Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3 (1994 - 1995)


Season 3
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Air date: Sep 26, 1994

Deep Space Nine kicked off its third season on October 1, 1994, with the first installment of this two-parter. The episode was a carryover from the second-season closer "The Jem'hadar," with Sisko and his officers boarding the Defiant and venturing into the Gamma Quadrant in search of the Founders, the mysterious leaders of the Dominion. Unfortunately, they once again come face to face with the Dominion's ruthless disciples, the Jem'hadar. The only salvation for the Defiant rests in the hands of Odo, who has inexplicably deserted his comrades and set course for the Omarion Nebula. Part one of "The Search" was scripted by Ronald D. Moore from a story by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe.

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Air date: Oct 3, 1994

In part one of this episode, Sisko and his officers had once more fallen into the hands of the Jem'hadar, soldiers of the Dominion, while Odo had left his comrades high and dry to embark upon a mysterious mission to the Omarion Nebula. In part two, Odo arrives on his home planet, which is now completely populated by shapeshifters like himself. Meanwhile, the Founders, leaders of the Dominion, offer to draw up a peace treaty with the Federation, but Sisko has ample reason to oppose this action. Scripted by Ira Steven Behr from a story by Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, part two of "The Search" originally aired October 8, 1994.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1994

Quark's troubles begin when an inebriated Klingon accidentally dies in his bar. Hoping to improve his business and earn a little respect, Quark claims that he killed the man in combat. Unfortunately, Klingon law demands that Quark marry Grilka (Mary Kay Adams), the dead man's widow, a situation that catalpults Quark into a duel to the death to defend Grilka's honor and property. First telecast October 15, 1994, "House of Quark" was scripted by Ronald D. Moore, from a story by Tom Benko.

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Air date: Oct 17, 1994

Another deep dark secret from Jadzia Dax's previous life threatens to terminate her present existence. The memories of this secret are triggered by a strange melody, emanating from a host that Dax never knew she had. Experiencing strange hallucinations, Dax realizes that not only is she in danger, but that the entire Trill homeworld also faces destruction. Scripted by Rene Echevarria from a story by Christopher Teague, "Equilibrium" originally aired October 22, 1994.

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Air date: Oct 24, 1994

Kidnapped by the Cardassians, Kira is informed that she is really a Cardassian agent. Arguing that she is a Bajoran through and through, Kira is further informed that her appearance was surgically altered and her memory changed for espionage purposes. As the evidence mounts in the Carassian's favor, Kira continues to resist the notion that her entire existence has been a lie, but that resistance is slowly and surely weakening. First broadcast October 29, 1994 (just in time for Halloween, appropriately enough), "Second Skin" was written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1994

An infant rescued by DS9 from a wrecked ship suddenly begins growing and maturing at an alarming rate. Able to speak and reason, the boy -- now a teenager, and now played by Bumper Robinson -- reveals himself to be a Jem'Hadar, one of the soldiers of the dreaded Dominion. Taking a paternal interest in the boy, Odo tries to deflect him from a life of violence and murder. Meanwhile, Sisko looks askance at his son Jake's latest girlfriend, a Dabo named Marta (Jill Sayre). Written by D. Thomas Malo and Steve Warnek and directed by Avery Brooks, "The Abandoned" first aired November 5, 1994.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1994

While attempting to de-frag an old Cardassian computer system, Jake and O'Brien accidentally activate an automatic security program. As a result, DS9 is instantly locked down, and its self-destruct mechanism is switched on. Unable to reverse this procedure, resident Cardassian Garak tries to convince the computer that he is its original programmer, succeeding only in making things far, far worse. First telecast November 12, 1994, "Civil Defense" was written by Mike Krohn.

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Air date: Nov 14, 1994

Brett Cullen guest stars as Deral, a resident of the newly discovered dimension-shifting planet Meridian. While trying to stabilize Meridian's path through space -- and, hopefully to save it from ultimately "shifting" out of existence -- Dax falls in love with Deral. Alas, he is predestined to return to his planet, whereupon he will vanish into another dimension for 60 years. Scripted by Hilary Bader and Evan Carlos Somers from a story by Mark Gehred-O'Connell, "Meridian" was directed by former Next Generation regular Jonathan Frakes and first aired November 19, 1994.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1994

Jonathan Frakes recreates his Next Generation role as Commander William Riker...or does he? Paying a visit to DS9, Riker is greeted by Kira, who gives him a guided tour of the Defiant. Suddenly, Riker reveals himself to be his renegade duplicate Thomas Riker, whereupon he steals the Defiant on behalf of the Maquis, an act which threatens to start another war between the Federation and the Cardassians. Originally telecast November 26, 1994, "Defiant" was written by Ronald D. Moore.

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Air date: Nov 28, 1994

Avery Brooks doubled as director for this episode, which was originally broadcast on December 3, 1994. DS9 hosts the annual Bajoran Gratitude Festival, with Next Generation's Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett) among the guests. During the festivies, an epidemic of Zanthi Fever erupts, imbuing everyone on board with heightened romantic passions. No one is more susceptible to the fever than Lwaxana, who once again sets her cap for the Wrong Man, in this case, Odo. "Fascination" was scripted by Philip La Zebnik, from a story by Ira Steven Behr and James Crocker.

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Season 3 of this sci-fi series sees Starfleet Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) use the USS Defiant to aid in constructing the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards to Deep Space 9 in order to protect the station from a Dominion attack.

Critic Reviews for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 3

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Past Tense was notable for depicting racism not from the perspective of a well-meaning white liberal, as seen in previous iterations of Star Trek, but through the eyes of people of color directly threatened by violence and indifference.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

There's no definitive protagonist on DS9, no single hero like Picard of TNG or the Kirk/Spock/McCoy trifecta of TOS. Sisko may get top billing, but he's first among equals. All viewpoints are welcome, all are treated with equal respect.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Past Tense offers is classic Trek, even when it's gleefully contradicting and ignoring genre tropes. Think of it as the anti-'City on the Edge of Forever.'

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Everything begins small, but this year features major revelations and developments for certain characters and ends with another cliffhanger of sorts that really lets people know that the series is going down a darker path than its predecessors.

Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Relations between the Federation and the Dominion heat up and the Cardassians form an alliance with the Romulans in the third season.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3

  • Aug 29, 2019
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's third season is more action-packed and full of adventure than ever before. In order to confront the Dominion threat Commander Sisko requisitions Starfleet's fist and only warship, the Defiant, and takes it into the Gamma Quadrant to find the Founders and negotiate a peace; and when that fails the Cardassians and Romulans take matters into their own hands. Meanwhile Kai Winn negotiates a peace treaty with Cardassia but soon nearly starts another civil war on Bajor. Additionally, the origins of Odo and Garak are finally revealed. Also, several new recurring characters are introduced, including the Female Changeling, Leeta, Moogie (Quark's mom), Liquidator Brunt, Kasidy Yates, and Lieutenant Commander Michael Eddington. In Season 3 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine really finds its footing and starts telling its own stories (as opposed to being a version of TNG).
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  • Jan 15, 2021
    This is when DS9 starts to get really good. The best form this season is The Search Part I, Defiant, The House of Quark, Improbable Cause and The Die is Cast.
  • Dec 22, 2020
    The show really starts to get into it's strike in season 3.
  • Oct 29, 2020
    I really enjoyed the show
  • Sep 23, 2020
    The third season shows the show is strong even when you take away the overarching Dominion plot.
  • Feb 10, 2020
    Berman out! The most fortune thing ever occurd ib«n a star trek serie. The plot of the Dominium arrives
  • Feb 02, 2020
    A little dated now but still great viewing. A good running story with fun sub plots and great characters
  • Dec 27, 2019
    DS9's first great season
  • Oct 17, 2019
    With each passing season this show begins to watch more ling Next Gen, which is painful for me, because the main thing I like about Deep Space Nine is how it distances itself from TNG's format, which I found dull and predictable most of the time. Once they get the Defiant, most episodes could have the cast extracted, and the TNG crew inserted with very little writing changes needing to be made. Felt more like they were using leftover scripts from TNG rather than writing for DS9. Can't stand the Dax or Bashir heavy episdoes, and this season has plenty. Still, star trek is better with an overarching story and most of the characters are still more likeable than the crew from TNG or TOS.
  • Apr 07, 2018
    The beginning and the end of this season thing really start getting interesting.

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