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Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 3

Avery Brooks , Rene Auberjonois , Avery Brooks , Alexander Singer    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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 really 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 Tonks

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The third season of DS9 has about an hour of features fairly similar to those in previous seasons. In "The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond," Ira Steven Behr, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and Michael Hiller discuss the development of DS9's chief set of villains. The Michael Westmore makeup featurette inspects the Ferengis and new looks for old characters, and the crew dossier focuses on Odo, including the major developments to his character in "The Search" and Rene Auberjonois's memories of his audition. The "Past Tense" and "Explorers" episodes get spotlights, and the six 1- to 3-minute "hidden files" examine visual effects and other notes for "Second Skin," "The Die Is Cast," "Family Business," "The Search," and "Visionary." --David Horiuchi

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
DS9's third season proved to be quite a pivotal season and a great buildup to the following seasons. Throughout the course of the season, several questions were answered and several new ones were introduced, leading up to an instrumental and somewhat ominous season finale in which a Founder tells Odo "you're too late, we're everywhere." That one sentence made for a long summer at that time, leaving fans in throes of anticipation for the fourth season. Important developments of the third season were the addition of the Defiant, additional back stories on the Dominion and its makeup, to include finding out who Odo's people are and the series taking on a more "serialized" tone.
I highly recommend this DVD set, the two previous seasons and the remaining four seasons, to any and all fans of Star Trek, especially those who didn't quite give DS9 a chance in its beginning because you will find that DS9 represents some of the best Star Trek to date.
Standout episodes of the season: (They all stand out, but space is limited)
The Search Parts I & II - As a grand conclusion to season two's "The Jem'Hadar" and setting up season three through seven in the "epic" of Deep Space Nine, these two episodes are extraordinary. It is from this point you know as a viewer that DS9 has a sense of purpose. Here we find out where Odo comes from and the terrible truth that revelation brings about.
The House of Quark - In this hilarious Quark episode, by a twist of fate, he becomes the head of a Klingon house. Robert O'Reilly makes a return as Gowron, Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. This is another brilliant Ferengi/humor episode.
Equilibrium - In this extremely compelling and captivating episode, Jadzia begins having hallucinations for no apparent reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great view Nov. 10 2003
Season Three is a great season, with only a few mediocre episodes (Meridian & Fascination).
My favourite episodes are (in no particular order):
- THE SEARCH 1 & 2 (Odo meet his "family")
- THE HOUSE OF QUARK (very funny)
- SECOND SKIN (Kira's worst nightmare comes true)
- CIVIL DEFENSE (The look on Dukat's face halfway through the episode is priceless)
- DEFIANT (Tom Riker (from TNG's "SECOND CHANCES") steals the Defiant)
- PAST TENSE 1 & 2 (Great drama, great acting)
- VISIONARY (I always like stories dealing with time travel)
- DISTANT VOICES (A very surreal episode)
- THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (another mirror universe adventure. The Mirror Kira is one of my favourite characters)
- IMPROBABLE CAUSE/THE DIE IS CAST (Great acting by Andrew Robinson and René Auberjonois (Garak & Odo)
- FACETS (We "meet" all of Dax's former hosts, including Curzon)
- THE ADVERSARY (a very claustrophobic episode with a surprise ending)
The extra's are all in the same league with those of season 1 & 2, with a feature on the Dominion, ODO'S CREW DOSSIER, MICHAEL WESTMORE'S ALIENS and several hidden files.
If you are a fan, as I am, you will already have bought this. If you are not, you will soon be if you buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the season where we truly begin to see the show that Deep Space Nine would become. There are many memorable moments in this third season, as well as intense character development across the board. Many storylines introduced in season 2 would finally spawn fantastic episodes in season 3, and the show really began to take on a unique feel as compared to any previous Trek show.
The season opens with the two-parter "The Search" which was the perfect opener to a rousing season. The arrival of the Starship Defiant at Deep Space Nine signaled a radical change in the show's dynamic, as now the crew could venture out into space. Many fans reluctant to try the show earlier were converted by this development. Also, the structure of the Dominion is revealed, and the 'Odo angst' begins. Other noteworthy adventures include "Defiant," which features the return of Tom Riker as a Maquis terrorist who hijacks the Defiant; "Civil Defense," a seemingly metaphoric episode that is suspenseful and has what in my opinion is the most humorous diatribe trading between Dukat and Garak; the "Past Tense" two-parter, which is a good time-traveling episode with gentle social commentary, a continuation of the mirror universe storyline in "Through the Looking Glass. "Explorers" is a warm, character-driven episode that the show could not make enough of, and "The Adversary" is a great conclusion to the season, with Sisko finally being promoted to captain, a suspenseful cat-and-mouse chase with a changeling onboard the Defiant, Odo killing one of his own kind (accentuating the Odo angst) and the implication that changelings have already infiltrated the highest echelon of Starfleet Command, a plotline which would become the basis of an excellent two-part episode in season 4.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consistancy is Key here April 4 2004
The DS9 box set is consistant, one thing it has over the Next Generation box set. Each disk in each season is set up the same way: the introduction is the same, 4 episodes per disk, no preview clips. The only variation on this is the last disk, which has the special features.
The accent colour for this box set is a deep green, which looks really out of place next to the red and sickly green on the first and second seasons. I'm not exactly sure why they chose the colours they did, but I would guess they have a reason.
The episodes in this season are interesting, the storyline really start to heat up. However, it's not fair to the box set or anyone who reads this to outline them all, and rate the box set according to its episodes. That should be reserved for individual episodes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work in North America
Made for UK use only? Doesn't work in North America Should not be sold for North America Use if For UK only! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kim Bally
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have ST: DS9
No self-respecting sci-fi fan and certainly no self-respecting Trekker (or Trekkie*) can NOT have this series in her/his collection. Read more
Published on July 28 2012 by R3aLiTY_bYt3s
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Season the start of DS9's great seasons.
This is the beginning of the transcendent DS9 seasons, 1 and 2 were fun but 3 is where the show reaches new highs and we are introduced to deep stories and powerful enemies. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2010 by Douglas E. Musk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff on season 3
Andrea Martin stars as "Moogie" in "Family Business", and watch for the introduction of The Founders....aka the Changelings (Odo's race)
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by McHenry John
5.0 out of 5 stars Boldly going where no Trek had gone before
DS9 is (in my never-to-be-humble opinion) the best of Trek and season 3 is an excellent example of why.
By the third season the series had really begun to hit its stride. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Jeanne Tassotto
4.0 out of 5 stars The series undergoes a shape-shift
Although the premise behind Deep Space Nine was that of a run-down space station at the edge of nowhere, by the middle of the second season, life seemed to be getting a little too... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by Andrew McCaffrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter, stage left Defiant and the Dominion
For the first two season, one of the critical barbs thrown at the show was this series was not living up to Roddenberry's idyllic setting of no conflict with the peoples of the... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by D. O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Trek ever... volume 3!
The series really began to stretch it's wings here. For the first time, they were the only Star Trek series on the air. Everything seemed focused on bringing this together. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by Michael A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Jem'Hadar, Vorta, and Founders OH MY!
Season 2 of Deep Space Nine was an exceptional season and slightly better than the first but Deep Space Nine started busting out of the television set in this season with surprises... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Episodes from Start to Finish
Season 3 of DS9 contains a plethora of standout episodes, with just a few weak spots (e.g., 'The Abandoned', which was too reminiscent of TNG's lone Borg story; or 'Heart of Stone'... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2003 by Alexander
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