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Story

Of all the spinoff TV incarnations of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine had the hardest job persuading an audience to watch. By all accounts, Gene Roddenberry had concerns about the idea before his death in 1991. It took two more years to develop, and when it finally aired in 1993 reasons for that concern were evident right away. The show was dark (literally), characters argued a lot, no one went anywhere, and the neighboring natives were hardly ever friendly. Yet for all that the show went against the grain of the Great Bird's original vision of the future, it undeniably caught the mood of the time, incorporating a complex political backdrop that mirrored our own.

In the casting, there was a clear intent to differentiate the show from its predecessors. Genre stalwarts Tony Todd and James Earl Jones were considered for Commander Sisko before Avery Brooks. The one letdown at the time was that Michelle Forbes did not carry Ensign Ro across from The Next Generation, but when the explosive Nana Visitor defiantly slapped her hand on a console in the pilot episode, viewers knew they were in for a different crew dynamic. In fact, the two-part pilot show ("The Emissary") is largely responsible for DS9's early success. Mysterious, spiritual, claustrophobic, funny, and feisty, it remains the most attention-grabbing series opener (apart from the original series') the franchise has had. The first year may have relied on a few too many familiar faces--like Picard, Q, and Lwaxana Troi--but these were more than outweighed by refreshingly detailed explorations of cultures old and new (Trill, Bajoran, Cardassian, Ferengi). As it turned out, Deep Space Nine was the boldest venture into Roddenberry's galaxy that had been (or ever would be) seen. --Paul Tonks

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Broadcast episodes of the entire first season (1993)
  • 20 episodes on 6 DVDs: Emissary Part I, Emissary Part II, Past Prologue, A Man Alone, Babel, Captive Pursuit, Q-Less, Dax, The Passenger, Move Along Home, The Nagus, Vortex, Battle Lines, The Storyteller, Progress, If Wishes Were Horses, The Forsaken, Dramatis Personae, Duet, In the Hands of the Prophets
  • Deep Space Nine: A Bold New Beginning (includes interviews, behind-the-scenes footage from filming of the pilot, the space station model, and other visual effects)
  • Crew Dossier: Kira Nerys (interviews with Nana Visitor, Ira Steven Behr, and others)
  • Michael Westmore's Aliens: Season One (an in-depth look at the aliens, including Bajorans, Cardassians, and Ferengis)
  • Secrets of Quark's Bar (Penny Juday reveals the secrets behind the props)
  • Deep Space Nine Sketchbook (illustrator Rick Sternbach reveals how the space station developed)
  • Alien Artifacts: Season One (propmaster Joe Longo explains the props)
  • Section 31 Hidden Files
  • Original Deep Space Nine preview
  • Number of discs: 6

Cast

Avery BrooksCommander Sisko
Rene AuberjonoisOdo
Alexander SiddigDoctor Bashir
Terry FarrellLt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc LoftonJake Sisko
Colm MeaneyChief O'Brien
Armin ShimermanQuark
Nana VisitorMajor Kira
Patrick StewartCaptain Jean-Luc Picard
Jeffrey NordlingTahna
Jack KehlerJaheel
John de LancieQ
Gregory ItzinIlon Tandro
Fionnula FlanaganEnina Tandro
Wallace ShawnZek
Tiny RonMaihar'du
Majel BarrettFederation Computer
Jonathan BanksShel-la
Michael EnsignLojal
Jack ShearerVadosia

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Corey Allen
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 908 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 3, 1993
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 25, 2003
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