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Deep Space Nine Anniversary

Posted by T'Bonz - 04/01/13 at 09:01 am


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Twenty years ago, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted on television.

Deep Space Nine was the third televised series, but unlike the first two, it took place on a space station, not a starship, and that was deliberate, according to Co-creator Michael Piller. “Coming with the wind at our backs, it really felt as if we had figured out what made Star Trek work, and that we could bring all the vision that Gene Roddenberry had about space and the future to a different kind of franchise,” he said. “We didn’t want to have another series of shows about space travel.”

The pilot Emissary did well, ranking first in five major markets; New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Deep Space Nine not only featured a strong ensemble cast, but some of the best recurring guest characters in Star Trek, including Garak, Gul Dukat, Weyoun and Damar. Viewers were also introduced to the Vorta, the Changelings, and the Jem’Hadar.

Unlike the original series and The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine had continuing story arcs, especially in the later series with the advent of the Dominion War.

Often considered a darker, grittier Trek, Deep Space Nine was either loved or hated by Trek fans, but the show did well enough to run a full seven seasons.

For this Star Trek fan (dating back to 1971), Deep Space Nine was the second best televised Trek series, coming in just behind the original series in quality. Rich characters and interesting stories made Deep Space Nine a must-see, with comedy episodes such as The Magnificent Ferengi, In the Cards and Take Me Out to the Holosuite, and dramas such as In the Pale Moonlight, The Visitor and Far Beyond the Stars.

Happy Anniversary, Deep Space Nine!

Source: The Register

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  • SJStar

    Where oh where have I stated negative things about 2009 Star Trek movie? Where and when, please?
    It is all a delusional fallacy, isn’t it. C’mon sunshine, either put up or shut up!!
    Delusional liars like you deserve everything you get!

  • SJStar

    Even more fallacies and contradictions. (Are you on the same planet,) Who elected you to be judge of others opinions?

    Frankly, trying to discredit me or others because of some inadequacy of yours is silly,

    If you don’t like what others says, then perhaps you should instead ignore them.

  • Polaris01313-1

    Leonard Nimoy was not being a sell out and he was not being a dickhead for making that comical statement. Even though I think there was some truth in his statement regarding purist fans who are being arrogant and close-minded, concerning the prequel reboot and the upcoming film.

    I’m not blindly devoted to anything. Especially infantile versions and miscreations of Star Trek. If you want infantile versions and miscreations, then Starship Farragut and Star Trek Continues are the current degenerations that you are both colorfully describing and looking for.

    My devotion, let alone interest, in the Abrams prequel reboot does not prevent me from seeing anything. I don’t devote myself, let alone defend things blindly, without looking at the whole picture(no pun intended).

    I will admit that the engineering section looking like a brewery was out of place and quite unusual. Personally, I would have preferred to have seen something like the section from TMP. Nevertheless, it is what it is, and that did not stop me from enjoying the film and thinking that the altered timeline scenario was brilliant.

    Perhaps an elitist social club was the wrong description.

    I should have stated that Star Trek is becoming more and more of a ‘purist social club’.

    Judging by most fans remarks, it seems like they come from a purist mentality.

  • SJStar

    No, but at least I know politeness from rude individuals like you.

  • trekfan

    I have no intention of discussing the reboot here. I only wanted to reply to your previous nonsensical post, and that’s it. There is enough off topic already. This comment section should be about DS9 and its anniversary.

  • nevilleross

    Actually, most of them are ‘foundamentalists’, people who are obsessed with the founding moment of Star Trek (The Original Series) and think of anything new as a degeneration. These so-called ‘fans’ are what’s really wrong with the franchise, not the new movie itself or anything new.

  • Polaris01313-1

    Obviously nevilleross has taken his cues from another set of delusional liars. One Vic Mignogna and the Farragut Films staff. Talk about poisonous and toxic influences.

  • trekfan

    That’s not true. Just because something’s new doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. It’s the quality of something that determines its worth. What’s meant with “degeneration” is the quality, i.e. the lack thereof. I think Polaris fits more into your category, since he seems to favor TOS only and dislikes anything that came afterwards. I, however, like Trek shows like DS9 and Voyager. So, your theory about “foundamentalists” must be wrong. At least in this case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neville-Ross/100002343524258 Neville Ross

    Here’s a deal; how about you and the other people who are so down on the franchise just not watch any of the series or see any of the movies based on the franchise, and also not comment on this board? That will do a lot for you, and for the rest of us who were here to celebrate DS9 and not hear you blabber on about how you hate Star Trek.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neville-Ross/100002343524258 Neville Ross

    I don’t know the producers of those fan shows, nor am I acting in their behalf, sir. However, since you hate them so much, I’ll be supporting them in spirit.

  • Polaris01313-1

    It’s your decision, however to quote a certain Vulcan, ‘Unless you are certain, I would suggest that you refrain from a most useless experiment’. Supporting those who are toxic narcicissts and liars is not only illogical, but also undignified and unconstructive.

  • SJStar

    You are really pushing the boundaries of tolerance here. Are you just trying to bait me?

    I will, nor would anyone else, be intimidated to be silent — especially by a jackass like you.

    Yet so far you have accused me of hating DS9, Star Trek 2009, all Star Trek movies; but as usual give no evidence. Furthermore, you continue to want others to stay silent with their opinions, yet you keep saying little of any relevance yourself. Clearly this is even more self-delusion and self-importance.

    Also where or when did I say I (or anyone else for that matter) say that they “hate Star Trek”? I (nor they) have say this!

    These are your words not ours.

    It is clear that most arguments here by others are legitimately being made by comparing and contrasting with other sci-fi series and the Star Trek franchise. Polaris01313-1, for example, says he preferred Babylon 5 over DS9, connecting the fact that both are placed on space stations. All I stated was that space stations likely did not originate with these series, but I do not recall either of us saying that we “hate” DS9.

    This is simply your wrong assumption, which you continuously fail to accept. I.e. I stated that I own the whole DS9 Series.

    Isn’t it odd to you that someone would own the DS9 Series if they hated DS9? Eh?

  • Polaris01313-1

    What does Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien-prequel have to do with this specific thread?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neville-Ross/100002343524258 Neville Ross

    It has to do with the fact that people like you blasted the movie without considering the deeper meanings and themes in it, that’s what, and also that no matter how well a filmmaker make a movie, people like you will still crap on it as being ‘unoriginal’. Kind of how you and a lot of others act like what’s depicted in the article I posted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neville-Ross/100002343524258 Neville Ross

    As I said above, I don’t know about the producers of these shows, sir-the only fan show that I like is Phase II (although I have disagreements with how they regard the 2009 movie).

    BTW, the article in question that I posted refers to people like you as well, so don’t try to deflect any attention onto others.

  • SJStar

    You are clearly are not mentally capable of basic and coherent comprehension.

    I.e. What movie? This story is about DS9!

    Prometheus commented here is just irrelevant.

    As for “It has to do with the fact that people…”

    What ‘people’ or ‘others’ are you taking about?

  • SJStar

    I disagree. Deep Space Nine was the best televised Trek series, because it was considered, great story telling, and had many complex and interesting characters.

    My favourite episodes were mostly all in Series 5, 6 and 7. “In the Pale Moonlight” and”Siege at AR-558″ were likely among the best DS9 sci-fi episodes that have ever appeared on television. Gritty, hard-faced and real; and brilliant fiction.

  • Polaris01313-1

    It might interest you to know that I did not ‘blast’ the movie in any way shape or form, on ANY thread.

    Quite the contrary, I enjoyed watching Prometheus and did appreciate the deeper meanings and themes behind it. I saw the film three times in the cinema last summer, and I can honestly say that it was and still is one of Sir Ridley Scott’s best films. Right up there with The Duellists, Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and Hannibal(despite that film’s use of gore).

    If anything, Prometheus was a return to the type of science fiction cinema that I grew up watching in my youth. Especially British science fiction productions.

    So, don’t be putting words in my mouth or accusing me of slamming(i.e. not appreciating)the film for what it is.

  • Polaris01313-1

    Seems to me you have already done just that with these vindictive cross-examinations concerning illrelevant issues like Prometheus, among other things.

    I will say this about the producers about the other shows, you are better off not knowing anything about them. But, then again, judging by your explicit and illogical statements on certain issues, you would most likely fit right in with their BS and other foolish emotions.

  • nevilleross

    Thanks. Check out this little missive about Trekkers that reinforces what you said; Obnoxious Trekkies