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20 episodes on 6 discs: Emissary Part I, Emissary Part II, Past Prologue, A Man Alone, Babel, Captive Pursuit, Q-Less, Dax, The Passenger, Move Along Home, The Nagus, Vortex, Battle Lines, The Storyteller, Progress, If Wishes Were Horses, The Forsaken, Dramatis Personae, Duet, In the Hands of the Prophets.
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 TonksSee all Product Description
This was a gift for someone else, and they seemed to be enjoying it.
I haven't had a chance to watch it myself.
No self-respecting sci-fi fan and certainly no self-respecting Trekker (or Trekkie*) can NOT have this series in her/his collection. Read morePublished on July 28 2012 by R3aLiTY_bYt3s
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 morePublished on April 7 2004 by Bruce Aguilar
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 morePublished on April 4 2004 by S Martin
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 morePublished on April 2 2004 by Tristan Lawrence
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by McHenry John
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Andrew Clark