Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 1

The Search (1)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Sep 26, 1994 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Starts slow, gets better

    Like the second season finale that precedes it, this unfocused season opener is about change, setting up the future of the series. Introducing the Defiant and resolving Odo's mystery, it packs quite a punch for one hour but many of the scenes (particularly early) come across as contrived and clumsy, with the invisible hand of the writers and directors can be perceived moving the pieces around to get them into position for the future. (When the staff of the Grand Nagus is pulled out of storage just to provide motivation for a character's choice, you know the writers are reaching).

    The centerpiece of the episode, however, is the Defiant, the new ship which from a fictional standpoint has been added to combat the threat of the Dominion. From a nonfictional standpoint, the ship has been added to give the series a better and less claustrophobic way than the runabouts to travel and battle. Either way, it's a home run shot, injecting the episode and the series with a tangible excitement every time it appears. (Too bad the same can't be said for the Romulan officer that comes with it)

    As the episode approaches its climax, it improves; there's a great Kira/Odo scene, and if you don't get an adrenaline rush from the action packed conclusion, you're a lost cause!
  • Exciting setup and a great cliffhanger.

    DS9 upended the formula of a season-ending cliffhanger for the second season in a row by STARTING with a multipart episode. In this case, it's largely setup - albeit exciting setup - until the last 15 minutes or so.

    In those 15 minutes, we get an intense and violent boarding of the Defiant as well as an unsettling sequence with Odo and Kira. It's the latter that offers some of the richest character interplay of the episode - Kira bothered by Odo's behavior, but nevertheless putting her trust in him.

    Not the strongest Dominion Arc episode, but you have to start somewhere. And part 2 is much better.