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  • 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
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: 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]
  5. 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]
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    It may not be the Second Coming, which is how hard-core fans have awaited it, but it's a lavish and inventive spectacle that lives up to "Star Trek" tradition and shows why the franchise has flourished. [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: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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
  2. Feb 9, 2015
    10
    Star Trek Deep Space Nine is my favorite television show of all time, therefore I am bias in reviewing it. In this case, I will tell you aboutStar Trek Deep Space Nine is my favorite television show of all time, therefore I am bias in reviewing it. In this case, I will tell you about the show and why I like it, so you can decide for yourself if you want to watch it or not.

    Star Trek TV series and novels have always been about exploring new worlds, seeking out new life, and boldly going where no one has gone before. Deep Space Nine was different in that it took place on a space station and showed us a whole new side of Star Trek, that has redefined the franchise. This show wasn't about exploration, but rather the politics of the future and they were able to do things the other shows couldn't. Deep Space Nine re-introduced some old themes, not seen since the original series, and its writers were pioneers of Science Fiction. This series featured everything from time travel to alternate realities, it introduced us to a whole other region of space, the first stable wormhole in the universe, the mysterious section 31, and it even focused on crime, commerce, gambling, and religion, all set in the future, on board a space station. For the first time we got a glimpse into the politics of the Federation, as well as other races, and we even got to witness a full blown war. DS9 was beyond imaginative and shaped Voyager, the final seasons of the Next Generation, and even future films, but what's it all about?

    The story begins on a planet called Bajor, where a strong, deeply religious people have just won a war against the barbaric Cardassians. After nearly 50 years of occupation, Bajor has rid itself of the Cardassians and invited Star Fleet in to help protect them. Together the Bajorans and Star Fleet take control of the old Terok Nor Space Station and re-name it Deep Space Nine. It's intended purpose was to serve and protect Bajor, but that all changed with the discovery of the universes first stable wormhole. The wormhole is a gateway to a whole other quadrant of space and means endless possibilities and dangers. To Star Fleet, the wormhole represents commerce and scientific research, but the Bajorans view it as the home of their Gods, the Celestial Temple.

    As the story continues, all kinds of people show up at the station, with the intention of exploring and trading with this new region of space. As for the Bajorans, they worry that all the traffic will bring more invaders, but come to see the stations Star Fleet Commander, Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), as their emissary, and they put their fate in his hands.

    In season 3, a threat unlike any other is detected in the new quadrant. A planetary alliance similar to Star Fleet is discovered, but this new group, the Dominion, is militaristic, xenophobic, and eventually enter into the war of all wars with the Federation.

    The reasons I loved this show were many, including the elements of Science Fiction never before used in Star Trek, the amazing new technology and special effects, but perhaps more than anything it was how we get to know the characters on the station intimately, in a way that's never been done before. The more you watch this show, the more you understand them, their cultures, and their situations. As lame as it may sound, I really felt like I was a resident on the station who was included in everything that was happening.

    The show has been off the air for 16 years now, but it's not over. DS9 didn't continue into movies, but in books, and believe it or not, it's still going. The first novel takes place days after the series finale and they are still coming. The books are just as good and have so many surprises that I could write about them for days.

    Deep Space Nine was everything I ever wanted in a series or franchise and it has shaped how I view Science Fiction, and even shaped the way I write my short stories. This show has been a major part of me for a very long time and I hope that by telling all of you about it, you can experience all the excitement and mystery that I have.
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  3. 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
  4. 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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