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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Broadcast episodes of the entire third season (1994-95)
  • 26 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
  • The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond: Ira Steven Behr and others discuss the development of DS9's arch nemesis
  • Michael Westmore's Aliens, Season Three: includes a detailed look at Ferengis, Kira as a Cardassian, Bashir's aging process, and several dramatic changes for Odo
  • Crew Dossier--Odo: features new, exclusive interviews with Rene Auberjonois
  • Time Travel Files--"Past Tense": cast and crew discuss one of the series' most popular episodes
  • Sailing Through the Stars--A Special Look at "Explorers": production designer Herman Zimmerman and others discuss the creation of the award-winning ship design piloted by Benjamin Sisko and Jake, including rarely seen photos and illustrations

Cast

Avery BrooksCommander Sisko
Rene AuberjonoisOdo
Alexander SiddigDoctor Bashir
Terry FarrellLieutenant Jadzia Dax
Cirroc LoftonJake Sisko
Colm MeaneyChief O'Brien
Armin ShimermanQuark
Nana VisitorMajor Kira
Majel BarrettFederation Computer
Billy BurkeAri
Brett CullenDeral
Jonathan FrakesThomas Riker
Bill SmitrovichWebb
Deborah Van ValkenburghPreston
Clint HowardGrady
Erick AvariVedek Yarka
Wallace ShawnZek
Tiny RonMaihar'du
Leland OrserLovok
Diane SalingerLupaza

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Corey Allen
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 1181 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 26, 1994
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2003
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