Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete First Season
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 01/24/2006 Run time: 908 minutes Rating: Nr

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

Customer Reviews:

  • Good beginning, but it gets better
    The many gritty, involving science fiction dramas that have cropped up in recent years- shows like the new Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, the various Stargate entries, etc., etc, probably owe a lot to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the first of the edgy SF programs of the modern era. As such, there is much to appreciate here. Just be aware that DS9 (especially the first couple of seasons) may seem a little tame and sedate compared to the many similarly-toned series that followed in its footsteps.

    Also, just looking at DS9 as a Star Trek show, the usual caveat applies: as the characters haven't been fully fleshed out in the initial episodes, there is a tendency on the part of the writers to trot out those oft-used Trek plot devices to keep things moving until more character-driven plots could kick in. So, in this inital set, you have to sit through a few too many of those somewhat tedious "crisis of the week" or "disaster of the week" types of stories between the handful of really good episodes. Of course, once the Dominion War (a DS9 "crisis" that wasn't tedious at all) takes center stage during later seasons, then long stretches of the show surpass so much that has been on TV before or since.

    So, my recommendation is to enjoy this perfectly okay first season with its only occasional glimmers of greatness, while reminding yourself that your patience will be rewarded with the really good stuff in later episodes. Finally, the DVD extras in this Star Trek set are generous, well organized, and interesting. ...more info
  • A must for any Star Trek fan, now at a reasonable price
    An excellent series. The Next Generation is still the best of all the Star Trek series, but DS9 runs a close second....more info
  • Great first season
    This is a great first season of an outstanding series. The season is solid, and the series gets better from here! Recommended....more info
  • Incredible Series, but why is Paramount so greedy?
    I saw this series when it first aired and I have seen it in syndication many times since. I even watch it now on the Spike channel. It is by far one of my favorite Star Trek's or any TV series for that matter. The last few seasons were especially exciting. It is amazing how you watch the characters grow over the years. I can't say enough positive things about this series. Sisko, Nerys, Odo, Jadzia, Worf, Quark, Bashir, and Garak added wonderful characters that really made a difference to me. The guest stars were great too. The directing, cast, stories, sets, music, and the rest the production are first class all the way. If you are a fan of SciFi and not buying a number of other TV series, buy this set.

    Now that said, I would like to say Paramount needs to be slapped up side the head for being so greedy. I can buy a season of ANY other Non-Paramount series for half or less the price. Why are you making us fans of Star Trek suffer? Do you think, oh they are Star Trek fans, they will pay anything? Give us some credit. I am not buying this series unless you lower the price. I bought all the original Star Trek series and even three seasons of Next Generation. But after spending over $650 for six seasons I realized this is absurd. I bought six seasons of Stargate SG-1, a great series, for under $300 with tax. Here's a concept Paramount, sell it reasonable so you will make more sales and your customers will appreciate you.

    Do not use Amazon overnight or two day shipping unless you are home all day. I paid for two day shipping but I didn't know Amazon would insist the package be signed for in person. UPS took four days to finally bring it by when I was home after work after they said they couldn't except a signed receipt and I then told them to come after 5 PM....more info
  • Price Change?
    I really love the series and the 1st season was fabulous! A GREAT start to a FABULOUS show, consisting of many revolutionary and original characters. However, does anyone know why the price suddenly changed from $116 to $60. Is this a different edition? I am just curious because I have bought almost the whole series at the $116 price, yet know it is almost half the price....more info
  • Trek for non-Trekkies
    I suppose most people looking at the box sets of materials are, for the most part, already fans, so let me start with the technical stuff: This is a quality transfer that will probably look and sound better on your TV than the original broadcasts of the show did in the '90s. The extras are a little weak, having clearly been culled from previous interviews with the cast, and also just as clearly intended to be spread out among the show's seven seasons. (Maybe they'll consolidate all the bits at the end; that would be nice.) The highlights of the extra material are the more extended interviews with the set and alien designers, as these are long enough to actually allow you to gain some insight into how things were done and what the priorities were.

    The lowlights are the easter eggs hidden on the screens. You may enjoy these, but I absolutely =hate= this kind of nonsense. I'm not so entertainment deprived that I feel the need to pass the time wiggling the joystick around in the hopes of lighting up some hidden feature. This activity always works out the same: I try to hit all the extras, end up disappointed with the ones I do find (because they're really short), and because I can never get all of them, I'm just sure the ones I missed have the cool content. I'm convinced once the novelty of digital entertainment wears off these will go the way of the tediously long introduction menus.

    Now, about the show: Well, it sure wouldn't get made today. A show centered on the activities and fate of a planet full of religious "terrorists", with said "terrorists" portrayed in mostly positive light? I don't think so. What made this first season work as well as it does is that the writers avoided taking the easy or obvious answers. And the acting, for the most part, is top flight. If the ensemble lacked a dramatic powerhouse like Patrick Stewart, they were unparalleled as a group--even when their characters were at odds. As did the supporting cast and guest stars, represented in the frist season by such greats as Wallace Shawn and Oscar(TM)-winner Louise Fletcher. (Siddig overplays an episode where he gets possessed by a malevolent alien, but he had, in many ways, the hardest role to play, especially in that first season where he's in danger of becoming DS9's "Wesley Crusher".)

    I, personally, have never been a Star Trek Fan, neither Trekkie nor Trekker (nor clear on why one should be held in lower regard than the other) but by various accidents of birth and marriage and parenthood, seem to inevitably find myself associated with those who truly adore the franchise. Yet I never missed this show when it was on. Few shows have character development this good, and fewer still have such strongly character-driven plots.

    But if memory serves, the first season was the weakest. What's interesting is that, upon reviewing it, the first season isn't all that weak. Episodes like "Duet" and "Dax" demonstrated early on that this was going to be a show about people (whatever rubbery face prosthetics they were wearing), and even if they hadn't quite hit their stride, they managed to stake a claim on the Star Trek(TM) universe that was unique and refreshing....more info

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    Some of the DVDs skip in places so i missed parts of the shows. These are new items so i know this is not the venders fault....more info
  • Father's day present
    shipped fast, this will be a father's day present that my wonderful husband will enjoy for years to come!...more info
  • DS9 on DVD . . . Magnificent!
    This was of course, the most watched of all the Star Trek franchises and the most critically acclaimed as well, winning an Emmy and the respect of many non-trek audiences. While I'm writing this, rumors abound in Paramount and ST circles that Avery Brooks will be the next big-screen Capt. Many say this is some of the best TV ever to be had. If you missed it the first time around, prepare to be astounded ...

    The complete first season includes 20 episodes:

    01. Emissary (1): Stardate: 46379.1 3 years after the devastation of WOLF 359, the Borg attack upon the Federation, Cmdr. Sisko is attached to DS9 with some great inter-change between a man he hates ... Capt. Jean Luc Picard.

    02. Emissary (2): Stardate: 46392.7 On a distant outpost at the edge of the final frontier, an untested crew embarks on an unprecedented journey. A nice wrap to the two-part debut of the Star Trek franchise's greatest achievement.

    03. Past Prologue: Stardate: 46397.3 A reunion with a member of the Bajoran underground forces Kira to choose between her people and her duty as a Federation officer. The fiery Nana Visitor gets another haircut and is rebellious as ever. Magnificent beginnings to her character.

    04. A Man Alone: Stardate: 46421.5 Security Chief Odo's character is questioned when he is implicated in the murder of a shady Bajoran. An interesting episode that sees the creation of Keiko's school and a lynching for Odo.

    05. Babel: Stardate: 46423.7 A mysterious epidemic sweeps over Deep Space Nine, and Kira must find an antidote. So much for the universal translator. A good story to build upon what we know of Bajor.

    06. Captive Pursuit: Stardate: 46477.5 O'Brien and the rest of the officers of Deep Space Nine learn that other beings do not respect life as much as they do. Clearly an homage to the old Star Trek series style of storytelling. This was a brilliant episode.

    07. Q-Less: Stardate: 46531.2 Q and Vash introduce themselves to the crew of Deep Space Nine, while the officers struggle to save the station from imminent destruction. What a shame that John DeLancie as Q was treated with such disdain in this series, as he was one of the most interesting characters from the Next Gen series.

    08. Dax: Stardate: 46910.1 Curzon Dax, Jadzia's former Trill identity, is accused of murder. A great episode for Rene Auberjonois, a throw back to the Original Series style of writing. Worth while.

    09. The Passenger: Stardate: 46570.8 The crew's efforts to thwart a hijack scheme are complicated when a sinister alien criminal hides his consciousness within the brain of someone aboard the station. A good Episode for Sid, some of the first counter-play between his future real-life wife and himself, Nana Visitor.

    10. Move Along Home: Stardate: 46612.4 Quark's attempt at deception toward a newly-encountered alien race places the space station's senior officers in a labyrinth of danger. A fascinating episode that finds "The Hawk" singing for his life. Voted most memorable by a lot of ST fans.

    11. The Nagus: Stardate: 46657.0 Quark is suddenly named leader of the Ferengi financial empire, and discovers that he's not only popular he's now a target for death. Fantastically acted by Armin Shimerman, who helps the series take off by breathing real life into an overlooked race of people from Next Gen.

    12. Vortex: Stardate: 46689.6 An alien criminal from the other side of the wormhole tempts Odo by telling the shape-shifter he can put the changeling in contact with others like himself. This is the beginning of the Changeling myth that becomes larger in the story line later. A must see. A great performance from Rene Auberjonois.

    13. Battle Lines: Stardate: 46715.2 Sisko, Kira, and Bashir and Kai Opaka are stranded on a war-torn world where it is impossible for the combatants to die. While this is moderately entertaining, it is pivotal for the former plot-lines to come and a must see.

    14. The Storyteller: Stardate: 46729.1 Against his will, O'Brien becomes spiritual leader of a Bajoran village and the only one who can save them from a destructive energy force. An interesting episode where Bashir and O'Brian become better friends.

    15. Progress: Stardate: 46844.3 A stubborn old Bajoran farmer forces Kira to take a good look at how much she has changed since her alliance with the Federation. Played remarkably by Brian Keith. This is also the famed Yamok Sauce episode where Jake and Nog team up for an acquisition.

    16. If Wishes Were Horses: Stardate: 46853.2 When members of the station find their fantasies coming to life, it becomes the prelude to a very real danger which threatens everyone. Sisko realizes the ruse of an elaborate first-contact at the close.

    17. The Forsaken: Stardate: 46925.1 While an alien entity wreaks havoc with the station's computer, the irrepressible Lwaxana Troi falls in love with Odo. This is perhaps the best of the Lwaxana Troi episodes from both series.

    18. Dramatis Personnae: Stardate: 46922.3 Odo is caught in the middle when an alien influence pits Kira against Sisko in a deadly struggle for control of the station while all of the Humanoids have become infected with a viral history of a dead planet. Good episode, but a bit nerve wracking.

    19. Duet: Stardate: Stardate: 46933.4 Kira discovers that a Cardassian visiting the station could actually be a notorious war criminal. An amazing episode that highlights the Cardassian culture and is really brought to life by the acting of Harris Yulin. This is hands down the best episode of Season 1, and it's a real tear-jerker as well.

    20. In the Hands of the Prophets: Stardate: 46951.7 An assassination / political manipulation plot thickens between Vedek Winn and Vedek Bariel which builds during season 2. A well crafted episode that centers around the storyline of Bajor and Keiko's school.

    * All Stardates can be verified through the Star Trek / DS9 Mission Logs database.

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  • Boring and Brain Dead
    I've been enjoying all of the treks coming out on DVD so naturally I purchased the first three seasons of DS9. I am finding the sets drab, the characters are all boring me as they strive to be such phoney "demi god, perfection" that I am struggling with my attention span. Example: "My darling I know that coming to DSP cost you your career as a botanist. Please, I beg you to take our daughter and go on this expedition as a botanist." She responds, "I knew that I was giving up my career."

    This isn't entertainment. This is so dull I can't see straight.
    I really did not want to spend 300 dollars in seasons, for somebodies socially progressive example of how we should all be behaving in our lives according to themselves.

    If you want to wallow in socially progressive politics DS9 is for you. Just remember the rest of us love the Klingons and follow their example. The socialist ideal lessons on us were not absorbed or learned.

    So far as I am concerned the popularity of Star Trek was abused by someone with a hidden agenda and it is DS9....more info

  • A good start, but the real potential isn't shown (yet)
    With the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) in production and pre-production for both Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: Voyager in the works, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine somehow made it though all that chaos and on to the (small) screen.

    DS9's debut is an average one. This first season formally introduces all of the characters, but is too short and the episodes are too verbose with dialogue to make it truly great season.

    Good action episodes include:

    1) EMISSARY - The 90-minute pilot introduces all of the characters and some of their backstory, as well as create a mysterious atmosphere for the show. But what really grabs people from the start is the first 5 minutes, where we see the Borg/Federation battle at Wolf 359. Powered by great special effects, (covincing enough for a feature film) this is the best part of the whole season.
    2) CAPTIVE PURSUIT - A great action episode, with O'Brien helping an alien creature named Tosk escape people who are "hunting" him. This is the first episode in which we see intruders in the station and the inner workings of the space staion (vent shafts, access pipes, etc.)
    3) BATTLE LINES - Another great action episode, where Kira, Sisko, Bashir, and Kai Opaka crash on a planet where two rival clans are fighting and it is impossible to die. Good acting by Nana Visitor in this one.

    Good character-driven episodes:

    1) A MAN ALONE; VORTEX - Great Odo episodes. More great ones would follow with 3rd season's "The Search" being the payoff.
    2) PAST PROLOGUE - A great Kira epidode. It fills in some of her troubled backstory and shows that she's tough.
    3) THE PASSENGER - A good Bashir epidode. Finally gives Alenxander Siddig the opportunity to be a villain.
    4) THE NAGUS - A funny Quark epidode that introduces the hilarious Grand Nagus Zek and shows the workings of Ferengi politics.

    All of the other epidoes are mediocre and don't establish anything important. The season ender IN THE HANDS OF THE PROPHETS is fairly good, but only from the point of view that it's setting the stage for the second season's show-stopping opening trilogy (The Homecoming, The Circle, The Siege).

    All in all, this season introduces all of the characters pretty well, as well as the station itself. It also sets up some of the sub-plots and minor characters that would make appearances in later seasons. But the second, third, and fourth seasons far surpass this one. I would only get this set it you're compeltely unfamiliar with DS9 or must OWN EVERY SINGLE SEASON of Star Trek.

    1993; Roughly 20 hours; Contains mild sci-fi action violence and brief language....more info

  • Star Trek
    A pretty good Sci Fi series with action romance and danger. This show is pretty good....more info
  • Fantastic Quality of one of my favorite shows
    The first thing that you notice is the clever way that the discs are packaged. The next and most important is the clarity, brightness and sharpness of the picture. Lastly is that I can see in rapid order (without trying to catch it on my VCR at 2 am), the series that I consider the "pick of the litter." I enjoy watching the character development of all of the regulars. Buy this if you are a DS9 won't be disappointed....more info
  • Great
    It came quickly in good packaging. It was in great condition. My husband loved it. One of the best gifts I every bought him. Thank you for the great price and speedy service.....more info
  • Mixed, brilliant series
    Here are my reviews per episode:

    +: Distracts from the Dominion War Story.
    ++: Takes place in the context of the Dominion War Story.
    +++: Provides some significant or referenced event for the Dominion War Story.
    ++++: The Dominion War Story
    *: Really Bad
    **: Pretty Bad
    ***: Pretty Good
    ****: Really Good

    Emissary, Part I ***,++++
    Sets up show.
    Emissary, Part II ***,++++
    Sets up show.
    Past Prologue *,+++
    Kira and Bajoran's former underground. lntro Garak.
    A Man Alone *,+
    Anti-changling bigotry.
    Babel *,+
    A virus disrupts speech.
    Captive Pursuit *,+
    A gamma quadrant alien befriends O'Brien.
    Q-Less *,+
    Q and Vash on DS9.
    Dax *,+
    A Trill Trial
    The Passenger **,+
    Murderer cheats death.
    Move Along Home *,+
    Stupid aliens, game.
    The Nagus *,+
    Grand Nagus puts Quark in charge.
    Vortex *,+
    Alien criminal tells of other changlings.
    Battle Lines *,+++
    The Bajoran Kai dies then lives as two tribes forever battle.
    The Storyteller *,+
    O'Brien leads village.
    Progress **,+
    Cranky bajoran farmer Brian Keith.
    If Wishes Were Horses *,+
    Fictional characters come to life.
    The Forsaken *,+
    Lwaxana falls for Odo.
    Dramatis Personae **,+
    Alien influence pits Kira against Sisko
    Duet ****,++
    Kira versus a Cardassian war criminal.
    In the Hands of the Prophets **,+++
    Extremist Winn versus Keiko's teachings.

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  • Fantastic Quality of one of my favorite shows
    The first thing that you notice is the clever way that the discs are packaged. The next and most important is the clarity, brightness and sharpness of the picture. Lastly is that I can see in rapid order (without trying to catch it on my VCR at 2 am), the series that I consider the "pick of the litter." I enjoy watching the character development of all of the regulars. Buy this if you are a DS9 won't be disappointed....more info
  • Good start to the series
    I have never seen deep space nine before watching this whole dvd although I have seen most of the next generation and voyager. I decided to get it after going through the whole seven seasons of voyager. It is different because it is set on a space station although there are episodes where action take place outside the a trip thrpough the wormhole to the Gamma quadrant. I think the first two episode of this first season are the best. They are really excellent episodes. They say this series gets better as you go along but the first was pretty good but not quite great. ...more info
  • Typical 1st season growing pains
    As one would expect, season 1 of Deep Space Nine is the weakest of the show's run. Many of the characteristics that would make the show so great - extensive character development, plot arcs, a large set of secondary characters, and rich inter-character relationships - are already here in embryonic forms. That said, it's also pretty clear that the writers haven't figured out what the show is about, aside from "Star Fleet on a Space Station."

    That means that we get plenty of 2nd-tier (and a few 3rd-tier) filler episodes. It's certainly better than TNG's first season, which at times was quite painful to watch. (To be fair, DS9 had the benefit of experience.) Per my reference to "Star Fleet on a Space Station", we get plenty of throwaway episodes that could have easily occurred aboard the Enterprise. There's also a reflex toward special appearances by minor TNG characters, generally with mediocre results.

    That said, a few episodes make this season worth watching - especially the last two, which are worthy of mention along highlights from season to come. "Duet" is a classic, and "In the Words of the Prophets" is the kind of thoughtful, exciting arc episode that would eventually characterize the show.

    A casual fan could probably skip at least half of the 20 episodes on this set, but make sure you watch the rest....more info
  • Boring, But You Have to Start Here
    Deep Space Nine ranks as my 2nd favorite Star Trek series, but I had forgotten how boring this first season could be. Of course, it's not unusual for the first season or two of a new Star Trek series to really suck -- they've all been like that. This first season of DS9 was a challenge to watch because the writing was mediocre, the cast didn't really seem to mesh well, and the acting was sub-par at best (except for Avery Brooks who over-acted in the extreme). Fortunately, season two on forward was great. There were many good things about this series, and they begin with this first season: the creation and development of the Bajoran race was great and interesting, the character of Odo was their best and one of the more original (even better later on), the further development of the Ferengi race was fun, and I always liked the development of Jadzia Dax's character (my favorite character). In fact, one of the best episodes of this season was "Dax," in which the producers handled the conundrum of a joined race and the actions of previous hosts. This is certainly not the best season of this series, but you have to start here to see how it all began....more info
  • It was in excellent condition and was O.K
    I am a deep lover of Star Trek. The first season wasn't bad but the seasons that follow it was better. It started getting interesting when Odo met his first changling and whenever they had the war. However that is not in the first season of which this is. This season is how they all met each other. Basically. And it is whenever they moved to Deep Space Nine. It is basically introducing the characters. There was some really good eposides but I am aware that there are better seasons to Deep Space Nine than the first one.

    Kristy Star Sisk...more info
  • DS9 gets better with each season, check it out!
    The one thing that is really remarkable about DS9, is that it gets better and better with each season. That's not to say that the earlier seasons aren't important or worth getting, in fact, just the opposite. To understand the complexity of the story that develops in the later seasons, one must know the story and motivations for the characters early on. I love this season, and think it is worth every cent. I think you will too. DS9 is not only the best Trek, but one of the best shows ever on television. :)...more info
    This is a fairly good series but the Bonus disk COMPLETELY RUINS any hope of watching the series and enjoying the plot twists and what there is of a story arc.

    Back in 1997 I had to stop watching the original airings, and I had hoped to be able to pick it up now and enjoy it as a new experience. Unfortunately, I loaded the Season 1 Bonus Disk after watching the Season 1 episodes, and I must have seen 10 spoilers in the space of three minutes, thanks to a rapid-fire series of one-second shots that very efficiently showed all the major developments of each season. ON THE SEASON 1 BONUS DISK. These were major, major spoilers -- everything you are probably thinking about right now if you know the series. Very frustrating for me, and quite the shocker for my wife who had not seen the series before.

    Not only frustrating and shocking, the experience was rather irritating because it suggests an attitude on the part of the producers of "Well of course everybody has seen our series. Everybody watches Star Trek, right?" No, not necessarily. Frankly speaking, I was watching Babylon 5 at the time and I decided that trying to watch DS9 at the same time was like trying to drink a synth-ale after downing a couple of Guinesses. So now we find the question "Why should we buy the rest of it if there will be no surprises" creeping into our minds.

    My advice if you are watching for the first time: Enjoy the episodes, leave the "Bonus Disk" resting peacefully in the box. After they release the entire series, you can decide whether or not you want to go back and watch seven Bonus Disks back-to-back. It was a brain-dead and avoidable mistake to spoil the viewing experience in this way. My rating: This might have received 4 or 5 stars based on the quality of the episodes, but the spoilers ruin all that and make this a 3....more info

  • Good, But not their best
    Deep Space Nine is neck and neck with Next Generation for being my favorite Trek. The actors that make up the regular cast are incredibly talented. So are the Guest Stars. While I love DS9, the first season is not as good as the subsequent seasons. It relied a lot on the legacy of Next Gen to get it moving. While this is true there were some truly fine episodes:

    Emissary: This pilot was better than Encounter at Farpoint. Avery gives a poignant performance as a grief-stricken man who lost his wife.

    Past Prologue: It introduced Garak. This alone made it important. It was the first episode that dealt with disgruntled Bajorans, friction between the crew and intrigue.

    Q-Less: I love Q. It relied a lot on Next Gen, but hey it was entertaining.

    Dramatis Personae: Everyone just went nuts on this. Sisko and Kira went at it and the whole crew just got dragged in.

    Duet: This was a good episode. It talked about the importance of forgiveness, and with the realization that not everybody of a certan race (Cardassian in this case) are the same.

    In the hands of the Prophets: This along with the three part premiere of season 2, talked about the more negative aspects of religion.

    The first season was laying the ground work. as with other treks, it got better from here....more info

  • The beginning of my favorite Star Trek shows...
    DS9 broght to the screen a concept whic had been unfimiliar in the Star Trek realm until then - a series about the lives of people on a space station, rather than on a space ship.

    After the original Star trek 7 & Star trek TNG, the concept of a space station may have sounded boring. But as it turned out, Deep Space 9 was the most interesting one for one major reason: since the characters were stuck on a stationary space station instead of a space ship that could zoom about the quadrant, we got better & deeper characters, a better look at their interactions, a better look & understanding of new or rarely handled races, but mostly - a much bigger picture of the politics of the era....more info
  • A brilliant continuation of the Star Trek series...
    Nominated for 28 Emmys, including several for Outstanding Visual Effects, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L.A. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its audience. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a number of motion pictures featuring the original cast as well as novels, comic books, collectibles, and reams of Star Trek-related memorabilia. Following on the heels of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the first Star Trek series spin-off of the original, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine foreshadowed additional spin-offs - Star Trek: Voyager (1995), and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). Sporting an entirely new cast and crew from its two predecessors, the show focuses on a particular system administered by the Federation instead of the usual Star Trek mission of "exploring strange new worlds"...

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine follows the exploits of the Starfleet crew aboard an abandoned and gutted Cardassian space station orbiting the planet of Bajor. In the aftermath of Cardassian occupation, the Bajorian government invited the Starfleet to oversee the reconstruction of the space station. Deep Space Nine quickly transformed into a teeming city of commerce and a hub for travel (similar to Babylon 5) thanks to the discovery of an unknown wormhole nearby. But the wormhole leads to the Gamma Quadrant, realm of the feared Dominion alliance, which views the wormhole travelers as a threat to its totalitarian grip on power. As such, the Dominion launches an attack against the Federation and its Klingon allies. The subsequent and ongoing war is the basis for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine...

    Capt. Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is credited with discovering the wormhole, and he oversees the crew of Deep Space Nine as they wage battle to preserve the Federation. Ironically, his colleague, Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois), is a Changeling - an alien race of "shapeshifters" who lead the Dominion's united front. Together with the rest of the crew aboard Deep Space Nine, they struggle with internal and external conflicts that threaten to destroy their very way of life...

    The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Season 1) DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere "Emissary" in which the recently abandoned Cardassian space station, Terok Nor, is resettled by the Federation at the request of the Bajorians. Capt. Benjamin Sisko takes command and his discovery of the first stable wormhole nearby, a wormhole worshipped by the Bajorians as a god, transforms Sisko into a prophet in the eyes of the Bajorians. Meanwhile, the audience meets the rest of the cast and crew for Deep Space Nine... Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Move Along Home" in which Quark's cheating prompts a group of aliens from Gamma Quadrant to exact revenge on the crew of Deep Space Nine, and "Dramatis Personae" in which an indwelling by aliens transforms Sisko and Kira into enemies of the crew...

    Below is a list of episodes included on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Season 1) DVD:

    Episode 1 (Emissary: Part 1)
    Episode 2 (Emissary: Part 2)
    Episode 3 (A Man Alone)
    Episode 4 (Past Prologue)
    Episode 5 (Babel)
    Episode 6 (Captive Pursuit)
    Episode 7 (Q-Less)
    Episode 8 (Dax)
    Episode 9 (The Passenger)
    Episode 10 (Move Along Home)
    Episode 11 (The Nagus)
    Episode 12 (Vortex)
    Episode 13 (Battle Lines)
    Episode 14 (The Story Teller)
    Episode 15 (Progress)
    Episode 16 (If Wishes Were Horses)
    Episode 17 (The Forsaken)
    Episode 18 (Dramatis Personae)
    Episode 19 (Duet)
    Episode 20 (In the Hands of the Prophets)

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