With glee I write this review for my favorite show of all time.
If you passed on the Deep Space phenomenon at the time, you were’nt alone. Many who had interest in TNG didn’t really take to DS9 at first, myself included. I started watching it again in the second season and it slowly grab held of me. There are a few bad episodes (“Melora” for one), but overall these are the most fascinating, imaginative stories ever collected into a series of any kind. It’s a saga no doubt, a soap opera of sci-fiction, but Deep Space went so much further. With great special effects and audio, the production value alone was entertaining. But the episodes were extremely dark at times too, with the greatest characters, a healthy budget and fantastic writing. This combination led “Kira” in an interview to state that she believes this will be one of the most time enduring Television shows ever created. I really agree. It generally becomes a sleeker show over time, but always interesting and asking extremely dark moral questions. My favorite episode of all time “In the Pale Moonlight”, I believe is in the sixth season. An episode where the absolute moral boundary of war is questioned and Sisko and Garek do the craziest sh*# to assure security for the federation. It’s a Narly episode. Garek actually kills a Romulan Senator by sabotaging his craft and Sisko actually trades biogenic weapons material for information. All to draw the Romulans into the war against the Dominion, I was stunned. There’s another episode where the Dominion actually engineers an attack against themselves in order to destroy the military of a planet inwhich they eventually occupy. The way the episodes fold back into one another, is masterful. Don’t miss it, treat yourself to extraordinary, well-thought-out sci-fi for a change. I own them all and plan on hermetically-sealing them for future generations.
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Star Trek Deep Space Nine will always be the cult within the cult.Although not as popular as the other Star Trek spin-offs(even the anemic Voyager who had the benefit of the UPN network behind it),it has the diehard follwing of Trekker Niners who’ll easily attest that DS9 was the best Trek show ever.
Unlike the other spin-offs,the show as well as the characters evolved in its seven seasons.Notably The lead character Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) who started as a brooding arbitrator of a rundown space station.In the later seasons, the character was injected with the same passion that fueled Kirk and Picard,becoming a great Captain as well as accepting his role as the Bajoran’s Emissary and in the end,joined the Bajoran prophets.Sisko’s crew includes first officer/Bajoran lieson Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor),Trill science officer Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell),Cheif Medical Officer Dr Julian Bashir(Alexander Siddig),Cheif of Operations Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney) and changeling Security Chief Odo (Rene Abourjonios).Station residences includes Ferengi Barkeeper Quark (Armin Shimmerman), Cardassian Tailor, former spy Garak (Andy Robinson) and Sisko’s son Jake (Cirroc Lofton).
Although known as the darkest of all the Trek shows(despite having some of the most humorous episodes in the entire franchise)DS9 has the most complex storytelling ever to come out of Gene Roddenberry’s universe.
In season one we have the humble beginnings of the station formerly known as Terok Nor.Sisko was more of an administrator than the passionate individual he is to become,Kira Nerys is unsettlingly fiesty,Julian Bashir rates high on the arrogent meter,and Jadzia Dax comes off as somewhat aloof.The shakedown season still plays better than the latter seasons of any of the following Trek Series(Voyager,Enterprise).The standout episodes include Past Prologue,Captive Pursuit,Progress,In The Hands Of The Prophets,and Duet,which in many opinion, is the best ever DS9 episode.
With the final season of TNG over shadowing,as well as the upcoming Voyager series in the wings ,DS9 was trying to find it’s footing in the second season.Besides character development,we see the seeds of events begin to evolve,including the rise (and eventual downfalls) of Kai Winn & Gul Dukat,the re-introduction of The Original Series “Mirror,Mirror” Universe,as well as the dreaded Dominion.
The standout episodes includes Cardassians,Whispers,Blood Oath,The Maquis,The Wire,and The Collaborator.
Season two ends with the ominous The Jem’hadar,preparing us for a direction never seen in Star Trek
With the Dominion threat,and the introdution of the battleship,Defiant,DS9′s third season was finally coming into it’s own.
Along with more character development in the lead as well as the supporting cast(Garak,Dukat,Kai Winn,Rom & Nog),the writing was even stronger than before with great episodes such as House Of Quark,Civil Defense,Second Skin,Visionary,Past Tense,and Explorers.Also introduced in this season are Leeta,Ishka(“Moogie”),Brunt,Shaakar,and Lt.Commander Eddington.
Unfortunately with Star Trek Generation hitting the big screen,and Star Trek Voyager’s big premire,DS9 was lost in the shuffle.But it would use it’s underdog status to emerge as the greatest Trek series the following season.
The final ingredient that was needed in DS9,Worf becomes a member of the crew in the fourth season,and it will never be the same again.
Not only it was Starfleet’s Klingon officer’s introduction,but Way of the Warrior was DS9′s most exciting episode(it’s equivelent of TNG’s Best Of Both Worlds),dealing with the Federation-Klingon Empire relation being strained and underminded by the Dominion,which concluded with the greatest battle scenes ever seen on televised Trek.
Sisko ,promoted to Captain in the previous season,finally emerges as a commanding presence,in part to his image makover including a bald head & goatee.
Many classic episodes including WOTW,The Visitor,Little Green Men,Our Man Bashir,Rejoined,The Sons Of Mogh,Bar Association,Hard Time,and Broken Link which concludes with a surprise ending for the season.
This is the season where the writers & producers realise that the show will never come close to being the success that TNG was,and decided to make the show something to be proud of and making it’s place be known in the Star Trek Universe.
DS9′s fifth season proves there is so much more to the show once described about a station that didn’t “go anywhere”.When most TV shows wear out their welcome by season five,ST-DS9 just kept getting better
One of the factors is the strong writing,as well as the characters evolution(Worf & Dax’s romantic relationship,Bashir’s genetic enhancement secret)and such classic episodes as,Looking For Par’Mach In All The Wrong Places,The Ship,Children Of Time,By Inferno’s Light/In Purgotory’s Shadow,and Trials and Tribble-ation(featuring the original ST…
I saw this series when it first aired and I have seen it in syndication many times since. I even watch it now on the Spike channel. It is by far one of my favorite Star Trek’s or any TV series for that matter. The last few seasons were especially exciting. It is amazing how you watch the characters grow over the years. I can’t say enough positive things about this series. Sisko, Nerys, Odo, Jadzia, Worf, Quark, Bashir, and Garak added wonderful characters that really made a difference to me. The guest stars were great too. The directing, cast, stories, sets, music, and the rest the production are first class all the way. If you are a fan of SciFi and not buying a number of other TV series, buy this set.
Now that said, I would like to say Paramount needs to be slapped up side the head for being so greedy, and that is saying it nicely. I can buy a season of ANY other Non-Paramount series for half or less the price. Why are you making us fans of Star Trek suffer? Do you think, oh they are Star Trek fans, they will pay anything? Give us some credit. I am not buying this series unless you lower the price. I bought all the original Star Trek series and even three seasons of Next Generation. But after spending over $650 for six seasons I realized this is absurd. I bought six seasons of Stargate SG-1, a great series, for under $300 with tax. Here’s a concept Paramount, sell it reasonable so you will make more sales and your customers will appreciate you.
I decided to go ahead and get this set since they at least give a break for buying all seven seasons together. Do not use Amazon overnight or two day shipping unless you are home all day. I paid for two day shipping but I didn’t know Amazon would insist the package be signed for in person. UPS took four days to finally bring it by when I was home after work after they said they couldn’t except a signed receipt and I then told them to come after 5 PM.
This set is FANTASTIC. Even better than I remembered. For some odd reason my wife and I thought the first couple seasons weren’t all that good. Now that we are watching them again, we are very impressed with all the episodes. The only thing I can figure is at the time they were originally shown we were more interested in TNG since they were exploring space and we thought a space station was not as interesting. Seeing them now I realize that was just not true and we did it an injustice thinking that way.
ADDENDUM: Don’t buy thses for more than fifty-five a season. I have seen them for that and and now kicking myself for paying this price. Furthermore they have now brought down the price on STTNG set and I bet this is next.