Star Trek
Deep Space Nine
Season 2
(Slimline Packaging)

Starring: Avery Brooks
Paramount Home Entertainment
RRP: £34.99

Certificate: PG
Available 30 April 2007

The second season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine sees the series start to settle down as the writers and actors begin to fine tune the main cast dynamics. O'Brien and Bashir's friendship starts to bloom, Kira's arrogant manner settles down somewhat, Bashir becomes less annoying and Quark and Odo's rivalry becomes more humorous.

Watching these episodes again made me recall some of the things we joked about when I originally reviewed the video releases for DreamWatch. For example: Is O'Brien the World's unluckiest man or what? There are three episode in Season Two (Armageddon Game, Whispers and Tribunal). Now I don't know about you, but if I'd been almost killed by a deadly disease, replaced by a robot and put on trial by Cardassians in just one year then I would certainly be thinking of early retirement. And things get worse for the chief of operations in later seasons.

This season built on the character driven storylines that were at the forefront of the success of DS9. And, in addition, to spice things up a bit, the writers introduced an alien threat from the Gamma Quadrant and the Dominion was born - a plot device that wasn't fully explored until the third season.

The story arcs, which are built on in subsequent seasons, started early for DS9. The start of Season Two has a three-part story which, incidentally, sees the start of the Kira/Bareil ongoing relationship. Garek also becomes more of a semi-regular character. The Wire is a particularly gripping episode.

Some of the best episodes include: Marquis, a two parter which sees Sisko discovering that an old friend is involved in things he shouldn't be; Crossover, the first alternate universe story; Blood Oath, which sees Dax team up with a group of Klingons (Kor, Koloth and Kang) from the original Trek series and embark on a dangerous mission.

Extras on the collection include: New Frontiers: The Story Of Deep Space Nine; Michael Westmore's Aliens: Season Two; Deep Space Nine Sketchbook: Season Two; Crew Dossier: Jadzia Dax; New Station, New Ships; Quark's Story and Section 31 Hidden Files.

Another excellent collection.

Darren Rea

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