start at season 3.
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.