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Paramount Studios presents
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—The Complete Fourth Season (1995-1996)

"Battlestations."
- Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks)

Review By: Jeff Rosado   
Published: November 24, 2003

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Colm Meaney, Nana Visitor, Siddig El Fadil (Alexander Siddig), Terry Farrell, Armin Shimerman, Cirroc Lofton
Other Stars: Andrew Robinson, Rosalind Chao, Aron Eisenberg, Penny Johnson, Susanna Thompson, Ken Marshall, Charles Napier, Megan Gallagher, James Cromwell, John Colicos, Robert Foxworth, Richard Libertini, Camille Saviola, Robert O'Reilly Felecia M. Bell, Michael Ansara, Majel Barrett, Meg Foster, Clarence Williams III, Michael Sarazin, Hana Hatae
Director: Various

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for violence, mild language
Run Time: 19h:43m:00s
Release Date: August 05, 2003
UPC: 097360589542
Genre: television


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DVD Review

After the best run of shows in its existence, I'm sure hopes were high amongst the faithful for the continuation of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's creative roll, as its fourth season began in the fall of 1995. Yet simultaneously, I braced myself for a let down. I'm glad I did, because thanks to lagging momentum, a curious lack of humor, and the so-so introduction of a new supporting player to the fold, Deep Space Nine's fourth season captures the sci-fi mainstay veering precariously close to the inconsistency of its first two seasons. That said, there are a few sleepers, a handful of watchable entries, and some genuine classics that rank among some of the series' best.

Disc One:

Episodes 1 and 2: The Way of the Warrior, Parts I and II
Stardate: 49011.4

"Lieutenant Commander Worf reporting for duty, sir." -Worf

As the Klingon equivalent of an interstate back-up surrounds the station, yet another wrinkle presents itself, as if the crew doesn't have enough on its agenda in the Dominion conflict. However, it turns out that the warriors support the Federation's cause, a move that makes Sisko skeptical. He calls upon the services of former Enterprise officer and Klingon Worf (Michael Dorn), to see if he can gain deeper insight into what's really going on—and the truth isn't pretty: a planned invasion of Cardassia. Despite the addition of former Next Generation favorite Dorn, this slightly bloated two-part season opener is admirable for the way it attempts to shake things up, but the story could have been told in an hour. As stated in my opening introduction, Season 4 at times tends to echo the baby steps of the series' opening entries and there's no better evidence than the addition of Worf's character; it's quite similar to the stiffness of Avery Brooks and it would take a few stories into the season before an effective blending to click.

2.5 space stations decloak to inaugurate Season Four.





Episode 3: The Visitor
Stardate: Unknkown

"Don't leave me!" -Jake

Set in the future, an elderly Jake Sisko welcomes an admirer of his writing, which leads to his revealing of a tragic accident on the station that made his father vanish, perhaps permanently. With help from Julian and Dax, the younger Sisko begins a lifelong pursuit in trying to bring Dad back. A unique and powerful entry highlighted by terrific performances from all and a great guest shot by Tony Todd (the actor with the distinctive voice that haunted Candyman and Final Destination) as the older Jake. There's also novelty in lighter moments that allow a peek into the later incarnations of certain crew members, with Nog apparently becoming the Dick Clark of the space station.

Hand me a handkerchief, please:





Episode 4: Hippocratic Oath
Stardate: 49066.5

"You need to understand that I'm a Starfleet officer and I won't do any work that might possibly be used against the Federation. Now, if that's what you want, you'll have to kill me." -Julian

On a runabout journey, Miles O'Brien and Dr. Bashir land on a planet where it appears another ship is in some trouble. Instead, the duo are taken prisoner by a group of Jem'Hadar soldiers. Led by Goran'Agar (Scott MacDonald), Bashir is led to a makeshift lab to begin work on helping the rest of the Jem'Hadar contingent overcome their addiction to Ketracel-white, an enzyme bred into their systems by the Founders. O'Brien wants nothing to do with Julian's mission, certain they will be killed no matter what. A good outing that somewhat humanizes the Jem'Hadar and presents an interesting conflict between the two crew members caught in the middle.

This episode earns 3.5 space stations.





Disc Two:

Episode 5: Indiscretion
Stardate: Unknown

Dukat: Think what you must, but I believe the time will come when Cardassia and Bajor will grow to not only be allies, but also close friends.
Kira: Bajor and Cardassia? Maybe. You and me? I doubt it.

Kira receives correspondence from an old friend that informs her that a missing Cardassian ship has been located, one that had many Bajoran prisoners aboard. Before she can go it alone to search, those meddling Cardassian officials insist that one of their own accompany the major, Gul Dukat. Oh, joy. What could have been an episode drenched in fireworks and dramatic possibilities winds up playing it safe, all but wasting some promising interplay between actors Alaimo and Visitor. Still, their coupling makes the episode watchable.

This episode earns a measly 2.5 space stations.





Episode 6: Rejoined
Stardate: 49195.5

Kira: You know that woman?
Dax: I know her. She used to be my wife.

Finally, we get our first Dax storyline of the season, and it's a memorable one. A Trill science team boards the ship led by Lenara Kahn (Susanna Thompson), a presence that makes Jadzia a little edgy, which is understandable because they were once man and wife while under different host bodies. Old flames don't take long to re-ignite once the two begin talking again, but there's a danger involved in this potential love resurrection. Re-association between Trills is grounds for exile. What could have been a potentially sticky and exploitative plot is handled with taste and style, but it wouldn't have worked if not for the chemistry between Farrell and guest star Thompson, one of the most unsung actresses working today (and those of you who remember her from Once and Again know what I'm talking about).

One of Trek's most well written, creative, and emotional love stories earns top honors.





Episode 7: Starship Down
Stardate: 49263.5

"You can't die! You're the Emissary!" -Kira

The Defiant travels to the Gamma Quadrant to discuss trade with Hanok (James Cromwell), a Karemma representative. Unfortunately, the Jem'Hadar disapproves and an all-out battle between the warring factions occurs with the big D caught in the middle, damaged equipment, and injured crew members all over the place, including Sisko, who teeters on the brink of death. Terrific episode with some of the best special effects ever committed to the small screen and matched by some heartfelt inner storylines, particularly between Kira and Sisko as she tries to keep the captain talking to avoid him retreating into a permanent slumber.

Grab hold of something and hang on to your com badges, kids:





Episode 8: Little Green Men
Stardate: Unknown

"Inside of a year, we'll be running this place ." -Quark

After getting a good deal on a spaceship, Quark thinks it'll be good opportunity for a test drive to Earth and send Nog off to the Starfleet Academy in grand fashion with doting daddy Rom in tow, too. But by way of a freak accident, they wind up in the year 1947 in a town called Roswell. Do you see where this is going? Yep, our "little green men" become subjects of study on a U.S. military base providing laughs aplenty in a very cleverly written and performed change of pace episode that could be the best of the Ferengi-centered storylines. Full of delightful one-liners (including a hiliarious reference to one of Season Three's classic episodes), letter perfect surroundings that nail the feel of classic 1950s sci-fi movie sterotypes and great supporting turns by movie tough guy Charles Napier and Megan Gallagher (returning in human form after a previous guest role of a few years back). I dare you not to laugh during the sequence where the humans and the visitors attempt to communicate with each other for the first time.

While the medical specialists wonder what the Bell Riots are all about, I'll slap a 3.5 rating on this one.





Disc Three:

Episode 9: The Sword of Kahless
Stardate: Unknown

"For a thousand years, our people have dreamed of this moment." -Kor

John Colicos makes a return engagement to the series as Kor, the legendary Klingon warrior who enlists Dax and Worf's help to retrieve a treasured artifact: the Sword of Kahless, a weapon utilized by the race's first leader. If re-discovered, it could change the course of Klingon history. But the mission is beset with problems even before the runabout is cleared for takeoff as a Lethean attacks Kor and then promptly erases the moment from his mind. A rather slow-moving entry at first, but rallies in the second half thanks to the verbal firestorm of excellent acting from the three principals at the heart of the plot and strengthened by Dorn's best performance in his revived role to date.

Give me the sword and I give you the whip, I mean, 3 space stations.





Episode 10: Our Man Bashir
Stardate: Unknown

"Bashir. Julian Bashir ." -Dr. Bashir



All that's missing are Q, M and a babe-o-licious title sequence in this affectionate spy-movie spoof. Bashir is playing secret agent in a holosuite program when a real life crisis aboard the space station threatens members of the crew in the midst of transporting from a doomed Runabout. It's up to Julian to keep the program going complete with holosuite counterparts of his potentially doomed shipmates, but with a number of these holosuite doppelgangers after Julian's number, he may not get a chance to "only live twice." All involved play this satire to the hilt, particularly Visitor as a Russian spy and Brook's Dr. Evil award worthy turn as the villain of the piece who plans to flood the world with the exception of Mt. Everest (BWWWWAHHHHHA-HA-HA-HA-HA!).

Somewhere, Ian Fleming, Desmond Llewelyn, and Bernard Lee are smiling: 3.5 stations.





Episode 11: Homefront
Stardate: Unknown

"I was hoping this would never happen. The changelings have reached earth." -Sisko

Word reaches the station of a tragedy, that Earth's been infiltrated by the Dominion; 27 people were killed by a bomb at a Federation sanctioned diplomatic conference. Sisko, Jake, and Odo depart to the planet where the captain is made head of security by Admiral Leyton (Robert Foxworth). During downtime, Ben and Jake transport to New Orleans surprising Joseph (Brock Peters), father and grandpa of the visitors. But the initially happy homecoming is beset by concern over the elder's health problems and stubbornness in dealing with them. A really terrific episode that balances both the professional and personal storylines quite effectively; you can really sense the toll Benjamin's work life has taken on his relationship with his father (courtesy of a great performance by Brock Peters).

Wait, there's more (aka "to be continued"). For now, four space stations.





Episode 12: Paradise Lost
Stardate: Unknown

"These aren't evil people, Odo. These are people I worked with. They're my friends. How can I turn against them?" -Sisko

Picking up where our last episode concluded, its four days after the power outage that many feared was caused by the Dominion invasion. But don't sound the all-clear just yet; Starfleet has more security in place than the aftermath of a riot and Admiral Leyton declares a state of martial law. Turns out he wants to overthrow the Federation and have the planet all to himself, and it's up to Benjamin to bring proof of this to the organization's skeptical President Jaresh-Inyo (Herschel Sparber) by confronting his mentor and former ally. Kind of a disappointment, after the set-up in Homefront hinted a truly exciting wrap-up. Still, a fairly entertaining finish, but nowhere nearly the slam-dunk it could have been.

This episode rates 3 space stations.





Disc Four:

Episode 13: Crossfire
Stardate: Unknown

Kira: Do you have to stare? It makes people nervous.
Odo: Good.

Odo goes all Secret Service-y thanks to the arrival of First Prime Minister Shakaar (Duncan Regehr), but for good reason. On good authority, it is believed that an attempt will be made on Shakaar's life. Instead, its Odo's heart that's shot, but by Cupid's slings as the visiting dignitary gets cozy with the shape-shifter's secret crush: Kira. So if there were any doubts that his feelings were fleeting after last season's Heart of Stone, they're done away with here and we're with Auberjonois every step of the way as he brings Odo's heartbreak so vividly, particularly in a scene where he tries to be casual in questioning Shakaar's feeling for the major. Although the prime minister doesn't have a clue as to what's inside his security man's heart, we certainly do. It's also very nice to see Quark come back down to an almost human level in a particular touching sequence as he lends a Ferengi ear to Odo's situation; true, it's what bartenders are supposed to do in such moments, but truly out of character for him. In this case, it's a good trait (and one which I wish would happen more often).

Give Odo a copy of Frank Sinatra's Only the Lonely album:





Episode 14: Return to Grace
Stardate: Unknown

"Everthing I have lost, I will regain." - Dukat

Dukat and Kira are reunited once again as the Cardassian thorn in her side finds himself demoted to the ranks of freighter captain thanks to his revelation of a half-Bajoran daughter. Assigned to escort the major to an important diplomatic conference, the trip is threatened upon arrival as a Klingon ship decloaks, ready for battle. Again, the two must put aside differences in order to survive. A smidgeon above Indiscretion in the Kira-Dukat coupling meter, the contrast of the differing personalities coming together keeps it interesting.

While our Kira and Dukat fake a smile for the publicity photographer, I'll conjure up 3 space stations.





Episode 15: Sons of Mogh
Stardate: 49556.2

"Yes, brother. I want you to kill me ." -Kurn

Worf's brother Kurn (Tony Todd) arrives aboard the station with a dark request. Anxious to achieve a peaceful afterlife by way of the Klingon Mauk-to'Vor ritual and escape the pain of a once prominent existence, Worf hesitantly but forcefully carries out the request only to have Dax stumble upon the horrifying scene. Kurn miraculously survives the wound while Worf gets chewed out by an infuriated Sisko. But that's not the only situation that has the captain on edge, as curious activity in Bajoran territory captures everyone's attention, including a severely impaired Klingon vessel at the forefront of one of these destructions, leaving the door open for Kurn to redeem himself on an undercover mission with Worf to investigate. Dorn's best and most assured performance since climbing aboard; a real turning point for him with a good story to sink his acting chops into...and how about that Tony Todd? Yep, believe it or not, this is the same actor that gave life to a latter day Jake in the memorable Visitor from earlier in the year with an equally impressive stint as Worf's brooding brother.

Don't Mauk-to'Vor me, I'm just the reviewer: 4 space stations.





Episode 16: Bar Association
Stardate: Unknown

"We're going to form a...union!" - Rom

Following Quark's unfeeling attitude following a health crisis, brother Rom has been pushed to a near-breaking point. Thanks to ongoing horrendous working situations and egged on by a supportive Doctor Bashir and Miles, the barkeep forms a union rallying his fellow employees to stand as one. While its nice to see the under appreciated Max Grodenchik getting a larger than usual role, this is the nadir of the season thanks to a quickly dulling premise. But a late inning plot twist does hint at a possible improvements in Ferengi-centered storylines. I hope.

Rom, Rom, he's our man...ah, forget it: 2 ships





Disc Five:

Episode 17: Accession
Stardate: Unknown

"Who are you? " -Kai Opaka

Gifted actor Richard Libertini guests as Akorem Laan, a man beamed aboard from a long lost Bajoran ship who purports to be the Emissary, and Benjamin couldn't be more relieved to turn over the reins, since the spiritual aspects of the role have always tended to be at odds with his main gig. But his retirement may be short-lived, as Akorem's philosophies prove unpopular. I've always been in the middle with most of DS9's more religious flavored offerings and this one is no different; it's a little too talky, the plot details are murky and the ending is contrived. Still, it does have its moments and is to be commended for trying to strive deeper than your usual sci-fi fare.

Accession beams aboad 2.5





Episode 18: Rules of Engagement
Stardate: Unknown

Worf: Life is a great deal more complicated in this red uniform. Sisko" Wait till you get four pips on that collar. You'll wish you had gone into botany.

Rules of Engagement was an extremely impressive episode to me in more than one aspect. Not only is it appealing in an old-fashioned courtroom drama kind of way, I think it marked a significant turning point in the transformation of Michael Dorn's Worf from ratings gimmick to solid team player. Sisko defends his officer who's on trial for destroying a Klingon ship with hundreds aboard. Mistaking it for a hostile vessel in the heat of battle involving the Defiant, Benjamin feels he has a solid defense. But the prosecution preys upon Worf's Klingon temperament. Impressive directorial turn from Trek alumnus LeVar Burton with cleverly integrated flashbacks and staging perfectly complimenting some good scribing from Bradley Thompson and David Weddle.

The defense rests with a 4 space station rating.





Episode 19: Hard Time
Stardate: Unknown

"Hello Miles. Welcome to hell." -Ee'char

One look at an imprisoned, lucidity challenged, and elderly Miles mere seconds into this episode and you realize we must not be in DS9 anymore, Toto. O'Brien's ordeal ends quickly to us, looking like nothing more than a bad dream once he awakens in the infirmary. However, the chief has been the victim of an artificial memory implant courtesy of the Argrathi, resulting in a virtual 20-year prison term played out in real time, all for a crime he didn't commit. More challenging than surviving the punishment is attempting to get right back into an engineering frame of mind as persistent flashbacks and unwanted visions of his cellmate Ee'char (Craig Wasson) continue to haunt him. One of Meaney's best performances in the series to this point, played with perfect intensity befitting a man who wonders if he'll ever be able to find himself again.

The court finds this episode guilty of 4 space stations.





Episode 20: Shattered Mirror
Stardate: Unknown

"Captain Bashir, Captain O'Brien, Captain Sisko. We may not have enough troops or ships or weapons, but we have plenty of Captains." -Alternate O'Brien (aka Smiley!)

It's déjà vu time as this episode commences with a disbelieving Jake as Papa Sisko introduces him to the alternate Jennifer from the mirror world, a spitting image of his late Mother. Turns out Alt Jen and her fellow rebels need assistance against the big bad Alliance in doppelganger land, taking Jake as collateral to assure the Captain's participation. Also, if the alternate Defiant isn't built in a short window available, all aboard the lookalike space station will die. Good incentive. Maybe the novelty has worn off or it's too cute, but Mirror isn't as innovative or genuinely fun as our prior two trips beyond the looking glass. Still, it's hard to completely dismiss another visit with wildly over-the-top variations like Smiley and the sexually charged Kira #2.

Someone please talk alternate Bashir into a more modern hairstyle while I conjure up 2.5 space stations





Disc Six:

Episode 21: The Muse
Stardate: Unknown

"It's not what I am that matters. It's what I do." -Onoya

An alternately intriguing and sometimes creepy episode, the young Jake Sisko crosses paths with a beguiling and much older woman who becomes his creative muse. Before long, the budding author is cranking out...and may lose his brain in the process. Meanwhile, is Odo going to have to go disguise himself as a Stratolounger now that Lwaxana is back aboard the station for a visit? Nope, she's married and pregnant! But hey, not so fast Mr. Flexibility, she's eluding her hubby. Both stories are watchable, but I must admit I was somewhat creeped out by the Muse being a couple of decades older than Jake. Even though Meg Foster is truly mesmerizing, this is a part that should have been played by someone more age-appropriate. By contrast, the Lwaxana-Odo subplot continues the wonderful chemistry between Majel Barret (who doesn't love her character) and Rene Auberjonois.

Beware the Muse-y woman, she's gonna get you! But you can take cover behind this 3 space station ranking.





Episode 22: For the Cause
Stardate: Unknown

"Kasidy, working for the Maquis? That's impossible!" -Sisko

The promising romance between Benjamin and Kasidy may be put on permanent hiatus when Odo and Eddington reveal evidence to him that she may be acting as a smuggler for the Maquis. In better news involving matters of the heart, Garak falls under the charms of Cardassian cutie Zival (Cyia Batten), Gul Dukat's daughter (introduced in Indiscretion). Then again, maybe it's not better: these two men are not so fond of one another. (Really, could you picture these two co-existing peacefully at a family gathering? I rest my case.) Rather ho-hum excursion until a relatively major character goes Benedict Arnold.

In the words of Undisputed Truth, "smiling faces sometimes...": 3 space stations.





Episode 23: To the Death
Stardate: 49904.2

"So let me get this straight. No sleep, no food, no women... No wonder you're so angry." -Dax

An uneasy alliance between the crew and Jem'Hadar fighters materializes in the wake of an attack on DS9 by a renegade faction of the latter. Why the partnership? Well, turns out that the really, really bad Jem'Hadar that affected both parties is working on a plan to take over the Dominion. Not good. After a rousing start, Death takes a holiday in terms of excitement, builds slowly toward a superb face-off in the final third. See if you can spot former Mod Squad-er Clarence Williams III underneath that Jem'Hadar make-up.

Death rises to 3.5 space stations.





Episode 24: The Quickening
Stardate: Unknown

Bashir: I thought you were a healer.
Doctor Trevean: I am. I take away pain.

A distress call sends Julian and Jadzia to a planet affected by an incurable disease known as "the blight." Spread by the Dominion as punishment upon the inhabitants, the infected culture is slowly heading toward extinction. Moved by their plight, Julian attempts to find a cure. But a promising start quickly degenerates as the dying continues unabated. A ray of hope remains via Ekoria (Ellen Wheeler), a pregnant woman who becomes the sole survivor of the doctor's efforts. An absolutely riveting, highly emotional and superbly told story with great guest shots from daytime Emmy winner Wheeler and '70s heartthrob Michael Sarrazin; it's also another stellar directorial effort from Auberjonois.

Arguably Season 4's finest entry, The Quickening scores a perfect 5:





Disc Seven:

Episode 25: Body Parts
Stardate: Unknown

"Haven't you seen a dying Ferengi before?" -Quark

Quark reunites with Rom only to drop a bombshell upon his little brother: He's dying. But it's all part of a devious plot to buy off the Ferengi's remains by a surprise antagonist. Speaking of surprises, Mile learns he's gonna be a daddy again, but once the chief gets over the shell shock and begins to get happy, Keiko is injured in a runabout accident. Thankfully, Miles is able to save the unborn child with help from an unlikely source: Major Kira (in the most ingenious incorporation of a real-life pregnancy into a television show since the days of a redhead named Lucille). Like peanut butter and chocolate, these two stories fit together nicely; impressive comeback for a Ferengi-driven plot after the near-disasterous Bar Association of a few episodes back.

Save Quark!: 3.5 space stations.





Episode 26: Broken Link
Stardate: 49962.4

Quark: With you gone, profits from smuggling alone should go up 60 percent.
Odo: Well, don't get used to it. I'll be back before you know it, making your life miserable.

Odo experiences seizure-like attacks and the prognosis from Doctor Bashir is chilling: the shape shifter's molecular structure is falling apart at an alarming rate; his only option for survival? Return to the land of his origin. Although the Great Link can save him, he must first be judged to determine if his killing of a fellow Changeling was justified—and it's the most unusual justice ritual you'll ever witness. Previous seasons have ended with cliffhangers, but for a while Link appears to buck the trend by heading to the finish line in a conventional yet bittersweet fashion. Think again.

A season finale that assures you (and I) will return for a fifth go-around: 4 space stations.



Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Being my fourth excursion into the world of Deep Space Nine, my well of technical praise-isms is beginning to run dry. So to keep it short and sweet, if you liked or have little to no complaints on the first three editions (see my previous DS9 reviews if you need to backtrack), your satisfaction will continue unabated.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: Although my thoughts above in the visual overview could be repeated here, I'd be remiss if I didn't heap some special praise on the audio. DS9's aural standards keep raising the bar set by set. Two specific episodes stand out: check out Rejoined and Starship Down at the 36- and 13-minute marks, respectively. Powerful explosions are so vivid that you might just revise your homeowner insurance policy to cover attacks from enemy warships. Okay, maybe not that intense, but very comparable to feature film quality. Usual hallmarks of low bass, crisp dialogue, and impressive soundstages that compliment the score and sound effects from front to back continue to have no equal.

And of course, I am referring to the 5.1 mix, not the original 2.0 (which for you purists out there, continue to be included).

Audio Transfer Grade: A+

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 208 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
1 Other Trailer(s) featuring Indiana Jones: The Complete Movie Collection
Packaging: unknown keepcase
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: Though individual commentaries and lengthier features would be nice, The Complete Fourth Season continues the trend of tightly produced mini-overviews that cover technical and creative issues very well. Included are Charting New Territory (18m:23s) featuring interviews with executive producer Ira Steven Behr, writer/story editor Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and writer Ronald D. Moore covering many aspects of the challenging fourth year. Among them: going whole hog on the Dominion conflict and incorporating Worf into his new surroundings (a studio sanctioned move, by the way). Memories of many of the top flight episodes of the year are shared with reflections from many of the show's stars including Terry Farrell, Avery Brooks, and Michael Dorn.

Speaking of the latter, the new kid on the block gets the spotlight all to himself in the latest edition of Crew Dossier: Worf (14m:19s) in which the DS9 rookie discusses his portrayal of a character who always does the "opposite of what's expected," a point not only illustrated with many clips of his first season with the program, but vintage moments from The Next Generation and feature film appearances with the cast of the latter group (including First Contact).

Other goodies include another sitdown with make-up maven Michael Westmore who delivers another entertaining inside look at his most recent creations. Sketchbook (10m:18s) spotlights new creative arrival John Eaves who gives us a behind-the-scenes peek at memorable sets, vehicles, and props taken from the last year. Rounding out the package are the usual plethora of hidden files, a photo gallery, and in a shrewd bit of cross-promotion, a trailer for Paramount's recently released Indiana Jones trilogy boxed set.

Extras Grade: B

 

Final Comments

Though it lacks the punch that made Season Three so winning, there are enough blue chip entries amongst the 26 episodes collected in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—The Complete Fourth Season to make it a worthy purchase.

 


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