Wednesday, April 18, 2012

TV Series of the Month – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

This month’s series is Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999).

The sci-fi drama, running seven seasons, is about a Federation space station (Deep Space Nine) that guards the recently liberated planet of Bajor from the neighboring system of Cardassia. The region becomes much more valuable when a wormhole appears just outside the station, each party coveting it for different reasons leading to a battle for the territory. The series is created by Star Trek: The Next Generation producers Rick Berman and Michael Piller, but writer Ronald D. Moore (later known for revamping Battlestar Galactica) also served as a major creative force. It stars Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton, Alexander Siddig, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, and Michael Dorn (Meaney and Dorn reprising characters from the Star Trek universe). The show is one of the five best sci-fi series of all-time (and my favorite of the Star Trek shows). What makes the show great is the wide range of themes and stories it tackles. It is formatted to include both narrative arcs that range from a few episodes to the entire series and one-off episodes that delve deeper into social/political issues and human nature. The series has a lot to say about humanity, and that is one of its best attributes. DS9 also boasts some of television’s best characters (from Captain Sisko – my favorite Star Trek Captain – to Quark to Doctor Bashir to Jadzia Dax). It is a must-see for fans of Star Trek and sci-fi in general, as there are not too many better sci-fi dramas (on TV or film). Check out the (very cheesy) trailer.

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