Station log: stardate 49011.4
Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe pen the fourth season opener that sees Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) settle into his iconic look, and the Enterprise’s Worf (Micheal Dorn) joining the crew.
With an original broadcast date of 2 October, 1995, the season opened with a Klingon fleet arriving at Deep Space Nine, supposedly to help protect the Alpha Quadrant from the threat of The Dominion coming through the wormhole, but Sisko has his doubts, and recruits Starfleet’s only serving Klingon, Worf, to the station.
The Way of the Warrior is a feature length season opener, and all of our characters get their moments.
We dive right in as Sisko, Kira (Nana Visitor), Bashir (Alexander Siddig), and O’Brien (Colm Meaney) are diving into a training exercise which sees them trying to hunt down Odo (Rene Auberjonois) in preparation for the Founders attack.
Kassidy Yates (Penny Johnson Jerald) shows early as well, and it’s nice to see the relationship she has with Ben Sisko developing.
Dax (Terry Farrell), Quark (Armin Shimerman) et. al. get their moments (and there are some nice moments with Kira and Dax enjoying holosuite programs), and by the twenty minute mark Worf is brought in. They don’t leave it hanging to what would be the episode break when it gets split in two.
Seeing the reveal of the Klingon fleet, and the effect they are exerting on the station and the immediate area around it makes one realize that things are changing in the Alpha Quadrant, and there may be a power shift coming and perhaps even war.
And it seems they are planning an attack, inside the Alpha Quadrant. With a coup taking place on Cardassia the Klingons believe there are Changelings there, and plan to conquer the new government to keep it under ‘Federation’ control.
With some careful planting of information with Garak (Andrew Robinson), Cardassia is able to prepare for the Klingon arrival, something Starfleet has forbidden DS9 from sharing. But Sisko and his crew are determined to keep the Dominion at bay, and find a way to smooth things over between the Klingons and the Cardassians.
As tensions run high, the Klingons withdraw from the Khitomer accords, and the peace between the Federation and the Klingons comes to an end.
Gowron’s (Robert O’Reilly) arrival on the station however seems to open a diplomatic channel which Worf and the rest can explore, but there are other things going on as well.
As things ramp up for this season, and those to come, Worf stays with Starfleet, and serves as the Executive Officer of the Defiant, and the new strategist aboard Deep Space Nine.
What a fantastic season opener!!! I cannot wait to see where things go from here.
Things are going to escalate as the Human Adventure continues next week with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Pictures.