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Friday, 22 February 2008 08:10

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The original strapline for this series was "It Waits" ...


USA - 1993-99 - 176 episodes (60 mins) - colour

With the original Star Trek described as "Wagon Train to the Stars", Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was suggested as "The Rifleman in Space", rooted in place rather than traveling through the uncharted wilds.

In this instance the frontier settlement became a recently abandoned Cardassian space station, taken over by the Federation upon request of the Bajoran government after withdrawal of Cardassian Occupation. Put under the command of Benjamin Sisko, a Starfleet Captain damaged by his past and initially unenthusiastic of his new responsibility, DS9 is discovered to be at the mouth of a previously dormant wormhole allowing instant access to the distant Gamma Quadrant of space. As a consequence, Deep Space Nine soon became the most strategic outpost in Federation space.

Evolving over time into a darker, richly complex and adult side to Star Trek's optimistic view of the universe, the multi-cultural setting of Deep Space Nine, more importantly sidestepped Gene Roddenberry's binding restriction that humans had worked out their petty differences, allowing actual conflict amongst the characters to create better drama.

With the addition of the starship Defiant allowing the crew to extend their range, and Commander Worf (Michael Dorn) joining the crew from the Next Generation's Enterprise, Deep Space Nine established a number of lengthy and complex story arcs to create a welcome mix of political intrigue, power plays and galactic wars amongst alien races; the Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians inherited from previous shows, and the shape-shifting Founders and Jem'Hadar that made up the Dominion Empire from the Gamma Quadrant.

Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois as Odo
Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys
Alexander Siddig as Dr Julian Bashir
Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Michael Dorn as Worf
Nicole deBoer as Ezri Dax


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