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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series that ran from 1993 to 1999. Based on Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, it was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, and produced by Paramount Pictures. The main title is sometimes shortened to ST:DS9, or simply DS9.

DS9 began while Star Trek: The Next Generation was still on the air, and there were several crossover episodes between the two series. Unlike its predecessor, DS9 was unabashedly original and often broke the rules laid down by Gene Roddenberry. It also relied heavily on continuing story arcs, many recurring characters, and darker themes. The main writers for DS9, in addition to creators Berman and Piller, included Ronald D. Moore, Peter Allen Fields, Ira Steven Behr, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Joe Menosky, René Echevarria. Richard Manning, and Hans Beimler.

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About the show

Originally conceived in 1991, shortly before Gene Roddenberry's death, DS9 chronicles the events surrounding space station Deep Space 9, a former Cardassian ore-processing station, which has recently been placed under joint control of the United Federation of Planets and Bajor, the planet it orbits. This unique premise makes it the first and so far only Trek series not to be set aboard a starship. According to co-creator Berman, he and Piller had considered setting the new series on a colony on an alien planet, but they felt a space station would both appeal more to viewers and save money due to the high cost of on-location shooting for a land-based show. However, they were certain that they did not want the show to be set aboard a starship because The Next Generation was still in production at the time and, in Berman's words, it "just seemed ridiculous to have two shows -- two casts of characters -- that were off going where no man has gone before."[1]

In the first episode, the crew discovers the presence of a nearby stable wormhole, which provides immediate transportation to and from the distant Gamma Quadrant; this makes the station an important strategic asset, as well as a vital center of commerce with a largely-unexplored area of space. Inside the wormhole live aliens who exist beyond time and do not understand the linear nature of other lifeforms. To the people of Bajor, these aliens are the Bajoran Prophets and the wormhole itself is the long-prophesied Celestial Temple. Commander Benjamin Sisko, who discovered the wormhole, becomes revered as the Emissary of the Prophets, a spiritual role with which he is not at all comfortable.

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Space station Deep Space Nine.

Deep Space Nine was well received by critics, with TV Guide describing it as "the best acted, written, produced, and altogether finest" Trek series.[2] However, some fans grew dissatisfied with the show's generally darker themes and objected to the notion of a series set on a space station. Fans of the series call themselves "Niners," after a baseball team of the same name, which appeared in the seventh-season episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" and was itself named for the American football team, the San Francisco 49ers.

The show was never as successful in the ratings as its predecessor due to a variety of factors, not the least of which was the fact that, in its infancy, it was forced to compete with the well-established TNG for ratings in some markets. Nonetheless, it remained the top rated first-run syndicated drama series throughout most of its run and was successful enough that Paramount launched two more Trek series. It is best remembered for its well-developed characters and its original and complex plots.

Cast

Main characters

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The cast of DS9 in season six.

Featuring the most diverse cast in Trek history, DS9 was the first series to include non-Starfleet main characters; Kira Nerys and Odo are part of the Bajoran Militia, while Jake Sisko and Quark are both civilians. Ro Laren (Michelle Forbes) was reportedly the first choice of the producers for a First Officer, but as Ms. Forbes did not wish to commit to a seven-year contract, Kira Nerys was created instead. Among Starfleet characters, Miles O'Brien is the first enlisted (non-com) main character, reprising a supporting role he played on several TNG episodes.

Over the course of its seven-year run, DS9's cast changed twice. The first change, at the start of the fourth season, was the addition of Michael Dorn as Worf, who had recently spent seven years on TNG. The original reason for this addition was to boost ratings[3], but the Klingon soon became an integral part of the show and fit in well. Worf eventually married Jadzia Dax.

The second change was the removal of Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and subsequent addition of Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax). This was more of an abrupt change, and it came about because Farrell did not wish to renew her contract at the end of the sixth season, stating that she felt she would receive more screen time elsewhere due to the increasingly large cast of DS9. However, the writers did not want to lose Dax, so the Dax symbiont was saved when Gul Dukat killed Jadzia, and de Boer was brought on as its new host.

Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir) appeared in the opening credits by his birth name, Siddig el Fadil, for the first three seasons. He appeared as Alexander Siddig after he married co-star Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys), which placed their names together in the alphabetical cast credits. Siddig continued to be credited as Siddig el Fadil when he directed episodes.

Performer Rank Role Position
Avery Brooks Commander, later Captain Benjamin Sisko Commanding officer
Michael Dorn Lt. Commander Worf Strategic Operations Officer (seasons 4-7)
Terry Farrell Lieutenant, later Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (deceased) Science Officer (seasons 1-6)
Nicole deBoer Lt. Junior Grade Ezri Dax Station Counselor (season 7)
Alexander Siddig Lt. Junior Grade, later Lieutenant Julian Bashir Chief medical officer
Cirroc Lofton None Jake Sisko Civilian reporter/writer
Colm Meaney Chief Petty Officer Miles O'Brien Chief of Operations
Armin Shimerman None Quark Civilian entrepreneur
Nana Visitor Colonel (Bajoran Militia); Commander (Starfleet) Kira Nerys Executive Officer & Bajoran Liaison Officer
Rene Auberjonois Constable (Bajoran Militia) Odo Security Chief

Recurring characters

The very nature of DS9 (a space station rather than a starship) fostered a rich assortment of recurring characters, and it was not unheard of for "secondary" characters to play as much or more of a part in an episode as the regular cast. For example, "The Wire" focused almost entirely on Garak, while "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River" featured an A-story about Weyoun and a B-story about Nog. For a more complete list, as well as information about the characters, see List of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine characters.

Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher starred in a recurring role as the Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Winn. Other prominent celebrities seen in guest and recurring roles included Vanessa L. Williams, Lark Voorhies of Saved By The Bell, James Cromwell, Gabrielle Union, Iggy Pop, and James Darren. John Colicos reprised his TOS role as Kor on several occasions.

Character Role Performer Appearances
Bareil Antos Bajoran Vedek Philip Anglim Seasons 1-3
Brunt FCA (Ferengi Commerce Authority) Officer Jeffrey Combs Seasons 3-7
Corath Damar Dukat's aide, later leader of the Cardassian Union and Resistance Casey Biggs Seasons 4-7
Dukat Many; arch-nemesis of Benjamin Sisko Marc Alaimo Seasons 1-7
Michael Eddington Security chief, later Maquis leader Kenneth Marshall Seasons 3-5
Vic Fontaine Vegas lounge singer (Hologram) James Darren Season 6-7
Elim Garak Exiled Cardassian tailor; former spy for the Obsidian Order Andrew Robinson Seasons 1-7
Gowron Leader of the Klingon Empire Robert O'Reilly Seasons 4-7
Ishka Quark and Rom's mother (aka Moogie) Andrea Martin
Cecily Adams
Season 3
Seasons 4-7
Leeta Dabo girl, Rom's wife Chase Masterson Seasons 3-7
Martok Klingon General and later Chancellor J.G. Hertzler Seasons 4-7
Morn Barfly (anagram of Norm) Mark Allen Shepard Seasons 1-7
Nog Rom's son and the first Ferengi in Starfleet Aron Eisenberg Seasons 1-7
Keiko O'Brien Schoolteacher, botanist, wife of Mile's O'Brien Rosalind Chao Seasons 1-7
Molly O'Brien Daughter of Miles and Keiko O'Brien Hana Hatae Seasons 1-7
Kai Opaka Kai of Bajor Camille Saviola Seasons 1, 2, 4
Rom Quark's brother; waiter, engineer, and eventually Grand Nagus Max Grodénchik Seasons 1-7
William Ross Fleet commander during the Dominion War Barry Jenner Seasons 6-7
Shakaar Edon Bajoran Resistance leader, later First Minister of Bajor Duncan Regehr Seasons 3-5
Joseph Sisko Father of Benjamin Sisko, grandfather of Jake Sisko Brock Peters Seasons 4-7
Luther Sloan Section 31 operative William Sadler Seasons 6-7
Enabran Tain Former head of the Obsidian Order and Garak's father Paul Dooley Seasons 3, 5
Lwaxana Troi Betazoid ambassador Majel Barrett Seasons 1, 3, 4
Weyoun Vorta leader of the Dominion forces on the Alpha Quadrant Jeffrey Combs Seasons 4-7
Winn Adami Bajoran Vedek and later Kai Louise Fletcher Seasons 1-7
Kasidy Yates Freighter captain and Sisko's second wife Penny Johnson Seasons 3-7
Zek Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance Wallace Shawn Seasons 1-7
Tora Ziyal Dukat's illegitimate daughter, Garak's love interest Several Seasons 4-6
Female Changeling Leader of the Dominion Salome Jens Seasons 3-7

Plots

Deep Space Nine also differs from previous Star Trek series in that it contains more story arcs which span several episodes and, indeed, seasons. Previous Star Trek series tend to restore the status quo ante at the end of an episode so that the episodes can be seen out-of-order without compromising their plot. Here, however, not only are events in one episode often referenced and built on in later episodes, but sometimes several episodes in a row would be cliffhangers. This trend is especially strong near the end of the series' run, by which time it had become very much a serial.

One such story arc is that of Benjamin Sisko's role as a religious icon. He initially faces it with open discomfort and skepticism, referring to the Bajoran Prophets simply as "wormhole aliens" and striving to keep his role as commander of the station distinct from any obligations which the Bajoran people try to place on him. Later, he becomes more accepting of his role, and by the end of the series he appears to embrace it.

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The Bajoran wormhole

The episode "Rules of Acquisition" introduces the Dominion, a ruthless empire in the Gamma Quadrant. It is led by "the Founders", comprised of a race of shapeshifters known as Changelings (the same race as station security chief Odo). They were once persecuted by non-shape shifters (whom they call "Solids") and they are now out to control any who are not like themselves. The Founders have created two races to serve them the Vorta, sly and subversive diplomats; and their vicious shock troops, the Jem'Hadar. These races worship the Founders as gods.

The Dominion invades the Alpha Quadrant, forms an uneasy alliance with Cardassia, and eventually goes to war with the other major races. Throughout the series, loyalties and alliances change repeatedly: alliances with the Cardassians are made, broken, and remade; a short conflict with the Klingons flares, and the Federation finds an alliance with the Romulans.

Amid all of this emerged a terrorist group known as the Maquis[4]. Rooted in the events of TNG's "Journey's End," in which a group of Native American settlers refuse to leave when the world on which they live is given to Cardassia as part of a treaty, the Maquis are an example of the darker themes featured on DS9. They are Federation citizens who begin their own war against Cardassia, and many — such as Calvin Hudson, a close friend of Sisko's, and Michael Eddington, a former security officer aboard DS9 — are former Starfleet officers, which was unheard of previously.

Another example of DS9's darker plot material is Section 31, a secret organization that exists apart from, but dedicated to the preservation of, the Federation. This undemocratic shadow organization justifies its unlawful, ethically questionable tactics by claiming that it is essential to the continued existence of the Federation. Section 31 is prominent in several episodes of the Dominion War plot. Such plot elements, as well as DS9's relative lack of exposure compared to its predecessor, garnered the show a reputation as the "black sheep" of the Trek family.[5]

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The USS Defiant (NX-74205)

At the start of DS9's third season, with the threat of a Dominion attack looming on the other side of the wormhole, Commander Sisko returns from a trip to Earth with the USS Defiant a prototype starship. It remains stationed there throughout the end of the series, providing not only defense but also an avenue by which plotlines can progress without being limited by the stationary nature of DS9. At the time of its introduction, many fans objected to the Defiant's presence, as they felt the series had finally begun to develop its own unique style; however, by the time of the Dominion War, it was clear that the Defiant was an inspired concept. After all, space stations rarely see the front lines in war.

In DS9, the Ferengi are no longer an enemy of the Federation, but rather an economic power whose political neutrality is respected for the most part. Several episodes explore the capitalist nature of the Ferengi and these episodes are by far the series' most comedic. Ferengi are guided in their lives and in their business transactions by the Rules of Acquisition.

Interpersonal conflict and even animosity between regular characters (e.g. Quark and Odo, Sisko and Kira), something previously forbidden by Roddenberry in Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, featured prominently on DS9. This was brought about at the suggestion of the TNG writers (many of whom also wrote for DS9), because they felt that the prohibition on interpersonal conflict between the main characters limited their ability to develop new and interesting stories. In the long run, this shift also helped give DS9 its unique charm.

Several of the characters also have their own personal demons and stories that are rather specific to their character.

The character of Jadzia Dax is a Trill; she is a young woman who has been joined with the Dax symbiont which is more than three hundred years old. This gives her the memories of seven previous lifetimes in which the symbiont was previously hosted by men and women. As such, Jadzia's behavior incorporates qualities from each gender. Because Commander Sisko was a good friend of Dax's previous host, Curzon, he often calls Jadzia "old man".

Odo is a shape shifter who handles station security with a strong sense of justice and fairness. He is driven by a desire to find other shape shifters like himself and to find out where he came from. He eventually discovers that he is a changeling, the same species known to the Dominion as the Founders, and he is torn between a longing to reunite with his people, his duty to the station, and his love for Major Kira.

Worf, even more so than on The Next Generation, struggles to balance his duties to the Federation with his Klingon heritage. He is forced to side with the Federation against his people when the Klingon Empire goes to war with Cardassia and withdraws from its peace treaty with the Federation. Later, he and Martok become a key part of the Klingon Empire's role in the Dominion War.

Themes

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Rugal, a Cardassian boy, and his adoptive Bajoran father in "Cardassians"

Deep Space Nine sheds some of the Utopian themes that embodied the previous versions of Star Trek. It focuses more on war, religion, political compromise, and other modern issues.

The most prominent theme in the series is that of the deeply religious Bajoran people attempting to rebuild their world and their economy after years of oppression from Cardassia. The relationship between the Bajorans and the Cardassians is intentionally portrayed as a powerful Holocaust allegory, though there are also striking comparisons to be made with the Serbian occupation of Bosnia or the Japanese occupation of Korea. The Cardassians had put the Bajorans to work in forced slave labor camps under terrible conditions, killed them with impunity, and now refuse to acknowledge the atrocities that occurred during their reign. Deep Space Nine's first officer, Kira Nerys, was formerly an underground resistance leader responsible for many acts of sabotage and subversion and is required in her new role to learn diplomacy and patience.

The relationship between the Cardassians and the Bajorans can also be regarded as colonial in nature. Much like in Kipling's "The White Man's Burden," the Cardassians believed themselves to be both technologically and culturally superior. According to Dukat, at the time of first contact, Cardassia was at least 400 years ahead of Bajor in every way. The Cardassians strip-mined Bajor and instituted forced labor camps under the guise of civilizing a lesser people. Guerrilla tactics by Bajoran fighters led to the removal of their colonial shackles in the same way that many colonies gained their independence in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Star Trek universe portrayed in Deep Space Nine is one of power politics among the galaxy's great powers. Prior to the series, the Federation was showcased as a near utopian society guided by human rights. In contrast, the Federation in Deep Space Nine tries to balance its high ideals with the practical realities of galactic politics. This theme speaks to the current state of international affairs, a mixture of power politics among states and rapidly growing avenues of international cooperation brought about by globalization.

Another theme DS9 visited on several occasions is the idea that the universe is not perfect and there is often no right or wrong answer to difficult situations. This theme is embodied by the Maquis storyline. Members of the Maquis were neither enemies nor criminals, but they take up arms against Cardassia in defense of their homes. Perhaps a quote from Sisko in the second-season episode "The Maquis, Part II" best describes not only the Maquis but also the stark contrast between DS9 and its predecessors:

"On Earth there's no poverty, no crime, no war. You look out the window of Starfleet headquarters and you see... paradise. Well, it's easy to be a saint in paradise. But the Maquis do not live in paradise. Out there in the Demilitarized Zone, all the problems haven't been solved yet. Out there, there are no saints... just people. Angry, scared, determined people who are going to do whatever it takes to survive. Whether it meets with Federation approval or not."

Awards and distinctions

The series was nominated for Emmy Awards every year of its run, winning some of them. It also won several Hugo Awards as well. This link has a list of awards. The characters of DS9 were also featured on the cover of TV Guide a total of ten times during its run, including several "special issue" editions in which a set of four different-covered versions of the issue were printed.

Gul Dukat is "the most complex and fully-developed bad guy in Star Trek history" according to StarTrek.com.[6]

Controversy

Although there has been no official confirmation or denial, rumors hold that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was concerned about the concept behind the new series before his death in 1991. Given the nature of DS9 compared to that of its predecessors, the rumors are not unfounded, although whether Roddenberry would have been pleased with the outcome is open to interpretation. Many fans feel that Roddenberry would have approved of the evolution of the franchise, which could not continue with the same formula forever, but others feel that the series abandoned Roddenberry's vision of the future. Still others claim that DS9 would have been more successful and less controversial had it been released as a stand-alone series instead of part of the Trek franchise.

Another contingent of fans believe that DS9 went too far in serializing its stories. They maintain that each Trek episode should be its own self-contained story because the strength of TOS was its social commentary. As with Roddenberry's take on the series, there is no consensus about the issue, but there is less evidence to support it. While DS9 exhibited many soap-like qualities, it still allowed for issue shows such as "Far Beyond the Stars," which was the first Trek episode to deal directly with racism, and "The Siege of AR-558," which had a powerful message about the effects of war. Further, one could argue that the heavier reliance on drama and action is less a product of DS9's individual contributions and more a general shift in all of Trek.

Taboos

See also LGBT characters in the Star Trek universe.
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Lenara Khan and Jadzia Dax

DS9 is also notable for breaking several cultural taboos during its run. Most prominent among these is the issue of homosexuality. The episode "Rejoined" tackled this issue, with two female characters (Jadzia Dax and another Trill named Lenara Kahn) who are in love and at one point embrace in a passionate kiss. However, the context of the kiss is that a previous host of the Dax symbiont was male and in love with the previous host of the Kahn symbiont. The point was that, in the Star Trek universe, there was nothing controversial about lesbianism, but it was taboo for trill to continue a love relationship after changing symbionts. The episode was widely praised for its message about bigotry, but it was controversial across-the-board: Traditionalist audiences objected to the episode's plot, and at least one television station reportedly edited the kissing scene out,[7] but it was also criticized for skirting the issue. The episode first aired on October 30, 1995, a year and a half before the controversial "out of the closet" shift in the sitcom Ellen, thus upholding Star Trek's tradition of being ahead of its time. (An earlier example is the TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren," which featured the first interracial kiss to air on network television.[8])

The next instance of homosexuality in the series, which arguably included it for gratuitous reasons, caused far less outcry and went largely unnoticed by comparison. The seventh-season episode, "The Emperor's New Cloak," features the Mirror Universe versions of Kira Nerys and Ezri Dax kiss in a clearly lesbian or bisexual context, but it went largely unnoticed. However, the episode "Profit and Lace," which revolved around a male (Quark) in drag for the sake of ridicule, is often criticized and has itself been the target of much ridicule.[9]

In addition to homosexuality, the episode "Far Beyond the Stars," much of which takes place in 1950s Earth, features two instances of potentially offensive language. In one scene, a character utters the phrase "For Christ's sake!" which is rarely allowed on American commercial television. In a later scene, Cirroc Lofton, as a 1950s African-American man, claims that blacks will never get to space except to "shine the shoes" of whites, to whom he felt blacks would always be niggers. Although not the first time the word had been used on American television (it was commonly used in dramas in the 1970s as well as the groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family), by the late 1990s utterance of the word in any context in the mainstream media had all but vanished. Another instance of offensive language likely went unnoticed among American audiences. The episode "Time's Orphan" features the Irish Chief O'Brien exclaim the British swear word "bollocks." The word was edited out in daytime UK showings.

Multimedia

Music

On June 30, 1993, between seasons one and two, DS9 followed other Treks in releasing the original score from its pilot episode, "Emissary," on CD. The title theme was also made available as a CD single, although not in wide circulation. Another compilation entitled "Warped" was also released later in the series' run. Several episodes received awards for their scores, such as "Our Man Bashir," which received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Score. However, as with other post-TNG series, no further scores were made available on CD.

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James Darren's album of songs performed on DS9.

Musically, the series is far better known for one of its most unique elements, the character Vic Fontaine, a holographic Las Vegas lounge lizard from the 1960s. Introduced in the sixth-season episode "His Way," Vic (played by 60s heart throb James Darren) was very popular with the crew of the station and performed many period songs, most notably Frank Sinatra tunes. Among the songs in Fontaine's repertoire were "The Best is Yet to Come" (performed in "Badda-Bing, Badda Bang"), "Come Fly with Me," and "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" (both performed in "His Way"). In addition to providing a backdrop for some of the series' more memorable moments, such as a battle scene in "The Siege of AR-558," in which he sang "I'll Be Seeing You" during a battle scene, and the series finale "What You Leave Behind," in which "The Way You Look Tonight" played during a series of flashbacks, Darren's role as Fontaine allowed him to release a new album on August 24, 1999, entitled "This One's From the Heart."

VHS and DVD releases

Episodes of DS9 were made avalable on VHS cassettes, which generally contained one episode each (two-part episodes were combined on a single cassette). The first of these releases came on November 19, 1996 in the United States, but due to the inherent space-consuming nature of the cassettes, as well as the rise of DVD as the standard for home-video releases, the line was discontinued once all of DS9 had been released on DVD. The VHS covers can still be found on many review websites, which sometimes use them in place of a screen capture.

Following the DVD release of The Next Generation in 2002, DS9 was released on DVD beginning in late February 2003. As with other television shows, the DS9 was released in the form of boxed sets containing one season of the series, with the sets released approximately a month apart. On 26 October 2004, a compilation of all seven season sets was also released.

The DVD release of DS9 contains more "special features" than that of TNG. Each season contains a Crew Dossier that gives a biographical look at one of the main characters, a section where make-up designer Michael Westmore details how the various aliens were created for the show, and numerous behind-the-scenes featurettes. These include original interviews with cast members, writers, and other members of the staff. Unique to the DS9 release are "Section 31" files (also known as easter eggs), which give a brief (two to five minute) look at something unique about the show. Each season contains between ten and fifteen Section 31 segments.

Books

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The cover of Avatar, Part I
See also Deep Space Nine relaunch

Pocket Books has published several dozen books based on DS9 since its premiere in 1993. Some of these were novelizations of memorable episodes, such as "Emissary," "The Search," and "What You Leave Behind," which were usually published a few days after the episode officially aired in the United States. Several novels were part of "crossover" series between the Trek frranchises, while others were part of other franchises but dealt with events laid out in DS9. For example, The Battle of Betazed tells of how Deanna Troi attempted to resist the Dominion occupation of her world (Betazed had fallen to the Dominion in "In the Pale Moonlight") Most focus on the station and its crew, with a notable exception being Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe's Legends of the Ferengi.

Of particular importance among the books published after DS9 concluded its run is Avatar, a two-part novel published on May 1, 2001, which continued DS9's legacy by picking up where the series left off. It began Season 8 of DS9, into which A Stitch in Time (a biographical look at the life of Elim Garak, written by Andrew Robinson) was incorporated retroactively. The events of "What You Leave Behind," DS9's series finale, caused some radical changes to occur in season 8. As Benjamin Sisko had entered the Celestial Temple, a new commander named Elias Vaughn took over his position, Garak became the leader of antebellum Cardassia, Odo (now a part of the Great Link) helped the Changelings rebuild, and Rom presided over the Ferengi Alliance, among other things.

Outside its line of novels, DS9 has been the subject of several comic books and other publications. One comic is a spin-off of DS9, detailing Nog's experiences at Starfleet Academy. Other publications, such as the Deep Space Nine Technical Manual and Deep Space Nine Companion, are common to all Trek series. Additionally, several novels have also been released in audio form, narrated by Rene Auberjonois (Odo).

Games

Several video games have been released over the years focusing on DS9, although they are relatively few in number compared to TNG. The first was Crossroads of Time, a side-scrolling platform game released for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis in 1995. The game takes place around the time of the series premiere, borrowing some stories from early episodes such as "Past Prologue" and creating others. A number of problems reportedly impeded the game's development process,[10] and it met with mixed reactions. No further games were released outside the PC platform, although DS9's influence (particularly the presence of the Dominion) is present in many other games.

The Fallen, Harbringer, and Dominion Wars. DS9's role-playing book was one of those that went unpublished when Decipher, publisher of the Star Trek role-playing game, discontinued its line.

Other merchandizing

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Promotional photo for Quark's

Everything from action figures to models to chocolate bars of gold-pressed latinum and Quark masks.

DS9 is also well represented at Star Trek: The Experience, where both Quark's Bar & Restaurant and the Promenade have been recreated faithfully. The former takes formal reservations or walk-ins, and is open daily from 11:30am-10:00pm (11 on Fridays). It serves Star Trek-style food and drinks, hosting gatherings such as conventions as well. The latter (called the Shopping Promenade) was the natural choice for a place to sell various souveniers and rarities; among the items for sale are Niners jerseys, official Starfleet uniforms and action figures.

References

General references

Notes

  1. ^ This quote was taken from an interview conducted on June 7, 2002 and used in the featurette "A Bold New Beginning" for the DVD set, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete First Season.
  2. ^ Although it does not specify an issue or volume, the publisher's description for the DS9 relaunch novel Unity uses this quote to tout the book.
  3. ^ More than likely, the Maquis were named for the French resistance group of the same name that fought against Nazi Germany in World War II.
  4. ^ The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette used this phrase in a November 30, 1999 editorial (which can be found archived on Brannon Braga's official website), as did Exclaim! magazine in a March 31, 2003 review. (Despite the connotations associated with the phrase "black sheep," however, the writers of both articles spoke highly of the series.)
  5. ^ The claim about editing the kiss out has not been independently verfied, but the fan site Gay League states in its Gay Star Trek Timeline, "Reaction to the episode was strong: some stations refused to air the episode, a Southern affiliate edited the kissing scene out. Mail and phone calls ran very negative, although some positive feedback emerged." Spike TV currently shows the episode as it was originally filmed.
  6. ^ The groundbreaking nature of the kiss, which occurred between William Shatner (James T. Kirk) and Nichelle Nichols (Nyota Uhura), is described in the product description for the VHS release, Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 34, which contains "Plato's Stepchildren" and "Wink of an Eye." It is worth noting that the kiss was technically forced by alien beings.
  7. ^ The fan website The Agony Booth did a series called "The Worst of Trek," in which it polled members to choose the two worst episodes from each Trek series and then satirized the chosen episodes. The poll for DS9's first episode chose "Profit and Lace" by a wide margin; the "review" of the episode can be seen here. (The decision was recently made to make "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." the second DS9 episode to receive this dubious honor.)
  8. ^ Writer/producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe said in an interview conducted on October 20, 2002 that the studio felt DS9's ratings were sagging at the end of the third season, and he and the other writers were asked to give viewers a new reason to watch. Their answer was to make Worf a part of the cast. The interview can be seen in "Charting New Territory," a featurette included with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete Fourth Season.
  9. ^ On his personal website, lead designer Maurice Molyneaux provides behind-the-scenes information and personal reflections about the development of Crossroads of Time.

See also

External links

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