Los Angeles -- Deep Space 9 was the first spin-off from the Star Trek franchise series that didn't have the direct creative involvement of The Great Bird of The Galaxy as Gene Roddenberry, the show's creator, was fondly nicknamed by Associate Producer Robert Justman. It was, however, given the green light shortly before his death in 1991. The series creators, Rick Berman and Michael Piller with the support of Brandon Tartikoff helmed the Paramount Television production while STNG (Star Trek The Next Generation) was still in full production.
The show was noted for its well-developed characters, its original, complex plots, religious themes and for starring the only black captain of all the Star Trek series to be featured as the show's protagonist. The series often showcased darker themes, less physical exploration of space, and (in later seasons) an emphasis on many aspects of war.
It truly was a bold attempt to go where no writer at that time had gone before. Think of DS9 as a precursor to another Sci Fi that weaved similar themes, Babylon 5. More on that later.
But back to DS9. The scenario that was created by a writing staff still in the midst of the Star Trek saga, as a matter of fact, the station's first appearance was TNG during the sixth season Birthright followed by several crossover episodes that laid the foundation of this Dodge City of outer space. The concept was so versatile that it would later be included in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager's Caretaker.
The story line for those of you who were either too young or not born yet centers on a former Cardassian (Lizard like looking creatures) space station called Terok Nor. After the Bajorans overthrow the brutal enslavement by the Cardassians. (I know sounds familiar beginning with a K and I am not talking about Caitlyn Jenner which begins with a C but relatively close). The Federation reaches an agreement with the Bajoran Provisional Government to jointly administer the station, which orbits Bajor until a wormhole is discovered. Turning the space port into a port of call when the station is moved to the edge of the wormhole, linking the Gamma Quadrant with the Alpha Quadrant. It is then renamed Deep Space 9. Hence the title of the series.
According to co-creator Berman, he and Piller had considered setting the new series on a colony planet, but they felt a space station would both appeal more to viewers and save money that would be required for on-location shooting for a "land-based" show. However, they were certain they did not want the show to be set aboard a star-ship because TNG was still in production at the time and, in Berman’s words, it "just seemed ridiculous to have two shows—two casts of characters—that were off going where no man has gone before."
Unlike in Star Trek: The Next Generation, interpersonal conflicts were featured prominently in DS9. The setting of the show—a space station rather than a star-ship—provided an opportunity for the writers to delve deeper into the interpersonal relationships and behavior. Something they were limited to on TNG.
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And if you are Trekki here are some videos on what it was like being a part of Sci Fi history. DS9 Reflections from Cast.
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