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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift For Someone Else March 9 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was a gift for someone else, and they seemed to be enjoying it.
I haven't had a chance to watch it myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And So Begins A New Must-Have Star Trek Series July 28 2012
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No self-respecting sci-fi fan and certainly no self-respecting Trekker (or Trekkie*) can NOT have this series in her/his collection.
(*the amazing Season 5, Episode 6: Trial and Tribble-ations).

Admittedly, this isn't my favourite of the seasons, but for new aliens, new characters, new storylines, this is a keeper of a series and a season.

The series starts off with a bang, being launched out of the ST:TNG series, so to speak, but then seems to wobble a bit before it gets it's feet under it.

Babel (everyone is infected with a virus that makes them babble nonsense words and no one can understand each other) saw the characters and the actors really start to "click", I think, and Q-Less (guess who comes for a visit!), Move Along Home (the ultimate game), Progress (too complicated to sum up in a few words), If Wishes Were Horses (people's thoughts and imaginings become reality), The Forsaken (Lwaxana Troi comes to visit), and Dramatis Personae (everyone but Odo suddenly becomes power-hungry and conniving, making and breaking secret alliances) are excellent episodes.

I wasn't wild about the heavy spirituality (we get it: the Bajorans are incredibly spiritual, but the Occupation has been over with for years), or Odo's grouchiness (we get it, we get it: Odo's had a hard life), and I've never been able to warm up to the actor who played Ben Sisko (he seems like such a one-dimensional egomaniacal ham), but, that said, I think everything else is pretty durned good.

This season (and series) rank near the top of my sci-fi lists for entertainment, excitement, and interesting storytelling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended but some rough areas April 2 2004
Format:DVD
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. The season premiere was really excellent, easily shouldering the burden of introducing us to the characters and environment without losing focus on its own story.

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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A slow start, but a good series Feb. 28 2004
Format:DVD
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 Bajor. He later discovers a stable wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant and is chosen as the Emissary by a race of aliens known as "The Prophets"
BEST EPISODE: DUET
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Star Trek Series that could Nov. 19 2003
Format:DVD
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 uncertanties that did make DS9 a good series. Not every episode ended with happiness and not all problems were solved in 45 minutes like the other series did. There were more background elements that made this series more real and to me more enjoiable to watch. DS9 may not have been the best sci-fi series out there at the time , but it was a lot better that most and in the long run I think that it could turn out to have been the best of all the Star Trak series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Start to a Fantastic Show Nov. 16 2003
Format:DVD
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. 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Trek series
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... Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by G. Marshall
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 Stephanie Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Trek series...
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... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars great begining
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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
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Published on Nov. 14 2003 by D. O'Neill
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