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Star Trek - Deep Space Nine - Series 3 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
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The entire season three of this spin-off series. In 'The Search: Parts 1 and 2' Sisko returns to Deep Space Nine, having been debriefed about his explosive encounter with the Jem'Hadar. His mission is to journey to the Gamma Quadrant and contact the Dominion's enigmatic leaders, the Founders. As the Jem'Hadar attack vessels on sight, Sisko is equipped with one of Starfleet's most powerful ships - The Defiant (originally constructed to counter the Borg threat). Odo accompanies the command crew to the Gamma Quadrant, compelled to go to the mysterious Omarion Nebula, where he will find out the truth of his past life. In 'The House Of Quark' Quark devises a novel way of enticing customers when a Klingon dies as a result of a drunken brawl in a his bar. Every ounce of his cunning is required to extricate himself from an unexpected situation. In 'Equilibrium' Dax is haunted by a mysterious piece of music. When she suddenly starts to experience hallucinations Dr Bashir decides she should return to her home planet. In 'Second Skin' Kira is astounded at evidence that a decade previously she spent a week in a Cardassian prison. Attempting to uncover the truth, she is kidnapped and wakes up as a Cardassian. Against a mountain of evidence, she tries to cling to her sanity. In 'The Abandoned' Quark gets more than he bargained for when he finds a baby. Responsibility is transferred to Dr Bashir who attempts to discover the child's origins. It soon becomes apparent that the boy is growing into a fearsome Jem'Hadar warrior and the only person who can control it is Odo. In 'Civil Defense' a long forgotten Cardassian booby trap is accidentally activated, incacerating everyone on Deep Space Nine. The crew must overide the programme before the station self-destructs. In 'Meridian' Sisko and his crew discover a planet which will only exist in our universe for a short time before returning to another dimension. Dax finds someone for whom it may be worth sacrificing her Starfleet career. In 'Defiant', Stardate 48434.1, a visiting Riker kidnaps Kira and steals the Defiant in the name of the Maquis. In 'Fascination', Stardate 48441.6, passions run high at a Bajoran Gratitude Festival as the crew of Deep Space Nine and their visitors engage in amorous pursuits. 'Past Tense: Part 1' finds Sisko, Bashir and Dax mistakenly transported to Earth in the early 21st century, where America faces a crisis point in its history. 'Part 2' sees the crew desperately attempting to avoid implication in the unfolding civil disturbances, but Sisko finds himself swept up in events, and in danger of rewriting history. In 'Life Support', Vedek Bareil is critically injured when his transport ship suffers an accident en route to Deep Space Nine. Dr Bashir must keep him alive to accomplish a Cardassian peace treaty. In 'Heart of Stone', Kira and Odo chase a Maquis ship to an unstable moon where the Major is trapped in a crystal which threatens to engulf her. In the rescue attempt, Odo faces his feelings for her... In 'Destiny', a group of Cardassian scientists arrive on the station and Sisko is warned by a Bajoran prophet of doom to distrust them. Should he follow his instincts or be the Barjorans' Emissary? In 'Prophet Motive', the Grand Nagus has rewritten the Rules of Acquisition. Quark realises something is seriously wrong when the first rule reads: 'If they want their money back, give it to them'. In 'Visionary', Chief O'Brien suffers an accident which causes him to repeatedly travel five hours into the future, witnessing a different accident each time. 'Distant Voices' sees Bashir attacked by a telepathic alien. When he regains consciousness, the crew seem to be acting very oddly indeed. In 'Through the Looking Glass', Stardate 48601.1, Sisko is kidnapped by the mirror universe and forced to take the place of his murdered counterpart. In 'Improbable Cause', Stardate 48620.3, Garak survives an assassination attempt and Constable Odo is dragged into a Cardassian plot. In 'The Die is Cast', Stardate 48022.5, the story from 'Improbable Cause' is continued. Garak and Odo find themselves aboard a Romulan Warship in an attack on the Founders. In 'Explorers', Stardate 48699.9, Sisko builds a starship from ancient designs, enrolling Jake as crew and setting out to prove that early Bajoran pioneers could have reached Cardassia. In 'Family Business', stardate 48731.2, Quark must return to his home planet as his mother has committed a heinous crime against Ferengi law. In 'Shakaar', stardate 48764.8, Kira Nerys is called upon by the Kai to mediate in a dispute that soon escalates and threatens to plunge Bajor into civil war. In 'Facets', Stardate 48876.3, the personalities of all of Dax's former hosts project themselves onto the senior staff of DS9, but trouble occurs when Odo and Curzon Dax decide that they do not want to be separated. Finally, in 'The Adversary', Stardate 48959.1, Sisko is promoted to Captain and he and the senior staff are sent on a mission in The Defiant. They soon realise that there is a changeling aboard and it is virtually impossible to locate him, but they must before they inadvertently start an inter-stellar war. This episode sets up some themes to be followed in Season Four.
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 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 TonksSee all Product description
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Simply, this gets 5 stars because from here on in DS9 doesn't put a foot wrong. All the episodes are great and quite a few are excellent. Characters, story lines and situations all get a fantastic boost. This is where DS9 rises above the contempary sci-fi and even above TNG and VOY. Beautiful, this gets 4.7 stars with the coverted 5 stars saved for seasons 4 onwards.
In short, it stumbled to begin with, but got pretty good.
Trek 2-parters generally adhere to an unwritten rule - set 'em up good in part one, then kinda flap about a bit in wrapping everything up in part two. The third season opener, 'The Search', does this exactly. A new starship (The Defiant), a new starfleet antagonist (Michael Eddington), and an important mission (contact the Founders to avert conflict with The Dominion). The first part is a blinder, ending with the crew split asunder and Odo's people found. Unfortunately it all falls to pieces in the second part, as the crew are subjected to a plotline ripped straight from Red Dwarf (Back To Reality, anyone?), whilst Odo’s race turn out to be pretty bland (until they are revealed as the Founders themselves).
The next episode, ‘The House Of Quark’ features Quark (no, never) in the first of three comedy episodes. This one stands above ‘Prophet Motive’ and ‘Family Business’ by actually being funny. TNG fans can enjoy Robert O’Reilly’s first appearance as Gowron. Fans of the Ferengi… well, lets face it. Ferengi-centric episodes are not really that funny. ‘Prophet Motive’ de-mystifies the Prophets by having them make a mistake (brainwashing the Grand Nagus into being nice), whilst ‘Family Business’ consists of Quark, Rom and Ishka (their mother) arguing about whether females should be allowed to work. Yes, you read right. Needless to say, the social-commentary-sledgehammer is wielded with full force in this instalment.
A far more effective use of social commentary in a science-fiction setting is the acclaimed two-parter, ‘Past Tense’.Read more ›
I recommend buying this series and I will be watching this box set over and over again.
Special Features on season 3 are "The Birth of the Dominion" "Micahel Westmores Aliens - Season 3 "Time Travel files" - "Past Tense" "Crew Dossier" of ODO "Sailing through the stars" and "USS DEFIANT". There is also subtitles in various languges on all discs and voice over non english languges. There is also semi hidden files of extra bits n pieces of interviews called section 31 hidden files which are only found by cliking on the green lights and pressing play on the station map. These hidden files are on all seasons.
The characters are given plenty of opportunity to shine, evidence if needed of the excellent standard of writing and acting.
Episodes such as The Die Is Cast, Explorers, Visionary, Distant Voices and Second Skin allow each of the regular and some non reglar charcters to show real insight into their complex and multi faceted personalities.
Season 3 also introduces The USS Defiant, by far the coolest and most exciting ship in the history of Trek. At last the audience gets the sense the crew have the means to defend theirselves, as well as a gradual development of experience.
In my opinion DS9 is Trek at it's best.
Dolby Digital 5.1 : english & German
Surrond : French, Italian, Spanish
English, English for the hearing impaired, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish.
I have bought the 7 seasons on amazon.uk and they are all the same about audio and subtitles.
Some words for french dudes :
La VF est bien "française" et pas "québecoise", ce sont exactement les mêmes DVD que ceux vendus en France / Belgique, seules les jaquettes (en anglais) changent. Ah oui, et le prix aussi, bien plus léger (15 / box au cours actuel contre 30 par box chez nous).
Pour info, j'ai commandé les 7 saisons de Deep Space Nine et au niveau audio / sous-titre, c'est pareil sur les 6 autres coffrets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Features a UN-type crew stationed on a space station. They encounter aliens, deal with relationships, deal with the ever popular space sickness and participate in time travel... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ellison
Season 3 is when this good series starts to become great. Seasons 1 and 2 have some great episodes and lay the foundations, this season begins layering the arcs and the actors are... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Roddenberry
These were bought as a present and I have had no complaints as to the condition or the actual series, I was happy with Amazon, my relative was happy with me so 5 Stars.Published 9 months ago by N F Beeden
This was a gift for my Dad who loves all the Star Trek series and this one is no exception. There were no problems with any of the discs so I was very pleased.Published 18 months ago by Miss H