|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine|
Deep Space Nine space station
|Creator(s)||Rick Berman & Michael Piller|
|Genres||SF, drama, action/adventure|
|Country of origin||USA|
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is an American science fiction television program that premiered in 1993 and ran for seven seasons, ending in 1999. Rooted in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe, it was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, at the request of Brandon Tartikoff, and produced by CBS Paramount Television as a syndicated show.
A spin-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation, DS9 began while its parent series was still on the air, and there were several crossover episodes between the two shows. In addition, two Next Generation characters, Miles O'Brien and Worf, became regular members of the Deep Space Nine crew.
Unlike the other Star Trek series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is primarily set on a space station. After the Bajorans liberate themselves from the long, brutal Cardassian Occupation, the United Federation of Planets is invited by the Bajoran Provisional Government to take joint control of Terok Nor, a Cardassian space station orbiting Bajor. The station is renamed Deep Space Nine. In the pilot, it is moved near to a wormhole that has just been discovered in the Bajor system, thus allowing access to the distant, unexplored Gamma Quadrant. Deep Space Nine quickly becomes a center for exploration, interstellar trade, and political maneuvering. Eventually, a space war breaks out between the Federation and the rulers of the Gamma Quadrant.
The Deep Space Nine station is under the joint control of the Federation and Bajor. Thus, although its commanding officer, Benjamin Sisko, is from Earth, he has to work with a Bajoran liaison officer, Kira Nerys, who is a former freedom fighter. Throughout the series, Bajoran history, religion, and politics affect life on the station. So too does the presence of a large civilian population on Deep Space Nine, which includes merchants and spies from a wide variety of species.
Because Deep Space Nine is a space station instead of a starship, continuing story arcs and the appearance of recurring characters became much more feasible. The earlier Star Trek series tended to restore the status quo ante at the end of each episode. On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, however, not only are events in one episode often referenced and built upon in later ones, but sometimes several episodes in a row are cliffhangers. The show is noted for its well-developed characters and its original, complex plots. The series also depends on darker themes, with less physical exploration of space.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Star Trek:Deep Space Nine