Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DVD) Review
Nominated for 28 Emmys, including several for Outstanding Visual Effects, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its audience. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a number of motion pictures featuring the original cast as well as novels, comic books, collectibles, and reams of Star Trek-related memorabilia. Following on the heels of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the first Star Trek series spin-off of the original, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine foreshadowed additional spin-offs - Star Trek: Voyager (1995), and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Sporting an entirely new cast and crew from its two predecessors, the show focuses on a particular system administered by the Federation instead of the usual Star Trek mission of "exploring strange new worlds"… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine follows the exploits of the Starfleet crew aboard an abandoned and gutted Cardassian space station orbiting the planet of Bajor. In the aftermath of Cardassian occupation, the Bajorian government invited the Starfleet to oversee the reconstruction of the space station. Deep Space Nine quickly transformed into a teeming city of commerce and a hub for travel (similar to Babylon 5) thanks to the discovery of an unknown wormhole nearby. But the wormhole leads to the Gamma Quadrant, realm of the feared Dominion alliance, which views the wormhole travelers as a threat to its totalitarian grip on power. As such, the Dominion launches an attack against the Federation and its Klingon allies.
The subsequent and ongoing war is the basis for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine… Capt. Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is credited with discovering the wormhole, and he oversees the crew of Deep Space Nine as they wage battle to preserve the Federation. Ironically, his colleague, Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois), is a Changeling - an alien race of "shapeshifters" who lead the Dominion's united front. Together with the rest of the crew aboard Deep Space Nine, they struggle with internal and external conflicts that threaten to destroy their very way of life… The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere "Emissary" in which the recently abandoned Cardassian space station, Terok Nor, is resettled by the Federation at the request of the Bajorians. Capt. Benjamin Sisko takes command and his discovery of the first stable wormhole nearby, a wormhole worshipped by the Bajorians as a god, transforms Sisko into a prophet in the eyes of the Bajorians. Meanwhile, the audience meets the rest of the cast and crew for Deep Space Nine… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Move Along Home" in which Quark's cheating prompts a group of aliens from Gamma Quadrant to exact revenge on the crew of Deep Space Nine, and "Dramatis Personae" in which an indwelling by aliens transforms Sisko and Kira into enemies of the crew… Below is a list of episodes included on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Season 1) DVD: Episode 1 (Emissary: Part 1) Air Date: 01-03-1993 Episode 2 (Emissary: Part 2) Air Date: 01-03-1993 Episode 3 (A Man Alone) Air Date: 01-10-1993 Episode 4 (Past Prologue) Air Date: 01-17-1993 Episode 5 (Babel) Air Date: 01-24-1993 Episode 6 (Captive Pursuit) Air Date: 01-31-1993 Episode 7 (Q-Less) Air Date: 02-07-1993 Episode 8 (Dax) Air Date: 02-14-1993 Episode 9 (The Passenger) Air Date: 02-21-1993 Episode 10 (Move Along Home) Air Date: 03-14-1993 Episode 11 (The Nagus) Air Date: 03-21-1993 Episode 12 (Vortex) Air Date: 04-18-1993 Episode 13 (Battle Lines) Air Date: 04-25-1993 Episode 14 (The Story Teller) Air Date: 05-02-1993 Episode 15 (Progress) Air Date: 05-09-1993 Episode 16 (If Wishes Were Horses) Air Date: 05-16-1993 Episode 17 (The Forsaken) Air Date: 05-23-1993 Episode 18 (Dramatis Personae) Air Date: 05-30-1993 Episode 19 (Duet) Air Date: 06-13-1993 Episode 20 (In the Hands of the Prophets) Air Date: 06-20-1993.
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