“Technology and science fiction have always been compatible bedfellows, so it isn’t too surprising that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is an old-school sci-fi series. In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.” The series, which has been running since 1993, is set in space’s distant past and it’s even more distant future. The fictional Deep Space 9 (a nod to Space Station 9), was an enormous station built in orbit around a small planetoid that would be renamed Bajor during most episodes (though it didn’t have a name on screen until after season one).
Released On: January 3, 1993
Country: United States
Running Time: 45 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Cast And Crew :
Created by: Rick Berman and Michael Piller
Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry
- Avery Brooks is shown as Capt. Benjamin Sisko
- Rene Auberjonois is shown as Odo
- Cirroc Lofton is shown as Jake Sisko
- Alexander Siddig is shown as Doctor Bashir
- Colm Meaney is shown as Chief Miles O’Brien
- Nana Visitor is shown as Major Kira
- Armin Shimerman is shown as Quark
- Terry Farrell is shown as Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
- Michael Dorn is shown as Lt. Cmdr. Worf
- Randy James is shown a Jones
- Judi M. Durand is shown as Cardassian Computer
- Aron Eisenberg is shown as Nog
- David B. Levinson is shown as Brock
- Andrew Robinson is shown as Garak
- Max Grodénchik is shown as Rom
What was the series based upon?
“Deep Space Nine is a nod to the – and one of the spiritual predecessors to – the original Star Trek TV series. It’s based on a radio play called The Star Trek: Phase II Chronicles, written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. The pair were writing a script for Star Trek II when Paramount Pictures purchased the film rights to everything but three episodes in the first season of [the 1960s TV series] ‘Star Trek.’ Paramount gave them an ultimatum: Either use these episodes, or all rights revert to us.
Why should you watch this series?
It’s dark, it’s fun and at times it is down-right epic. The first two seasons are the best Trek produced since the original series.” You should watch this series because it is a classic, done on the premise of exploration and discovery, with a lot of social commentaries. “The Star Trek movies are not science fiction in any way.” The point I make here is that there is one “Star Trek” that the showrunners were working off of (the original series, which was based off of the old 1960s TV series) which you should watch first. Only then can you watch the movie versions. I have never seen or read the original round delay from 1960-69 (I’ve never been one for ‘old’ TV shows), so maybe I need to make some time for it.
What is so special about the show?
There are nine main cast members on “Deep Space Nine”. Seven actors play multiple roles in both the TV shows and films, but all roles [except for Quark] have one character that is all you need to know about them. (The characters, by the way, also explain their personas in short bios at The ST: DS9 Wikia.
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