Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 3 Recap

Season 3 was the beginning of building the Dominion arc. Had the fourth season not unfolded the way it was forced to unfold, we would have jumped into the war sooner.

Anyhow, this season is strong and has many great episodes and plots slowly building…from the introduction of the Defiant, to the idea of Nog wanting in Starfleet, and Jake wanting to be a writer…Odo’s love for Kira and his longing to be with his people who are the enemy, hell Sisko finally gets promoted to Captain. We get characters like Michael Eddington, who seems suspicious almost every other episode he is in…it is really well written. Not to mention the whole Dominion thing…I mean hint of their existence in Season 2, to their slow building looming threat in this season…we get the Vorta, Jem’Hadar, and Founders all this season.

This was the only season of DS9 to have episodes that ran as the only Trek show on the air…the first 6 episodes aired after TNG ended and prior to Voyager beginning. Which meant that with TNG out of the way and Voyager lost in the Delta quadrant, DS9 got to inherit everything from the Alpha Quadrant and the whole of the Gamma Quadrant. That gave the show a new found freedom, which I think really helped the show in this season, as well as the whole Klingon thing in the next season.

In the end, it is clear that the Dominion arc isn’t close to being over. But a new member to the crew would change plans for the show for at least a season.

NEXT TIME: Worf Comes Aboard