When Season Three of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
began fans had already waved a tearful goodbye to The
Next Generation and plans for Voyager
were in full swing. This season, more than any in its seven
year run, set Deep Space Nine apart from what had come
before in the Star Trek Universe. Setting a darker
tone, this season saw Sisko acting more as a human being rather
than a sycophantic Starfleet Officer. In this season we see
him struggling with his conscience on a number of occasions
(Something first witnessed in Season
Two's The Marquis two-parter.
the previous two seasons had mainly been home to single episode
storylines (with a few exceptions), Season Three gave
fans a taste of the story arcs to come.
season also saw the introduction of the Defiant, DS9's
battleship which also housed a cloaking device (about time
Starfleet got around to sorting that out). Other changes this
season include Sisko being promoted to captain, Nog showing
a serious interest in applying to Starfleet Academy and Odo
discovering his origins. Jonathan
Frakes also makes a guest appearance in the episode
of my personal favourite episodes of DS9 are in season
three: Life Support and Heart of Stone. Life
Support is one of the very few really moving episodes
(others being the Season
Four episode The Visitor and
Season One's episode
Duet), of DS9's seven year run. And Heart
of Stone is memorable for the way Odo spills his guts
and then (like we've all experienced after one too many Babychams)
comes to regret it in the morning.
memorable episodes include Visionary (O'Brien witnesses
events that happen in the near future and there seems to be
no way to avoid them); Past Tense (a two-parter that
sees the crew of DS9 stranded in the past) and Through
the Looking Glass (the second alternate universe story).
this season also has one of the worst episodes, Distant
Voices, in which Bashir suddenly starts to age rapidly
and... er that's it really. But worry not, because there are
two great Ferengi
episodes, Prophet Motive and Family Business,
to set this season back on the right track.
Three also sees the arrival of both Leeta (Chase Masterson)
and Kasidy Yates (Penny Johnson, who went on to star in 24)
as semi regular characters. And Garak fans will be glad to
see that everyone's favourite Cardassian tailor gets a lot
more to do this season.
include: The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond; Michael
Westmore's Aliens: Season Three; Time Travel Files:
Past Tense; Crew Dossier: Odo; Sailing Through
the Stars; and Future Shop.
another cracking season.