Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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  • 1993
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.1  (70,392)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine sits within the Star Trek franchise, premiering in 1993 and concluding in 1999. It takes place after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation, within the first two years of the Galactic Dominion War, though the show focuses on the daily operations of a space station called Deep Space Nine.

Deep Space Nine is located near the planet Bajor, which is recovering from years of brutal occupation by the Cardassian Union. Bajorans look to the Federation for help and support, and the Federation sets up a space station to aid the planet, which is still trying to find its feet.

Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), is assigned to command the station, in a role where he is tasked with diplomat duties and relationships with Bajor and the surrounding regions. The arrival of Captain Sisko is significant because he is the first-ever African-American captain in the Star Trek universe.

Deep Space Nine has a diverse cast with René Auberjonois, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell and Michael Dorn, among others. A meta-premise of the show sees some popular Star Trek staples altered, like the Federation not just being perfect but as flawed and imperfect as any human organization. Deep Space Nine puts emphasis on character development, so audiences will see Charles Haid, who plays the wise Dr. Julian Bashir, blossom from a first-season caricature quickly into someone much more fantastic, deep and three-dimensional.

In Paramount's previous series, the primary action revolved around spaceships, and Deep Space Nine's setting provides many opportunities to build brand new alien civilizations and introduce new characters to the Star Trek universe. The presence of several alien species adds to the depth and originality of the show.

Deep Space Nine also takes time to explore the gray areas in morality and ethical decisions, prominently through the character of Odo, Chief of Security, played by Rene Auberjonois. Odo is a shape-shifter who can take any form or shape desired, but there is a past he can’t remember or access. With his human demeanor painted over, the daily challenges of surviving in a universe that doesn't accept his existence, Odo contends with existential queries, a quandary that Vash, played by Jennifer Hetrick, would only encounter briefly as a guest character.

The recurring antagonists in Deep Space Nine are the Dominion, an empire advanced enough to only destabilize the delicate balance of power established on the space station. The Dominion’s influence is felt very early on in the show, but it doesn't become an overtly focal point until later. This is because Deep Space Nine takes its time allowing the audience to connect with the characters, the station and the planet Bajor to understand the impact of the Dominion.

The diverse group of characters operating Deep Space Station 9 doesn’t all get along at first but soon form a tight-knit crew that works in harmony to keep the peace and protect their community. The writers do an outstanding job developing the cast and bringing depth to their stories by focusing on backstory and a day-to-day approach where friendships and loyalty form the backbone of the show.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine continues to be celebrated as one of the best in the Star Trek franchise because of its uniqueness not just within the established world of Star Trek but across the media landscape. Star Trek fans love it because it remains faithful in its approach to storytelling while challenging its primary element: its characters.

The space station environment offers a new angle for Star Trek storytelling, where the crew focuses on their shared goal, but there is no direct destination. Of course, Deep Space Nine doesn’t entirely obscure the franchise's essential practices—like long-form episodes, stand-alone episodes, and action set pieces—the approach to practical effects and makeup work put a whole new spin on what special effects could achieve in television.

In summary, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a groundbreaking science fiction television series with an exciting dynamic universe and relatable characters. It is an essential in the Star Trek franchise and a must-watch not just for sci-fi enthusiasts but any audience craving great television.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (179 episodes). The series first aired on January 3, 1993.

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What You Leave Behind, Part II
26. What You Leave Behind, Part II
June 2, 1999
In part two of the series finale the Caradassian Rebellion reaches Dominion headquarters leaving Weyoun and the Female Changeling to realize that the end of their reign of terror may be near. The Federation Alliance wins their final battle against the Dominion and Breen with some heartbreaking consequences.
What You Leave Behind, Part I
25. What You Leave Behind, Part I
June 2, 1999
In the first part of the final episode of the series we find the Alpha Quadrant Alliance working together to prepare a final invasion of Cardassia. With their limited resources they work together to find a possible way to defeat the Dominion and the Breen. Benjamin is visited once more by his mother Sarah in a vision with news that his role as Emissary may soon end.
The Dogs of War
24. The Dogs of War
May 26, 1999
Stardate 52889.3: The Federation has started to catch up with the new Dominion-Breen weaponry. Arriving from the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards is the U.S.S. Sao Paulo, a Defiant-class warship with the most up-to-date specs on Breen weaponry. With the arrival of the Sao Paulo, the Federation is once again back in the game. On Cardassia Prime, Colonel Kira, Garak, and Legate Damar attempt to bring more of the Cardassian military into their force, only to be caught in a trap. The three transport to the surface in an out-of-the-way place, but they see that they are in trouble. Their Jem'Hadar vessel is destroyed high above them, they are left stranded deep in enemy territory.
Extreme Measures
23. Extreme Measures
May 19, 1999
Stardate 52645.7: With Odo knocking at death's door, scant time remains to find a cure. In an effort to lure Section 31 out of hiding to obtain the vaccine, Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien have gone behind Captain Sisko's back. Now, telling him about their plan, Doctor Bashir informs Sisko that Section 31 is the only hope that Odo has left.
Tacking into the Wind
22. Tacking into the Wind
May 12, 1999
While Colonel Kira lectures the Cardassians on their tactics, Odo returns from a successful mission agains the Dominion. Taking a break, he rests his now weakened body. Unknown to him, he was infected long ago by Section 31 and now it's only a matter of time before he succumbs to the illness. Back at Deep Space Nine, Doctor Bashir works exhaustively to make sure that Odo is saved.
When It Rains...
21. When It Rains...
May 5, 1999
The Battle of Chin'toka has decimated the Federation. Of all starships assigned to the campaign, only one survived the Breen onslaught. The Klingon Bird of Prey that did survive has allowed the Federation-Klingon-Romulan Alliance to come up with a partial way of defending themselves. Fortunately for them, the Cardassians have risen up against their former allies, buying Starfleet and the Romulans time to develop defenses agains the Breen's weapons. In an effort to help the Cardassians, Sisko sends his best officer to aid them in throwing off their Dominion oppressors: Colonel Kira Nerys.
The Changing Face of Evil
20. The Changing Face of Evil
April 28, 1999
Helped by Legate Damar escape from the Dominion, Ezri and Worf have returned to Deep Space Nine. Unfortunately, they have little to report to Sisko about the new Dominion-Breen alliance. The only thing that is made clear is the message that Captain Sisko receives moments later: The Breen have attacked Earth.
Strange Bedfellows
19. Strange Bedfellows
April 21, 1999
A generous offer has been made by the Dominion to the Breen Confederacy. With a new alliance about to be created, the Dominion's leaders, the Founders, are confident that the new treaty between the two great empires will bring an end to the Federation once and for all. However, Legate Damar is not very happy with the arrangement. While he is the leader of Cardassia, his rank is merely ceremonial. The Dominion really controls the Cardassian Union, and Damar cannot see anything good about this new treaty.
'Til Death Do Us Part
18. 'Til Death Do Us Part
April 14, 1999
Sisko has been told by his mother that he must walk in the path that the prophets have laid out for him, which may mean not marrying Kasidy. Kai Winn visits Benjamin and he tells her a bit about his vision. Once she leaves, she receives her first vision and is told that the Sisko has strayed from the path and that she must put Bajor on the right path again.
17. Penumbra
April 7, 1999
Stardate 52576.2: On a visit to Bajor, Captain Sisko is taken for a trip to Kendra Provice, where he eyes some land that is so beautiful to him, he purchases it, bringing himself one step closer to living on Bajor. Meanwhile, the Colonel brings word that the I.K.S. Rotarran and I.K.S. Koraga had been attacked in the Badlands by the Dominion. The Koraga is destroyed and only six escape pods are retrieved. The Captain of the ship, Lieutenant Commander Worf, is not among the survivors found.
Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
16. Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
March 3, 1999
The continuing war with the Dominion begins to strain relations between the Klingons and the Romulans. Meanwhile, the Federation is more than happy to accomodate their new Romulan friends. However, some within the Federation are not happy about this. One of them is Luthor Sloan, Director of Section 31. Reaching out to his newest recruit, he assigns Doctor Julian Bashir to a clandestine mission.
Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang
15. Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang
February 24, 1999
Visiting Vic before they enter their Alamo holosuite program, Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien are entertained by the hologram to put them in the mood before they make their last stand at the mission. However, before Vic can finish his song, his holosuite setting is changed to a mafia-type casino run by one of the local bosses, who has just purchased Vic's old place of business. Unable to turn the program off, Bashir and O'Brien leave with Vic in order to figure out how to bring back Vic's former haunts.
14. Chimera
February 17, 1999
Returning from a conference, Chief O'Brien and Constable Odo are paid a visit by a Changeling. However, the Changeling calls himself a Metamorph. He, like Odo, was one of the one hundred shape-shifters sent out by the Founders at an early age in order to experience other species' ways of life. The Metamorph has been trying to return home ever since. Luckily, Odo is the first shape-shifter that the Changeling encountered.
Field of Fire
13. Field of Fire
February 10, 1999
After a night of celebrating his successful mission aboard the Defiant, a Lieutenant Junior Grade is killed with a shot through the heart. Later, another Starfleet officer is found murdered. In both instances, the weapon used to kill the victim fired a projectile round, not seen since the advent of phaser rifles. Ezri Dax, who had become acquainted with the Ensign, finds herself dreaming about the Dax host who had been found guilty of murder. That former host, Joran Belar, is trying to reemerge through Ezri to help find the killer.
The Emperor's New Cloak
12. The Emperor's New Cloak
February 3, 1999
While Quark prays to the Grand Exchequer to allow him prosperous business and to see his dream of being with Ezri come to fruition, he receives a visit from a very different Ezri. Unfortunately for Quark, this isn't Ezri Dax, and she isn't here on a social call. The Grand Nagus, who has been missing for some time, greets Quark from a message tube, and goes on to say that he tried to open negotiations for trade with the Mirror Universe's Alliance. However, the venture is in jeopardy unless Quark is able to smuggle a cloaking device into the Mirror Universe. Should he fail, the Nagus will be meeting the Grand Exchequer in person.
Prodigal Daughter
11. Prodigal Daughter
January 6, 1999
When Ezri returns home to investigate O'Brien's disappearance, she uncovers disturbing family secrets.
It's Only a Paper Moon
10. It's Only a Paper Moon
December 30, 1998
Traumatized by the loss of his leg, Nog retreats to the holographic world of 1960's lounge singer Vic Fontaine.
9. Covenant
November 25, 1998
Major Kira receives a former teacher of hers, now a Vedek, who had been on sabbatical from the University of Bajor. Always travelling and seeking answers, the Vedek brought the Major something that she may find interesting. When she unwraps the gift, she is transported to Empok Nor, Deep Space Nine's sister station, long thought abandoned by the Cardassians. Now, a group of Bajorans have settled there. Worshipping the enemies of the Prophets, the Pah-Wraiths, they now follow their Gods under a new leader: Dukat.
The Siege of AR-558
8. The Siege of AR-558
November 18, 1998
The Defiant heads to AR-558, a former Dominion communications array now under Federation control. The array, however, isn't giving ups its secrets too easily and all attempts to link up with the array have proven fruitless. With subspace mines set up around the asteroid and Jem'Hadar soldiers continuing to lay siege to the rock, coupled with Federation forces that have been holding the array for five months, the Defiant crew find a demoralized force in place. When the Jem'Hadar attack yet again, Sisko elects to stay behind with his team in order to hold the ground.
Once More Unto the Breach
7. Once More Unto the Breach
November 11, 1998
Planning a sweeping attack with five Klingon vessels against a Dominion installation, General Martok readies his troops for battle. Much to his chagrin, he learns that Worf wishes to have the old Klingon Kor, who the Empire no longer has a place for, join the fleet in a command post. Martok refuses, but Worf uses his influence to make Kor an officer, where the Dahar Master will join the calvary aboard Martok's flag ship as third in command.
Treachery, Faith and the Great River
6. Treachery, Faith and the Great River
November 4, 1998
Needing a stabilizer on the Defiant, Captain Sisko orders Chief O'Brien to have part in place on the ship when he returns in three days. Unfortunately, O'Brien won't be able to procure the item for three weeks. Overhearing the conversation with the Captain is Nog, who offers to use a bit of his Ferengi sense of commerce to find the stabilizer for the Chief in three days. Elsewhere, Odo receives a message from his Cardassian contact, long thought dead, to rendezvous with him at their usual location. While there, Odo discovers that his contact is in fact dead. In his place stands Weyoun, who has decided to defect to the Federation.
5. Chrysalis
October 28, 1998
Doctor Bashir's four genetically-altered colleagues - Jack, Sarina, Patrick, and Lauren - return to Deep Space Nine so that Bashir can help Sarina regain her ability to process information around her, allowing her to communicate with others. While the doctor does not have the entire procedure ready for use, his three friends are more than willing to help Sarina in any way they can.
Take Me Out to the Holosuite
4. Take Me Out to the Holosuite
October 21, 1998
The Federation starship T'Kumbra, staffed with an all Vulcan crew, has docked at Deep Space Nine for repairs. Its Captain is Solok, who has an intense rivalry with the Captain of DS9. Since the holosuites on the T'Kumbra are down, Solok requests the use of the station's holosuites. In doing so, he puts forth the challenge to Sisko and his staff to best his Vulcan athletes in an old Terran form of competition: Baseball.
3. Afterimage
October 14, 1998
Although it has only been a few days she stepped foot on the station, Ezri Dax has many memories of Deep Space Nine, both good and bad. The problem, however, is that she reminds almost everyone of Jadzia. Due to this, Ezri has decided to leave the station and return to her previous assignment as ship's counselor. Just before she leaves, she is ordered by Captain Sisko to look in on Garak, who has had several claustrophobic panic attacks.
Shadows and Symbols
2. Shadows and Symbols
October 7, 1998
Stardate 52152.6: Accompanied by Doctor Bashir, Chief O'Brien, and Quark, Worf sets off on General Martok's Bird of Prey on a glorious mission to attack a Dominion shipyard. Using the element of surprise to destroy the base, Worf hope that this mission will help Jadzia reach Sto-Vo-Kor. On Deep Space Nine, the Romulan armament on one of Bajor's moons has been found out and Major Kira blockades the moon so that no Romulans attempt to land on the surface. On Tyree, Captain Sisko, his father, son, and Ezri Dax, look for the message that the Prophets have been guiding Benjamin towards.
Image in the Sand
1. Image in the Sand
September 30, 1998
Recently promoted to Colonel, Kira continues to oversee Deep Space Nine while Captain Sisko is away on Earth. The Dominion War continues to go badly for the Federation and a Romulan delegation is invited to the station to coordinate efforts. Away for the past three months, Sisko waits in his father's establishment in New Orleans, waiting for a message from the Prophets. He finally receives one and is shown an image of a woman in the sand.
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  • Premiere Date
    January 3, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (70,392)