Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 1

The Search: Part 1 (26 Sep. 1994)

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Instead of waiting for the Jem'Hadar to attack, Sisko wants to try a different approach. He wants to take a new class starship to try to find the Founders.



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Lt. Commander Michael Eddington (as Kenneth Marshall)


The crew of the station is preparing for the expected attack of the Jem'Hadar, but the prognoses are not looking good. Within two hours the station will be taken over. Suddenly a cloaked ship is detected very close to the station. They are being hailed by captain Sisko. He's on board of the Defiant, a prototype of a new class of starships, a warship specifically designed to fight the Borg. The ship is flawed, but equipped with cloaking technology borrowed from the Romulans. Sisko and Starfleet's idea is not to wait for the Jem'Hadar to attack, but to penetrate into the Dominion's territory to try to found the Founders and try to solve matters the diplomatic way. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Commander Sisko: May I present my officers: this is Major Kira...
T'Rul: Thank you, but I know their names, and I'm not here to make friends.
[walks off]
Major Kira: Charming.
Lt. Commander Michael Eddington: Well, I am here to make friends. I'm Lieutenant Commander Michael Eddington, Starfleet Security.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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The arrival of the USS Defiant
6 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Series Three of Deep Space Nine opens a few months after the last series ended; most of the senior staff are discussing what they can do to counter the Jem'Hadar threat to the station. None of the options look very promising and to make matters worse a cloaked ship is detected very close to the station. As Major Kira takes the station to red alert the ship decloaks to reveal itself as the USS Defiant, a new Star Fleet warship captained by Commander Sisko. Sisko wastes little time before taking the Defiant through the worm hole to seek out the mysterious and possibly mythical Founders. Talks with aliens Quark has done business with leads them to a relay station. Shortly after finding after learning where the station sends its messages a shield activates and captures O'Brien and Dax. The mission is so important that Sisko abandons them, heading onto the coordinates they found, unfortunately here they are intercepted by the Jem'Hadar despite being protected by a Romulan cloak. As the Jem'Hadar board the Defiant Odo escapes in a shuttle with an injured Major Kira and heads to the Omarion Nebula, somewhere he felt drawn to ever since shown it on charts earlier in the episode. Here they find a planet on which there is a strange lake, a lake made up entirely of beings like Odo.

This episode was a good introduction to the series and a great introduction for the Defiant even though as the episode ends it looks as if the ship might be lost before the mission is over. It was also nice to finally meet Odo's species even though we learn nothing about them at the conclusion of the first part of this two part story. With Dax and O'Brien left at the relay station and the Defiant boarded by the Jem'Hadar I can't wait to see the next episode to learn how the crew extricate themselves from the situation.

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