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  • Starring: Armin Shimerman, William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger
  • Summary: When the Cardassian occupation of Bajor ended in 2369, the mining space-station Terok Nor was left abandoned, its systems ripped out. By invitation of the provisional Bajoran government, Starfleet stepped in to oversee the rebuilding and day-to-day operations of the newly christened DeepWhen the Cardassian occupation of Bajor ended in 2369, the mining space-station Terok Nor was left abandoned, its systems ripped out. By invitation of the provisional Bajoran government, Starfleet stepped in to oversee the rebuilding and day-to-day operations of the newly christened Deep Space Nine. Starfleet's position was a tentative one, many Bajorans suspicious and unwelcoming as a result of Cardassian oppression and brutality. However the alliance held and soon DS9 was a center of travel and commerce thanks to a newly found stable wormhole, leading to the largely unexplored Gamma Quadrant.

    Then after two years, the Dominion - a hierarchy of three separate species, the xenophobic Changelings, the diplomatic but shifty Vorta and genetically-bred soldiers, the Jem'Hadar - made their presence known. Seeing these new travelers coming through the wormhole as a threat to their power base, they decided to bring their version of order to the Alpha Quadrant... by conquering it.

    So began the war. At first fought covertly, then in plain sight, the war would soon drag each of their major powers in as their governments struggled against paranoia and shifting loyalties, thanks to Changeling infiltrators. This war wasn't for territory or power, it was for freedom.
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Ann Donahue, Anthony E. Zuiker
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jan 3, 1993
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 11:00 AM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 25, 2013
    91
    Like The Next Generation, this show tends to be morally didactic. But also like its mother ship, Deep Space Nine is richly imagined, with good scripts and great visuals.
  2. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 25, 2013
    90
    Here is one of the finest new shows of a dismal season. [4 Jan 1993]
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Westbrook
    Jun 25, 2013
    83
    Make no mistake: This show has an edge. ... And though the familiar 'to boldly go' speech is missing from its titles, this may be the boldest 'Star Trek' of them all. [3 Jan 1993]
  4. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jun 25, 2013
    75
    This collection of characters - with all their quirks, quarks and nose jobs - is a winner. The women are strong. The men are sensitive. The life forms are testy. [5 Jan 1993]
  5. Reviewed by: Arthur Salm
    Jun 25, 2013
    75
    If there's a weakness to "Deep Space Nine," it lies in the too-cutesy, superherolike abilities of some of the crew. ... But like "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine" is light-years ahead of the original "Star Trek" series. [3 Jan 1993]
  6. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    Traditional Trekkies may object to the grit and occasional flippancy of the cheeky spinoff. The rest of us are likely to feel, at least for the time being, fairly optimistic about the future of "Deep Space 9." Mr. Brooks's performance alone is certainly encouraging. [7 Jan 1993]
  7. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jun 25, 2013
    50
    It's not as good as "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The premiere strikes me as a "Star Trek: The De-generation." It doesn't seem to go beyond where no "Star Trek" has gone before, or even where the other one had been creatively. [7 Jan 1993]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    The very best in Serial Science Fiction, high concept story arks, three dimensional characters, impressive special effects/costumes andThe very best in Serial Science Fiction, high concept story arks, three dimensional characters, impressive special effects/costumes and eminently creative. From the Season 1 master piece "Duet" sessions 7's "In the Pale Moonlight" it is brimming with thought provoking moments, laughs and tears. DS9 Well worth of the praise it gets from the Sci-fi community and of 182 episodes very few fall short. Expand
  2. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    This is most certainly the best Star Trek series ever created. Filled with deep characters and original plots, the series also takes a darkerThis is most certainly the best Star Trek series ever created. Filled with deep characters and original plots, the series also takes a darker and more realistic turn, looking at the unexposed dirty side of the Federation. This show really takes the nitty-gritty social issues of racism and discrimination and highlights them in several episodes, continuing what Star Trek was so famous for doing in the 60's. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    9
    DS9 was my favorite Star Trek series. The plot was very consistent, and many episodes related to each other in a way that has not happened inDS9 was my favorite Star Trek series. The plot was very consistent, and many episodes related to each other in a way that has not happened in any Star Trek series before or since. Like Star Trek Voyager, the series had an actual story arc, however unlike Voyager where the ship would pass a region by, and never return, episodes in DS9 would frequently return the viewer to the location of a previously shown place, because something else had happened. The last seasons of the show were also far more dark than the utopian Federation that the other series took place in.

    The only problem I had with it was that DS9, like TNG liked to recycle old plots.

    Note: if you are used to Star Trek taking place on a single spaceship, you might be disappointed by this show.
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