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Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 1

Avery Brooks , Rene Auberjonois , Cliff Bole , Corey Allen    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Of all the spinoff TV incarnations of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine had the hardest job persuading an audience to watch. By all accounts, Gene Roddenberry had concerns about the idea before his death in 1991. It took two more years to develop, and when it finally aired in 1993 reasons for that concern were evident right away. The show was dark (literally), characters argued a lot, no one went anywhere, and the neighboring natives were hardly ever friendly. Yet for all that the show went against the grain of the Great Bird's original vision of the future, it undeniably caught the mood of the time, incorporating a complex political backdrop that mirrored our own.

In the casting, there was a clear intent to differentiate the show from its predecessors. Genre stalwarts Tony Todd and James Earl Jones were considered for Commander Sisko before Avery Brooks. The one letdown at the time was that Michelle Forbes did not carry Ensign Ro across from The Next Generation, but when the explosive Nana Visitor defiantly slapped her hand on a console in the pilot episode, viewers knew they were in for a different crew dynamic. In fact, the two-part pilot show ("The Emissary") is largely responsible for DS9's early success. Mysterious, spiritual, claustrophobic, funny, and feisty, it remains the most attention-grabbing series opener (apart from the original series') the franchise has had. The first year may have relied on a few too many familiar faces--like Picard, Q, and Lwaxana Troi--but these were more than outweighed by refreshingly detailed explorations of cultures old and new (Trill, Bajoran, Cardassian, Ferengi). As it turned out, Deep Space Nine was the boldest venture into Roddenberry's galaxy that had been (or ever would be) seen. --Paul Tonks

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The first season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine follows the same pattern as the Next Generation sets: four episodes per disc, very good Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround sound, English subtitles, and one disc of bonus features. Those features total about 75 minutes, including an 18-minute documentary "Deep Space Nine: A Bold Beginning," a profile of Kira Nerys, makeup and props spotlights, and other short segments, all incorporating a variety of cast and crew interviews from 1992 (the beginning of the series), 1999 (the end), and 2002. It's good stuff, but Star Trek television DVDs seem overdue for a commentary track on at least a few episodes.

The packaging is noticeably different. Instead of TNG's heavy cardboard box and foldout disc trays, DS9's trays are bound in a book format, which makes the discs much easier to get to; on the downside, the outer plastic sleeve seems more susceptible to wear and tear. Another benefit is that the set occupies almost 50% less shelf space than a season of TNG, meaning that from the Original Series to TNG to DS9, each series is getting more compact, which is a welcome development for Trekkers who had been considering renting a storage unit to house their collections. --David Horiuchi

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Trek series May 15 2004
In my opinion, DS9 was the best and most thought-provoking star trek series. It had a more realistic view of life and the decisions that we make, and showed that the innate idealism of Star Trek was something that could not be taken for granted, nor could it be completely above reproach. Also, this series is more character-driven than the other trek series. In TNG, you would not get to know many of the characters besides how you saw them in action every week doing this or that, but on DS9 you got to know the characters as they interacted with each other more in depth. In my opinion, the characters made the show what it was, for better or worse.
Many othes have described the plot and format for the series in their review so I won't do so here, but I will give my comments on this season. I'm a poor college student so I haven't bought the DVD set; however I did watch all of the seasons on DVD from Netflix. Season one had some hits and misses as the writers tried to get a feel for the show and the characters, but there were some good stories told. The best episode of the season was "Duet" which set the tone for all the premier episodes during its 7-season run; stories that made you think, made you cry, and weren't so cut-and-dry. While it is true that the series hit its stride in season 3 and continued a high arc up through Season 5 until a slight dip in season 6 and leveling off in season 7, you won't fully appreciate what you see in those seasons until you understand where they're coming from in season's 1 and 2. For example, you can see the wonderful friendship between Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brien, but you'll see it even better when you remember that O'Brien couldn't stand Bashir in season 1. It is so cool to see the "growth" in all the characters over 7 seasons.
But anyways, check it out here on DVD or on Spike TV, show it the love it deserved and see why this was the Best Star Trek Ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DS9 on DVD . . . Magnificent! June 22 2003
This was of course, the most watched of all the Star Trek franchises and the most critically acclaimed as well, winning an Emmy and the respect of many non-trek audiences. While I´¿m writing this, rumors abound in Paramount and ST circles that Avery Brooks will be the next big-screen Capt. Many say this is some of the best TV ever to be had. If you missed it the first time around, prepare to be astounded . . .
The complete first season includes 20 episodes:
01. Emissary (1): Stardate: 46379.1 3 years after the devastation of WOLF 359, the Borg attack upon the federation, Cmdr. Sisko is attached to DS9 with some great inter-change between a man he hates ´¿ Capt. Jean Luc Picard.
02. Emissary (2): Stardate: 46392.7 On a distant outpost at the edge of the final frontier, an untested crew embarks on an unprecedented journey. A nice wrap to the two-part debut of the Star Trek franchise´¿s greatest achievement.
03. Past Prologue: Stardate: 46397.3 A reunion with a member of the Bajoran underground forces Kira to choose between her people and her duty as a Federation officer. The fiery Nana Visitor gets another haircut and is rebellious as ever. Magnificent beginnings to her character.
04. A Man Alone: Stardate: 46421.5 Security Chief Odo's character is questioned when he is implicated in the murder of a shady Bajoran. An interesting episode that sees the creation of Keiko´¿s school and a lynching for Odo.
05. Babel: Stardate: 46423.7 A mysterious epidemic sweeps over Deep Space Nine, and Kira must find an antidote. So much for the universal translator. A good story to build upon what we know of Bajor.
06. Captive Pursuit: Stardate: 46477.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Trek series... March 27 2004
Something about the darker world of DS9 makes this my favorite Trek series. The development and interactions of the characters in year one (and throughout all seven years) was fantastic. Unlike the crews from the original Star Trek or from TNG, the DS9 crew was not always one big happy Starfleet family, especially in season 1 (and the early years). Commander Sisko ranks up there with Kirk and Picard in terms of his performance as a leader. On an additional character note, I'm glad that the producers saw fit to write in Chief Obrien from TNG and develop his character. The price of these DVDs is a bit hefty, but I'm glad that I can now watch my favorite episodes from crystal clear DVDs as opposed to my often grainy, commercial-filled, overplayed, VCR tapes! Plus the going used prices on Amazon are straining my wallet less as I try to complete my Star Trek collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great begining Feb. 28 2004
ds9 season 1 is the beginning of in my opinion the best startrek series. No other series was as complex so it was hard to get tired of it because there are so many things going on and things that happen in one season a lot of times come back around in a later season. The non starfleet cast is what set it apart and a great captain. No other series had as many non starfleet charecters that were vital throughout the series. From the ferengis to cardassians to klingons and dominion, you learned more about these races than in any other series. You got to see things from their perspectives at times. And section 31 was very cool. I recommend the entire series on dvd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift For Someone Else
This was a gift for someone else, and they seemed to be enjoying it.
I haven't had a chance to watch it myself.
Published 18 months ago by R. McMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars And So Begins A New Must-Have Star Trek Series
No self-respecting sci-fi fan and certainly no self-respecting Trekker (or Trekkie*) can NOT have this series in her/his collection. Read more
Published on July 28 2012 by R3aLiTY_bYt3s
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Moments in a Flawed Season
I must admit right off the bat that DS9 was never a show I held close to my heart; The Next Generation was (and is) my favorite Star Trek series. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Bruce Aguilar
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but it has problems
I can't help but compare this to the Next Generation box set. They set the bar pretty high with the Next Generation box sets, and unfortunately Deep Space Nine doesn't quite hold... Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by S Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended but some rough areas
This is the only season of this show I have seen. It was quite good and I am planning to purchase additional season-in fact I almost gave it five stars. Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by Tristan Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow start, but a good series
Ben Sisko (Avery Brooks) is commissioned by Starfleet to an old Cardassian space station called Terok Nor which Starfleet has re-named Deep Space Nine to safeguard the planet... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by McHenry John
4.0 out of 5 stars The Underrated Middle-Child of Trek
Now we come to the underrated middle child of Trekdom. Premiering in the midst of Next Generations's peak in popularity, Deep Space Nine was instantly overshadowed and ignored. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Star Trek Series that could
The DS9 series was a bold step into the unknown. It is true that people did not really travel away from the station , and the neighbors were restless , but it was those... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by Andrew Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Start to a Fantastic Show
I loved Deep Space Nine. I thought it was an excellent show and I'm gald to see it on DVD.
DS9 had hard and high expectations. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Matthew Edmundson
4.0 out of 5 stars A new direction
The first spin-off of TNG launched in a spectacular way. Opening with the Borg battle at Wolf 359 (from TNG's classic two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds"), we are introduced... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by D. O'Neill
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