From the start of Season Four of Deep Space
Nine it was obvious that the producers had decided to
step up the story arc element considerably. The opening two-parter
The Way of the Warrior brings in Klingon officer Worf
in order to handle a growing potential problem with the Klingon/Federation
joint force against the Dominion. And woven in and out of
this season is the resulting relationship between the Federation
and the Klingon Empire.
season bring the Dominion into closer focus, as well as dragging
the Klingons back into Star Trek - a move that pays
dividends as the series progresses. There is no time for the
viewer to get tired, as threaded between the ongoing story
arc are some of DS9's finest comedy episodes - including
the fantastic Bond spoof Our Man Bashir and the Roswell
story Little Green Men.
also features the incredibly moving The Visitor, which
sees Jake as an old man recounting the story of his life and
how the quest to find his lost father (who was sucked into
a time thingy, or something, and has remained trapped never
ageing) stopped him from following his career as a writer,
so that he concentrate on discovering a way to free his father.
Also rather moving, in an old sentimental way, is The Sword
of Kahless. While this episode is fairly hit and miss
the ending is rather touching.
the show's famous "lesbian kiss" episode is also
an incredibly well conceived and directed episode. Avery Brooks
takes the director's chair for this story about love and the
complications of the Trill way of life.
season also sees one of the best O'Brien stories (poor bugger
still seems to be the unluckiest guy alive). This time he
is tried and convicted of a crime while on an alien planet.
The punishment - incarceration for many years in isolation.
However, the sentence is fed directly into his mind, so that
while he never actually did the time, his memories of it are
very real. But why is his old cellmate still haunting him?
A well directed and acted episode.
are numerous other great episodes in this season including
the very funny Ferengi episode, Body Parts, and another
alternate universe story, Shattered Mirror.
on the disc include: Crew Dossier: Lt Worf; Michael
Westmore's Aliens: Season Four; Deep Space Nine Sketchbook:
John Eaves; 10 Section 31 Files; Bob Blackman's
Designs Of The Future; Jim Martin Sketchbook; Deep
Space Nine Chronicles; and a Photo Gallery. CD-ROM
content include: Virtual Space Station; screensaver
and real time messaging.
the best season of Deep Space Nine.