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RJC – Star Trek Retrospective Pt10 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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This series of Star Trek Retrospectives chronicles the behind the scenes history of the Star Trek franchise. The conceptualisation and development of each new instalment and their impact on fandom as well as pop culture at large.

Star Trek The Next Generation had done the impossible by becoming the new definitive incarnation of the franchise. As Paramount were riding high on its success, they commissioned a third spin off series. But surely Trekkies would never accept a Star Trek show set entirely on a static space station.

Would they?

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

First broadcast in 1993, and created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, Star Trek Deep Space Nine took the viewer to a space station in the bajoran sector where a wormhole leading to the Gamma quadrant will be discovered. Recently widowed Starfleet commander Sisko takes command the Cardassian station orbiting Bajor, a planet coming out of a 50 year military occupation.

He would eventually become a central character in the politics of both Alpha and Gamma quadrants trough their encounters with Klingons, Cardassians, Romulans and eventually clash with the main power of the Gamma Quadrant, the Dominion.

Trough this Sisko is accompanied by a unique cast featuring for the first time non-Starfleet members, such as Kira, Odo and Quark providing an external point of view for the viewer for the first time. Secondary characters, such as Rom, Garak, Morn will also gain importance during the run of the show, becoming as beloved as some of the main characters by the end.

(CBS) Deep Space Nine, previously known as Terok Nor provided a unique setting for the series

The show would change as Michael Piller went on to work on Star Trek: Voyager, leaving the reins to Ira Steven Behr. If The Next Generation put Star Trek back on the map, Deep Space Nine was the one who allowed itself to explore some heavier themes such as exploring the grayer side of the Federation, tensions with allied powers, faith vs science or personal tragedies in a way that TNG or Voyager would not be able to.

The show would take some time to gain the love of the fans, the serial nature of the show made it difficult for many to follow due to availabiliy, but gained traction when it became available on DVD and Streaming.

(CBS) Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf) joined the cast at the start of Season 4
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