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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have ST: DS9 July 28 2012
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No self-respecting sci-fi fan and certainly no self-respecting Trekker (or Trekkie*) can NOT have this series in her/his collection.
(*the amazing Season 5, Episode 6: Trial and Tribble-ations).

From the start of this season (Episode 1, Sisko wants to go find the Founders, instead of waiting for them to come to DS9), the story arcs get better and richer.

Odo find his home world.
Quark gets married.
We see the Trill home world.
Kira finds herself on Cardassia. And is told she is, in fact, a Cardassian.
Dax falls in love with a guy (Brett Cullen, from The Young Riders, season 1) whose planet is only in our dimension for a short period of time.
All this in only the first few episodes of this season.
And there's much, much more.

This season (and series) rank near the top of my sci-fi lists for entertainment, excitement, interesting storytelling, and action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff on season 3 Feb. 28 2004
Andrea Martin stars as "Moogie" in "Family Business", and watch for the introduction of The Founders....aka the Changelings (Odo's race)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boldly going where no Trek had gone before Jan. 11 2004
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. The basic premise had been established, main characters and conflicts had been introduced and now new themes needed to be found and developed. The series had been criticized as not having enough action, especially when compared to TNG. Conflict needed to be introduced and it was on many levels. The on-going quest of Odo to find his own people was addressed and expanded to incredible levels. Kira was forced to face her beliefs about her faith, her people and herself. We learn more about the Ferengi and their culture as Quark and him family struggle to evolve with its changes. Sisko deals with changes in the Federation, the Bajoran and his own family. O'Brien faces his own mortality and the ever present conflict in his own family. Jadzia lays to rest her past lives and Bashir enters into new relationships. And those are just the main characters!
The Federation itself recovering from the recent assault by the Borg, and trying to maintain uneasy relationships with Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians now is becoming aware that threats exist from the Dominion.
The groundwork is laid for upcoming seasons including the format of story lines building over a series shows in arcs. The on-going themes already established by this series of making the characters more multi-dimensional than either TOS or TNG by incorporating more of their lives into the story is continued and expanded as are the mirror universe and time travel premises.
The additional features include about 45 minutes of interviews with the producers, writers, actors and others focusing on certain aspects of the show or particular episodes. The 'hidden files' (I found 7) are segments about 2 minutes each appear to be snippets from the interviews but are well worth the effort to access them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The series undergoes a shape-shift Nov. 15 2003
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 easy for the crew of the station. Not to say that they didn't have problems, but the adversaries and adversities they faced weren't a thousand miles away from the type of troubles that beset the crew of the USS Enterprise. But the end of the second season of Deep Space Nine changed all that.
For almost two years, the wormhole had been attracting all sorts of relatively positive attention towards the station. Scientists, explorers, and Ferengi business were all attracted to this spatial oddity in hopes of furthering their own interests. But in the season finale to the second year, the series was completely turned around when the wormhole suddenly becomes a threat -- beyond it lies the mighty Dominion, who appear to be taking a very proactive, almost Rumsfeldian role in their "defense". Suddenly, the people on the station are frightened and scared. A Dominion attack could come at any moment. In the third season we see Starfleet sending, not a scientific research starship, but an experimental warship, so powerful and unstable that it is almost a menace to itself.
This was the shot in the arm that Deep Space Nine needed. Not only is this a cantankerous old space station in the middle of nowhere, but now it's a cantankerous old space station in the middle of nowhere that could come under overwhelming attack at any time. The change in premise seemed to energize the writing and production staff. Even the stories that do not directly involve themselves with the running story seem like a step up from the past two years.
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