|Look out, it's the Season 3 finale!
Season 3 has seen a huge shift in the nature of the show: it's always had a bit of Buffy to it (episodic, seasonal, and show story arcs running all simultaneously), but this is really upping the ante.
For the first time, there's a truly epic story is being spun out in what will become The Dominion War.
|A mighty fine ship you have there, sir
Explorers (Season 3, Episode 22)
So right after the Cardassians and Romulans provoke the Dominion with the fabulous two parter,Improbable CauseandThe Die is Cast, Sisko decides to build a Bajoran solar sail ship and go on a father & son trip into deep space. Gul Dukat rings him up to warn Sisko this is a batshit crazy idea and not to go, and when Sisko asks what kind of hazards he might run into, Dukat does not mention The Dominion!
|Curzon-Odo oozing obnoxiousness
|Getting up close and too personal