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
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
The rest of the season was generally good, with a few standout episodes and no particular bloopers. My biggest complaint was that the closest thing to a season theme (tension between the Bajorans and Starfleet) never got the consistant attention it needed. Also the final episode of this brief package (only 19 episodes), although quite good as a stand-alone episode, was completely unable to balance out the overall experience and left everything feeling truncated.
That said, the episodes were engaging and occasionally thought-provoking. Although DS9 lacks the commanding presence of Patrick Stewart and is thus more of an ensemble piece than TNG, the characters were interesting and worked well together. Recommended!
BEST EPISODE: DUET
DS9 had hard and high expectations. It was the first spin off of the Star Trek The Next Generation. When the show premeired it had to compete against TNG for fans and sometimes ratings. A lot of trekkies were skeptic about the whole idea of life on a space station and were scared to see something else besides a crew of the Enterprise. I think thats what made the show so great,it's orignality.
Avery Brooks was awesome as Commander Sisko. Season one developed him very well as we saw a man trying to turn his life around. I thought he was brillant in "Emmisary" and after I saw the pilot I knew this show would last. Commander Sisko is one of the most underrated characters in Star Trek. Avery Brooks played him to absolute perfection. He's a great actor and a great man. You'll love the way they develop his character in season one.
It was good to see Colm Meaney on the show. Give credit to the producers for putting Miles O'Brein on the show. He was always a key character to the show. You always knew the chief was going to get it fixed. He reminded me a lot of Scotty in what they did with him.
Nana Visitor was great as Major Kira. It was cool how they put a Bajoran on the station and how they made it a co-op leadership thing. To this point in Star Trek all we knew about the Bajorans were Ensign Ro and the Maquis. They developed the race well and once again it all starts in season one.
Rene Auberjonois as Odo was one of the coolest characters ever in tv. Star Trek executives made a smart move and made him a shapeshifter. Then they did a really smart move and modeled him after the T-1000 from T2. It was brillant. He was orignal and cool looking. Props to Rene for wearing all that make up.Read more ›