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Deep Space Nine, end of season 3

Posted on: December 27, 2020

What better time to close out Deep Space Nine season 3, than with the close of the calendar year?  And? there’s now a DS9 Rewatch page at the top with links to all my previous posts! neat!

(also, I have ulterior motives. There’s a very specific S4 episode that is a MUST WATCH during Vintage Scifi month!)

I zipped through the last 6 episodes of the season, so these are going to be fairly short episode summaries. Unless, you really do want to read 3000 some words of me talking about how much I love Avery Brooks? We ah, can totally do that!


The Die is Cast (ep 21) – This is part two of “Improbable Cause”. Odo and Garak are embroiled with Enebran Tain, the previous leader of the Obsidian Order. Tain has welcomed Garak back with open arms and imprisoned Odo. In the interest of time, let’s get right to the scene that this episode revolves around. Tain needs information out of Odo about the location of the Founders, and Garak is going to get the information out of him, one way or another: through torture. At first, Odo laughs off Garak’s attemps, because he doesn’t feel pain or hunger the way humanoids do. So Garak brings in a machine that stops Odo’s ability to change into a liquid state, and he just sits there and waits. How long can a shape shifter go, without reverting back to a liquid state to rest? No one knows. I kept expecting this scene to give me Babylon 5 Londo torturing G’kar vibes, but Garak and Odo are not and never have been friends, so it was more a Sand dan Glokta scene. Odo stuck it out, and what he did reveal to Garak wasn’t what Garak expected. And me? I feel betrayed by Garak, even though I should have seen that betrayal coming right from day one. Garak has the ability to be nice, but he is a horrible human being. I don’t know how to feel about him, I feel very betrayed. I know it was make up and special effects, but I can’t bear to put up an image of Odo being tortured, so here’s a pic of the two of them, pre-torture. I’m a sensitive soul, ok?

Odo, you have no idea what’s coming, do you?

There is a whole ton more big plot stuff that happens in this episode – Enebran Tain teaming up with the Romulans, their fleet going through the wormhole to attack the Founder’s homeworld, the Jem’Hadar defending the planet, Sisko bringing the Defiant in to try to rescue Odo, and a fantastic twist/betrayal that I didn’t see coming. The closing scene of the episode, Garak apologizes to Odo, and the two of them seem to reconcile. Well, I don’t feel apologized to. I’m still pissed at Garak, on behalf of Odo.

Explorers (ep 22) – A much needed light-hearted episode after the heaviness of The Die is Cast! Sisko has learned of the blue prints of an ancient Bajoran light-ship, that supposedly used solar sails to fly from Bajor all the way to Cardassia. Needing a creative outlet, Sisko decides to build the ship, and hopes that Jake will go along with him on their adventure. At first, Jake is reluctant to go, but eventually agrees to the trip. Meanwhile, Bashir is intensely nervous, because he’s about to come face to face with Dr. Elizabeth Lense, who was first in their class. Bashir would have been valedictorian if it hadn’t been for that one wrong test answer! He both loves his assignment on DS9, and is also jealous / resentful of Dr Lense’s opportunities.

is that a gorgeous ship OR WHAT

Sisko builds the light-ship, and O’Brien keeps telling him this hunk of junk will never be spaceworthy. It looks like a beautiful outer space sailboat, in my opinion! Sisko is insistent on flying the light-ship, and if they run into trouble they can just beam back to the station, or someone can come get them. And off they go! It’s a beautitful scene to watch the sails unfurl, and to see Sisko and Jake finally have some uninterrupted family time. Jake has news for his father! He’s been accepted into a college level writing program! But if he goes, he worries his father will be all alone. And yes, the light-ship runs into problems, just like the ancient Bajorans likely ran into. They get caught in some kind of techno-babble storm, lose their communications and navigation array, and are welcomed into Cardassian space. The Cardassians are forced to admit that ancient Bajorans were technically savvy enough to fly on solar sails to Cardassian space! And Bashir does meet with Dr. Lense. She’s proud of what she does, but also kinda bored, and she’s a bit jealous of him, since he had the opportunity to work directly with epidemiology on Bajor, and truly help save lives. I hope we see Dr. Lense again, she seemed to be a positive influence on Bashir’s recent downiness.

Family Business (ep 23) – hoo boy is this episode problematic! An auditor shows up at Quark’s bar, says he’s in deep shit for something his mom did, and Quark better financially clean this up, right now. What did his mom do, that was so terrible? She ran a business and made money, and in the Ferengi culture, it is illegal for women to have money, own property, own businesses, and wow does it get worse. Quark and Rom head off to the homeworld, to knock some sense into their mother, Ishka. What greets them is horror upon horror, not only is Ishka speaking directly to a man she’s not related to (the auditor), but she has the gall to wear clothes. Yes! In Ferengi culture, women do not wear clothing. Or, I assume, leave the house? But, thanks to computers and her brain for business, Ishka has managed to amass a small fortune. And as punishment for her crime, Quark has to pay back all the profits she earned. There’s explanation and “it’s our culture, we were raised this way”, and that Ishka has a great head for business, but wow, I couldn’t get past the problematic-ness. In later seasons, Ishka literally saves the Ferengi economy, but will she get any respect at all for it? I guess we’ll see.

her boys call her Moogie.

And I ask again, how’s young Nog gonna handle it when he’s in the Academy and has to take orders from a woman? Back on the station, Jake is trying to set his dad up with Captain Yates, a freighter captain. The perfect teen gossip, Jake has told the entire bridge crew about his match making attempts.


Shakaar (ep 24) – Kai Winn, religious leader of Bajor , has now become First Minister-elect as well. The Kai expected Kira’s allegiance, but Kira still blames her for the death of Vedek Bareil, and Kira also sees the Kai as power hungry. The Kai guilts Kira into helping resolve a local dispute over farming equipment, because Kira had served in the resistance with Shakaar Edon. Kira doesn’t want to get involved, but is interested in seeing her Shakaar and the rest of her resistance friends again, and has been convinced that resolving the dispute is for the greater good of Bajor. Surprising no one, the situation “over farming equipment” is much more complicated, politically, than the Kai had led Kira to believe. The Kai continues to be omg SO disrespectful to Kira and to everyone else, and Kira realizes pretty quicky that her resistance turned farmer friends deserve to be heard by the government. The Kai needs to stop just “making people shut up”, and learn to be a diplomat.

I wasn’t sure where this episode was going, and was thrilled that it ended with Shakaar Edon throwing his hat in the election ring, and him already having enough backing to knock the Kai out of power. She can still be Bajor’s religious leader, but now she’ll have competition in being Bajor’s political leader. While this episode has nothing to do with Cardassians, it touches a lot on the aftermath of a war, when there are still disagreements on either side about what to do next and how to move forward. Wars don’t magically end when the enemy goes away.


Facets (ep 25) – kind of a weird episode. Jadzia is doing her zhian’tara, a Trill ceremony where she will meet the embodiments of Dax’s former hosts. With the help of a Trill telepathic guardian, the personalities of the previous hosts will borrow the bodies of Jadzia’s closest friends. Everyone but Quark is on board to help, and Jadzia brings him around eventually. The ceremony is going as planned, and all the actors have a blast getting to play a different person that the viewer has never met. Of course, we are all most excited to finally meet Curzon! When Curzon telepathically takes over Odo, Odo also gets some of Curzon’s physical traits – the Trill “spots”, Curzon’s fluffier hair style. Jadzia is most interested in learning why Curzon was so hard on her when he was her mentor. Lol, they probably shouldn’t have done this telepathic embodiment thing with a shape-shifter!

nice . . . hair?

Odo and Curzon’s personalities have merged, and the two guys now have no intention of splitting up, because they are both having the time of their life. However, Jadzia isn’t the full Jadzia Dax without Curzon. The three of them have a come to Jesus talk, where Curzon tells Jadzia how he really feels (tbh, this did not feel genuine!), and eventually Curzon goes back to where he belongs, inside Jadzia’s head. The entire experience ends up forming a very strong bond between Odo and Jadzia. Meanwhile, the b-plot! Nog has been studying for his Academy exam, and fails it miserably. Rom figures out that Quark muddied the results, which allows for Nog to be allowed to retake the exam. Before the results are announced, Rom purchases an academy uniform for Nog.


The Adversary (ep 26) – what better way for this season to end, than for Commander Sisko to be promoted to Captain! And like many captains before him, his first job is to take a Starfleet Ambassador to a planet somewhere, where there is a coup going on. Everyone hops into the Defiant, and off they go. Cue dramatic music, something is terribly wrong! O’Brien thinks he’s hearing things in the jeffries tubes, systems are malfunctioning, and strange bio-wires protected by force fields have show up all over the ship. Someone on this ship is a saboteur! But, everyone here is beyond reproach, right? (Wait, Eddington is here? Isn’t he the asshat who sabotoged y’all last time you were on the Defiant? Why aren’t you locking his ass up?)

Congrats on the promotion, Captain Sisko!

Star Trek doesn’t usually do paranoia, and this episode was right out of John Carpenter’s The Thing, complete with blood tests. The monster is exposed (I won’t tell you who it was), and now the chase is on! But how to know who you can trust? And Odo won’t accept a phaser, saying he’s never felt the need to use one. Sisko threatens to blow up the ship, as a last resort to stop the saboteur. Really excellent episode, lots of tension, great writing, and Odo having to face the fact that shape shifters are quite easily able to harm one another. Every step Odo takes, is a step away from who the Founders expect him to be.

Ok, so some major lessons learned from this episode: Star Trek + Paranoia = excellent episode! And, couldn’t hurt to verify your news sources, maybe not fall for some #fakenews.

New Year = New season of Deep Space Nine!

2 Responses to "Deep Space Nine, end of season 3"

Avery Brooks is a DUDE! Discuss. 🤣
Have you seen the Captains documentary? I love him in that!

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I haven’t! I NEED to!!!

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