History Files

STAR TREK:
DEEP SPACE NINE

 

 

"On Stardate 43997, Captain Jean Luc Picard of the Federation starship Enterprise was kidnapped for six days by an invading force known as the Borg. Surgically altered, he was forced to lead an assault on Starfleet at Wolf 359."

 

Thus began a second sequel to the original Star Trek, not with a whimper, but with a bang. It acted as an accompaniment to Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was winding down its own tv series in preparation for the jump into films. The events in Deep Space Nine ran concurrent with those of its sister production, with some of the cast of the latter appearing in the former, most notable Colm Meaney, the former Enterprise transporter chief, first seen on tv in an episode of Z Cars in the 1960s. Set on a Federation-run space station orbiting the newly-liberated planet Bajor, the series' main concern was the welfare of the Bajoran people, as their civilisation emerged from 60 years of Cardassian captivity and the complications that arise from their attempts to create an ordered world. At first glance, that might seem a rather dry formula, but the series was as creative and original as anything from the Star Trek stable, and the pilot story, The Emissary began the series in explosive fashion, detailing Commander Sisko's part in the battle against the Borg at Wolf 359, part of the ST:TNG story, The Best Of Both Worlds.

DS9's crew were as varied as that of Enterprise-D's. Station commander Ben Sisko is a mature, powerfully-built widower who is responsible not only for the crew and visitors on DS9, but also for a young son. His wife Jennifer was killed at Wolf 359, three years before. In his approach to a command position he is much like Jean-Luc Picard, but is far less restrained and perhaps not quite so logical. He tends to lose his temper when controlled diplomacy is called for. Nevertheless, he does his job well, and is much respected by his colleagues. Dr Julian Bashir is a young, energetic station doctor, full of idealism and dedicated to his work. Sometimes that enthusiasm can get him into trouble. Major Kira is the Bajoran liaison officer. As energetic as Bashir, she is a dedicated member of the Bajoran military, and shows a deep love and concern for her homeworld, as it emerges, sometimes inharmoniously, from Cardassian rule. Jadzia is a Trill who was selected to become the host for a symbiont organism named Dax, a rare honour among her people. This combines her learning with Dax's eight lifespans of accomplishment. Odo is a shapeshifter with (initially) no knowledge of his origins, and his pet hate, the Ferengi bar owner, Quark, is as shifty and business-minded as any of his species.

Apart from the main command team, who are all up to usual Federation standards in their efficiency, Colm Meaney, who played Chief Petty Officer, and then Senior Chief Specialist, Miles O'Brien of the Enterprise, continued in the role when he took up a permanent post on the station, arriving along with his Sino-American wife, Keiko, and their baby daughter Molly from Enterprise on Stardate 46388.2, just two days before the new commander took up his post. He was the first to be seen wearing Starfleet's (at this time) experimental new uniform of a type of 'boiler suit' with the same colours as the standard uniform but reversed. Sisko's son Jake soon made a friend of young Ferengi, Nog, whose uncle is Quark, and various supporting characters made infrequent appearances throughout the show's run.

It took quite a while for DS9 to get to British network tv, eventually appearing on BBC2 in 1995, so initially fans had to seek it out on the satellite station, Sky One. Despite a relatively lukewarm reception in this country, a second season was produced in late 1993, ready to be picked up by Sky for showing the following year, and the series became firmly established both sides of the Atlantic. The pilot episode was originally produced as a 90-minute special (and was shown as such on BBC2), before being restructured as a two-part story. Its director was David Carson, also responsible for the movie Star Trek Generations, which explains the quality of this pilot's explosive action scenes. Stardates given in italics are official studio estimates, but were not given on screen.

 


REGULAR CAST

Commander Benjamin Sisko (Captain from Season 4) Avery Brooks
Major Kira Nerys Nana Visitor
Odo Rene Auberjonois
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax Terry Farrell (Seasons 1-6)
Ezri Dax
Nicki deBoer (Season 7)
Chief Operations Officer Miles Edward O'Brien
Colm Meaney
Quark
Armin Shimmerman
Doctor Julian Bashir Siddig El Fadil
Jake Sisko (son) Cirroc Lofton
Lieutenant-Commander Worf Michael Dorn (Season 4 Onwards)

 


Created by: Rick Berman and Michael
  Pillar
, Based on Star Trek created by
 
Executive Producers: Rick Berman, and
  Michael Pillar (Seasons 1-3)
Co-Executive Producer: Ira Steve Behr
Associate Producer: Steve Oster
  (Seasons 1-2), Terri Potts (Season 3-4)
Creative Consultant: Michael Pillar (Season 4)
Producers: Peter Lauritson (Seasons 1 & 3),
  Peter Allan Fields (Season 2), and
  René Echevarria (Season 3)
Co-Producer: Steve Oster (Season 3),
  (Season 4)
Supervising Producers: David Livingston
  (Seasons 1 & 3), James Crocker (Season 2),
Ronald D Moore
(Seasons 3-4), and Peter
  Lauritson
(Season 4)
Line Producer: Robert della Santina
Main Title Music: Dennis McCarthy

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