When I first heard that Star Trek Deep Space Nine would be a spin off of the beloved Next Generation show, I thought it would be something light originally but after seeing a few episodes I quickly learned that it wasn't the case.
Deep Space Nine takes place alongside the same time frame as The Next Generation did but instead of a state of the art spacecraft exploring the furthest reaches of space, the action took place on a dilapidated and abadandoned alien space station. The Federation is giving a helping hand to the religious Bajorans, a now alied race who for decades had been pilaged and oppressed by the Cardassians, an alien military force who had issues in the past with The Federation and are now they're allies on a shaky truce. The Federation is to make sure the Cardassians stay out of town so to speak and help Bajor rebuild it's infrastructure.
In charge of the station is Ben Sisko, a widower with a son who must adapt to the not so peaceful goings on. The second in command is a Bajoran woman named Kira who doesn't care for the Federations "interfereance" and sees it as another form of oppression and Odo the chief of security shares her views and is about as infelxable as they come, ironic considering he is a liquid shapeshifter who doesn't know his roots and was found by the Cardassians. Thankfully the Federation has spared some crew members in Bashir a young Doctor out of school and anxious to see what the far reaches of space has for him, Dax a beautiful young woman who carries a creature inside of her who has centuries of experience and O'Brien from The Next Generation is on hand to make sure the station keeps running. Rounding out the cast is Quark, a shady bartender who can have a heart of brass some days or others gold, depending on how light his pockets are. Seeing Odo and Quark's interaction is classic byplay between characters, right up there with McCoy and Spock from the original series.
Out of all of the Star Trek shows, I think this show definetly had the best cast, the interesting mix combined with the different political views on the show really added something to the mix. The constant threat of aliens whether they be from the Cardassians or some other "monster of the week" made you realiize that this is a different show from the other Star Treks. Other Star Trek shows may have had similar instances but aboard a ship and going into the unknown you would almost expect that but on a solitarty spacestation you feel more at "home" and the danger when it occurs is greater.
To keep the story going so that things stay lively, a wormhole: a tunnel to the otherside of the galaxy has been discovered and it allows for plenty of adventures away from the station and a way to help bring attention and commerce back to Bajor. Later seasons introduce the threat of the Dominion and make the show more action packed. Throughout the show other plotlines occur with characters with the biggest one from the start has Sisko learning he has something to with Bajoran religon.
Like any of the more recent Star Trek shows you do have to give it a season or two for things to kick into gear but once they do, Deep Space Nine is as dramatic as any of the other Star Treks and moreso.
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This third series based on the Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry ran from 1993 to 1999. Rather than revolving around the premise of an ever-exploring starship like its predecessors, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, frequently called DS9 for short, centers on a space station of the same name. The station is positioned very near a wormhole which allows instant travel to and from a distant quadrant of space and is therefore of strategic importance to the political planetary entities that control it. Adding more weight to this premise are the spiritual implications associated with the station; living within the wormhole are entities who have no linear concept of time and who are worshipped by the Bajoran people as Bajoran Prophets. This results in Benjamin Sisko, captain of Deep Space Nine, unwittingly becoming an emissary to the prophets. Deep Space Nine is generally considered to be a grittier Star Trek series than those of the past, using a distinctly non-utopian style and dealing more directly with war, persecution, insidious political activity, and the sometimes inescapable nature of sacrificing moral principles for the sake of the greater good. Another divisive element that sets DS9 apart from previous Star Trek installments is its tendency to allow a single storyline to continue over many episodes in a serial style. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide Close