Deep Space Nine turns 25

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Captain's Blog: Stardate 010318.1

While "Star Trek: The Next Generation" will hold it's place for me as the gateway into this iconic franchise, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" remains one of my favorite series in the "Star Trek" pantheon. Many disagree with me on this, but here are some of my reasons.

1. It dared to be different: DS9 was billed as a darker series than it's predecessor and the further in we got, the more accurate this statement became. Characters waded in murky moral waters. Any time the writer's could make matters worse for our heroes, they would. And having the crew live on a station rather than a starship that was always on the move meant they could not flee the consequences of their actions. Most importantly, this was the first time "Star Trek" dabbled with the ongoing story arc instead of stand-alone episodes. And it was worth the payoff.

2. They dealt with Religion: Faith was a very present issue for DS9. While it was not any of our Earth religions, the Bajoran faith played a pivotal role in many of the series' high-stakes episodes. Seeing people not just of different races, but different faiths, interacting and having conversations about their faith is more necessary now than it was back in the 90s. 

3. Lesbian Kiss: TNG approached the issue of homosexuality once in "The Outcast" where a member of an androgynous species had illegal female tendencies. But in DS9, the convention of the Trill symbiont allowed for two women (one of whom was male in a previous "life") to fall in love. There was even a controversial kiss. 

4. Excellent Ensemble Acting: This was a truly exceptional cast, from captain to the recurring characters. There were some stellar group scenes that were smart, fast-paced, and so engaging that there were rarely any moments where these talented actors lost their momentum.

5. Social Commentary: The issues covered ranged from religious power in politics, military control of the government, racial discord, and so many more. With the volatile issues of the world right now, "Deep Space Nine" is almost MORE relevant now than it ever was. While it is unlikely that it will get the HD remastering treatment that "The Original Series" or "The Next Generation" received, it is still some excellent storytelling that has been getting some new viewers thanks to Netflix and CBS.com. 

Coming soon, the producers of DS9 have pulled most of the actors, writers, and behind-the-scenes staff to create what promises to be an exciting documentary of the making of "Deep Space Nine." What We Left Behind should be an exciting look into one of my favorite series. And I can't wait to watch.

Happy 25th Anniversary Star Trek: Deep Space Nine!

TOP TEN EPISODES:

  1. Emissary
  2. In the Hands of the Prophets
  3. The Homecoming/The Circle/The Siege (three-part story arc)
  4. Equilibrium
  5. Rejoined
  6. Trials and Tribble-ations
  7. Far Beyond the Stars
  8. In the Pale Moonlight
  9. It's Only a Paper Moon
  10. What We Leave Behind