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Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 4

Avery Brooks , Rene Auberjonois , Avery Brooks , Rene Auberjonois    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The fourth series of Deep Space Nine can be summed up in one word: Klingons! The show's producers apparently felt beset from all sides. Babylon 5 was a huge hit, as was Star Trek: Voyager, the flagship of new channel UPN. Stepping up DS9's action quotient seemed to be the answer. Time would tell, however, whether doing so via Trek's tried-and-tested former bad guys was the best solution. Opening with a special two-hour extravaganza, the new year was immediately unfamiliar. Dennis McCarthy's original theme--despite winning an Emmy--had been deemed too subdued. As its upbeat new rendition kicked off, the station was seen in battle and swarming with activity. Moments later, we met old/new crewmember Worf, whose sudden appearance was the result of a brewing invasive strategy by the Klingons. This initiated the first of many loyalty shifts, as the Cardassians became the victims. With plenty of re-appearances by Gowron, Kor, and Kurn, it was clear that an ongoing space opera was being crafted. Dukat revealed a tragedy-ridden daughter; Odo's relationship with his people (and Kira) became increasingly melancholy; and even the Jem'Hadar foot soldiers were given a sympathetic angle by their drug addiction.

Adding to the layers of ambiguity about Earth's (read: the producers') position over being at war, was the "outing" of Eddington and Sisko's girlfriend as rebel activists. Lest we forget the homely/spiritual side of the Captain, time was spent with a future version of Jake, with his father (Brock Peters), and on the nature of his role as "the Emissary." Avery Brooks worked behind the camera a couple of times, but this year the surprise was LeVar Burton directing five shows. There was still time for comedy: the Ferengi warped back to Roswell in 1947 and Bashir played James Bond. But the year will be remembered predominately for its violence. One of the episodes Burton directed had its fight scenes drastically cut, while the series as a whole won an Emmy for its space battle effects.--Paul Tonks

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The features of the fourth season of DS9 (about 82 minutes total) are highlighted by the season overview "Charting New Territory," which discusses such developments as Worf's integration into the series. The crew dossier also focuses on Worf, including his relationship with Jadzia Dax. Makeup designer Michael Westmore examines aliens, illustrator John Eaves goes through a variety of sketches including the ship's new armaments in "The Way of the Warrior," and the usual Section 31 hidden files cover Leeta the daboh girl and such key episodes as "Rejoined," "The Visitor," "The Quickening," and "Little Green Men." --David Horiuchi

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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a Christmas Gift Jan. 17 2014
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Anything star trek is very much enjoyed by my children. This was purchased as a Christmas gift for my son to add to his collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing Nov. 10 2003
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The fourth season of DS9 sees Worf returning to the Star Trek family. Overall this season is great, with only one mediocre episode (The Muse).
My favourite episode are (in no particular order):
- THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR (great double-length episode with plenty of action)
- THE VISITOR (the best episode of this season, if not the whole series, great acting from Tony Todd, Avery Brooks and Cirroc Lofton)
- INDISCRETION (any episode with Kira and Dukat is good)
- LITTLE GREEN MEN (the head-banging scene is hilarious)
- OUR MAN BASHIR (A brilliant, deliberately over-the-top episode with a great musical score. Watch out for Garak's comments!)
- CROSSFIRE (the second best episode of this season. René Auberjonois is brilliant in portraying a man torn between his duty and his feelings)
- RETURN TO GRACE (another great Kira/Dukat episode)
- SONS OF MOGH (a terrific episode with Tony Todd, this time as Worf's brother Kurn)
- RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (A courtroom drama. I love the way this was filmed, with the characters speaking directly into the camera)
- HARD TIME (extraordinary acting by Colm Meaney)
- SHATTERED MIRROR (another visit to the mirror-universe. The scenes with Garak and Worf are very funny)
- TO THE DEATH (introduces Weyoun, played by the great Jeffrey Combs)
- THE QUICKENING (Bashir is taken down a peg or two)
- BROKEN LINK (the ending makes you beg for more, more, more)
The special features are good, especially MICHAEL WESTMORE'S ALIENS. watch WORF''S CREW DOSSIER carefully and you will notice that Michael Dorn does not have the same build as Worf (in a behind the scenes clip you see him wearing padding on his chest, arms and back!).
If you are a DS9 fan you will already have bought this season. If you are not, buy it now and you will be amazed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad Nov. 2 2003
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There are many episodes I like, but a few get on the seccular humanist soapbox and preach Euthanasia and Sexual Promiscuity. beware of letting Children watch the epuisodes "Rejoined" (Which presents aberrant promiscuopus behavior as if it were normal) and "Sons of Mogh" ( A cleverly disguised-and poorly argued assisted Suicide message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead -- Maximum Worf! Jan. 5 2004
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Season four saw a lot of changes on Deep Space Nine, both in front of and behind the camera. The show underwent its first major cast change in the addition of Michael Dorn's Worf to the lineup, and the storyline accommodated this accordingly. The twists and turns delighted me, and I raced through this season quickly, eager to find out exactly what was going to happen next.
After the Dominion-related adventures of seasons two and three, one would expect season four to continue building up those storylines. But the writers and producers neatly subverted expectations by throwing the emphasis in other directions. While there certainly are some stories which keep hyping the threat of the Dominion, the bulk of the uber-story is focused upon what effect the Dominion has had on the Alpha Quadrant. We therefore see huge changes for the Cardassians, the Klingons and the Federation. The Dominion, the Jem'Hadar and the Founders do pop up from time to time, but they're kept to the shadows -- a menacing presence quietly trying to manipulate events for their own agenda.
Adding Worf to the cast was an interesting and successful evolution. I think what I enjoyed the most about it was the fact that after being thrown into the middle of this ongoing storyline at the beginning of the season, Worf doesn't immediately find himself at home. Given that this is Star Trek we're talking about, I was half expecting Worf to become "part of the family" within a couple of weeks. But he doesn't. In fact, he is continually irritated by this new crew, and is nostalgic for the calm ordered structure that existed on the Enterprise. By the middle of the season, he's become so fed up that he moves his living quarters onto the normally empty USS Defiant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dominion, Klingons, Worf, oh my... Nov. 15 2003
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It's all about ratings. And Paramount wanted them higher. So what do you do? Why, you bring one of the most popular characters ever in the Trek canon to help boost those sagging ratings. Will it work, or will it fail?
That was up to the fans...
While season three ended with idea that the Changelings were already in the Alpha Quadrant and possibly on Earth, it would nearly half way through the fourth year before these story threads would be picked up again.
It appeared, as the third season was coming to a close, Paramount was already thinking toward the fourth year and was in active -if secret - negotiations with Michael Dorn to bring one of the most popular characters on The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine. Once it was decided, the plot lines from "The Adversary" would be pushed aside and a new direction would have to take center stage.
With Worf now coming to DS9, the writers had to figure out how too not only get him on the station, but also keep him there. The writers hatched onto the idea that Klingons, long now the friends of the Federation, were growing restless due to pending invasion of the Dominion and Federations lack of action. Discourse was brewing and as Ben quoted his old friend Curzon Dax, the best people to deal with the Klingons, was a Klingon.
The two-hour opener, "The Way of the Warrior", reintroduced the Klingons as bad guys and series was off in a new direction. And that was a good thing.
Over all, the fourth season would see the series really grow stronger, building on what was delivered during the previous season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got-To-Have Sci-Fi Series: 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
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It is great to see star trek in it's best form ,such as this season.
Published on Dec 22 2009 by D. R. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
John Colicos returns as Kor again to find "The Sword of Kahless". This season also contains "Rejoined"..the most controversial Star Trek episode ever. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by McHenry John
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Effect and Story line
I've found that Deep Space Nine to have the best story line ever. Especially the "Dominion War". I have only manage to collect up to season 3. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Mohamed Feroz Othman
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Trek ever... volume 4!
The introduction of an old friend kicked off DS9's strongest season to date. Worf moved over from TNG to help handle the growing Klingon threat. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by Michael A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars But Then You Knew That...
This season is pretty consistent, with nothing below a three star episode, A whole slew of four star episodes, and even one five star episode (the Visitor), one of two I'd give for... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003 by Matt Duane Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Worf is now in the house.. should have been there all along
This season marks the appearance of Worf coming aboard the station. I wish he was there since episode one. The station has a new character with him aboard. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Picardfan007
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great season
As a set, this season ranks highly not only against any other Star Trek season, but any other season of science fiction on TV. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by spejic
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