Star Trek… The final season of Deep Space Nine.
Yup, I’ve finally started watching the spin-off Trek shows, and since I’m so close to finishing Deep Space Nine, I figured I should talk about it a little! It’s… alright. I like the show, but I’m no fool. DS9 is a solid show, but it’s not without flaw.
The story follows Benjamin Sisko (played by Avery Brooks) as he takes command of Deep Space Nine, (formally known as Terok Nor.) and begins the process of accepting the planet Bajor into the Federation after a 50 year occupation by invading Cardassians. Sisko has his work cut out for him however, between getting his life together after the death of his wife, and becoming the emissary to the prophets of Bajor.
The prophets are beings that exist in a wormhole just within Bajoran territory, ’nuff said.
What follows from there, is seven seasons of chaos, interesting characters, and rules of acquisition being thrown at you every couple episodes. Most importantly is that my main man Worf shows up from season 4 onward. I love Worf, ’nuff said.
Deep Space Nine doesn’t always have the best episodes, but it makes up for it with interesting characters. I don’t think the original series, or TNG focused so much on alien cultures, but DS9 is always willing to send you away from the storyline for some cultural enlightenment. Romance also plays more of a role in DS9 than in previous series. The characters on Deep Space Nine show their flaws far more openly than the crew of the Enterprise, and it makes the cast feel more relatable.
Some small things bother me about the show, but not too many. I think my main complaint stems from Dax. Trill symbionts are explained differently on DS9, than they are in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it kinda fucks up the episode of TNG where Dr. Crusher is involved with a Trill romantically.
So let’s keep this short or I’ll never shut up. I was a prude in my youth, and never watched the non-Roddenberry Trek. I was wrong to do that. Deep Space Nine keeps the spirit of Roddenberry’s classic Trek, and brings it into interesting, if different territory. Well worth a watch if you enjoy space shows, and definitely worth it if you like Star Trek.
I’m done writing, now it’s your turn! Let me know what you think!