I think it was better that the identity of the Founders was revealed in The Search
, because it strengthened Odo's character, and Odo was of course integral to Improbable Cause
and The Die is Cast
. I think keeping the Founders all mysterious and unknown might have detracted from the Dominion threat, because The Search
really showed just how cold, alien and ruthless the changelings were. This made the Dominion threat more palpable especially with changeling infiltration as shown in The Adversary
Whatever the mathematics TheGodBen used to show that season 2 was slightly than season 3 of DS9, I personally feel season 3 was slightly better than season 2 simply because it was more coherent and had more story arcs. Plus season 3 had The Die is Cast
which in my opinion is in the same level of awesomeness as Duet
except one is all-out action and intrigue, and the other is a gripping character play. The Die is Cast
really lifted season 3 as a whole.
That is mah 50 cents...